BenQ GW2450 Review
The GW2450 from BenQ is a bit unusual with its VA-based screen rather than IPS or TN. This makes for a fast monitor with good black levels and color quality, but relatively narrow viewing angles.
BenQ GW2450 reviews consider the VA-style panel, which basically splits the difference in quality between a typical IPS monitor and a TN display, an attractive third way. PC Mag says the BenQ GW2450 presents bright, vivid colors much like an IPS monitor, whereas the color on TN displays tends to be duller. And while the blacks are appropriately dark, making for a nice, high contrast ratio, grays at the bottom end of the grayscale appear black instead of dark gray -- performance that doesn't quite measure up to a typical TN display. The BenQ GW2450 reviews here and at Top Ten Reviews laud the lickety-split response time of 4 milliseconds, which is about the speed of a TN display and a hair better than budget IPS monitors. Disadvantages, according to the experts, include narrow viewing angles, the lack of an HDMI port, and no height adjustability (the BenQ GW2450 is tilt-only). Still, the reviewer at PC Mag is a big enough fan to describe it as a good value and assign it an above-average rating; the Top Ten verdict was a strong 8.98 out of 10.
The BenQ GW2450 (starting at $170, Amazon) is pretty basic in terms of features. This is a 24-inch VA (vertical alignment) display with a resolution of 1920x1080. It has a higher-than-average 3000:1 native contrast ratio and a 4-millisecond gray-to-gray response time. The GW2450 provides two ports -- one for DVI and one for VGA. The GW2450HM version of this monitor includes an HDMI port, but sells for $550-plus.
Where to buy
If you're having trouble deciding between an IPS and a TN monitor, the VA is a good alternative. It boasts the speed and dark black levels of a TN monitor, with color quality that exceeds the usual TN display and edges up to IPS quality. The BenQ GW2450 is light on features and the viewing angles are somewhat limited, but on balance this is a fine value.