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BenQ V2410 LED Monitor review

BenQ V2410: Back In Black

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Overall rating 8/10
Design:
8
Features:
8
Performance:
8
Value:
8.5
THE GOOD
Affordable 24-inch display
Decent performance for its price
THE BAD
Unadjustable height
Tricky balance between blacks and finer details


BenQ V2410 - Performance

An Average Show And Tell 

Calibration

As usual, we calibrated the monitor with Datacolor's Spyder3Elite before conducting our visual tests and benchmarks. Evidently, a remarkable improvement in contrast levels and color accuracy was noted after the Spyder's rites. Datacolor's test images clearly indicate that colors are warmer, fuller and less washed out compared to the pre-calibration phase. As a side note, calibration was performed using the sRGB preset, with a contrast setting of 90 and brightness at 60. 

 

DisplayMate

DisplayMate is an application which generates a sequence of test patterns to determine the capabilities of imaging devices like color and gray-scale accuracies. For our tests, we've hooked up the V2410 to the display test-bed via its HDMI connection. Here are some findings based on the relevant test patterns:-

Circular Geometry, Cross Hatch and Dot:- Circular shapes and linear grids on the test screen appeared symmetrical with no visible signs of distortion.

Screen Uniformity:- Overall screen uniformity was tested for each primary and secondary color. No irregularities in tint or hue were observed across the panel. Backlight bleeds were less evident compared to CCFL types, though they were more apparent off the dead-center axis.

Stuck Pixel:- No bad pixels were observed for all five test patterns.

Dark Gray Scale:- Generally, decent black levels were achieved on the grey-scale patterns with little offsets in tinge. The grey blocks became apparent at intensity level 8 and beyond.

Color Tracking:- Similar to results found on the Dark Gray scale, uniform gray patterns were rendered without any abnormal variations.

256 Intensity Color Ramp:- Slight compression artifacts were apparent at the mid and darker end of the spectrum. Other than that, color accuracy was mostly spot on.

Color Scales:- While we didn't detect any irregular tints, there's a minor uneven gradation across the color scales towards the darker spectrum.

Scaled Font:- The V2410 scored well with this test. Smaller 9-pixel fonts were still highly readable with black text on a white background, and vice versa.

 

Video Playback

Seeing how the V2410 packs a 1920 by 1080 native estate, we've used two 1080p trailers to mete out its performance - Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix since it offers lots of 'dark' scenes, and Star Trek for its fast moving images.

We know that dynamic contrast ratios can be hard to justify. Whatever the case, BenQ is touting a figure of 5,000,000:1 while Acer is screaming a ratio of 8,000,000:1 for their S243HL model. In any case, black levels on the V2410 are distinctly deeper than most CCFL-backlit LCD variants we've handled, though they are still far from perfect. Switching from the current preset to the Movie preset, however, we noticed a certain amount of visual details were lost (dynamic contrast set to 5) even though black levels were improved. This was apparent with the dimmer scenes. On the flip side, brighter portions appeared more vibrant, while skin tones and colors were relatively accurate on the whole. Ghosting, of course, was not an issue with the 5ms panel. Razor sharp crispness, on the other hand, wasn't really present.

As for its power draw, real-life figures were closer to 18 watts when spinning a Full-HD clip based on our power-meter's readings. This result was earned with the Eco Mode preset, but do note that onscreen visuals were decidedly less 'punchier' with this power-saving option. It is perfect for web surfing though. By comparison, standard 24-inch LCD displays consume approximately 40 watts or more on average.