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BenQ BL2420PT with 23.8 inch WQHD screen

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BenQ have listed a number of very interesting models which we can look forward to over the coming months. They’re releasing everything from an affordable wide gamut model to a 32” ‘4K’ model with a yet to be seen panel. The BenQ BL2420PT is a monitor for those who enjoy good pixel densities without pushing things to ‘UHD’ or ‘4K’ or perhaps to particularly large screen sizes. From the front the monitor identifies itself, aesthetically, as a member of ‘BL’ series – this screen means business. The stand is fully adjustable, offering tilt, swivel, height and pivot adjustment. In the centre of the bottom bezel BenQ also includes their ‘Eye Protect Sensor’ ambient light sensor for automatic brightness adjustment and ‘Eco Sensor’ proximity sensor to put the screen on standby if nobody is using it.

A smart look

The screen boasts a 23.8” screen size and 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution, a thus far unique combination which yields a pixel density of 123.41 PPI (Pixels Per Inch). This is comparable to a hypothetical UHD (Ultra High Definition) screen of around 36”, so a good mixture of pixel density and practicality really. The panel used is an AU Optronics (AUO) M238DAN01 which boasts a 60Hz AHVA (Advanced Hyper Viewing Angle) panel for IPS-like performance. Expect strong colour consistency, good viewing angles and a very light matte screen surface. The monitor features true 8-bits per subpixel colour output and a WLED backlight which promises 100% sRGB coverage (standard gamut). As is standard on modern BenQ models, the backlight is flicker-free – using DC rather than PWM to regulate brightness. It also features their range of ‘Low Blue Light’ modes to reduce visual fatigue further.

Being a ‘professional’ monitor it also includes a range of preset modes including; ‘Animation’, ‘CAD/CAM’, ‘Video Editing’, ‘REC. 709’ and ‘Graphic Arts’. Of course users will want to be using it for ‘non-professional’ tasks as well. It will be very interesting to see how it fairs in terms of latency and overall responsiveness – all we have to go on at the moment is the specified 5ms grey to grey response time. The ports on the monitor include; VGA (D-sub), Dual Link DVI, DP 1.2, HDMI 1.4, 2 USB 2.0 ports (plus upstream), a 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5mm line-in. There are also a pair of integrated speakers, which are rated at 1W and can only be expected to produce a fairly basic and low-quality sound output. The stand attaches by 100 x 100mm VESA and can be removed to leave space for an alternative VESA solution.

Some blue touches

Further information on the BL2420PT is featured on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is now available in the UK for under £300 including VAT.

BenQ BL2420PT