BenQ’s V2410T has its sights firmly set on the office desk with a huge 24in panel with the kind of bland, corporate looks that will send home users running. It’s lacking in flashing lights and eye-catching curves, but the design will blend into any office. It isn’t bulky either, with slim dimensions and a relatively compact, adjustable stand.
That stand gives the BenQ 130mm of height adjustment, and also allows it to pivot 90 degrees. The wide base helps it to feel well planted on the desk. All it takes is a single hand to ease the V2410T into the right position.
A 24in display for just $364 seems too good to be true, but BenQ has saved some cash by opting for a standard TN panel with a 1080p resolution. There’s little in the way of connectivity: the V2410T is furnished with just a DVI and D-SUB port. You won’t even find a DVI cable in the box.
In its favour, though, the BenQ is just as frugal when it comes to power consumption. Even at standard settings the V2410T drew just 21W, and Eco mode dropped that to 15W while retaining more than enough brightness for most offices.
The BenQ’s LED-backlit panel walks the line between efficiency and brightness, but it isn’t the best we’ve seen. Vertical viewing angles were narrow, giving obvious contrast shifts as we moved in our seat. Banding was evident across DisplayMate’s colour and mono ramps, and this manifested itself as a mixed performance in our test photos and HD movie clips. Skintones had a subtle yellow tinge, and the BenQ entirely obscured detail in both the dark and light areas of shots and movies.
Such faults would prove terminal for most monitors, but it may not dissuade the BenQ’s target market. With a solid stand and image quality good enough for business apps, the V2410T will prove popular with modest IT budgets. But with the likes of Samsung’s PX2370 for only $50 more, it’s by no means a must-have.