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My 2nd post tonight, was gonna buy the philips deal i posted earlier http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/598305/philips-230c1hsb-23-full-hd-lcd-mon but just found this 24" LED monitor...decisions decisions.
The BenQ LED monitors come with an ultra-high dynamic contrast ratio of 5000000:1 to add colour depth and definition to darkened and complex visuals, so that everything you see - from the brightest white to the darkest black - is perfectly rendered to deliver the most incredible picture performance. The G2420HDBL provides true-to-life 16:9 images that fit the 1920x1080 resolution perfectly. It offers outstanding image quality and a clear view of multiple documents simultaneously to ensure the highest work productivity. With a speedy 5ms response time, even highly dynamic video is rendered with smooth, fluid motion without ghosting or other artifacts to distract your view.

- LED Backlit
- Screen Size: 24" Widescreen
- Resolution: 1920x1080
- Contrast Ratio: 5000000:1
- Brightness: 250cd/m²
- Response Time: 5ms
- Viewing Angles (H/V): 170°/160°
- Colours: 16.7 Million
- Inputs: 1x Analogue & 1x DVI-D
- VESA Compliant
- Dimensions: 570.0mm x 412.6mm x 183.9mm
- Weight: 4.4kg
- Warranty: 3 Years On-Site
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banned#1
****ing hell youre on a roll
good deal again

would buy the phillips though
#2
Mascherano
****ing hell youre on a roll
good deal again

would buy the phillips though

LED though? Amazing contrast ratio...think you may be right tho the philips could be the one.:thumbsup:
#3
+£10 postage...
#4
Doesn't mention if its HDCP compliant or not though, which if you're into Blu-Ray is a significant factor.

Seems a good price to me, shame the bezel is fugly
#5
Discussion on this forum seems to suggest HDCP compliance & wouldn't DVI mean it was anyway? Sorry i'm new to this only found out about HDCP tonight when researching wether i could connect my ps3 to my existing VGA monitor.

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?p=15859093
#6
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/pimg/MO-033-BQ_400.jpg
#7
gangstano1
LED though? Amazing contrast ratio...think you may be right tho the philips could be the one.:thumbsup:


It's got the same 1000:1 contrast ratio monitors have had for several years now.

As for LED, well the possibly reduced power consumption is nice but hardly a big deal.
#8
chaywa
Doesn't mention if its HDCP compliant or not though, which if you're into Blu-Ray is a significant factor.

Seems a good price to me, shame the bezel is fugly


looks like it isn't, the spec pages say hbd is but the hbdl makes no mention of it guess the L stands for "lite"
#9
so whats the quoted "ultra-high dynamic contrast ratio of 5000000:1" am i missing something? where did you get 1000:1 from?
#10
dabs say its hdcp and they are pretty quick for quidco and free shipping for £151 led is great at this price!!!!! makes a big difference to overall IQ in my opinion tempted to sell my sammy 22 lcd
#11
jack_burt0n
dabs say its hdcp and they are pretty quick for quidco and free shipping for £151 led is great at this price!!!!! makes a big difference to overall IQ in my opinion tempted to sell my sammy 22 lcd


got my info from the benq site and no mention of hdcp at all
the oc thread refers to hooking up a ps3 but no mention of actually playing a hdcp blu ray which is where it counts afaik a ps3 will work ok on gaming without hdcp
baffled???
suppose if its not buy from dabs then u can return under soga so it won't cost anything if its not hdcp
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gangstano1
so whats the quoted "ultra-high dynamic contrast ratio of 5000000:1" am i missing something? where did you get 1000:1 from?

The 5000000:1 figure is dynamic contrast - ie, fake. It's a horrible system that involves turning the monitor's backlight up and down depending on what's on the screen. Imagine you're watching a film and someone keeps fiddling with the brightness control; well, that's what dynamic contrast is. It exists only so manufacturers can print stupid contrast ratios on their specs.

This monitor uses a bog standard TN LCD panel, there's no way the real contrast ratio is over 1000:1. Probably nearer 600:1 in practice. To get really good contrast means paying more for a monitor with a PVA panel. The latest c-PVA models (like the Samsung F2380M) do about 3000:1 in real tests.
#13
DrRamtop
The 5000000:1 figure is dynamic contrast - ie, fake. It's a horrible system that involves turning the monitor's backlight up and down depending on what's on the screen. Imagine you're watching a film and someone keeps fiddling with the brightness control; well, that's what dynamic contrast is. It exists only so manufacturers can print stupid contrast ratios on their specs.

That is what it does and it should be called Dynamic Brightness which would be far more truthful. Apparently it can be quite good when it's well implemented and doesn't jump about but it's not contrast and the figure given seems to be meaningless.

DrRamtop

This monitor uses a bog standard TN LCD panel, there's no way the real contrast ratio is over 1000:1. Probably nearer 600:1 in practice. To get really good contrast means paying more for a monitor with a PVA panel. The latest c-PVA models (like the Samsung F2380M) do about 3000:1 in real tests.


Actually most TNs get close to 900-1000:1 contrast these days. Measured head on of course, being TNs it'll be less than that at the edges of the screen.

Although Samsung's new PVA screens do technically have better contrast, being PVA they suffer from 'black crush': when viewed head on all the dark shades become black. So not great for dark images either.
#14
It's £139.99 delivered at Ebuyer. (Edit : but only a 2 year swap warranty with them... and Ebuyer has an E on the end and this has an L - what's the difference?)

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176582

Trying to decide between this and the Philips

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161787/show_product_reviews?offset=10&review_type=both&review_order_by=RUF

Any advice?
#15
Searcher2
It's £139.99 delivered at Ebuyer. (Edit : but only a 2 year swap warranty with them... and Ebuyer has an E on the end and this has an L - what's the difference?)

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176582

Trying to decide between this and the Philips

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161787/show_product_reviews?offset=10&review_type=both&review_order_by=RUF

Any advice?


The one on Ebuyer doesn't mention it is LED back lit... LED back lighting is more efficient and gives a better picture (arguably).
#16
I'm just getting annoyed at all these 24" monitors with ONLY 1080p resolution.
#17
gangstano1
Discussion on this forum seems to suggest HDCP compliance & wouldn't DVI mean it was anyway? Sorry i'm new to this only found out about HDCP tonight when researching wether i could connect my ps3 to my existing VGA monitor.

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?p=15859093


I can confirm it's HDCP compliant as I'm watching a blu-ray disc now. And no, DVI doesn't mean it's HDCP compliant, it's only been a feature that's been included in the last few years - plenty of DVI equipped monitors you'll find (albeit pretty old now) won't be able to play Blu-rays so it's worth checking.

As for the screen well it's TN so don't expect miracles but I've been pleasantly surprised and for this money you really can't argue. I've found it to be fine for games and films although it took a lot of tweaking to get the colours to my liking.
#18
I have now had 3 of these monitors and the inbuilt fault that they cant work out or explain for me is with the HDMI cable connection from the PC the text is blocky / jaggy and irregular (DVI is perfect)

I phone up tell them about the problem and they replace it, this has happened twice now and the 3rd monitor I have in front of me has the same problem, to check that its the monitor I have connected this to 3 PCs and a laptop with two different HDMI cables and same result, I even bought a new graphics card and got that installed thinking it was a problem with that.

Be happy to hear that someone has this on HDMI working as good as DVI but im regretting buying it
#19
Bought one of these yesterday, due to arrive tomorrow (£132 delivered from MoreComputers, they put the price up straight afterwards). Might be worth keeping an eye on that site.

piloteer81
As for the screen well it's TN so don't expect miracles but I've been pleasantly surprised and for this money you really can't argue. I've found it to be fine for games and films although it took a lot of tweaking to get the colours to my liking.

Could you post your colour settings please? Thanks!

orangelemon
I have now had 3 of these monitors and the inbuilt fault that they cant work out or explain for me is with the HDMI cable connection from the PC the text is blocky / jaggy and irregular (DVI is perfect)

I phone up tell them about the problem and they replace it, this has happened twice now and the 3rd monitor I have in front of me has the same problem, to check that its the monitor I have connected this to 3 PCs and a laptop with two different HDMI cables and same result, I even bought a new graphics card and got that installed thinking it was a problem with that.

Be happy to hear that someone has this on HDMI working as good as DVI but im regretting buying it

The UK version of the G2420HDBL doesn't have a HDMI port, do you have a slightly different model?
#20
Using a Benq 24" G2420HD monitor at the moment but mine also has HDMI output. Paid same sort of price as this model. I am very pleased with the one I bought but don't know how this one compares.
#21
Im using BenQ G2222HDL 22" led and picture is realy good.
#22
Bought the 22" model last Tuesday (G2222HDL £118 delivered Misco), have been extremely pleased with it. Indeed I am typing away to you on it right now. I was particularly enticed by the max 28w power usage on the slightly smaller model. Playing Mass Effect 2 fed by my ATI 5850 looked absolutely gorgeous and I have seen no ghosting during any gaming.

Of course the contrast claims are absolute nonsense, but manufacturers use different testing methods when making their claims so it's always difficult to compare. If I was spending the extra it would be between this, the Samsung and Philips that have been posted in rapid succession.
These monitors were only released in Dec so it's difficult to track down many reviews at the moment.

Minor quibbles: Only includes VGA lead, monitor controls are fiddly.

Just got to work, where I use a 24" Mac and the screen is extremely dull by comparison (It has an S-IPS panel).
#23
I bought this monitor last week (ended up buying it from ebuyer as Overclockers had a £10 postage charge whereas ebuyer charged £155 and I took the free postage option (still rolled up on the next day)).

Really pleased with it - colours are very vivid and it looks great.
#24
James123
Bought one of these yesterday, due to arrive tomorrow (£132 delivered from MoreComputers, they put the price up straight afterwards). Might be worth keeping an eye on that site.


Could you post your colour settings please? Thanks!


The UK version of the G2420HDBL doesn't have a HDMI port, do you have a slightly different model?


yes my fault it is a G2420HD
#25
Got mine on Saturday from Okobe.co.uk for £142.14 inc sat delivery, must admit their price changes regularly. They were £135 but out of stock, came in stock and up to £141, then when I decided last friday to go ahead it had reduced again to £135, just checked and it back up to £140.49.
Cheaper than Overclockers though and postage is under £6

Did a lot of searching on this model before I bought it and although there aren't any professional reviews yet, forums seem to speak highly of it.

My view is its a cracking monitor, excellent picture on movies and gaming. For microsoft docs etc I love being able to view 3 pages side by side, great for ammendments. No issues with viewing angles or clour bleeding around the edges that some forums talk about when reviewing monitors. The only drawback is the button positions being hidden underneath the frame, I find myself pressing the wrong button but I guess its still new and I will get the hang of it.
Overall top buy:thumbsup:
#26
excellent very good deal
#27
bargins4us
Got mine on Saturday from Okobe.co.uk for £142.14 inc sat delivery, must admit their price changes regularly. They were £135 but out of stock, came in stock and up to £141, then when I decided last friday to go ahead it had reduced again to £135, just checked and it back up to £140.49.
Cheaper than Overclockers though and postage is under £6

Did a lot of searching on this model before I bought it and although there aren't any professional reviews yet, forums seem to speak highly of it.

My view is its a cracking monitor, excellent picture on movies and gaming. For microsoft docs etc I love being able to view 3 pages side by side, great for ammendments. No issues with viewing angles or clour bleeding around the edges that some forums talk about when reviewing monitors. The only drawback is the button positions being hidden underneath the frame, I find myself pressing the wrong button but I guess its still new and I will get the hang of it.
Overall top buy:thumbsup:


I was about to pull the trigger on okobe but its sold out again now and not expected back anytime soon!

bargins4us, is the monitor hdcp capable?
suspended#28
£141.43 plus £9.95 P+P here:

http://www.trusthardware.co.uk/products.asp?partno=9H.L3XLB.QBE

Used Trust Hardware for more business related purchases...had no issues so far.

Yes it is the LED version and is HDCP compliant. :thumbsup:
#29
risheet;7803551
I was about to pull the trigger on okobe but its sold out again now and not expected back anytime soon!

bargins4us, is the monitor hdcp capable?


The Benq Australian site seem to be slightly more specific about monitor specifications. It suggests it is HDCP compliant.
http://www.benq.com.au/products/LCD/?product=1615&page=specifications

This monitor seems to be getting popular, they seem as pleased as I am with the 22": http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18089775

Amazingly is sounds like nobody is getting any dead pixels! Incredible quality control :)
#30
pulled the trigger on it from dabs, £146 delivered! looking forward to using it!
#31
risheet;7803896
pulled the trigger on it from dabs, £146 delivered! looking forward to using it!


Of course you remembered to save even more by going through Quidco at 3%, right? :thumbsup:
#32
does anyone know if i can connect my xbox360 to this?
if i can what wires would i need,
thanks in advance
#33
yes you can, get a HDMI to DVI converter (in maplin or the likes)
and away you go.

HDMI to DVI doesnt decrease picture qaulity at all just so you know, its still sharp as anything :D
#34
negativec
yes you can, get a HDMI to DVI converter (in maplin or the likes)
and away you go.

HDMI to DVI doesnt decrease picture qaulity at all just so you know, its still sharp as anything :D


does this have speakers aswell?
#35
risheet
I was about to pull the trigger on okobe but its sold out again now and not expected back anytime soon!

bargins4us, is the monitor hdcp capable?


It is !
I emailed Benq before the purchase and got a reply confirming it.
#36
gordon999
does anyone know if i can connect my xbox360 to this?
if i can what wires would i need,
thanks in advance


Don't use an xbox but from the research I did before buying; you will need a lead that connects hdmi to dvi. Dvi carries the picture quality but not the sound, not sure if there is a work around for this.
#37
bargins4us
Don't use an xbox but from the research I did before buying; you will need a lead that connects hdmi to dvi. Dvi carries the picture quality but not the sound, not sure if there is a work around for this.


i think iv sorted this, get a hd vga cable, to connect to monitor which carries the picture.. and use a rca adapter and another plug to connect speakers which will sort the sound hopefully,
iv ordered this monitor but i'm still unsure if i should cancel the order and go for the philips 23"
#38
gordon999;7815648

iv ordered this monitor but i'm still unsure if i should cancel the order and go for the philips 23"


I ordered the 23" for a friend and he is very happy with it - though he is not a gamer. I just liked the idea that he could just use a single HDMI cable from his PC to the screen and that was all - as the Philips has its own speakers which are probably going to be sufficient for what he needs. I also thought the Philips would be good if he ever wanted to have use the screen for watching films as he could just plug in an HDMI DVD player into it and away he goes. I guess it depends on whether you will ever use the speakers (handy as a backup if your other speakers go west).
#39
Searcher2
I ordered the 23" for a friend and he is very happy with it - though he is not a gamer. I just liked the idea that he could just use a single HDMI cable from his PC to the screen and that was all - as the Philips has its own speakers which are probably going to be sufficient for what he needs. I also thought the Philips would be good if he ever wanted to have use the screen for watching films as he could just plug in an HDMI DVD player into it and away he goes. I guess it depends on whether you will ever use the speakers (handy as a backup if your other speakers go west).


i think the philips is deinitely a more complete product, but now im just going to wait till i recieve the product and see what teh quality is like... i think after a few hours of scrawling the internet and trying to get comparisons and reviews, my head was spinning, and i resorted to asking my sister to choose a number, 1 or 2, 1 being benq and 2 being philips lol

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