It’s usually worth spending as much as you can afford when choosing a monitor that you’re going to spend hours a day sat in front of. However, spending a small fortune for the top of the range monitor isn’t always possible. The BenQ GW2455H is a 24-inch flicker free LED monitor aimed at home and office users. We’ve spent several weeks with it to see if it’s worth considering.
Once out of the box setting up the GW2455 is a breeze. It comes in three parts, the main panel and a two-part stand. It’s nothing special to look at with a thick bezel around the screen. The casing and stand is all plastic with a glossy black finish. There’s a decent build quality though and the monitor does feel pretty solid.
As with most budget monitors there’s little option for positioning the screen. Once connected to the stand it allows tilting back and forth a small amount. There’s no height adjustment which is sure to disappoint some. If you need more flexibility then you can use the optional VESA mount.
Unlike some of BenQ’s more premium models there are no extra features on the case such as headphone hooks which is a shame. The oval base is a decent size though and it’s big enough to rest your favourite game controller on.
For inputs the GW2455H features one VGA, one DVI and one HDMI 1.4. These are enough for most users and allow you to have a PC and console connected at the same time. There are no speakers built in but there is an audio jack for your headphones.
The screen supports a max resolution of 1920×1080 which allows full 1080p HD. This is fine for consoles and PC gaming but obviously won’t allow you to go higher if your PC supports it. The LED screen is flicker free and has an 8ms response time. This is a fairly slow compared to many of BenQ’s other models that are as low as 1ms. So if you’re a big gamer and can afford a little more you probably want to look elsewhere.
The GW2455H features a VA LED panel which provides better colour reproduction and high native contrast of 3000:1. This allows the monitor to produce true black and also gives it fantastic viewing angles of 178 degrees both horizontally and vertically.
For normal day to day PC use the screen performs very well. If features the Low Blue Light technology that we’ve seen in other BenQ monitors and this greatly reduces the eye strain caused by long sessions. There are special Low Blue Light modes designed for Multimedia, Web-surfing, Office and Reading.
The right side of the monitor is home to the physical control buttons. These are easier to use than some of the fancier touch sensitive buttons on the higher end models. Using them is fairly intuitive and there’s an on screen display to show all the different options available.
The BenQ GW2455H is perfect for home and office use. You do get what you pay for so it’s still worth spending more for one of the more premium models if you can afford it. However if you’re on a tight budget then you’d be hard pushed to find a much better monitor than the BenQ GW2455H for the price.
Manufacturer: BenQ Retail Price: £139.99