BenQ GL2450 review

BenQ GL2450 review

BenQ's GL2450 is a decent, no-nonsense monitor at a very affordable price. Based on a somewhat old-school design aesthetic, its classic black-picture-frame-on-a-stand look features a thick raised bezel incorporating a column of physical control buttons down the right hand side. See all display reviews.

Although there's a multimedia version of the display available, this review model's stripped-down feature set offers no audio capability at all and is the only monitor in the group not to offer an HDMI port, meaning you'll need an adaptor if your PC doesn't offer VGA or DVI outputs. Connectors to this display plug in vertically, upwards from the bottom, making switching cables a little more tedious than with the horizontally mounted connections found elsewhere. But it does provide a tidier appearance from the rear if you want to use the display on a reception desk or similar environment. See what's the best display?

Its 24in diagonal makes is physically the largest display of the group and thereby gives it slightly larger pixels. The use of a low-cost TN panel means rather restricted viewing angles which are immediately apparent as soon as you tilt the monitor or move your head off axis.

The use of a TN panel does come with a huge cost saving – you can pick up a GL2450 for a little over a hundred quid, which is great if you're more into spreadsheets than graphics.

The display will also appeal to gamers, who may appreciate the slightly larger screen and the super-fast 2ms advertised response time. This display also incorporates a flicker-free backlight designed to reduce eye strain over longer periods of use.

Other than the obvious handicap of its restricted viewing angles, the GL2450 performed well in our tests and offered good contrast performance. It also had punchy, vivid colour thanks to its 99% coverage of the sRGB gamut – outperforming all challengers in this regard.

BenQ GL2450 review

BenQ GL2450: Specs

  • Size: 24in
  • Visible screen diagonal (cm): 61.0
  • Panel technology: TN
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Screen finish: matt
  • Resolution (pixel): 1920 x 1080
  • Pixel density (ppi): 92
  • Measure checkerboard contrast ratio: 610
  • Measured maximum brightness (cd/m2): 261
  • sRGB gamut (%): 99
  • Adobe RGB gamut (%): 77
  • Colour accuracy avg (delta-E): 1.57
  • Stand Tilt: -5/15 degrees
  • Video Inputs: VGA, DVI-D
  • Connector orientation: vertical
  • USB: N
  • Speakers, amp: None
  • Audio inputs: None
  • Other features: internal PSU
  • Overall size (whd): 579 x 436 x 179
  • Power consumption max/120 cd/m^2 (watt): 21 / 12
  • Bezel type: Thick Bezel
  • Cable management: N
  • Button type: push-buttons
  • Rated response time: 2 ms GtG
  • Rated viewing angles H/V: 170 / 160
  • VESA mount: VESA 100
  • Weight: 4.1 kg
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Size: 24in
  • Visible screen diagonal (cm): 61.0
  • Panel technology: TN
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Screen finish: matt
  • Resolution (pixel): 1920 x 1080
  • Pixel density (ppi): 92
  • Measure checkerboard contrast ratio: 610
  • Measured maximum brightness (cd/m2): 261
  • sRGB gamut (%): 99
  • Adobe RGB gamut (%): 77
  • Colour accuracy avg (delta-E): 1.57
  • Stand Tilt: -5/15 degrees
  • Video Inputs: VGA, DVI-D
  • Connector orientation: vertical
  • USB: N
  • Speakers, amp: None
  • Audio inputs: None
  • Other features: internal PSU
  • Overall size (whd): 579 x 436 x 179
  • Power consumption max/120 cd/m^2 (watt): 21 / 12
  • Bezel type: Thick Bezel
  • Cable management: N
  • Button type: push-buttons
  • Rated response time: 2 ms GtG
  • Rated viewing angles H/V: 170 / 160
  • VESA mount: VESA 100
  • Weight: 4.1 kg
  • Warranty: 3 years

OUR VERDICT

The BenQ GL2450 features a cheap TN panel with restricted viewing angles and offers no audio support. However it has a large screen size, a fast response time, solid build-quality and excellent value for money if all you need is a basic display.