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   24 April 2009
   Lawrence Latif

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A different shade of grey
For a monitor orientated at gamers, Benq's G2400WT has enough features to tempt more than just the gamer but just one will make you think twice about buying it.

Back in the day it used to be simple, every monitor was a gaming monitor. In the world of CRTs it didn't matter if you splashed out on Sony Trinitron or an el-cheapo no-name brand, the biggest worry you would have is lugging the thing to your next LAN party. When LCD monitors came out the problem for gamers, especially those who played first-person shooters was the response time of these swevlt screens. Blurry images as the monitor tried and failed to play catch-up with fast moving objects made LCDs a by-word for style over substance. Companies soon started to rectify this and produced units which quickly attained response times which were acceptable to gamers. However Benq has stuffed the G2400WT with more than just a fast screen in order to tempt the gamer.

The G2400WT is a 24" LCD monitor sporting a 1920x1200 resolution and a trio of inputs. It's hard to see why Benq decided to include the analogue D-Sub connector but more sensible was the inclusion of a HDMI port allowing you to attach an external source such as a DVD player, PlayStation 3 or a Sky HD box ensuring the G2400WT is the centre of your viewing universe. In order to make use of the audio supplied by the HDMI port there is a speaker/headphone jack.

Click to enlargeAs LCD mounts go, the one supplied with the G2400WT is very impressive stand offering height, tilt in both horizonal and vertical planes and orientation changes. Height adjustment is especially easy though quite how often you would change orientation is questionable, yet the ability to do so is welcome. Because this is a twisted nematic (TN) screen with relatively poor viewing angles, the tilt function is of vital importance. This cleverness combined with reassuringly heavy construction makes this a highlight of the G2400WT experience.

Sadly the design nous which went into the stand seemed to be absent from the actual monitor itself. It's not that it isn't bad to look at but it's hard to want the G2400WT over the competition from just looking at it. By no means are we expecting Apple-esque design but if you are touting a gaming orientated monitor, at least make an edition in black. The bezel is thin and although the perforations on the bottom bezel makes you think speakers hide behind it, it's simply there for show although we're not quite sure what exactly that show does for us. The G2400WT just lacks that killer look which will make you want to spend more than a fleeting glance when comparing it to the numerous other 24" LCDs available.

As for response times, Benq quote a figure of 2ms, grey to grey which is hard to beat. We certainly didn't notice any problems playing fast moving games. The fact is most screens which have a response time of around 10ms will be perfectly fine for most gamers.

After calibration with a Spyder 3 colour meter, the G2400WT showed some interesting characteristics. Brightness seemed to be an issue with uneven backlighting visible on bright backgrounds.

When you're gaming the image quality is perfectly fine whether it be something older like CounterStrike Source or something more up-to-date such as Mirror's Edge on the PS3. However the brightness issue mentioned previously still haunts the G2400WT even in this arena with shades of black being hard to decipher.

Outside of gaming the G2400WT is average with colour reproduction nothing to shout about thanks to the TN panel. The problem is compounded by the fact that most retailers are pricing the G2400WT at the higher-end of the 24" market. The resolution goes some way to justify the cost but the overall performance dampens the party.

A lack of built in speakers shouldn't automatically be seen as a negative. Most monitor speakers are so small and tinny they just aren't worth the damage they do on the aesthetics of the monitor. Couple to the fact that even £10 headphones would give any monitor speakers a run for their money and you soon realise that it is simply a false economy.

Benq's G2400WT is an average monitor combined to an above average stand and price tag. The problem isn't bad performance per-se, indeed quite the opposite. The G2400WT is an average performer in games and although there seems to be contrast issues in games it wasn't overly noticeable when you were in the middle of a fragging session. Even with the sumptuous resolution and stand the £250 asking price really makes the G2400WT a hard sell.