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BenQ 24-inch G2400W Widescreen LCD review

BenQ 24-inch G2400W Widescreen LCD

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Performance - Quality Testing

Performance - Quality Testing

Firstly, we calibrated the color temperature settings on the BenQ G2400W using Datacolor's Spyder 3 Elite for LCD Monitors, while leaving the brightness and contrast settings at factory default. We then put the G2400W monitor through its paces with our standard suite of tests, starting with DisplayMate for Windows Multimedia with Motion Edition 2.0 at the monitor's native resolution of 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz on the DVI connection.

  • Circular Geometry, Cross hatch and Dot
    As with most DVI connections, we were expecting the digital input to properly display the horizontal and vertical lines, and no problems were seen.
  • Screen Uniformity
    The screen luminosity was surprisingly even, with no variations or tints detected on our tests.
  • Stuck Pixel
    No stuck pixels were detected on our review unit, though other reviewers were not as lucky (as noted towards the end of that article).
  • Pixel Tracking and Timing-Lock
    We couldn't detect any noise nor did we need to make any readjustments when we tested with the DVI connection, though we would like to point out that this may not always hold true across the board just because we use DVI connections. Exceptions do happen.
  • Dark Screen
    The G2400W did very well in this test: at the default factory brightness settings, we could not see any light bleeding in from the edges at all.
  • Dark Gray Scale
    Despite its average contrast ratio of 1000:1 for the G2400W, we still managed to differentiate between the gray scales of the test pattern up to the index value of 5, which was pretty good as the threshold for the program was 6. That means that despite its low contrast specs, the monitor still performed decently.
  • White Level Saturation
    The results here was also pretty much a surprise too as the monitor performed admirably well and we were able to clearly discern pattern index of 252 out of the maximum of 255. We could even discern pattern index 251 if we squinted and stared somewhat, but that's really pushing it.
  • Color Tracking
    No weird tints were detected and colors displayed looked fine, though there were some slight issues with the darker hues of the colors.
  • 64/256 Intensity Level Ramp, 256 Intensity Color Level Ramp
    For both tests, we noticed a minor problem with the darker bands of the colors as the lower levels were indistinguishable from each other. Moving up the scale though, the color separation was much better and the top levels were clear and distinct. So this might indicate that the monitor could have problems handling very dark movie scenes. We'll see how the monitor performs on that note in the next page.
  • Scaled Font
    Both serif and san serif fonts of the smallest size (9 pixels, 6.8 points) were crisp and sharp. Though at the smallest size, your face would have to be planted close up to legibly read the letterings on the screen due to the high resolution of the screen.