BenQ recently launched their 22″ and 24″ GW Series VA (Vertical Alignment) LED monitors made for value-seekers looking to replace their monitors for home or small office use.
If you’re not familiar with VA panels, don’t worry, we were too. Usually, LED monitors TN or Twisted Nematic panels but VA panels are more advanced and is significantly better than TN ones. While they’re no IPS panels, VA panels are miles affordable than IPS but offers almost the same picture quality.
Basically, if you’re looking for a LED monitor, TN and VA monitors are the most accessible and budget-friendly. But between the two, you might want to go with VA. Why? Here are a few reasons why.
VA offers better contrast ratio than TN. We’re talking about native contrast ratio and not dynamic (DCR). TN panels typically have 1000:1 contrast ratio while VA has 5000:1. This gives pictures shown in VA panels deeper blacks and whiter whites without the problem of light leakage.
BenQ’s VA panel monitors also has true 8-bit color performance. TN ones only use 6-bit, with the 8-bit portion handled by software. Having true 8-bit hardware support gives VA panels more stable color transitions by rendering a total of 16.7 million color shades simultaneously without having to result to additional processes.
Viewing from multiple angles is pleasurable on VA panels. You can enjoy consistent colors and sharp details whether you’re viewing from left, right, above or below with VA panel’s wide-viewing angle of 178° / 178°.
With those advantages over conventional LED monitors based on TN panels, you might think that VAs are rather expensive. Well not really. The BenQ GW Series which was made for photo viewing and movie watching is available in 22-inch which goes for Php7,990 and a 24 inch model for just Php8,990.