How expensive does a good PC monitor have to be? That’s a very good question, which is not easy to answer.
As is so often the case with electronics, the motto is that there is almost no limit to the top. You can put four-digit sums on the table for a professional monitor. But of course, not everyone wants it and this does not make sense for everyone. But how good have the cheap monitors become in the meantime? I’m talking about models in the 100-150 € price range.
Can one here already receive a reasonable quality? To find out, I bought the BenQ GW2470HE. A 100 € 24 inch Full HD Monitor with VA Panel!
I have to admit to be a little bit curious here. I stumbled on this monitor in the Amazon Sale and was very surprised that you can already get monitors for this small money that do not have a TN panel.
But just because a monitor has a higher-quality panel theoretically does not mean that the picture quality is good.
So, how is the BenQ GW2470HE testing? Let’s find out!
The BenQ GW2470HE in the test
BenQ optically sets the GW2470HE on a quite classic and simple design, which is also to be expected in a monitor in this price range.
But the monitor does not look “cheap” either. For example, the frames around the display panel are not overly large. So even a multi-monitor operation with two GW2470HE would make sense.
The base is very similar to the base of the expensive EW277HDR , which I consider positive. At least as far as the design is concerned. Unfortunately, the stand also offers some room for criticism. The GW2470HE has no height adjustment or comparable ergonomics options. Do you want this, you have to grab an expensive model or use a VESA mount.
Fortunately, the GW2470HE has a standard 100 × 100 VESA mount on its back, which ensures compatibility with alternative feet and wall brackets.
The usual buttons for controlling the on-screen menu are located on the lower right side of the frame. These are normal, easy-to-press, physical buttons.
Although the GW2470HE is not overly thick, BenQ has not tried to save every millimeter in thickness, so the monitor has an internal power supply.
What about the other connections? The GW2470HE has two HDMI ports and one analog VGA input.
If possible, you should use one of the HDMI ports for optimum picture quality. VGA is more like an “emergency” connection for old computers.
Bonus points are available for adding an HDMI and VGA cable! Such a thing is not self-evident in this price range.
The key point, of course, is how good the image of the GW2470HE looks. I will divide this part of the test into two areas, the objective measurements and the subjective image impression.
For the measurements, a Datacolor Spyder 5 ELITE meter is used, which delivers quite accurate values. I will primarily test the out of the box condition of the monitor.
Sharpness and resolution
The BenQ GW2470HE has a full HD resolution of 24 inches. This is in itself a sufficient resolution for a sharp image.
But what does it look like? Also practically the picture looks sufficiently detailed and clear. Of course, if you compare this with a modern smartphone, the sharpness is lower, but I think in normal everyday life fits this.
However, the image of the GW2470HE looked a bit grimmer compared to more expensive Full HD monitors. It is hard to describe without having seen it. But the transition between the individual pixels is harder here, which makes edges of round letters, for example, look a bit more angular.
BenQ gives the brightness of the GW2470HE at 250cd / m². This is not an outstanding value, but not too bad either.
I would say that everything over 200cd / m² is sufficient for a normal indoor use, especially since the GW2470HE uses a matte display panel.
But are these 250cd / m² really achieved?
Unfortunately, the BenQ GW2470HE does not quite reach the promised value of 250cd / m². I could measure 242cd / m², which is very close to the manufacturer’s specification.
242cd / m² are actually sufficient, even if a little more buffer upwards would not have been bad.
In normal everyday life, most users will certainly run the monitor at full or 80% brightness.
Do you work in a very bright environment, with a large window front in the back, then there may be better monitors for you, even if I have noticed reflections not negative.
Of course, the brightness is not completely 100% even with any monitor. There are always lighter and darker areas. Even very expensive monitors often have problems with the illumination.
What about the cheap BenQ GW2470HE? Actually okay. This has a maximum of 13% ie brightness deviation in the upper left area. There, the GW2470HE is a bit darker than in the middle, where it is the brightest.
However, the monitor does not have unpleasant halos or the like, which is why I would classify the illumination as neat.
Monitors with VA panels usually offer a very good contrast / black level. Mostly even better than monitors with IPS panels.
The BenQ GW2470HE also uses a VA panel, so are the contrasts above average?
The answer is yes! At 100% brightness, I was able to measure a contrast of 1070: 1, which is very good! Even a 1200 € BenQ SW271 with IPS panel can not quite keep up here.
Whereby one must also say that 1070: 1 for a monitor with VA panel is again almost a very weak value.
VA Monitors also like to reach values of 1500-3000: 1, but compared to TN and IPS Panel Monitors there is no reason to complain, especially considering what price range we are in.
Little info, colors are divided in monitors in color spaces. In addition to sRGB, there are also AdobeRGB, DCI etc. When a monitor reaches 100% coverage of the sRGB color space, it can display all the colors contained in that color space. This is especially important for users who edit your photos. It would be inconvenient if the sky in a photo in a blue color, the monitor can not represent. In this case, the blue would be displayed alienated, for example, a little darker.
sRGB is the standard color space used by 99% of all media on the Internet. AdobeRGB is partially represented on more expensive cameras and is a larger color space, similar to DCI-P3.
But what about in practice? Will this 90% sRGB color space coverage be achieved?
Yes! The BenQ GW2470HE can even beat the promised 90% by a whopping 98%. For such a cheap monitor a considerable achievement.
The coverage of the larger AdobeRGB color space, however, is “standard” at 74%. Values above 85% are usually only reserved for expensive professional monitors.
Unless you’re a photographer, you’ll probably never get in touch with AdobeRGB color space anyway.
In addition to a good color space coverage, however, a good color fidelity is important. While the color space tells you what kind of wide range of colors the monitor can display, the color fidelity tells you how accurate the monitor is doing.
Here the BenQ GW2470HE is rather mediocre. Not good for photo editing, but otherwise not very tragic. In general, the colors are always set a bit more powerful on more affordable monitors to produce more of an “ahhh” effect, which of course has a negative effect on the color fidelity.
Subjective image impression
From all the measurements we come to the subjective image impression, which is ultimately even more important than the measured values.
The BenQ GW2470HE can capitalize on its VA panel here. The picture is generally quite rich in contrast and saturated.
The sharpness and the general image impression work well, even if the picture is a bit too “sharp”. The transition between the individual pixels may be slightly better here than with expensive monitors.
The bottom line is the subjective image impression very good! The criticism that I express is compared to very expensive monitors, for the price of 100 € I’m really very positively surprised.
What about the reaction time or gaming? According to BenQ, the GW2470HE has a response time of 4ms, which would be pretty good.
However, subjectively, the GW2470HE is more of a sluggish monitor. I do not want to call this one as inappropriate for gaming, most TVs have a much worse response time or input lag, but for someone who plays a lot of competitive games, there are better monitors.
For someone who only plays singleplayer games, the user experience always fits with the good picture quality.
The BenQ GW2470HE has the energy efficiency class B, with a power consumption of 25W, according to the energy label.
This value is well worth it. At 100% brightness, I was able to measure a power consumption of 22.7W.
As usual, the power consumption drops very much as the display brightness decreases. At 0% display brightness (there is still a picture to see) consumes the monitor still 8.2W.
You can still see the main part of the stream despite LED backlighting.
Thumbs up for the BenQ GW2470HE! Of course you do not get a perfect monitor for around 110 € , but nevertheless I would classify this as good.
Of course, this is largely due to the built-in VA panel, which provides a good quality. Especially contrasts and the quite high color space coverage were able to surprise positively. Also, the sharpness and maximum brightness is absolutely fine.
In short, anyone who does not have that much money for a PC monitor, or simply looking for a secondary monitor, does absolutely nothing wrong with the BenQ GW2470HE!
For around 110 € this delivers a great picture!
For which user groups is the BenQ GW2470HE recommended? The GW2470HE is a classic all-round monitor. I would recommend this for an office or multimedia usage. Maybe for light photo / video editing, if you really work on a tight budget.
In short, it will be hard to find a better monitor than the BenQ GW2470HE for comparable money.
PS. Should you look at the Amazon reviews and there criticism of a blurred image, etc. see. Amazon mixes reviews for the BenQ GW2470HE and the GL2760H here . The latter has a cheaper TN panel.