Are you finding monitors for your office and causal productive tasks? The BenQ GW2480 might end your search. It’s an affordable 1080p monitor for anyone who is looking for a 24″ IPS monitor. It has one of the best displays in the budget segment with a couple of nifty features. Although it misses out some essentials which we will discuss ahead. So, without any further ado, let’s start with the detailed review of our contender BenQ GW2480.
DESIGN & AESTHETICS
The BenQ GW2480 possesses a very understated design that seems very minimal. It has almost no-bezels on three sides, and that gives it a very premium appeal. The bezel-less design makes it an ideal contender for those who want to make a multiple monitor setup. On the back, although the monitor is constructed on a plastic frame, it does feel premium with the textured-black design. However, it does attract dust quickly, so if you are going to put this monitor near windows, make sure you clean it often with a cloth.
The stand comes detached from the box, which we have to attach simply with the help of the screw given in the package. The installation process is quite seamless, and it doesn’t create much of clutter as such, so that’s a nice thing. The stand offers only a tilt function with 5° forward and 20° backward adjustments. So, ergonomically, the BenQ GW2480 might not be the best option, but that’s what we get for $100.
Apart from that, the stand has a cable management hole on the back through which you can route cables in an organized manner. If the given stand disappoints you, then the BenQ GW2480 comes with VESA mount compatibility for anyone who wants to mount this monitor on a custom arm. The monitor also offers a pair of built-in speakers for listening audio right out of the box. They don’t provide much fidelity as such, but considering the price, it is great to have such offerings.
PERFORMANCE & PICTURE QUALITY
The panel that backs the monitor is LG’s 1080p IPS panel which is excellent at colors and viewing angles. It supports 72% NTSC and basic sRGB color coverage with 8-bit, which does give a color-rich experience for office work and productivity. If you are going to do basic video editing and designing tasks, this will do the job perfectly. However, if you are concerned about color accuracy, then you should probably skip this and refer our buying guide for color-accurate monitors. Coming to the viewing angles, the BenQ GW2480 has the best viewing angles in this segment, thanks to the LG’ IPS panels. The 92ppi seems to be adequate, and the texts appear sharp and clear, so if you are concerned about the clarity, the BenQ GW2480 does perform well.
The input lag of 10ms is excellent for this price, and there is no noticeable lag when commands are applied on the screen. It also has a quick minimum response time of 5ms, which is ideal for casual gaming. Although there are faster TN monitors available for the same price, but you get better viewing package on the BenQ GW2480 that focuses on a wide array of purposes. Moreover, the monitor houses 60Hz refresh rate capability, which gives adequate smoothness for common tasks. It can be overclocked to 75Hz refresh rate, so if you want that little extra smoothness, you can always set the refresh rate to 75Hz.
Overall, we didn’t notice any backlight bleeding or glow issues like most budget IPS monitors. It is there, but LG’s IPS panel seems to be of excellent quality as always, and it does a great job of preserving the uniformity across the screen.
Apart from picture quality, the BenQ GW2480 offers some decent features that stand out from the rest, and they are not available in this segment. It comes with Brightness Intelligence Technology, which tweaks brightness based on the room’s dark and light conditions. It has a sensor on the right below the BenQ logo on the front, which senses the light and adjusts brightness automatically, so that’s a nice helpful eye-care feature. (Read more about BenQ’s eye care technology)
Further, the monitor has plenty of viewing modes such as Movie, Game, sRGB, Photo, Standard, and Low-Blue Light mode. These modes can be accessed from the monitor’s OSD, which is very intuitive and easy-to-use.
It doesn’t come with FreeSync, which could be a downside for some who play games often. However, the GW2480 comes with AMA (Advanced Motion Accelerator) & Flicker-Free Technology, which together does provide adequate gaming performance for casual gaming.
ERGONOMICS & PORTS
Coming to the ergonomics, the BenQ GW2480 does feel premium and comfortable for viewing, but it misses out on a fully adjustable stand. The stand tilts 5° forward & 20° backward, as said earlier. It is not the easiest thing to do as the monitor wobbles and doesn’t offer grip while tilting.
The BenQ GW2480 targets productive users, so a fully adjustable stand would have been great here mainly for programmers as they need vertical orientation while coding.
On the connectivity front, the monitor houses an HDMI 1.4, a DisplayPort 1.2, a D-Sub, and dual Audio ports for In and Out. The ports are adequate and do satisfy daily computing needs. However, BenQ should update the monitor with ports that follow the latest standards. It comes with an HDMI cable within the box, so that’s a nice thing.
|Resolution||Full HD | 1920 x 1080p|
|Pixels Per Inch||92 PPI|
|Viewing Angles||178° / 178°|
|Color Average||72% NTSC|
|Refresh Rate||60 Hz|
|Response Time||5 ms|
|Variable Refresh Rate||Flicker-Free Technology|
|Connectivity Ports||1x HDMI 1.4, 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x D-Sub, 1x 3.5mm Audio In, 1x 3.5mm Audio Out|
|VESA Mount Compatible||Yes (100 x 100 mm)|
Comparison & Alternatives
The BenQ GW2480 is an excellent IPS monitor for productivity and light gaming. However, it is always better to look at the alternatives and get the idea of all the features and offerings.
Several IPS monitors compete with the BenQ GW2480, and they are Acer R240HY and ASUS VA24EHE.
|23.8″ Full HD IPS||23.8″ Full HD IPS||23.8″ Full HD IPS|
|5ms Response Time||4ms Response Time||5ms Response Time|
|60Hz Refresh Rate||60Hz Response Time||75Hz Response Time|
|Flicker-Free Technology||Flicker-Free Technology||Adaptive-Sync / FreeSync|
|VESA Mount Compatible||N/A||VESA Mount Compatible|
|Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
The BenQ GW2480 is an excellent IPS monitor for office work and productivity. The colors are rich, and the viewing angles are broad. With thin bezels and support for DisplayPort, the monitor becomes an ideal contender for multiple monitor setup for power users.
Its affordability and offering of excellent helpful features as Intelligent Brightness Control make it one of the best budget 24-inch IPS monitors to buy right now.
It offers decent gaming performance, but if your sole purpose is to play games, you should check out the alternatives as our contender doesn’t have any VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) technology.