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BenQ GW2450 GW2450 Glossy Black 24
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs The Best Picture Quality of Any Monitor Available 02/25/2013

This review is from: BenQ GW2450 GW2450 Glossy Black 24" 4ms (GTG) Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 DC 20,000,000:1 (5000:1)

Pros: The best picture quality of any monitor in any price range. The deepest blacks of any TV or monitor I have ever seen. Great side viewing angles. Ridiculously low price for the picture quality.

Cons: While the side viewing angles are great, the vertical viewing angles are not as good. The screen becomes dominated by whites and hard to read when it is viewed from an extreme upward angle (>60 degrees). The bezels are thick and reflective. The inclusion of only 1 port modern digital port is frustrating.

Other Thoughts: I consider myself a videophile who is obsessed with picture quality, and even though the reviews were great for this monitor I was extremely hesitant to buy a monitor that cost only $170. I wasn't sure if the picture quality of this monitor could match the other monitors I was looking at that were 4x as expensive as this, but I'm glad I took a risk and bought this.

This monitor is great for gaming (once AMA is turned on high) and outstanding for watching movies. I feel like BenQ could have easily charged 5x as much for this monitor and it would still be a good deal.

I bought three of these for a NVIDIA surround setup, and I couldn't be happier.

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BenQ XL2420TX Black-Red 24
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Amazing Picture

Great setting and picture adjustment tools

Cons: 3D Vision DOESN'T WORK. I've been having issues with the range of the built in 3D emitter (I have to have my nose 2 inches from the screen for the glasses to receive the signal), and I finally found out why. The built in emitter only works once each time the monitor is plugged in. After that it only works at a fraction of the range it is capable of. Evertime you want 3D to work you must unplug the monitor (simply turning it off will not do the trick).

The viewing angles are also very poor.

Other Thoughts: I bought 3 of these monitors to use for 3D Vision Surround, and all 3 of them have the exact same issue.

I searched online and found a thread of about 30 people who also had the exact same issue. BenQ claims it is not their problem because the Emitter is from Nvidia, and Nvidia claims it is not their problem because they did not build the monitor. So nobody was able to get much help.

I'm returning all 3 of the monitors, and I'm going to buy the XL2420t and a standalone 3D emitter

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BenQ XL2420TX Black-Red 24
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Amazing picture

Great settings and picture adjustment tools

When 3D Vision works it looks spectacular

120hz makes a huge difference in daily usage and while playing games.

Cons: The built-in 3D emitter has terrible range. If I sit up straight I'm too tall to be in range, and if I slouch backwards I'm too far away from the monitor to be in range.

The viewing angles are also very bad, but not much worse than the average TN panel.

Other Thoughts: I was able to calibrate the display to get accurate colors, and it looks okay that way. However, if you increase the saturation the colors really pop, and it looks amazing.

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Display Name: Andrew C.

Date Joined: 11/22/09

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  • First Review: 01/04/13
  • Last Review: 02/25/13
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