BenQ VZ2470H 24-inch AMVA Monitor Review

The vast majority of our monitor reviews focus on technology and improvements in image quality, and don't really take style or feel into account. Evolution usually means premium pricing but when we can highlight exceptional value, we do. Enter the BenQ VZ2470H; a general-use display that incorporates exceptional image quality courtesy of a high-contrast AMVA panel, high style and a low price.

While every manufacturer has its own distinct product design, most desktop displays are hard to tell apart once you stand back and are unable to see the logo. The now-familiar black chassis is a staple feature in nearly every monitor that comes into our lab. Occasionally we see an attempt at something different like Philips' all-white BDM4065UC. In that same vein, BenQ has created a white chassis for the VZ and shows extra attention to detail by providing white cables and even a white power supply brick. Topping it off is a zero-bezel panel (Edge-To-Edge) that creates an image that essentially floats in front of the user.

Specifications

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The VZ2470H's unique styling is bound to attract buyers but we think users should also take a close look at the AMVA panel part used here. It's made by AU Optronics and boasts a native and unenhanced contrast ratio of over 3000:1 as confirmed by our measurements. AMVA works on the same principle as IPS but adds a superior light valve to the mix. That means when the crystals are oriented to block the backlight, they prevent nearly all transmission of light resulting in significantly lower black levels than other LCD technologies.

Speaking of the backlight, it's of the Zero-flicker variety, which does away with pulse-width modulation in favor of a constant current. Most users don't notice flicker but for the small number that do, this is a welcome feature that serves to reduce eye fatigue.

Despite its relative uniqueness and spectacular image quality, the price of admission is comfortably under $200. FHD resolution is part of the reason for that but at 24 inches; the lower pixel density isn't as big a deal as it would be in a 27-inch screen. Otherwise, we can't see that any corners have been cut. Build quality is superb with a monolithic design that makes the base and upright an integral part of the panel. This means no height, swivel or portrait adjustment and unfortunately, no VESA mount either.

But you get the benefit of BenQ's usual high color accuracy, full-featured menu system and at least in our sample, no light bleed or other screen anomalies. The value here is pretty good and we're impressed with the package at first glance. We have yet to be disappointed by any BenQ display so let's see how the VZ2470H fares in our benchmark tests.

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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.