Benq BL2480 looks good from the outset. We have 1920 x 1080 native resolution, Full HD with IPS technology, a brightness of 250 cd/m², 178° Viewing angle, built-in speakers a VESA mounting and is Energy Star certified. This seems likes a price-conscious Black beauty, if it was not for the response time of 5ms then we would be on the home straight.
BenQ is more frequently using the borderless approach for the monitors. It’s a lovely design if it wasn’t for the 3-4mms of black edging around the panel itself. However, the modern design does allow for the BL2480 monitor to look well for personal or professional use and just a little lighter to lift. The monitor also has BenQ’s signature Eye-Care technology to help with drowsy or dizzying glare and flickering when used for prolonged periods.
The IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology allows for a more accurate representation of colours and images with better viewing angles. An IPS panel normally has slower response time than other technologies, like TN, however, an acceptable response time is around 2ms. 5ms is still better than others on the market, however, it means gaming will have some limitations and you are likely to see some ghosting in fast action games.
The BL2480 has great colour representation and the maximum contrast ratio of 12000000:1 means there is 20% more contrast ratio than a 10000000:1 seen in a few of the competing brands at this price. The wide viewing angle of 178° is a grand addition, ideal for viewing your work with onlookers.
The stand is one of the more limiting options. The stand only allows for tilt action, no rotation for height adjustments.
The hardware loadout sees a built-in speaker, VGA, HDMI and DP connection around the back, alongside a headphone and microphone socket. A rather standard collection that covers most people’s setups. I would have like to have seen a USB hub rounding out the package, however, this has been sadly omitted.
The Benq BL2480 is a no-frills experience. For the day to day users, it’s perfectly respectable and a sensible purchase. For the gamer, it’s a no go. Media works well, and the colours are very encouraging.