Generally speaking BenQ is considered a Tier 2 brand name. The means the name is not widely known but products made by that brand name is generally good in terms of quality. That does not apply to every single product though. Even Tier 1 brands like Dell, Samsung, NEC, HP can produce a crappy product.
Asus is another example of a Tier 2 brand name when it comes to monitors.
Hanns-G is an example of a Tier 3 brand name. Everything they produce is either below average or crap in terms of quality.
BenQ is actually a leading brand for monitors and projector. Just that their operations is not very big in the US. They are much more available in Europe and even Canada. They make VA panels too and not just TN like Asus and Acer.
Try a BenQ EW2420 instead. AM-VA panel, 3000:1 Static Contrast, LED backlit.
It is available here in Canada but I have had some trouble finding it in United States.
After further analysis, I've taken the plunge with BenQ, but opted for an EW2420 as suggested above. For my use (amateur photography, general home PC use and light gaming, esp FSX), it looks like it will fit the bill very well.
I'd previously seen this model and read good reviews, but it has been hard to find a supplier with stock. Ebuyer.com restocked today and I grabbed one for £170.