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BenQ BL2400 24″ Monitor Review

By on July 16, 2011
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The one for business.

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Good: Great adjustability options, gorgeous screen, amazing color reproduction
Bad: Big with large footprint, trailing issues, no USB
Price: AED 1800 (approx.)
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Color Reproduction
I almost did not wanted to run any test on it alas I found any imperfections! The BL2400 stunned me with its gorgeous screen the moment I switched it on. Just so out of the box, at default settings, the BL2400 sported amazing color produce, sharpness and contrast. Of course, hardcore geeks will tune it out with their arsenal of calibration tools, and I would recommend calibrating it too if you have the means; however, if you do not, the stock settings should more than suffice.

In our FlatPanelDK test, the BL2400 guarded its territory well with smooth gradients and minimal banding. However, it did band quite prominently on light to dark blue and grey patterns. This won’t mean much in real world usage, as usual. In our viewing of countless Facebook pictures and video game trailers, the slight issues were barely noticeable, if at all.

Eco Sensor
The Eco Sensor handles two separate jobs: One is to detect lighting conditions and adjust the backlight accordingly, and other to detect user presence and switch itself to eco-mode. Unfortunately, I had to turn both of them off.

The sensor did a good job of adjusting the picture according to the lighting conditions, however it was still too bright for my taste. I eventually turned it off and applied my own darker settings for pleasant reading.

The second job, the one that detects user presence turned out to be a little wonky. You can set it to detect of near or of far presence, depending on how close you sit to the display. In both of the settings, the monitor would warn me that it was adjusting to the eco-mode. It appeared to be reading the presence wrong, thinking no one was there. No amount of ‘waving at it’ would solve it either.

Text
As a business oriented monitor, it was absolutely crucial that the BL2400 performs here and it doesn’t disappoint. As sharp as the LG Flatron E2260, the BenQ monitor hid the purple tinge on most background colors, producing super clear text with ease.

Ghosting and Trailing
This is one front the BL2400 majorly disappoints. The display has massive trailing issues, and it is evident simply by dragging a window in rapid movements. The text and image smears across the screen as it struggles to on and off the pixels. We double checked our cables to see if it were the cause of the problem, but unfortunately they weren’t.

During movie and gaming, the trailing isn’t too prominent, though after experiencing the smear-effect on Windows, it’s hard to not look for it everywhere. And you do find it.

Viewing Angles
As with any LCD display, viewing it from any angle other than dead center would loose color and contrast. The hit is minimal with BL2400, though it does get ‘rough’ as you keep moving to the side. An acceptable fault limited by technology.

Conclusion
The BL2400 is, quite honestly, only oriented towards businesses. It packs in cost-saving Eco-features, it has a gorgeous screen with sharp text produce, and its adjustability provides enough freedom to users to have the monitor positioned as per their liking. However, if you are looking at it for gaming, or even for other entertainment purposes, BenQ’s other 3D-compatible XL2410T is a far better choice (and the same price point too).

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Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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