A pair of new 19-inch monitors from BenQ are economical in some ways. In terms of power consumption, the LED displays are extremely frugal; their market price is less than hundred Euros, but interface options and available ergonomics are thrifty, too.
Strictly speaking, the 18.5-inch model GL950AM is not a true 19-inch model, unlike the GL951AM. Older users may appreciate the option of a display with almost the same screen size with lesser - in this case: better-to-read – native resolution. At 1,440 x 900 (GL951AM) or 1,366 x768 pixels (GL950AM) analogue signal transmission via VGA still provides sufficient quality.
Given only a single signal input, it is questionable why BenQ names a function called input source in the OSD. The spartan interface equipment of the monitors includes a Kensington lock preparation, stereo speakers with 2 x 1 watts and VESA mount.
BenQ GL1950/51AM: The glossy black cabinet has a tilt range from -5 to +15 degrees. (Photo: BenQ)
The TN panels of the BenQ displays offer a typical brightness of 250 cd/m2 and a fast response time of 5 ms. Expanded via LED backlight, the high range of contrast is reflected by the dynamic (12 million:1) and static ratio (1.000:1).
The maximum power consumption of the internal power supply is at 18 watts, and only at eleven watts in eco mode. With profiles for different content, BenQ Senseye3 technology plays to their strengths. Also strong: Three year on-site exchange service, which today is no longer given by any manufacturer on all models.