Gone are the days when LCD makers would flaunt their Dynamic Contrast Ratio as the next best thing to real colors. These days, it’s all about being ‘Eco-friendly’, and BenQ have been on the toe of this one, packing some or the other such feature in their vast range of PC monitors.
With the BL series, however, BenQ has ramped up the Eco-features a notch, focusing it on the business side of things and the increasing problem of exploding electricity costs. For one, the display features something called an Eco Sensor which automatically switches itself to ‘Eco mode’ when a user steps away from the screen. It would switch back to the standard mode once it detects presence. This, the company says, will save “considerable” amount of energy and money, resulting in lower monthly electricity bills. And if that wasn’t enough to tickle our giddy bone, the monitor uses 100% recyclable materials, with at least 65% of the monitor’s frame made of recycled plastics.
It’s a good natured monitor, this one. But with a price tag of AED 1,800, Eco-features alone will not tide the boat to the shore of purchase. Fortunately, that’s precisely the reason why we are here for. Let’s find out what else it’s got packing.
The BL-series is available in 19” to 24” varieties. We are, of course, looking at the BL2400 24” version today.
Regardless of its focus on the “working elites”, the BL2400 packs in all of the bells and whistles we wish were governed to be made standard in PC monitors. It can tilt, it can pivot, it can swivel and it can perform all sorts of acrobats to provide users with the best viewing angle possible. The display can be adjusted for height, as well as be twisted into a portrait form for easy document reading. Coupled with the fact that the said adjustments can be made so easily and efficiently, it’s simply the best part of the monitor.
Unfortunately, all those features do come at a cost, and that’s its size. Despite it being backed by LED technology, the monitor is quite thick with a massive foot print to boot. With today’s monitors going for the slim and sleek look, the BL2400′s big bones could be a worry for desks low on space. However, none of the those would be able to give the range of adjustability like the BL2400 does, so it’s a fair trade off. The monitor also compensates, somewhat, for its huge foot print with a slight compartment-ish space on the top which can be utilized to store anything from pens, papers, and food items for the late hours.
Continuing with the ease of use are the OSD controls. Located at the bottom strip of the display, the OSD controls are easy to reach, and if you have got even a tiny-winy bit of experience with PC monitors before, are easy to understand, too. The OSD menu is nothing fancy. You have seen it all before, so there is nothing new to learn. The only setting you would want to fiddle with, other than the routine color adjustments, are the eco settings. You can choose the sensor to detect presence of near or of far, so it doesn’t turn itself off by detecting wrong. But more on the feature in the next segment.