PG2401PT LED mon­i­tor

BenQ’s lat­est mon­i­tor is one of the loveli­est we’ve seen, but is it worth its epic ask­ing price?

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BenQ’s lat­est mon­i­tor is one of the loveli­est we’ve seen, but its high spec is matched by a steep ask­ing price…

Price £810 Com­pany BenQ Web www.benq.com

From the mo­ment you open the box it’s clear BenQ’s PG2401PT mon­i­tor is firmly aimed at pros. Within you’ll find a com­plete cal­i­bra­tion re­port – some­one back at the fac­tory has checked that it’s been set up to within an inch of its life. If that’s not enough, BenQ has even in­cluded a hood to keep pesky light and re­flec­tions away from what­ever art­work you’re work­ing on.

The res­o­lu­tion maxes out at 1,920x1,200 pix­els, which is slightly above the pre­vi­ous crop of HD mon­i­tors, but not up there with the ex­tremes of 4K and Ul­tra HD screens. At this 24-inch size it’s ar­guable that su­per-high res­o­lu­tions aren’t needed, and they cer­tainly feel more suited to big­ger screens with big­ger pix­els. The prob­lem is that even though it’s a smidgen above the con­ven­tional HD res­o­lu­tion of 1,920x1,080 pix­els, Win­dows still can’t quite get its head around it, so you oc­ca­sion­ally face a gi­ant cur­sor and tiny text.

For­tu­nately, art pro­grams han­dle the res­o­lu­tions with more deft­ness. Pho­to­shop – which is in its el­e­ment on such a nice mon­i­tor – works es­pe­cially well, as does Painter. BenQ has col­lab­o­rated with Pan­tone owner X-Rite to en­sure that ev­ery­thing is con­fig­ured cor­rectly, and that the colours you see on screen will faith­fully match what you print. Colour Pick­ers have never looked more vi­brant, and they’re rounded off with plenty of con­trast, even on the inki­est of blacks.

The only neg­a­tive here is the price, which at over £800 is pretty high, even con­sid­er­ing its pro­fes­sional qual­i­fi­ca­tions. By way of com­par­i­son, Dell’s Ul­traSharp U2412M 24-incher will set you back just £200, while de­liv­er­ing a de­cent colour range and the same res­o­lu­tion.

If you’re work­ing in printed me­dia, where ac­cu­rate colours are cru­cial, then you have a strong case to jus­tify a pur­chase. But if you’re just doo­dling for the web then it’s a hell of a pay out for very lit­tle ex­tra vis­ual con­trol.

BenQ’s nat­tily named PG2401PT is clearly aimed at pro artists, and colour fidelity is ac­cord­ingly ex­cel­lent.

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