MiniReview: BenQ G2400W

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  1. AussieTemplar

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    Picked up this monitor today. $436 from a shop in Sydney.

    1000:1 contrast
    d-sub/DVI/HDMI
    Up to 1920x1200
    1:1 pixel mapping
    5ms reponse.

    I have come from TINY 17" to this HUGE 24". I tell you, this is crazy. It's hard to get use to it aswell as find a suitable wallpaper :p

    I bought this mainly for gaming. I don't do any design/multimedia so I didn't want to buy an expensive monitor just for its panel. This is the [one of the] cheapest TN panels there is, and IMO, the best. Samsung 2493HM.. apparently not as good picture quality, no 1:1 pixel mapping etc, and $200 more.

    I've checked for deal pixels, none to be found. Colours look fabulous, and no motion blur! Played a few games, CoD4, TF2.. Both look great, and thankfully run on max settings @ 1920x1200 :D Pretty much NO backlight bleed, which is pure awesome. My first time getting a decent monitor and I'm lucky :p

    I'm pretty amatuer with photos, and the angles I used probably weren't very good :p Colour is a lot better that what is shown.

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    Will do more tests if people can specify what I should do. Maybe some movies ETC. I did notice banding [if thats what its called] in the TF2 load up screen, maybe thats a minus.

    Positive:

    Colours
    Pixel Mapping
    Response
    Price
    Specs
    Everything

    Cons:

    Banding
    STAND - man this thing is barely adjustable.
    Maybe not as good as 8 bit panels?
     
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    I got it from a mate @ arc.com.au :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks for confirming it's not an 8 bit panel. I was looking at this monitor recently. Any suggestions for a 24" 8 bit panel?
     
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    looks great :) TF2 in 24" FTW

    i hope to be purchasing 1 for myself in the coming weeks, also upgrading from 17" (2x 17" though)
     
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    the dell 24" in one month i would suggest. The new revision is coming and no dowbt they will drop the price of it to compete with all these new cheaper 24" around nowdays. Btw this looks like a nice monitor thanks for the review, Shame about the inputs for me though :upset:.
     
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    Probably Dell's range. 2408/2407. Samsung 245T is an 8bit panel apparently, a friend loves his.

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    Nice going Aussie! :thumbup:

    All you need now is a decent mouse mat... coles online :confused::lol:

    Any bleed when watching movies etc?
     
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    I love this screen. :cool:
     
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    I've had one of these monitors for a while myself, been using it as a cheap 1080p panel for my Xbox 360, and will be getting a PS3 for it soon too.

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    As far as a visuals go it's a very nice monitor, it is certainly one of the better sub-$500 units IMO.

    The only thing I hate about it, which all other owners have in common, is that god damn stand! :p It's plastic, feels cheap, and can't do anything with it other then adjusting the monitor up and down. Plan on getting one of those desk mounting vesa brackets.
     
  11. MR CHILLED

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    Try going from a 17 to a 30 : p

    There are a few places around that have high res pics for large screens:

    http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/
    http://www.deviantart.com/

    ....and one other that escapes me right now, I'll edit the post later tonight.
     
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    do you wake up a proud 24" owner. I did.
    It was massive compared to my ultra sharp dell 19"
    I was looking at a Ben q yesterday.
    they look like they got good picture
     
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    1. Mouse mat is only temporary, spilled coffee on my razor :p
    2. I've got barely no bleed which is good, a tiny little bit from the bottom, but movies still look great.
     
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    just wanted to ask, does this have a 3 yr warranty?

    Umart website says 1 yr, but other websites say 3...
     
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    I think its 3 years on BenQ, and 1 year for BackToBase.
     
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    Warranty card says 3 years to the nearest "BenQ Authorised Service Provider", though when I bought mine from PC Maniacs I was told to bring it back to them.
     
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    Can anyone help?

    My monitor keeps flashing "Input: DVI" randomly. Like the screen goes black and shows it.

    I've tried dif DVI cables and ports on my video card and it still does it.
     
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    Using Vista? Does the problem often occur whilst using WMP? I found that when using Vista I saw this issue quite a lot. On WinXP, I've had no issues. I remember reading it's a known issue with WMP on Vista but meh, can't remember specifics.
     
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    Vista in basically everything.. just then even when I typed everything.
     
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    I previously owned this as my last writeup would indicate. Its certainly one of the better TN panels currently availible, next to none ghosting, or backlight bleed problems and the black levels are quite good also. The inclusion of 1:1 pixel mapping is another boon.

    Be advised though i think these panels suffer from dead pixels out of the box. I exchanged mine 3 times until i received the perfect unit. Also through the ps-3/hdmi connection it displays 1080p perfectly, but audio doesnt work. Although most of you will probably use your spdif or other dedicated sound systems then your monitor speakers.

    Just out of curiousity though, i had also owned Dell 24" (namely 2405/2408FPW) monitors and i noticed upon getting this unit the viewing area may have been smaller. Anyone care to clarify this? It also may be a result of the bezel being much thinner.

    Anyways great monitor at a good price. Pity i let mine go.
     

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