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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!, 12 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: BenQ G2420HD 24 inch Widescreen LCD Monitor (5ms Response Time, 1920x1080, 2 Years On Site Swap Warranty) (Accessory)
This is without a doubt a stunning performer for the money. I have used 'Pro' CRT monitors with Photoshop for years. I have always been very wary of LCD monitors. They are a pig to calibrate properly (I use the Color Vision Spyder). This isn't my first LCD, but it is the best by a long shot. I am VERY fussy about colour temp, contrast and sharpness etc etc and for the money I will say that this monitor is a wonderful piece of kit.
A WORD OF WARNING THOUGH.
Most of you out there are most likely still using the standard VGA cable for connecting your monitor to your PC. Even if your Graphics card is pretty good, it is highly unlikely that the screen resolution setting on your PC is going to be able to take advantage (be increased enough) of this monitor if that card is more than a couple of years old. I have mine currently set to 1920x1080 and as such, takes full advantage of the monitor. BUT.....!!!!!!It should also be noted that a VGA cable is analogue and therefore isn't going to take advantage of this monitor. I went out and spent an extra £40 on a NVIDIA Graphics card that gives me an HDMI slot. So, please don't just connect it up to your PC using VGA. It isn't just about buying a BIG monitor......this thing can give you fantastic, pin sharp clarity if it is connected up properly and set to the best screen res.
The monitor has VGA, HDMI and DVI-D. An HDMI and DVI-D cable actually carry the same amount of data (only HDMI for the purpose of BluRay and TVs etc etc also carries audio) and so it doesn't really mater which you use.....BUT!!!!It is best that you 'Google' DVI cables first. One of the main reasons I upgraded my Graphics card was that I had to. I had a very good ATI card but it had DVI-I and VGA. Even the latest card I have bought doesn't have DVI-D. It has DVI-I. The D on the end of DVI-D means digital. But I would go as far as saying that most of you out there do not have the correct DVI connection for this monitor. Most DVI connections look the same, but close up; they have a different pin layout. All in all, it is best to go for HDMI and for gods sake don't buy your HDMI cable in a shop as you will be paying at least three-four times the price compared to prices on the web. And unless you are a serious video gaming person don't start blowing £80-100-200-400+ for the graphics card. Even computer stores sell decent Graphics cards for around £40.
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Initial post: 3 Dec 2010, 15:07:42 GMT
P. S. Austin says:
DVI-D (digital only)
DVI-A (analog only)
DVI-I (integrated - digital and analog)

Posted on 8 Oct 2011, 23:08:57 BST
The Doc says:
Ben.... "The AV technician"... Really ???

Sorry, Ben, but you're wrong! DVI-D is indeed digital, but DVI-I is BOTH digital and analogue, which is why it's called DVI-I (integrated)... DVI-A is analogue, and the reason your video card comes with DVI-I, is so you can also tap an anologue signal from the DVI connector, in case you only have analogue monitors.

Your statement... "I would go as far as saying that most of you out there do not have the correct DVI connection for this monitor" is ridiculous! The vast majority of DVI cables are DVI-D and will fit and work in either DVI-D or DVI-I

Sorry, Ben, I have no idea where you got your information from, but it's wrong... I do hope you're not a 'professional' "AV technician"?

Posted on 22 Nov 2011, 20:26:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Nov 2011, 20:27:39 GMT
J. Wallace says:
And there aren't any decent graphics cards for £40, then or now. If you're of a mind to write or indeed read a largish paragraph on DVI cables AND buy a 1080p monitor then a Cheapy Active X 10 300MHz GPU aint gonna do anything that meets the quality of the above. You'll struggle with video editing and playing at this level, any games not just serious gamer games will be nowhere like the resolution of the screen and forget 1080p video streaming.

A graphics card is more than just an installation of a socket to plug a cable into, it runs everything you see, as can be seen on a fresh OS install and just how awful everything looks.
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