The monitor is a user's primary interface with their computer and therefore its look and feel should be a priority when considering any systems purchase. Our coverage is usually oriented towards technology that improves image quality but sometimes design and value take center-stage.
There's no question that look and feel are BenQ's primary design goals with the VZ2470H. Its all-white chassis stands out in a sea of black and gray displays and the integrated stand along with an edge-to-edge zero-bezel panel means that any desktop using one will be a better place to get work done. Luckily though, there is desirable technology here too. AMVA is a panel type we're impressed with not only for its excellent contrast but its color accuracy as well.
It's unfortunate that of the seventy or so monitors we've reviewed here since 2013 that only seven of them use AMVA panels. Users clearly prefer IPS over TN and there is no doubt that LCD panels as a category are deficient in contrast. Since many users (us included) believe that contrast is the most important facet of image fidelity, monitors like this and the others highlighted here today should be at the top of our wish lists.
BenQ has certainly embraced the tech as the VZ2470H is now the third such product to grace its lineup. We were impressed with BenQ's XR3501 curved screen and the jumbo 32-inch BL3200PT we looked at in 2014. Obviously other manufacturers like HP and Philips have caught on too. While things like resolution and speed are certainly important, contrast and image depth truly should carry equal weight.
The VZ represents an exceptional value as well. It may lack the QHD or UHD resolution of the latest premium displays but at 24-inches, FHD works just fine. In every other respect it sacrifices nothing to more expensive screens. It has more than sufficient color accuracy to work well in any application. It may not readily appeal to gamers without a high-speed or adaptive refresh rate but it is more responsive than most 60Hz screens we've tested. Add to that a zero-flicker backlight and you have a monitor that's just enjoyable to use.
If you're looking for a high-performance gaming display for under $200 that ship hasn't docked just yet. But for those willing to work and play at 60Hz and FHD, the BenQ VZ2470H is a great choice. For that reason we're giving it the Tom's Editor Recommended Award.
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