BenQ G2400W ReviewPropane - July 15, 2008
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LCD Test Script:
DisplayMate has a unique feature that combines a lot of tests into several different scripts for different situations, such as running them on a CRT or LCD monitor, or a projector. I ran the LCD monitor script twice, once before I did all of the modifications suggested by the tune up and setup programs, and once afterward. The LCD script has a timer that allows you to change the time per screen, so I set it to 30 seconds. After running the script the second time, the brightness and contrast settings I changed seemed to have a positive effect on the appearance of my monitor.
To get the best feel for this monitor that I can, I will use the monitor in several different real world situations, including the following:
- Document Editing
Over the years I have become accustomed to gaming at what I thought was an awesome resolution: 1280 x 1024. However, as soon as I fired up my favorite game, World of Warcraft, on this 1920x1200 monitor, I realized that I had been missing a lot. Not only did I have the additional viewing angle, giving me the ability to see farther to either side of my character, I also had plenty of room to add custom interface elements without making my UI look overly cluttered. I also played Counter Strike: Source using the huge resolution and really enjoyed the immersion and added range of view that the high resolution provided.
Another activity that a lot of people enjoy doing on their computers is watching movies. The BenQ G2400W, with its massive 1920x1200 resolution, will let you see every last detail in these movies. Videos with a resolution up to 1080p can fit on this monitor with 1:1 pixel mapping, leaving you with a crisp, unstretched image. For the curious, this resolution is also high enough that you could watch four standard DVD movies in a grid without any overlap. While watching The Pirates of the Caribbean, I noticed that the blacks were reproduced with excellent quality and motion was smooth and crisp. Basically, the only thing this monitor can't do when you watch a movie is give you IMAX resolution (10,000 x 7,000).
One thing I do a lot on my computer is write code, and having a monitor with such a high resolution allows me to view a lot of code at the same time, or easily debug a complex program. Using PuTTY, a program that allows SSH connections, I had a huge number of characters that can be displayed. Using Eclipse, I was able to see a lot of elements and code very easily, and did not feel cramped for room. I rarely use plain word editors, but after firing up Microsoft Word 2007, I found it was easy to place two pages of text side by side.