REVIEW: BenQ V2400W
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Everyone knows the old saying: "The charm is in the asymmetry". The developers at monitor manufacturer BenQ must have been thinking this when they designed the new BenQ V2400W 24-inch monitor, an asymmetrical designer piece. The shape is so unusual that BenQ has coined a new word for it: Kinergy design. Kinergy is a mixture of kinetic and energy, an expression for flowing forms, elegance, minimalism, luxury, energy and beauty.
However, the marketing department has really overshot the mark in drawing parallels between the model and a B2 stealth bomber on the V2400W micro-site. This special design is not only new and therefore fresh, but is also something which takes a lot of getting used to. But design is a matter of taste and is therefore something subjective.
The fast 5 ms TN+Film panel needs just 2 milliseconds for a grey-to-grey change according to the manufacturer and has a static contrast of 1,000:1 (4,000:1 dynamic) according to the datasheet.
In our test, we will clarify if the monitor only has exterior charms or if its internal values can also convince.
In PC mode, we tested the monitor on a Sparkle GeForce 8800GTS 512 (G92); video playback was tested both with a PC via DVI and with a PS3 and a HDMI cable. We also used a Gretag Macbeth EyeOne Display2 Colorimeter together with the iColor Display 3.0.5 software from Quato for our measurements.
The monitor comes in a very convenient glossy and impressive box with the base attached. TO protect it against scratches, the black piano lacquer exterior is covered in self-adhesive protective sheets. As usual, the model is also encased in a padded plastic cover.
The BenQ extras are rather Spartan and are restricted to the most necessary for running the monitor. Only a D-Sub and a power cable are included; DVI and HDMI cables are not included and must be procured separately, which we would advise in any case for optimal image quality.
The scope of supply is clear: CD with manual and driver, service booklet, power cable, quick-start guide, Important Safety Instructions and D-Sub cable.
The small paper booklets only offer a small amount of information, but are available in a large number of languages.
The CD contains the monitor driver, the manual and Adobe Acrobat Reader. Thus, the range software included is just as Spartan as the cables.
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