Benq GW2470H 24 (23.8) inch monitor Review | AMVA (VA) vs IPS panel


In this video, I am going to do a full review
of another inexpensive 1080p display from BenQ, the GW2470H 24 inch monitor using VA
panel technology It is launched a few months ago, focusing
home and office users desiring to upgrade from their regular small TN screen
with a larger full HD display at an affordable price. with this review I will look into the color
accuracy text clarity
gaming performance, viewing angles and other important aspects of PC monitor
for this model And also compare it side by side with an IPS
monitor It’s a 23.8 inch 16:9 aspect ratio Led display
with 1920 * 1080 resolution that results in a reasonable pixel pitch size
of 0.274 mm which is the distance between each individual pixel
for your reference a 21.5 inch full HD screen will have lesser pixel size of 0.24 mm due
to the densely packed pixels in a relatively screen size. The advantage of such smaller distance between
the pixels is, pixels are not that visible when you sit closer to the monitor
and your photos ,texts will look much sharper in detail
Benq uses AMVA+ panel for this model AMVA is the new version of VA panel and is
the only main competitor for IPS technology and the rewarding point of this panel technology
are best contrast ratio and strong deeper blacks compared to other panels
The benefits, texts will have a nice inky black tone which gives you a enjoyable reading
experience next in videos, dark scenes will appear pitch
black without any backlight clouding which is not possible in most IPS displays
maximum brightness intensity is standard 250 candelas
Has a remarkable 3000:1 contrast ratio which is at least three times higher than a IPS
panel 4 ms response time . Here benq stated only
grey to grey instead of true black to white response time and may sound misleading to
hardcore gamers this monitor features a true 8 bit panel capable
of displaying 16.7 million colors on the screen But it covers only 72% NTSC color gamut and
this display is not suited for any color critical jobs like photo or video editing
but still you witness better color quality if you are coming from TN monitors
power consumption is low at 23 watts when maximum brightness is used
The back-light is PWM free and uses Direct Current(DC) method to control brightness
Benq has started incorporating this as a standard feature in its entire monitor range
You can notice the wave effect in the reference screen that uses pulse width modulation method
when the brightness is reduced from 100 percent Our benq is flicker free at all brightness
levels. This feature will be a relief to some users
who are more sensitive to such flickering and another add on to this model is the low
blue light feature By which benq claims less eye strain , fatigue
to those watching the screen for prolonged hours. this feature can be enabled with the help
of this dedicated button or using the inbuilt menu
These are the four options that belongs to benq’s low blue light feature
and you can control the amount of blue intensity with the help of these presets
I find 30 % option as a balanced preset You get HDMi standard VGA cable and a power
cord as accessories along with the monitor The power unit is built inside the monitor
and it doesn’t need an external power brick The entire cabinet is made of solid plastic
with black matte texture coating. The screen is tightly integrated to this plastic
body without any visible panel gaps and the overall build quality is flawless
which I would say commendable for this price point
A slim hard plastic frame surrounds the screen and measures just 1.2 cm in thickness on both
sides and top of the monitor The screen surface is semi glossy and owes
to benefits of both matte & glossy screen It is pretty good in diffusing the reflections
from bright light sources and at the sametime color vibrancy is maintained as well
the biggest shortcoming with the matte surface is, it adds more graininess to the screen
, eats some of the color vibrancy also affecting the text quality
There is a wall mounting facility with the help of these holes. Here all the input connectors are placed downwards
to facilitate wall mounting I find it hard sometimes while connecting
the input cables when the monitor is placed on desk
the BenQ gw2470 comes with two HDMi inputs and a standard VGA port
kensington lock for securing the monitor to the table
There is no integrated speakers with this model
Stand base comes in a big T-shape design and does a great job in holding the monitor without
wobbling when subjected to mild vibrations. This is the least tilt angle towards the bottom
maximum tilt upside don’t expect height adjusting feature for
this price range Control buttons are placed under the right
bottom corner in line with these small dots I didn’t experience any difficulty while using
and buttons gave good feedback when pressed Green colored power LED is placed downwards
without distracting the viewing experience even in complete dark room
This is the main menu It allows you to adjust brightness, contrast,
response time, do some basic color corrections These are the dedicated buttons for low blue
light, input selection and brightness adjustment You can also customize these buttons to other
functions if you need These are the various predefined profiles
you can choose to suit different scenarios I find standard, sRGB, eco and user presets
to be useful without affecting the color tome much
From now I’m going to compare each aspect of this VA panel to an IPS monitor and find
out which is best in terms of color quality, viewing angles and gaming
I suggest you to see this video either in IPS or VA grade display to spot the difference
or else no other option, you have to follow my words
out of the box ,images are less vibrant and colors are off and washed out compared to
IPS monitor. The factory default color calibration is not
accurate and demands for better tuning from user side
The color temperature is too cool and you can notice the high blue tint in the picture
compared to IPS screen (ASUS VS2369) So I have done some tweaks to the color settings
with great effort to get the best possible color quality from this VA (Vertical Alignment)
panel before beginning the tests these are the calibrated settings for your
reference after the basic calibration, The difference
was absolutely mind blowing. The color accuracy has improved tremendously
almost matching the IPS panel The Benq gw2470h definitely deserves a proper
calibration I an witness colors are really better , more
natural side in IPS monitor The red color in the IPS display panel is
slightly more vibrant and deeper than the VA monitor
In contrary, VA panel gives a brighter image with rich blacks but lacks in true representation
of each color shade But Doesn’t mean VA is bad in color quality
It actually falls when compared to IPS If your are upgrading from existing TN monitor
to VA display I assure, you are going to discover a significant improvement in color quality
VA panels are less affected with back light bleeding and have better uniformity in brightness
than IPS Therefore it remains one of the main reason
to choose this panel type for movie watching Those black portions exhibits a grey shade
with bright back light leakage across the screen affecting the overall movie experience
in the case of IPS display Viewing angle performance is greatly improved
over the earlier VA version in this AMVA+ panel. Has no trouble even at extreme angles without
degrading the color quality too much VA’s strong contrast advantage plays a huge
role here! Though IPS panel loses some contrast in the
shifting process but it wins here by maintaining a good color consistency at all viewing angles
VA can’t match an IPS monitor in this regard when compared side by side
The AMVA panel is reasonably good for gaming. I didnt notice any severe input lag or ghosting
in most scenarios occasionally there is some motion blur in
fast paced scenes which is common for a VA panel
But that won’t be deal breaker for general users and casual gamer
If you already enjoyed the smoothness of 144 HZ monitor, then this panel is not for you
For hardcore Gamer TN screen remains a solid choice
you can also improve the response time or reduce motion blur using the AMA overdrive
option by setting to premium or high I always find the 24 inch size hits a sweet
spot for a 1080p resolution monitor You can comfortably sit closer, enjoy reading
text on this size without the need of any font scaling
The semi glossy surface and excellent contrast ratio of benq model vastly improves the text
quality on the gw2470 h monitor IPS monitor has no trouble in producing comfortable
texts So which panel should I go for, who is this
monitor for? The benq gw2470h is ideal for home users,
document workers and even gamers who are on low budget
one area where VA monitor excels is the great movie experience
This modern AMVA panel is much improved in terms of color representation and viewing
angle performance from the earlier VA displays Benq eye friendly flicker free back light
and low blue light features are noteworthy here
going to be a considering factor for those who experience eye fatigue when working in
front of the screen for extended hours Sometimes I feel the contrast to be too heavy
for my eyes when doing text related jobs in the case of VA monitor even with contrast
level reduced to less than 30 percent Coming to panel selection
both technologies has its own strengths and negatives
The flaws of IPS technology becomes the strength of VA panel
VA’s superior contrast and black levels compensate its slight weakness in faithful color representation
Even after calibration, this VA monitor has some trouble in generating accurate skin tones. IPS faithfully rendered such tones without
any color calibration if you are into content creation like editing
videos or photos that demands very accurate color, you should go the IPS way
AMVA panel is not left much behind in this aspect and it has improved a lot. I am to happy to conclude VA monitors as an
all rounder with decent color reproduction, ability to differentiate dark & grey tones
and most importantly it costs less than IPS monitor
At any circumstance except intense gaming, I guarantee, you will see a better world by
choosing any of these two panels instead of poor TN monitors
Thanks for watching this video If you have any questions, you can leave them
in the comments section

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