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Nimish Sawant
nimish.sawant@thinkdigit.com
M
onitors are an
important component of your
rig and each year
we see a flood of new monitors.
With each passing year, we
are witnessing a steady move
towards full HD panels, as that
is the only way we can justify the
media we consume. Unless you
are on a strict budget, it does not
make sense to go for monitors
which are not full HD.
Not only did we receive full
HD monitors, but there were
a few which went beyond the
humble 1920x1080 pixel count.
We got a couple of monitors
which scaled the 2560x1440
pixel mark. We also saw a
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lot of variety in terms of the
panels being used. We had the
twisted neumatic (TN), in-plane
switching (IPS) as well as the
vertical alignment (VA) panels.
This year we decided to keep the
minimum size of the monitors at
21.5-inches (22-inches) as anything under that does not make
sense for home use unless you
are on the strictest of budgets.
A monitor’s shelf life is around
four to five years, so you should
make sure that it counts.
23-inches and
under
Features
Here we have five monitors
each from a different brand
with three 21.5-inches and
two 23-inchers. Dell S2240L
is the only monitor which has
a glossy screen and an edgeto-edge glass design. For a
21.5-inch monitor, that is quite
interesting as the other monitors: BenQ GW 2250, Philips
227E3QPHSU, NEC E231W
and ASUS VS 238H have the
standard matte finish on the
screens. The Dell S2240L has
eight preset modes including
multimedia, movie, text and
so on. It has an Energy Use
bar atop the OSD menu, which
shows you power consumption. On turning on the Energy
Smart option, the monitor will
keep the power low by adjusting
the backlighting levels, so that
you can actually notice the backlight adjustment as you work on
the monitor.
The Philips 227E3QPHSU
also has a power-saving feature called Power Sensor, which
reduces the monitor’s brightness if it senses that there is no
one sitting in front of the monitor. It ensures that by infrared
communication – the two IR
sensors on the monitor’s front
face transmit and receive IR
signals to ensure the monitor
is not lying idle. Thanks to its
IPS panel, the viewing angles
are really good. It also features
a Smart Contrast option which
dynamically adjusts the contrast
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Monitors Test
How wE teSted
We called for only LED backlit LCD monitors
having full HD resolutions and were 21.5-inches
and over and meant for home use. We did however receive a couple of 3D gaming monitors
and three professional grade monitors. Since
there weren’t enough numbers, we decided to
divide the monitors based on their screen sizes.
Professional monitors were grouped together
as they are more feature rich as compared to
other monitors and are meant for imaging professionals. Since a majority of the monitors were
meant for home use, we thought it would not
be fair to mix the two categories.
As far as features went, we logged all the
physical specifications on the monitors including
details of the panel, connectivity options, swivelling options, USB ports, etc. Build Quality was
evaluated and scored accordingly. We also
evaluated the on-screen display options and
its ease of use.
Our test bed comprised of the following
components:
• Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K
• Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4
• RAM: Kingston 8 GB DDR3 RAM @ 1333MHz
• SSD: Kingmax 128 SSD
• Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 460 (with the
NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 kit for 3D monitors)
of the monitor. The NEC E231W
is targetted more towards business users, so a lot of stress is
laid on the two Eco modes – one
corresponding to Energy Star
settings and the other to 40 per
cent energy savings. It makes
sense for larger organisations
who want to increase their green
Before testing any monitor, we reset it to its
factory settings to ensure uniformity. We used
Spyder 3 Elite colorimeter to calibrate each
display and also to give us the real contrast ratio
and luminance value. Manufacturer’s specified
contrast ratios are determined under certain
conditions and at specific brightness and contrast levels. While the luminance is calculated at
100 percent brightness, we noticed that it was
not the correct level for calculating Contrast
ratio, as some monitors showed heavy backlight bleeding on maximum brightness. So to
calculate contrast ratio with the Spyder 3 Elite
colorimeter, we calculated Contrast ratios with
brightness levels at 100 percent and 50 percent
and contrast fixed at 75, as most use cases will
have the brightness within this limit. All monitors were tested on Standard Mode with User
Colour feature activated for us to be able to
tweak each of the RGB sliders. All enhancement
options were disabled.
The calibrated monitors (at 50 percent brightness level) were then subjected to Lagom.nl
tests which basically involves checking the black
and white gradients where you check for smooth
transition from black to white levels and also
look for any colour tinging. This was followed
by the black level test (on a black background)
quotient. Features such as autobrightness and auto-contrast
where the monitor dynamically
adjusts both helps further. You
can also adjust the LED brightness levels. It has four colour
settings whose RGB sliders can
be adjusted along with a Native
and sRGB option where you
and white level (on a white background) where
you check the monitor’s ability to separate the
different shades of of black and white against
a pure black and pure white backgrounds. Pixel
walk (inversion) consists of varying moire patterns occupying the screen (there are as many
as 11 variations), and you look at the flicker
control of the monitor.
We then moved on to movie quality testing.
We used three full HD movies such as Avataar,
Skyfall and The Human Centipede. In each movie
we looked at around 5 or 6 specific scenes. We
evaluated the monitor’s ability to control noise or
dithering, its contrast levels, detailing in certain
scenes, control of ghosting in fast action scenes,
resistance to backlight bleeding, looking at colour
renditions, skin-tones and so on. These data
points were then averaged out for each movie.
Viewing angles were also evaluated for text,
movie and game display. PixPerAn was used to
evaluate how well the monitor could enable readability of scrolling text.
After finishing the above tests, we again set
the monitor to its factory settings. Since most
monitors come with preset modes, we decided to
check the contrast ratios in the most commonly
used presets such as movie/theatre mode and
multimedia/photo mode.
cannot tweak the RGB settings.
BenQ GW2250 is the only VA
panel sporting monitor in this
category. Navigating the OSD
using the buttons is very easy
and it also has options to manipulate the RGB sliders but only
in the Standard picture mode.
The ASUS VS238H has a com-
paratively better design than the
BenQ GW2250. We quite liked
the non-recessed ports and the
circular base of the monitor
will ensure that the DVI or
D-Sub cable connecting the the
VS238H has enough breathing
space. It has the preset modes
which it calls Splendid modes,
LucasArts shuts down
Monitors Test
but they are your normal modes
such as Standard, Theatre,
game, Scenery, Night view and
sRGB. It not only allows colour
temperature adjustment but
there is even a skin tone adjustment option which can make
the skin appear reddish, natural
or yellowish.
Build Quality
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GW 2250. Philips 227E3QPHSU
was the only monitor with touchscreen menu control buttons.
The operation is quite subjective, we for instance didn’t like
it much, but others may like it.
Performance
Starting off with the contrast
ratios we measured using the
Spyder 3 Elite colorimeter, the
BenQ GW 2250 thanks to its VA
panel scored the highest. It gave
a contrast ratio of 888:1 at 50
per cent brightness levels. The
Philips 227E3QPHSU came in
second with a great contrast ratio of 759:1.
In terms of pure build quality
though, the NEC E231W leaves
the rest of the competition far
behind. It is the heaviest monitor
of the lot though. The dedicated
hollow space on the top
rear side to easily lift
the monitor is a
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thoughtful addition. The other
monitor which
we felt had a good
build quality was
the Dell S2240L
with its sturdy
stand and the
ability to remain
relatively stable
on mild tapping.
The only annoying
aspect of the Dell
S2240L is the
recessed display
BenQ GW 2250
ports on the
rear side, which make it a task
In the Lagom.nl tests, the
attaching the D-Sub or HDMI
Black levels on most of the moniports. The stand on the Philips
tors were good enough, but when
227E3QPHSU has a very slim
it came to the White levels, we
design as compared to other monweren’t so impressed with the
itors and it has a comparatively
Philips monitor which tended
stiffer tilt mechanism. The disto merge two rows of blocks. In
advantage of the slimmer stand
the gradient banding test, Dell
is that it tends to wobble a lot on
S2240L gave smooth transitions
mid tapping.
but we noticed green colour
The display-menu control
tinging. ASUS VS238H was the
buttons on the NEC E231W are
smoothest transition from black
the best of the lot and you also
to white. The NEC E231W did not
have a joypad like four-way naviflicker in any of the Pixel walk
gational key to toggle horizontests, which was quite imprestally and vertically in the OSD
sive. Movie watching experience
menu. The ones on the ASUS
was the best on the BenQ GW
VS238H require a compara2250. We noticed that the movie
tively harder press than those
preset modes, tended to boost up
on the Dell S2240L and BenQ
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are much better off watching
movies in the standard mode
after proper calibration.
24-inches
Features
The BenQ RL 2455HM looks
similar to the XL 2720T and for
a while we assumed it to be from
the XL series. The design philosophy of using red accents, the
triangular shaped front portion
of the base stand pay homage to
the XL series monitors. It has
two HDMI ports, so you can
also connect your console to the
monitor if you so desire, which
leaves the other HDMI port free.
BenQ XL2411T is the only 3D
gaming monitor with a refresh
rate of 120Hz in this category.
The BenQ GL 2450 is a regular
monitor with nothing out of the
ordinary so to speak.
The operational menus of
both the RL2455HM and the
XL2411T are quite similar.
There is a Black Equaliser setting which allows you to adjust
black levels in games such that
darker portions are illuminated
without completely washing out
the brighter parts in the scene.
You can have upto three Gamer
profiles, so you do not need to
adjust your controls for different games. There are two RTS
presets in the RL2455HM and
two FPS and one RTS preset in
the XL 2411T. The Display mode
option allows you to select a
variety of display sizes and
aspect ratios.
The Acer S240HL has a
slimmer profile as compared
to the other monitors in this
category. It has a small oval
base and there is a translucent
power button which protrudes
out from the front face. In terms
of the OSD options, there isn’t
much to speak of other than
the Acer colour management
mode which has modes such
as standard, movie, graphics,
eco and user. Even in terms of
colour management there is just
the warm, cool and user presets.
The NEC EA243WM is the
only monitor with a resolution
of 1920x1200 in this category
with an aspect ratio of 16:10. It
has a slimmer profile than the
E231W and houses touch-sensitive buttons for operating the
OSD menu which go along the
horizontal and vertical bottom
right hand corners. Just like the
E231W, it has two Eco modes,
three auto-brightness levels as
well as auto-contrast option.
Apart from the ambient light
sensor, it also has a human
sensor which tends to dim the
monitor when there is no one
at the desk. You can set the
distance between the monitor
and the user beyond which the
monitor should start dimming
to save power. Additionally the
NEC EA243WM also has the
carbon footprint meter and the
carbon savings meter. These
features make a lot of sense in
an office environment, where
power saving is important.
Build Quality
The NEC EA243WM has the
best build quality, closely followed by the RL2455HM and
XL2411T. The NEC monitor has
a solid base with rubber feet atop
which lies another base which is
connected to the stand. While
swivelling, the entire base also
follows suit. We really missed
the buttons on the OSD menu
though – the touch sensitive
buttons are not the best to use
when you have so many menus
to toggle through. But quality
of bezel, ability to resist wobbling on mild tapping is very
good on the EA243WM. The
RL2455HM has a sturdy base
and stand, but the monitor tends
to wobble on mild tapping. The
XL2411T is much more stable
than the RL2455HM thanks to
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a larger square base. The BenQ
GL2450 and the Acer S240HL
have decent build qualities but
nothing stands out as such. The
navigational buttons on the
GL2450 and RL2455HM are
placed on the right hand side
which is ergonomically much
better than placing them under
the base of the bezel as is seen
in XL2411T and Acer S240HL.
Performance
In the Lagom.nl tests, BenQ
RL2455HM and Acer S240HL
performed poorly in the contrast test where we noticed that
green, red, pink, yellow and
white colours merged in the last
two blocks. Again in the white
saturation tests, the RL2455HM
performed poorly and tended to
merge two out of three rows of
the white-coloured blocks. BenQ
XL2411T performed well in the
most Lagom.nl tests. Viewing
angles were pretty decent for
most monitors considering all
of them have a TN panel. The
NEC EZ243WM gave the best
contrast ratio in this category
with the monitor touching
717:1 at 100 per cent brightness and 686:1 at 50 per cent
brightness. Barring the BenQ
XL2411T, the calibrated black
luminance levels of all monitors were around the 0.2 mark
which was pretty good. With
the BenQ XL2411T we noticed
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Monitors Test
3D Gaming Experience
We received only two 3D gaming monitors for the test
and both were from BenQ. So in order to check out the
3D gaming experience we set up NVIDIA 3D Vision
2 on our rig, running 2 x GTX 650 Ti Boost in SLI. We
did a side-by-side comparison of the BenQ XL2411T
and BenQ XL2720T. We played Trackmania Nations
Forever and ran Unigine Heaven in 3D mode. We also
used NVIDIA 3D Vision preview pack to accurately
check out the difference between static 3D images.
The factors considered during testing were the depth,
colour quality, shadows, light details, clarity and of
course the overall experience. We also kept the 3D
depth between 20 to 25 percent beyond which we
actually didn’t find any major difference except a lot
of crosstalk. While playing Trackmania, we found that
the game looked beautiful on both the screens. The car
especially had a lot of detail when we played using the
default camera mode as we could easily see a lot of
depth. The rear wing of the car looked brilliant and the
engine intake looked very realistic, so did other layers
of depth. The track also had a lot of shadow detail but
we saw that both the monitors had some crosstalk
when we looked at the shadows. Light looked like
static spots but that was actually synonymous with
most 3D enabled games we tested. Unigine Heaven
gave an accurate representation of layers but it must
27-inches and over
This category was the most
exciting, not only because it had
large screen monitors, but there
was a lot of innovation on display in terms of resolution and
features offered. Let us start with
the most unique monitors we
came across – the LG 29EA93P.
This is a 29-inch monitor with
wide aspect ratio of 21:9, the only
BenQ XL2720T
still be noted that reflections on metal surfaces looked
very unnatural on both the panels. BenQ XL2720T
had much detailed 3D depth. NVIDIA 3D vision preview pack gave us mixed results as both the screens
looked amazing but in some images the BenQ XL2720T
was good and in some colour rich images, the BenQ
XL2411T shined. In terms of overall quality, the BenQ
XL2720T had much deeper blacks and had a warm tint
but provided a better overall 3D experience. The BenQ
XL2411T on the other hand was very bright because
of which the colours looked great. The 3D quality was
good, but not better than the XL2720T
one of its kind in this comparison test. The wide aspect ratio
clears out the black-bars when
you are watching a wide aspect
ratio movie, plus it also gives you
ample screen real estate to work
simultaneously. Productivity gets
a boost thanks to the four-screen
splitter utility which arranges the
multiple windows into a variety
of orientations which adaptively
resize themselves. The screen
splitter utility provided with the
monitor needs to be installed for
that. The design aesthetics are
quite good, something that we
have seen in the past from LG
monitors. The 29EA93P has an
edge-to-edge glass design with
a very thin bezel. It has touchsensitive OSD control buttons.
It has a lot of menus for setting
Monitors Test
may 2013
23-inches and under
BRAND
BenQ
Dell
Model
GW 2250
S2240L
MRP Price (`)
9,000
10,000
MOP Price (`)
8,500
8,900
Features (Out of 40)
15.08
12.32
Build Quality (Out of 10)
6.11
6.62
Performance (Out of 50)
38.37
33.59
Grand Total (Out of 100)
59.56
52.53
Features
Display Size (inches)
21.5
21.5
Panel Technology (TN / IPS / MVA etc)
VA
IPS
Native Resolution (HxV pixels)
1920x1080 1920x1080
Screen Aspect Ratio
16:9
16:9
Type of Panel (Matte / Glossy)
Matte
Glossy
USB Hub (Y/N) / No of USB ports
N / NA
N / NA
Card Reader (Y/N)
N
N
Built-in Speakers
N
N
VESA Wall Mount
Y
N
Swivel/Tilt/Height Adjustment
N/Y/N
N/Y/N
HDMI Ports
0
1
DVI Ports
1
0
D-Sub Ports
1
1
DisplayPort
0
0
Audio Connects
N
N
3D Y/N
N
N
3D Glasses Y/N
N
N
Miscellaneous (So 10)
Bezel Quality
6
8
Quality of moving parts
7
8
OSD Usability and Layout
8
8
Menu Buttons
8
7
Touch Response (in case of no buttons)
0
0
Stability on mild tapping
6
6
Performance
Lagom.nl Tests
Contrast Test
8
8
Black Level
7
7
White Saturation (merged)
8
8.5
Gradient Banding
7
6
Inversion (Pixel Walk) (flickering)
1/2a/2b/3
N/Y/N/N
N/N/Y/Y
4a/4b/5
Y/N/N
Y/Y/N
6a/6b/7a/7b
N/N/N/N
N/N/Y/Y
Viewing angles check if image goes into reverse/negative coloring
LHS/RHS/Up/Down
N/N/N/N
N/N/N/N
PixperAn Readability test (out of 20)
10
10
At Brightness 50, Contrast 75 (Standard)
Luminance before calibration
165.3
110.8
White level after calibration
151
106.8
Black Level after calibration
0.17
0.2
Contrast Ratio
888.23:1
534:1
At Brightness 100, Contrast 75 (Standard)
Luminance before calibration
246.3
221.3
White level after calibration
221.25
214.6
Black Level after calibration
0.25
0.39
Contrast Ratio
885:1
550.26:1
Movie mode (default) Contrast Ratio
597:1
419.75:1
Photo Mode (default) Contrast Ratio
589.3:1
492.85:1
HD Clip 1 (The Human Centipede) avg score
7.67
6.83
HD Clip 2 (Avataar) avg score
7.75
6.88
HD Clip 3 (Skyfall) avg score
8.1
6.9
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Philips
227E3QPHSU
9,990
9,000
15.04
5.45
34.61
55.10
NEC
E231W
36,000
30,600
23.8
7.57
35.47
66.84
ASUS
VS238H
12,100
10,850+tax
18.64
6.1
34.93
59.67
24-inches
BenQ
RL 2455HM
13,990
12,750
21.2
6.89
33.01
61.10
BenQ
GL 2450
12,000
11,750
18.64
6.19
33.69
58.52
21.5
IPS
1920x1080
16:9
Matte
N / NA
N
N
N
N/Y/N
Y
Y
Y
N
N
N
N
23
TN
1920x1080
16:9
Matte
N / NA
N
N
Y
Y/Y/Y
0
1
1
1
Y
N
N
23
TN
1920x1080
16:9
Matte
N / NA
N
N
Y
N/Y/N
1
1
1
0
Y
N
N
24
TN
1920x1080
16:9
Matte
N / NA
N
Y
Y
N/Y/N
2
1
1
0
Y
N
N
24
TN
1920x1080
16:9
Matte
N / NA
N
N
Y
N/Y/N
1
1
1
0
Y
N
N
7
6
6
0
7
5
8
9
9
9
0
8
7
7
8
7.5
0
5
8
8
8
8
0
7
7
7
8
7
0
6
7
7
5
5
7
7
8
7
7
8
7
8
5
7
5
6
8
7
7
8
N/Y/N/N
Y/Y/N
N/N/N/Y
N/N/N/N
N/N/N
N/N/N/N
N/Y/Y/N
N/N/N
N/N/N/N
N/N/Y/N
N/Y/N
N/N/N/N
N/Y/Y/N
Y/Y/N
N/N/N/Y
N/N/N/N
10
N/N/N/Y
11
N/N/N/Y
9
N/N/N/Y
10
N/N/N/Y
10
132.8
129.1
0.17
759.41:1
113.9
101
0.17
594.11:1
113.6
108.7
0.18
603.88:1
151.9
150.5
0.29
519:1
118.4
118.2
0.23
513.92:1
213
205
0.27
759.28:1
NA
NA
7.58
7.88
7.5
217.8
189.4
0.31
610.96:1
425.33:1
220.82:1
7.5
7.75
7.5
189.23
180.1
0.28
643.21:1
730.37:1
754.28:1
6.92
7.25
7.3
234.4
231.1
0.44
525.27:1
448.78:1
446.82:1
7.17
7.5
7.6
196.4
188.7
0.37
510:1
392.95:1
487.71:1
6.83
7.5
7.4
Monitors Test
may 2013
may 2013
may 2013
may 2013
BenQ
XL 2411T
24,000
23,500
25.84
6.66
35.22
67.72
Acer
S240HL
10,500
9,500+VAT
15.04
6.11
34.71
55.86
NEC
EA243WM
45,000
39,000
27.08
7.16
36.95
71.19
27-inches and over
BenQ
BenQ
XL-2720T GW 2760HS
35,000
20,000
33,990
19,500
28.88
27.36
7.33
7.45
35.19
35.12
71.40
69.93
Dell
S2740L
30,500
23,000
20.64
6.36
38.70
65.70
Viewsonic
VX2770smh
24,000
21,500
16.96
6.77
37.07
60.80
LG
29EA93-P
38,000
24.64
7.92
36.62
69.18
Professional Monitors
ASUS
NEC
Viewsonic
PA246Q
PA271W
VP2770
38,540
1,15,000
64,000
34,700+tax 98,000
59,000
18.64
25.28
19.92
5.65
6.67
7.34
35.98
35.22
37.99
60.27
67.17
65.25
24
TN
1920x1080
16:9
Matte
N / NA
N
N
Y
Y/Y/Y
1
1
1
0
Y
Y
N
24
TN
1920x1080
16:9
Matte
N / NA
N
N
N
N/Y/N
1
1
1
0
N
N
N
24
TN
1920x1200
16:10
Matte
Y/4
N
Y
Y
Y/Y/Y
1
1
1
1
Y
N
N
27
TN
1920x1080
16:9
Matte
Y/2
N
N
Y
Y/Y/Y
1
1
1
1
Y
Y
Y
27
VA
1920x1080
16:9
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N / NA
N
Y
Y
N/Y/N
1
1
1
0
Y
N
N
27
IPS
1920x1080
16:9
Glossy
Y/2
N
N
Y
N/Y/N
1
1
1
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N
N
N
27
IPS
1920x1080
16:9
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N / NA
N
Y
N
N/Y/N
1
1
1
0
Y
N
N
29
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21:9
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Y/3
N
Y
N
N/Y/N
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1
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1
Y
N
N
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16:10
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Y/2
Y
N
Y
Y/Y/Y
1
1
1
1
Y
N
N
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16:9
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Y/3
N
Y
Y
Y/Y/Y
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1
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N
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16:9
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1
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N
N
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0.4
661:1
134.4
133
0.25
532:1
142.8
137.2
0.2
686:1
183.6
181.2
0.25
724.8:1
188.5
187.4
0.14
1338.57:1
156.6
153.3
0.23
666.52:1
163.5
156.3
0.3
521:1
187.7
183.4
0.33
555.75:1
209.6
209.7
0.43
487.67
201.3
174.9
0.36
485.83
176.5
175.4
0.32
548.13
406.3
381.5
0.57
669.29:1
402.88:1
398.4:1
7.67
7.75
7.6
217.3
209.3
0.41
510.48:1
550.96:1
550:1
7.25
7.75
7.7
275.5
265.4
0.37
717.29:1
713.88:1
738.28:1
7.33
7.88
7.6
267.8
263.3
0.36
731.38:1
697.2:1
724.16:1
7.83
7.38
7.7
291.6
288.6
0.22
1311.81:1
1299.09:1
925.23:1
7.67
7.75
7.6
241.6
229.7
0.35
656.28:1
581.29:1
583.54:1
7.33
7.38
7.3
269.6
255.9
0.5
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7.25
7.9
265.9
259.6
0.46
564.34:1
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510.62:1
7.5
7.75
7.5
273.4
261.9
0.53
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267.8
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0.48
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colours, adjusting black levels,
setting picture-in-picture, picture modes and so on. You can
even attach video signals from
two different sources thereby
allowing the monitor to work in
dual-link mode – works great as
a collaboration tool in meetings.
It also bundles in a microUSB
to HDMI cable, with which you
can connect LG smartphones to
the monitor. The Dell S2740L
is similar in appearance to its
21.5-inch cousin the S2240L
having the same glossy screen,
edge-to-edge glass screen,
exact same rear design and
similar touch-screen controls
and OSD menu options. BenQ
had two monitors namely XL2720T and GW2760S. The VA
panel sporting GW 2760S is the
elder cousin of the GW 2250. We
like the thin bezel and the slim
profile of the monitor. The OSD
menu options are similar to the
ones seen on the GW 2250, but
the OSD buttons are arranged
on the bottom right hand corner
on the rear side, which makes
operations relatively easier.
XL-2720T is the flagship 3D
gaming monitor from BenQ and it
is backed with impressive design.
The stand has a rectangular metal
handle on top of it for easy lifting
of the monitor and just behind the
stand is a red coloured extension
for holding your headphones –
thoughtful. It comes with an
S-switch – a mouse-like device
which allows you to easily navigate the OSD menu. The OSD
options are similar to the ones
seen on the XL 2411T. It bundles
3D Vision 2 glasses and supports
light boost technology. See ‘3D
Gaming Experience’ box.
Viewsonic VX2770SMH is
the final monitor in this category and it has a very unconventional design. It has an
edge-to-edge glass design with
a very thin bezel. It has touch
controls, but their placement is
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very unergonomic,
as in you have to tilt
the monitor up to be
able to operate the
controls smoothly.
Build Quality
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whereas the black level on the
LG 29EA93P was around 0.33.
The Viewsonic VX2770smh
registered the lowest contrast
ratio in this segment.
The high contrast ratio on
the BenQ monitors was retitrated when we were watching
HD movies on these monitors.
The level of detailing was quite
impressive in Avatar and colours appeared natural. Only
in the movie modes of these
monitors did we experience a
higher bias towards blue. The
LG 29EA93P will show vertical black bars, on the side of
a full HD movie which is in a
16:9 aspect ratio, but since we
had a wide aspect ratio version
of Skyfall, the entire screen real
estate of the 29EA93P was filled
with the movie. The fast action
scenes looked really good and
we didn’t find any sort of noise
or banding in scenes involving
solid colour backgrounds.
Even while playing games, the
wide-screen of the LG monitor
gives a wonderful experience,
specially in car racing games
and third person shooters. In
ambient light, Dell S2740L’s
glossy screen becomes like a
mirror whenever there is a
dark scene but it does maintain
detail and manages fast action
scenes quite well. Viewsonic
VX2770smh also performed quite well with
the HD movies.
BenQ XL2720T
has the best build
quality among all
the monitors followed closely by the
LG 29EA93. Both
these monitors have
a very sturdy base
and stand. BenQ GW
2760HS and Viewsonic VX2770smh
tend to wobble a lot
BenQ GW 2760HS
on mild tapping. We
didn’t like the ergonomics of
itors, all other monitors gave
brilliant viewing angles from
the VX2770smh as it was difall directions. With the BenQ
ficult to reach the OSD touch
buttons without tilting the
GW2760HS and XL2720T, we
monitor. It is even difficult to
noticed major colour shifting
when we viewed the monitor
attach the display cables on the
rear side of the VX2770smh.
scene from the bottom up.
The Dell S2740L was another
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monitor whose recessed ports
contrast ratio on the BenQ
were annoying when it came to
GW 2760HS - a whopping
attaching display cables.
1338.57:1 at 50 per cent brightPerformance
ness levels and 1311.81:1 at 100
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per cent brightness levels. The
tests. In the colour contrast test all
XL2720T followed this with
monitors performed well except
an impressive 724.8:1 at 50
the Viewsonic VX2770smh, in
percent brightness levels. The
which the last two blocks of pink
black levels on the BenQ GW
and red colours merged. In the
2760HS were brilliant
rest of the monitors, each colour
with a black lumiblock was clearly distinguishnance value of just 0.14
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able. We were quite impressed
with Dell S2740L’s performance
in the white saturation test,
where each white block was
clearly distinguishable from
the white background – a feat
achieved by no other monitor
in the entire test. The Pixel walk
test performance was impressive in this category, with BenQ
GW 2760HS, LG 29EA93P and
ViewSonic VX2770smh giving
a flicker-free output in all the 11
LG 29EA93-P
patterns. Barring the BenQ mon-
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Professional
Monitors
This category of monitors is
meant for use by imaging and
video professionals for whom
getting the right colours is of
prime importance. The amount of
tweaks offered by these monitors,
is much higher than your regular
everyday use monitors, and they
are also priced quite high.
Features
The ASUS ProArt PA246Q
comes with a CCFL backlit LCD
monitor having a resolution of
1920x1200. You will notice
ruler-like markings around the
monitor on the bezel but there
are no numbers around it. The
monitor has a QuickFit button
which overlays the screen with
centimetre or inches grid or an
alignment grid. Apart from these
you also get various photo and
paper size overlays. The OSD of
the PA246Q is similar to the the
one seen on VS238H but it has
some additional features such
as Advanced settings which
can only be accessed under the
Splendid mode named User Settings. Under Advanced settings
you can tweak six-axis hue, sixaxis saturation levels as well as
RGB gain and offset levels, which
provides imaging professionals a
wider leeway to manipulate colours. It’s also the only monitor
supporting an SD card reader.
The NEC PA271W also has
a CCFL backlight and it is quite
hefty in appearance. The OSD
menu though is packed to the
gills with features. There are
shortcut buttons for input port
selection and picture-in-picture
modes. Surprisingly, it lacks an
HDMI port though. You can
adjust the black level of the monitor, and can tweak red, yellow,
green, cyan, blue and magenta
colours under Hue, Saturation
and Offset menus. Finally, you
have all your eco-friendly set-
tings which also have a carbon
footprint calculator. It has an inbuilt light sensor which adjusts
the backlight depending on
the brightness of the ambient
lighting conditions.
The ViewSonic VP2770
was an interesting monitor
in the sense that it supports a
2560x1440 pixel resolution and
has a WLED backlighting. Its
OSD menu is very similar to the
one seen on the VX2770smh.
The OSD navigation is using
touchscreen buttons on the
bottom right corner and they
lack any backlight. The OSD
menu options are quite basic
for a professional grade monitor, specially when you put it
beside the in-depth OSD offered
by the NEC PA271W and the
ASUS PA246Q. For instance
in the user colour option under
Color Adjust, you just have
RGB sliders. It does not have
an ambient light sensor.
Build Quality
As far as professional monitors
go, the build quality is expected
to be top-notch. All three monitors occupy a decent amount of
desk space, but we found that
Viewsonic VP2770 tends to
occupy a much larger base area
than the other two monitors
thanks to its V-shaped stand.
NEC PA271W is the only monitor which has a provision to
grip and lift the monitor, but it’s
also too heavy to be lifted by one
hand. Viewsonic VP2770 is the
slimmer of the lot thanks to its
WLED backlighting as opposed
to the CCFL backlighting on
the ASUS and NEC monitor.
The height adjustment, tilt,
swivel, pivot mechanisms on
all the monitors is very good.
We were surprised to find touch
sensitive buttons on the Viewsonic VP2770 and its opertional
experience isn’t as great as the
other two monitors.
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Performance
24-inches
The contrast ratios of the ASUS
and NEC monitors was lower
than that of the Viewsonic
VP2770. This can be attributed
to the backlighting – CCFL on
the ASUS and NEC monitors
and WLED on the Viewsonic
one (which allowed it to get a
better black luminance levels).
The Lagom.nl test results for all
the monitors were quite good.
The black and white saturation
level tests were particularly
impressive. In the pixel walk
test, only the NEC monitor gave
a flicker-free response on all 11
patterns. None of the monitors
had any colour shifting issues
when viewed from any direction. For HD movie viewing,
the ASUS monitor gave the
highest score followed by NEC
and Viewsonic monitors.
This category saw the most
variety in terms of brands
and monitor types. For pure
value proposition the award
for the Best Buy went to Acer
S240HL for its economical
pricing whereas it was the third
best performer. If pure performance is what you are looking
at when considering a 24-inch
monitor, the BenQ XL2411T is
the monitor to go for if you are
interested in gaming.
Verdict
23-inches and under
This segment saw interesting
monitors and we were particularly impressed with the NEC
E231W which scored highest
overall thanks to its impressive
feature set, but considering its
pricing was prohibitively high
for this category, the Best Buy
was awarded to BenQ GW 2250.
Not only does it cost the lowest,
but it had the best performance
in this category as well.
27-inches and over
The Best Performer was awarded
to BenQ GW 2760HS for its very
impressive performance scores
across all the tests. The contrast
ratio offered by this monitor
was the best of the lot and it also
held its own when it came to HD
movie viewing and the battery of
Lagom.nl tests we had subjected
it to. Since most of the monitors
in this category were priced
higher than the GW 2760HS, it
also ended up winning the Best
Buy, as all other monitors gave
lower value proposition. LG
29EA93P bagged the Editor’s
Pick award for its impressive
performance, innovative design,
in-depth OSD features and for
bringing something new to the
table in the comparison test. It
was also the second best performer in this segment.
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