BenQ VZ2470H 24-inch AMVA Monitor Review

OSD Setup And Calibration

BenQ has stayed with its tried-and-true OSD structure by providing lots of options in a well-organized menu system. Pressing one of the bezel keys brings it up.

OSD Tour

The Display menu is where you'll find the input selector and all the controls necessary to square up an image from the VGA input.

The Picture menu has all the necessary calibration options except image presets, which are found in the Picture Advanced section. The Brightness control adjusts the backlight over a range of about 250cd/m2. Contrast and Sharpness are best left on their default settings.

Gamma offers six presets that track well and get progressively darker as you increase the numerical value. Number three hits 2.2 almost perfectly, with or without calibration.

In the User picture mode, you can choose from three color temp presets or adjust the white point yourself with a set of RGB sliders. They start at full intensity, which is a bit limiting but their fine resolution can help you achieve decent grayscale tracking.

BenQ includes nine picture modes for every conceivable application. Standard and sRGB come closest to the Rec.709/D65 standard with excellent color and gamma accuracy. Either one is perfectly usable without calibration. In the Low Blue Light mode you get four additional presets that are user-adjustable. By reducing blue, the white point becomes warmer and helps to reduce eye fatigue.

To see the full digital signal range (0-255) you have to change the HDMI PC Range setting from its default of 16-235 as we've done here.

Even though there are no built-in speakers, the VZ2470H has a volume control for the headphone output. Audio signals come in via the HDMI inputs.

The OSD can be viewed in 17 different languages.

Three of the bezel control keys are user-programmable to provide quick access to various convenience functions. By enabling HDMI Auto Switch, the VZ2470H will automatically lock on to the first active input it finds. Auto Power Off will shut the monitor down after 10, 20 or 30 minutes of inactivity.

The Info screen provides resolution and refresh data plus the model number and currently active signal input.

Calibration

The VZ2470H looks good and measures well in either Standard or sRGB mode. In fact, those two presets are nearly identical. You can adjust brightness and contrast plus the color temp preset to taste if you wish. For full control, engage the User mode as we did. Then you can choose different gamma presets and dial in the grayscale to a more accurate level. Please try our settings below to optimize your VZ2470H. We've also provided brightness values for the most commonly-used peak white levels.

BenQ VZ2470H Calibration Settings
Picture Mode
User
Brightness 200cd/m2
75
Brightness 120cd/m240
Brightness 100cd/m231
Brightness 80cd/m223
Brightness 50cd/m211
Contrast
50
Sharpness
5
Gamma
3
Color Temp User Define
Red 100, Green 93, Blue 87
Black Level
16
Hue/Saturation
50
AMA
Premium
HDMI Range
PC

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  • perishedinflames
    What's the difference between this and GW2470H? Is it just the design or is it more than that?
  • none12345
    Only 60hz, no dvi?, no displayport? Wouldnt even consider it.

    Not to mention the ugly white, or the off center stand, that will make it more wobbly. And no vesa mount if you want to use your own stand.

    Just EWW all around. And its not even budget at 209, way to high for 60hz.
  • Nintendork
    It's a real shame that manufacturers forgot about 120-200Hz on 1080p 21-25° panels. Gaming monitores doesn't need to be 27" 1440p to actually get those benefits.
  • Nintendork
    For now im getting a 21° Dell Trinitron CRT.

    1600x1200 85Hz master race with 0ms response times. 0ms input lag :)
  • Max_x2
    Quote:
    What's the difference between this and GW2470H? Is it just the design or is it more than that?


    My bet is that the only difference is the design. If you're in the market for a great, cheap all-around monitor, I'd say buy the GW2470H. Had my GW2450 for about 3 years, and I'm still in love with it. The color accuracy is unmatched except maybe for monitors worth 4-5 times the price, and I also enjoy it for some casual gaming (racing simulators mostly in my case).

    Here's a review of mine: http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/content/benq_gw2450hm.htm . Anyway, what I can tell you is that this was my 1st BenQ monitor, but sure won't be the last. The quality is amazing.
  • basroil
    Looks like another ( Mod edit: Keep it clean....)benq monitor that looks fine on paper but will be troubled with quickly degrading screens and wonky controls that were outdated a decade ago

    *edit* anort3, I used no words that would not be acceptable in a PG rating. It was certainly far cleaner than some comments by others including mods!
  • Max_x2
    You do know that they own auoptronic, which supplies panels for a lot of displays, right? Also, their parts are in a lot of other companies monitors, beside the actual panel.
  • ozicom
    I've been trying to upgrade my display to 4K and i'm sure most people will try to do this while 4K is not a dream anymore. Apple and Dell and i think some other manufacturers start to produce 5K and more and now we're looking at a FHD monitor. I know mainstream means low price but buying a FHD monitor with no added options looks dummy. So let's try to push brands and manufacturers to make better for less.
  • darcotech
    It would be nice if you note that this is sponsored article.
  • atwspoon
    Quote:
    It would be nice if you note that this is sponsored article.

    How does one note that fact?
  • ubercake
    One thing I've noticed about PC monitors that claim to have an edge-to-edge zero-bezel display is that they have what is effectively an inner bezel of up to a quarter of an inch on at least the top and sides. You can see this black border even in the monitor image above.

    On the other hand, I have an LG television with a panel that truly has an edge-to-edge zero bezel display. The picture extends right to the aluminum (or whatever composite) frame. The frame is maybe 1/16th" on this thing.

    Why the difficulty to have a truly edge-to-edge display on a PC monitor and what constitutes a manufacturer listing this as a feature on the box when it doesn't really mean edge-to-edge? Why isn't this false advertising along with listed contrast levels that don't follow any standard of measurement from manufacturer to manufacturer?
  • rantoc
    Forgot 2 cons... Low resolution and weak hz if used for gaming....
  • AndrewJacksonZA
    Quote:
    For now im getting a 21° Dell Trinitron CRT. 1600x1200 85Hz master race with 0ms response times. 0ms input lag :)

    Where can one buy one of these new, not used/refurbished?
  • pasow
    Quote:
    For now im getting a 21° Dell Trinitron CRT. 1600x1200 85Hz master race with 0ms response times. 0ms input lag :)


    My 19" Dell Trinitron CRT is one of my favorite displays, even 15 years after getting it. I just wish it wasn't greying out...

    1600x1200@85Hz or 1024x768@120Hz
  • mosc
    You can praise CRT contrast all you want but if you've had one and had to deal with trapezoidal and parallelogram distortion CHANGING AS IT HEATS AND COOLS you can't seriously want to go back. Yes, CRT's were better at some things. No, no sane person doing normal things would ever want one.

    This article doesn't make me want to buy the benq 24", it makes me want to buy that 40" Philips!
  • thezooloomaster
    Quote:
    Only 60hz, no dvi?, no displayport? Wouldnt even consider it. Not to mention the ugly white, or the off center stand, that will make it more wobbly. And no vesa mount if you want to use your own stand. Just EWW all around. And its not even budget at 209, way to high for 60hz.


    You don't need more than 60hz. Or do you plan on using this screen as a 3DTV or something retarded?
    Also, take a good look: the stand is most certainly not off centre. Only the arm goes off to one side; not the same thing. The centre of gravity will remain low and in the middle.
  • Franklin1985
    Awesome review as always. Just one question...it is possible for you to review those "new" 25 inch 2560x1440 monitors from Dell and Asus?
  • Merry_Blind
    Damn that monitor would be perfect for me if it was 27"... Please BenQ make a 27" version, pretty please!
  • zodiacfml
    PPI would be hideous on such size and resolution though can be fixed by sitting a bit further away.

    VA just useful for a dark room and content with dark scenes. 1000:1 just doesn't cut it for me. That Philips 40" 4K is still a goal for me.

    Quote:
    Damn that monitor would be perfect for me if it was 27"... Please BenQ make a 27" version, pretty please!
  • Merry_Blind
    Quote:
    PPI would be hideous on such size and resolution though can be fixed by sitting a bit further away. VA just useful for a dark room and content with dark scenes. 1000:1 just doesn't cut it for me. That Philips 40" 4K is still a goal for me.


    Indeed it is just a matter of distance. 1080p is perfectly fine on any display as long as you're at the right distance.

    Also, VA panels aren't only useful for dark rooms at all... Contrast ratio always makes for a better image no matter the lighting condition, all else being equal. You say it yourself: "1000:1 just doesn't cut it for me".
  • scherzilla
    I bought this monitor and i have flickering issues on dark pictures. Wasn t this supposed to be flickering free??? Also if i use hdmi cable all OSD functions go crazy and nothing works, if i change contrast or black level the temperature of the colors change!!
    Also i noticed that on black screen the display is not uniform and the blacks are not deep at all! Sincerely i don t know what to do because it seems no reviewers are reliable and changing with another one could risky, i could get a worse one or equivalent.
  • scherzilla
    I bought this monitor and i have flickering issues on dark pictures. Wasn t this supposed to be flickering free??? Also if i use hdmi cable all OSD functions go crazy and nothing works, if i change contrast or black level the temperature of the colors change!!
    Also i noticed that on black screen the display is not uniform and the blacks are not deep at all! Sincerely i don t know what to do because it seems no reviewers are reliable and changing with another one could risky, i could get a worse one or equivalent.
  • scherzilla
    Flickering solved upgrading video card drivers. But for some reason if i keep connected both the hdmi and vga cables i can not select the hdmi source it always point me automatically to vga... well if this monitor has better blacks than most other mid price suggested panels i sincerely fear to simply see what those monitors could look like... i had a Sony crt monitor that served his purpose since 1999 till 2 weeks ago, and definitely this monitor has no contrast compared to the worst of CRTs.
  • scherzilla
    Also i have a sony bravia tv 40hx755 and i compared the black of that to this Beng monitor. The Bravia is a 2012 model but there is no comparisong between the two the bravia has such blacks that it looks like a CRT compared to this benq vz2470h. The Bravia contrast ratio was never specified by Sony but if this monitor is for real a 3000:1 then the Bravia must be at least 5000:1 if not 6000:1. i suspect anyway the 3000:1 declared contrast is a fake and you at Tom's Hardware are simply cheaters.