BenQ EW2420 Introduction

The EW2420 from BenQ is designed for use as a multi-purpose display. While it has the standard DVI and HDMI port you would expect on a current monitor, it also has an additional HDMI port for another video source like a video game system or Blu-ray player, as well as speakers for the audio from these sources. Of course, if the panel doesn’t perform well then it doesn’t matter how many inputs it has, but the BenQ looks promising with both a VA panel and an LED backlight.

Gallery: BenQ EW2420

Hardware Impressions

Out of the box, the mounting system for the BenQ was easy to install, but not very robust. It does have the ability to tilt the monitor, but lacks any swivel or height adjustment. There is a small clip for routing your cables through, but to fit a cable through you have to remove it and then reattach it. An HDMI cable or a headphone cable should fit through but it would have been far more useful had they allowed a way to slip a cable in there instead of needing to remove the whole clip to add one. There is an optional headphone holder for the top of the monitor included as well. If you wish to wall mount, or use a different mount than the included one, there is a standard 100mm x 100mm VESA mounting pattern on the back of the display.

The bezel around the display itself is a shiny black plastic, a look that I’m not a big fan of. To me the shiny edge of the screen just attracts fingerprints and can produce a distracting glare in bright lighting conditions, which a matte finish manages to avoid. The controls for the display are set to the right side of the screen and labeled with light gray text on the bezel.

BenQ EW2420
Video Inputs DVI-D, D-sub, 2x HDMI 1.3
Panel Type VA
Pixel Pitch 0.276 mm
Colors 16.7 Million
Brightness 250 nits (typical)
Contrast Ratio 3000:1 (typical)
Response Time 8 ms (GTG)
Viewable Size 24"
Resolution 1920x1080 at 60 Hz
Viewing Angle 178 degrees horizontal and vertical
Backlight LED
Power Consumption (operation) 53 watts (maximum)
Power Consumption (standby) Less than 1W
Screen Treatment Antiglare with hard-coating 3H
Height-Adjustable No
Tilt -5 degrees to +20 degrees
Pivot No
Swivel No
VESA Wall Mounting Yes: 100 mm x 100 mm
Dimensions w/ Base (WxHxD) 17.32" x 21.91" x 7.05"
Weight 11.24 lbs with stand
Additional Features USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Hub (1 upstream and 4 downstream ports)
2 x 1.5 watt speakers
Headphone and line-in jacks
Warranty 1-Year Limited
Accessories D-Sub cable
3.5mm audio cable
USB cable
Power cable
Manual and driver CD
Price Starting at $263 Online
$229 from BenQ after Coupon Code: ew2420oct$


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  • XtAzY - Thursday, October 13, 2011 - link

    Can you guys review the new Samsung SA950? Heard it was a great 120hz monitor with very good colors for a TN panel.
  • Operandi - Thursday, October 13, 2011 - link

    I'll throw my 2 cents in by saying please don't bother reviewing any TN panel.
  • EnzoFX - Thursday, October 13, 2011 - link

  • wicko - Thursday, October 13, 2011 - link

    Next time you should keep your 2 cents.
  • GeorgeH - Thursday, October 13, 2011 - link

    This. TN panels have their place, especially in a market overflowing with 120Hz IPS screens.

    Next time try replacing 'TN' with '27" 1080p'. ;)
  • Sunrise089 - Thursday, October 13, 2011 - link

    Here's a universal review for any TN panel: buy the cheapest panel in your desired size. It will suck. If you don't notice it s
  • jkostans - Thursday, October 13, 2011 - link

    Yeah unless you're talking 120Hz which is a completely different story. There are people out there that aren't satisfied with 60Hz for gaming.
  • wicko - Thursday, October 13, 2011 - link

    Yeah because there is only one quality of TN panel: crap.

    We get it, you're a panel snob, move along.
  • dqniel - Thursday, October 13, 2011 - link

    I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not, so I'll ask- What 120Hz IPS screens?
  • dqniel - Thursday, October 13, 2011 - link

    Some people require 120Hz panels for competitive gaming. Not everybody's needs will be met with a PVA or IPS panel.

    I'd also love to see some 120Hz panel reviews/comparisons.

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