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A VA Panel suitable for games?
on 2 August 2012
So BenQ have been churning out VA monitors for a while. In most respects, VA panels sit happily in between the low-end TN panels and the high-end IPS panels with a few differences here and there. However, there's always been one weak point. Ghosting. VA Panels are notorious for high levels of ghosting, however I'm happy to report that this panel is leaps and bounds over previous VA panels. There is minimal ghosting - you really have to be looking for it to see it.
Fast paced games are handled with ease. Racing games look excellent even at extremely high speeds. Old VA panels had the tendency to make the surroundings look pretty blurred in racers, but here everything is sharp. Shooters too look great. Now while the ghosting may be ever so slightly worse than TN panels, something to consider is that the input lag is one of the best you can find outside of specialist gaming monitors. It's even faster than on most monitors with a 2ms response time! Now I'm not trying to say this is the best gaming monitor out there, but if you do play games, you should definitely consider this monitor at this price bracket.
Contrast is excellent, with blacks being an inky darkness (especially in something like Dead Space 2) and whites looking bright. In fact in terms of contrast, most high-end IPS displays can't beat this monitor. One point to note though is that this monitor is matte. That's good because there's no glare, but it's bad because the colours aren't as vibrant as they should be, which is a slight shame. A semi-glossy display would've been great here. On the plus side though, viewing angles are great.
Now calibration. Your mileage may vary but mine is sitting at:
Contrast - 50
Red - 100, Green - 97, Blue - 98
Gamma - 3
AMA (Reduces Ghosting) - Premium
Brightness will vary depending on whether it's a summer's day or it's the middle of the night. For most of the time, 45 seems like a good place to sit at.
Finally, I'll wrap up by saying this monitor is currently less than £180. This makes it the unofficial 27" monitor bargain of the year!