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Acer B296CL
Asus VG248QE
HP Envy 27
BenQ GW2255
ViewSonic TD2340
Acer B296CL LED LCD Monitor
Asus Vg248qe 3d Monitor
HP Envy 27 LED-lit Monitor
BenQ GW2255 Monitor
ViewSonic TD2340 Monitor
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Release Date
Aug 2013
Jan 2013
Feb 2013
Mar 2013
Jan 2013
Screen Size
29.0 inch
24.0 inch
27.0 inch
21.5 inch
23.0 inch
Monitor Type
IPS frameless LCD
LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
LED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
LCD Monitor
LED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
Aspect Ratio
21:9
16:9
16:9
16:9
Brightness
300.0 cd/m^2
350.0 cd/m^2
250.0 cd/m^2
250.0 cd/m^2
250.0 cd/m^2
Contrast Ratio
100000000:1
80000000:1
10000000:1
3000:1
20000000:1
Max. Resolution
2560 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
Response Time
8.0 ms
1.0 ms
7.0 ms
6.0 ms
5.0 ms
Color Depth
16.7 million colors
16.7 million colors
16.7 million colors

  • The Acer B296CL is a reasonably priced 29-inch Ultra-wide monitor offering a generous selection of ports, solid IPS color performance, and an ergonomic stand. Its issues - the panel loses some luminance when viewed from an extreme vertical angle, and the monitor does not have an auto-rotate feature - are few and minor.


  • The Asus VG248QE is a 24-inch gaming monitor featuring a 144Hz refresh rate, a speedy pixel response, and a highly adjustable stand. It's a good performer but could use a few more gamer-centric features.


  • I think most of us will agree that a decent 120-144Hz screen is a rather desirable little gaming panel, minus forking out for an Nvidia 3D Vision bundle. Sure, Asus has got some impressive screen technology in its monitor range, but it needs to get a lot more competitive on the price front given the value on offer from both BenQ and Iiyama at the moment.

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    ASUS are fairly unambiguous in their marketing of the VG248QE on their website, on their printed materials and on the base of the monitor itself. This is designed to be a gaming monitor that delivers a super-responsive experience in fast paced games. With its super-low input lag, very good pixel responsiveness (with configurable overdrive) and 144Hz refresh rate the monitor does deliver a superbly smooth gaming experience.


  • The HP Envy 27 27-inch monitor is not only aesthetically pleasing, it delivers rich colors and premium audio quality courtesy of Dr. Dre's Beats Audio technology.It's also more expensive than most 27-inch monitors.


  • Checking the colour gamut coverage, sRGB reached 97%, Adobe RGB at 76% and NTSC at a lowly 71%. Brightness consistency was mostly satisfactory except for the right side which was much brighter - up to 16.3% difference at 100% brightness setting. Checking the screen on pure black there was clear light leak on that side too. Colour consistency across the display was fairly even, apart from the bottom centre third where it varied by Delta-E 4.4 at 100% Brightness. It wasn't the worst in colour accuracy, but not great either.


  • The Viewsonic TD2340 is an attractive touch-screen monitor featuring a gorgeous 23-inch IPS panel, 10-point touch technology, and a very flexible (albeit bulky) stand. It's more expensive than your typical 23-inch monitor though.


  • It's expensive and only has average image quality, but this versatile touchscreen has a great range of inputs and a highly flexible stand.


  • While the ViewSonic TD2340 is most definitely a niche product, the asking price is fair, and the quality of the hardware is a commendable step in the right direction.