The BenQ GW2480 is yet another budget 24″ 1080p IPS monitor. So, what makes this model stand out? Is it worth it? Continue reading to find out!
The monitor uses LG’s AH-IPS (Advanced High Performance – In-Plane Switching) panel with a 250-nit peak brightness, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, and a 60Hz refresh rate.
The Full HD (1920×1080) resolution provides a decent pixel density on a 23.8″ screen of the BenQ GW2480 which means that the details are clear and vivid with a decent amount of screen space available.
Additionally, the BenQ GW2480 monitor has a flicker-free backlight and an integrated filter against the harmful blue lights. There are four different low blue light settings including: Multimedia, Web Surfing, Office, and Reading.
With the input lag of around 10ms, there is no perceptible delay between your commands and the result on the screen.
The BenQ GW2480 IPS display also has a quick response time speed of 5ms (GtG) which ensures no prominent ghosting and trailing of moving objects in video games and movies.
For gaming, you should set the AMA (Advanced Motion Acceleration) option in the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu to ‘High’ or ‘Premium’ for the best response time performance.
It’s also possible to overclock the monitor up to 75Hz for a slight boost in motion clarity.
Moving on, as it’s the case with all IPS panels, the BenQ GW2480 has wide 178-degree viewing angles which ensure no color, brightness, nor contrast shifts when the screen is seen at skewed angles.
Finally, we didn’t detect any defects such as excessive IPS glow and backlight bleeding nor dead pixels.
What makes the BenQ GW2480 stand out from the rest of 24″ 1080p IPS models by other manufacturers is the unique Brightness Intelligence Technology.
This technology consists of a built-in sensor that can automatically adjust the screen brightness according to the ambient lighting.
Not only does this improve the image quality, but it’s also healthier for your eyes.
In the OSD menu, you can adjust the sensitivity of the sensor or turn off the feature entirely if you choose so.
Other features include pre-calibrated picture presets such as Movie, Game, Photo, sRGB, Eco, Standard, and User.
There are also plenty of picture adjustments available including five gamma presets, hue and saturation, RGB color levels, and the standard contrast, brightness, sharpness, etc settings.
The OSD is controlled using the buttons placed beneath the bottom bezel of the BenQ GW2480 24″ monitor. For up to three hotkeys, you can assign specific shortcut functions.
Design & Connectivity
The BenQ GW2480 1080p monitor has a modern design with thin bezels and premium textured finish. Moreover, it’s got a great cable management system; a part of the stand can be removed to conceal the cables.
However, the stand is tilt-only by -5°/20° though you can VESA mount it using the 100 x 100mm pattern.
Connectivity includes an HDMI 1.4, a VGA, and a DisplayPort 1.2 which is usually not available at this price range. There’s also a headphones jack and two 1W integrated speakers.
Price & Similar Monitors
The BenQ GW2480 price is around $140 which is reasonable considering its specs and unique features.
However, for gaming, we recommend the equally-priced LG 24MP59G 24″ 1080p IPS monitor with FreeSync up to 75Hz and even the 1ms Motion Blur Reduction technology.
You may also want to consider the HP VH240a which is a more affordable display with similar specs and a fully ergonomic design.
All in all, the BenQ GW2480 is the perfect budget monitor for office use thanks to its exclusive features, affordable price, and great image quality.
Since it has a DisplayPort and thin bezels, it can also be an ideal option for a multi-monitor setup.
In case you’re looking for a monitor mainly for gaming, there are better alternatives out there at this price range, such as the LG 24MP59G.
BenQ GW2480 Specifications
|Resolution||1920×1080 (Full HD)|
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time||5ms (GtG)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, VGA|
|Other Ports||Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (static)|
|Colors||16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)|
What We Loved
- Good value for the price
- Low input lag and quick response time
- Innovative Brightness Intelligence technology
What We Didn’t Like
- No AMD FreeSync
- Tilt-only design
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