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BenQ EX240N with 165Hz Full HD VA panel

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For some users, the relatively strong contrast of VA panels can be attractive. The BenQ EX240N of the MOBIUZ series of gaming monitors is one such offering. The monitor features the familiar ‘MOBIUZ flare’, with a silver plastic stand base. This has an inner orange-coloured surface to contrast with the dark matte plastics used elsewhere. The bottom bezel includes a central underhanging sensor unit, allowing the monitor to respond to ambient lighting as well as the image itself with its ‘B.I.+’ and ‘HDRi’ features. An HDRi button is also included towards the right side of the bottom bezel. The top and side bezels adopt the popular dual-stage design, with slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen plus thin hard plastic outer edge. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick facing downwards in the central region of the bottom bezel, with a dedicated power button also included.

Some flashes of colour

23.8″ VA panel is used, with 1920 x 1080 (Full HD or 1080p) resolution plus 165Hz refresh rate. Adaptive-Sync is supported, including AMD FreeSync Premium with 48 – 165Hz VRR range plus LFC. Other aspects of note include a matte anti-glare screen surface, 3000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and 8-bit colour output. Various Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to create a potentially more relaxing viewing experience, whilst a flicker-free backlight provides a 250 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and ~sRGB colour gamut. The monitor provides basic HDR10 support, but lacks an appropriate colour gamut, brightness or local dimming for a true HDR experience. 10-bit colour processing can be used and the image will look different and in some ways slightly ‘enhanced’ under HDR, however.

A 4ms grey to grey response time is specified alongside a 1ms MPRT response time using the Blur Reduction strobe backlight feature. As always, pay little attention to these figures. The included stand offers tilt as the only ergonomic flexibility, though 100 x 100mm VESA holes can be found beneath a detachable central cover for alternative mounting. The ports face downwards and include; a 3.5mm headphone jack, HDMI 2.0 port and DP 1.2a port. 2 x 2.5W TreVolo speakers are also included.

Concealed VESA holes

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$200 USD.

BenQ EX240N