BenQ SW240 1920 x 1200 model for colour management
For users wanting a bit of extra vertical screen space, but for whom a higher resolution or larger display isn’t practical or economical, 1920 x 1200 can be an attractive entry point. The BenQ SW240 provides this resolution, with a 24.1” screen that focuses heavily on colour accuracy. The panel used has a slim panel border, which allows the monitor to adopt the now popular ‘dual-stage’ bezel design. The slim panel border is visible, whilst there is just a sliver of hard outer bezel beyond. This gives a slick appearance to the monitor at the sides and is inviting for multi-monitor setups. The bottom bezel is matte grey plastic and is significantly thicker. It also houses pressable OSD (On Screen Display) controls, facing forwards at the right. There is a cable-tidy loop in the centre of the stand neck, with an internal ring of blue plastic used for a subtle touch of colour.
The monitor uses a 24.1” AU Optronics AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) panel, which is characteristically very similar to LG’s trademark IPS (In Plane Switching) technology. This is accompanied by a 1920 x 1200 resolution (16:10 aspect ratio), 60Hz refresh rate and a matte anti-glare screen surface. The usual 1000:1 static contrast ratio is specified alongside 178°/178° viewing angles – with strong colour consistency expected. The monitor comes factory calibrated for both the Adobe RGB and sRGB colour spaces, with a promised average DeltaE of ≤ 3 promised straight from the box. There is a ‘Color Mode HotKey’ which allows you to quickly cycle between these colour spaces or an alternative monochrome setting. The monitor supports 10-bit colour (dithering use unknown) and has a programmable 14-bit 3D LUT to enhance shade-mapping accuracy. The LUT is directly addressable using a compatible colorimeter (including the X-Rite i1DisplayPro and Datacolor Spyder4 or Spyder5 series) and the included or free to download ‘Palette Master Element’ calibration software.
The monitor employs a flicker-free LED backlight (DC dimming rather than PWM) and includes Low Blue Light (LBL) settings for when relaxation takes priority over colour accuracy. 99% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB and 95% DCI-P3 colour space coverage is specified. The monitor has a specified grey to grey response time of 5ms, which should as usual be taken with a dose of salt. The stand of the monitor is attached using a quick-release bracket mechanism and can be removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes. The included stand offers good ergonomic freedom, including tilt (5° forwards, 20° backwards), height (140mm or 5.51 inches), swivel (45° left, 45° right) and pivot (90° rotation into portrait). The monitor is fully HDCP 1.4 compliant, with ports including; AC power input (internal power converter), DVI, HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2 and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is also an SD card reader and 2 USB 3.1 ports at the side. An optional ‘Shading Hood’ (SH240) is available to help minimise glare.
Further information on the monitor can be found on the manufacturer’s product page. The monitor is due to be released by the end of May 2018 for under £400 ($400 USD) in regions including the UK and US. If there’s sufficient demand, we’ll consider reviewing this model.