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March 14, 2014

BenQ EW2440L 24″ Full HD LED Monitor Review



After launching the world's first flicker-free VA Panel Monitor back in 2013 (GW2760HS - courtesy of goldfries.com), BenQ now releases the gorgeous BenQ EW2440L and EW2740L that inherits the flicker-free features and the company's Eye Care initiative to bring a better experience to the end users.

Great thanks to goldfries and BenQ Malaysia for making this review possible, providing us such great opportunity and the EW2440L review unit. Without any further ado, let us see what does BenQ has to offer with their new EW2440L, retailing at the price of 799 Malaysian Ringgit each.

Technical Specifications

Aspect Ratio 
16:9
Resolution (max)
1920 x 1080
Dimension
421.6mm x 545.66mm x 191.32mm
Weight
3.74kg
Native Contrast 
3000:1
Dynamic Contrast Ratio
20M:1
Panel Type
VA Panel
Response Time(Tr+Tf) typ.
12ms, 4ms (GTG)
Display Color
16.7 Million
Audio / Video Input / Output
D-Sub/ HDMI x 2 (MHL)
Compatibility
Windows  7, Windows 8
Features

Low Blue Light
Flicker-free Technology
Senseye® 3
Smart focus/Super resolution




Overview




The main body of BenQ EW2440L unboxed and the first thing that caught our attention is extremely thin bezel of the monitor itself.



A closer look at the BenQ EW2440L - the thin bezel will definitely give better and immersible viewing experience when paired with the AMD Eyefinity.    



Don't be fooled by these little dots, these aren't LED indicators but touch controls for you to adjust the monitor settings. Personally, we think that there're both pros and cons for having this type of controls:
- The gain? No worries of buttons failure due to worn out contact point in the switches

- The loss? As these tiny dots doesn't come with any form of visible indicator, getting it to work right in a low light environment could be a painful experience as you can't really tell the exact location of the controls you're looking for.



The included accessories are pretty much what you will be needing for everything (VGA, MHL, Power Adapter, the monitor stand), it'll be better if BenQ included a piece of HDMI cable.



There're 2 speakers at the back of the BenQ EW2440L that can be used with the HDMI/MHL connector.



The I/O connectors are placed vertically at the back of the monitor which allows easier access compared to most monitors we've seen on the market with the I/O connectors placed at the bottom side of the monitor. The only downside of having such design is that you will not be able to install it on custom monitor mounts.



Assembling the BenQ EW2440L is pretty easy and straight forward. The neck of the monitor is secured to the main body with the screws right below the I/O connectors.



The neck of the monitor is then secured to the base that comes with these screws that come with a small handle-like structure and can be easily secured without needing any tools.



The outcome - one gorgeous looking BenQ EW2440L ready to be used.



Another extra to highlight - it's not something really special but... there's a mobile phone mount that can be accessed from the base of the monitor. It's rather limited to mobile phones that are similar in size of the iPhone, as seen in the photo above. Anything beyond that size will render it useless.


Features Highlight
Here're some features of the BenQ EW2440L which we think is unique compared to the other brands we've come across previously.

Flicker Free

The official Flicker-free demo video from BenQ:

Our method of determining whether the flicker-free feature:


The photo above shows a 120mm case fan placed in front the BenQ EW2440L, there're some dark lines which are only visible under photo capture but not to our naked eye.



On the other hand, we can see visible dark lines on the screen and thicker dark lines on the 120mm case fan when placed in front of a laptop monitor.
It's a great feature that comes very helpful for those who often capture video of gameplay with their camera instead of using screen capturing software, no worries of flickering that will destroy your video of quality gameplay.

Low Blue Light
The official Low Blue Light demo video from BenQ: 

The Low Blue Light feature seems legit. Although we weren't able to present it to you all with mere photos, but we can really tell the difference from our experience in using it for hours with the Low Blue Light feature in preparing some of our reviews - less fatigue to the eyes. 

Some might question this as the same result can be achieved by lowering the blue channel level on your monitor display. BenQ has taken the approach to save your time from all the hassle by having it pre-set to the monitor and you can easily switch it on-the-fly. 

HDMI - MHL Display
HDMI - MHL Demo video, courtesy of goldfries.com: 

Mobile gamers who wish to have a more immersive gaming experience, here's a great option to go for - this is limited only for Android Smart Phones. 

Final Thoughts
Our experience with the BenQ EW2440L throughout the review is pretty good in overall, for a 24" VA Panel monitor with a near borderless design along with BenQ Flicker-Free and Low Blue Light features at the price of 799 Malaysian Ringgit, it's almost a too good to be true offer.

Along with the pros, we did spot the cons as well throughout the review and it's listed as below:

Pros
  • Easy to assemble and disassemble without any worries of breaking any parts
  • Very thin bezel that gives a great viewing experience
  • Touch controls for adjusting monitor settings
  • Easy to access I/O connectors
  • Flicker-Free to naked eye and even (some)camera 
  • On the fly Low Blue Light adjustment
  • Included with HDMI - MHL cable
  • Comes with mobile phone holder at the base of the monitor
  • Built-in speakers at the back of the monitor
Cons
  • The mobile phone holder is limited to something at the size of an iPhone
  • The vertically placed I/O connectors somewhat sacrificed the option for mounting the monitor to any form of mount
  • No HDMI cable included
  • No visible indicator for touch controls, especially under low light environment
Before calling it a day for our review, the BenQ EW2440L is awarded with our Silver award and Recommended award.

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