BenQ V2410T review

24 Jun 2010

Impressive value for money, but image quality is merely par for the course

BenQ V2410T
Price when reviewed 
185
4

While consumers are willing to pay that little bit more for slick design, business budgets are more interested in straightforward practicality. Monitors are no exception to the rule and BenQ’s V2410T has its sights firmly set on the office desk with a huge 24in panel, an adjustable stand and the kind of bland, corporate looks that will send home users running.

Entirely lacking in flashing lights and eye-catching curves, but finished all in sober matte black, the BenQ’s design will blend unobtrusively into any office. But we like its slender profile, which sets it apart from much of the business competition, and its compact, yet adjustable stand.

That stand gives the BenQ 130mm of height adjustment and also allows it to rotate from side to side, tilt back and forth and swivel into a portrait orientation. And, despite the monitor’s dainty figure, the wide base helps it feel well planted on the desk. All it takes is a single hand to ease the V2410T into the right position.

A 24in display for just £157 exc VAT seems too good to be true, but BenQ has saved some cash by opting for a standard Full HD panel with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.

There’s also precious little in the way of connectivity: there’s no USB hub, no DisplayPort, and no integrated speakers. Instead, the V2410T is furnished with just DVI and D-SUB inputs. You won’t even find a DVI cable in the box; only a VGA cable is included as standard.

In its favour the BenQ is just as frugal when it comes to power consumption. Even at standard settings the V2410T drew just 21W from the mains, and the Eco mode dropped that to 15W while retaining more than enough brightness for most offices. But although the BenQ’s LED-backlighting manages to walk the line between power efficiency and providing ample brightness, its TN panel is far from the best we’ve seen.

Vertical viewing angles are narrow, showing evidence of obvious contrast shift as we moved about in our seat, and image quality also fails to impress. Banding was evident in our colour and black and white gradient test screens, and this manifested itself as a somewhat muddled performance in our challenging array of test photographs and HD movie clips.

Colour reproduction, meanwhile, left skintones with a subtle yellow tinge, and detail was entirely obscured in both the dark and light areas of photographs and movies.

Such faults would prove terminal for most monitors, but it may not be enough to dissuade the BenQ’s target market. With an adjustable stand, a huge 24in panel and image quality that will be good enough for most business applications, we've no doubt the V2410T will prove popular. But with the vastly superior Samsung F2380 available for as little as £177, it’s by no means the budget business monitor of choice.

Details

Price ex VAT £157
Price inc VAT £185
Overall rating 4
Image quality 3
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 4

Main specifications

Screen size 24.0in
Aspect ratio 16:9
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Screen brightness 250cd/m2
Pixel response time 5ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratio 5,000,000:1
Pixel pitch 0.276mm
Horizontal viewing angle 170 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 160 degrees
Speaker type N/A
Speaker power ouput N/A
TV tuner no
TV tuner type N/A

Connections

DVI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support no
Upstream USB ports 0
USB ports (downstream) 0
3.5mm audio input jacks 0
Headphone output no

Accessories supplied

Other cables supplied VGA
Internal power supply yes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption 21W
Idle power consumption 15W

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes
Colour temperature settings Reddish, Normal, Bluish, User

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle -5 degrees
Backward tilt angle 20 degrees
Height adjustment 130mm
Pivot (portrait) mode? yes

Dimensions

Dimensions 579 x 436 x 181mm (WDH)