Group Test - Monitors Under $300 (Part 1) : BenQ BL2410PT, AOC E2462VWH

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Has your screen lost its luster? We’ve reviewed five new 24in and 27in monitors that cost less than $300

The monitors that manufacturers bundle with PCs are often cheap and cheerful, but if you fancy upgrading to a bigger, higher quality screen, you don’t have to spend a fortune.

In this Group Test, we’ve reviewed five new monitors that cost less than $300: four 24in models and one 27in screen. Screen sizes are measured diagonally across opposite corners of the display panel, and don’t include the bezel (the surrounding casing).

Has your screen lost its luster?

Has your screen lost its luster?

How we tested

We tested the performance of the monitors using a colorimeter and the open source software DispcalGUI. The color accuracy test measured the percentage of colors available from the standard Windows sRGB palette: the higher the percentage, the better the color

Screen brightness was measured in candelas per squares meter (cd/m3), and should be a high number, while the black level should be as low as possible. The contrast ratio shows how many levels of brightness are available between the brightest while and the darkest black. A high number means you can still see plenty of detail in high-contrast images.

BenQ BL2410PT

This 24in screen uses a VA (Vertical Alignment) display panel. Screens with this technology promise better colors and viewing angles than the older TN (Twisted Nematic) panels, used by the AOC, HannsG and liyama models in this Group Test. All the screens in this test, whatever the type of display, have a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.

The BL2410PT has an adjustable screen, so you can alter its height and rotate it through 90 degrees, should you ever want your screen in portrait mode.

In our tests, it showed a contrast ratio of 2,242:1, which was the second best behind the other VA panel, the 27in BenQ GW2750HM. We also measured a black level of 0.1cd/m2, which was equal first with the other BenQ monitor.

BenQ BL2410PT

BenQ BL2410PT

These figures were confirmed by our subjective image tests. Blacks look deep, whites look bright, and reds, greens and blue are rich and vibrant. The screen’s matt finish means that reflections are reduced to a minimum but it makes colors seem less vivid than on glossy screens,

Our color accuracy tests revealed that the screen displayed an outstanding 99.9 per cent of colors found in the sRGB setting, with no adjustments needed. This is hugely impressive, and makes it particularly handy if you don’t have access to color-calibration tools. Its viewing angles are also excellent.

The monitor has an extensive range of ports with VGA, DVI, HDMI and DipslayPort inputs, a 3.5mm audio line-in, a headphone jack and a 3-port USB hub.

Verdict: 5/5

The BenQ is a brilliant monitor with outstanding picture quality and a useful range of ports to plug your PC, audio and USB devices into. It’s right at the top of the price scale but is worth spending the extra money on if you want a well-calibrated screen with no fussing about.

·         Features: 5/5

·         Performance: 5/5

·         Ease of use: 4/5

·         Value for money: 5/5

BenQ BL2410PT specs

·         Price: $299

·         Size: 24in widescreen

·         Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels

·         Quoted contrast ratio: 5,000:1

·         Quoted brightness: 250cd/m2

·         Horizontal viewing angle: 1780

·         Vertical viewing angle: 1780

·         Response time: 4ms grey-to-grey

·         Portrait mode: yes

·         Wall mount option: yes

·         Height adjustable: yes

·         Integrated speakers: yes (2 x 1W)

·         USB Hub: Three-port USB

·         Extras: headphone output

·         Video inputs: DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, VGA

·         Audio inputs: 3.5mm line-in

·         Warranty: One-year RTB


We were pleased with the color accuracy of this monitor, which displayed 92.9 percent of sRGB’s colors at its default settings. This went up to 98.1 percent after calibration, but you need specialist hardware to do this.

The black level we recorded, of 0.71 cd/m2, was higher than expected, and its brightest whites looked a bit grey. We measured a contrast ratio of 226:1, which is low, but we could still see a reasonable amount of detail in the high-contrast images we tested it with.



Adjusting the image settings on this monitor is easy, because you can install the software on your PC instead of fiddling about with the bezel-mounted buttons. The biggest annoyance is its lack of a DVI connection, although if you haven’t got HDMI on your PC, you can buy an adapter for around $10

Verdict: 4/5

This is an excellent-quality monitor with superb colors, though its contrast isn’t as impressive as the BenQ Gold Award-winner and it doesn’t have the extra ports and features. However, this is reflected in its cheaper price.

·         Features: 4/5

·         Performance: 5/5

·         Ease of use: 4/5

·         Value for money: 5/5

AOC E2462VWH specs

·         Price: $207

·         Size: 23.6in widescreen

·         Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels

·         Quoted contrast ratio: 20,000,000:1 (dynamic)

·         Quoted brightness: 250cd/m2

·         Horizontal viewing angle: 1700

·         Vertical viewing angle: 1600

·         Response time: 2ms grey-to-grey

·         Portrait mode: no

·         Wall mount option: no

·         Height adjustable: no

·         Integrated speakers: no

·         USB Hub: No

·         Extras: headphone output

·         Video inputs: HDMI, VGA

·         Audio inputs: None

·         Warranty: Three-year RTB

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