Intro

Manufacturer: BenQ

Product Page: GL2580HM

Price: £139.99 At the time of review on Amazon UK

It’s been awhile since I’ve taken a look at a monitor from BenQ, but when they offered up their GL2580HM, I was happy to oblige. BenQ is known for having some of the best monitors out there and their wide range means they generally have something for everyone. From the basic user who just needs a screen to the gamer who needs something special with a nice resolution all the way to the graphic designer who needs amazing colours, BenQ has you covered. As many of you may know, we have reviewed quite a few BenQ monitors here at Enos Tech and have been quite impressed with most of them, users just need to remember long gone are the day of just buying any monitor and saying it will do. Now, you need to spend a little bit of time looking into them and making sure you get one that has the features and specifications you need.

The GL2580HM is more of a standard everyday monitor for personal and office type use. However, don’t let that put you off as it still has a couple of tricks up its sleeve. Coming with a 1080P display an a 2ms GTG Response Time, the GL2580HM also features a bezel-less design and BenQ’s Eye-Care technology. The Eye-Care technology includes Flicker-Free and Low Blue Light technologies which help to reduce the strain on the user’s eyes, even after prolonged periods of use. Alongside these features, it also has a cable management system, slimline bezel and even has a textured back to add a more premium look.

Specifications

Product Color‎
Product Color‎ Black‎
Display‎
Screen Size‎ 24.5‎
Aspect Ratio‎ 16:9‎
Resolution (max.)‎ 1920 x 1080‎
Display Area(mm)‎ 543.74 x 302.61‎
Pixel Pitch (mm)‎ 0.311‎
Brightness ( typ.)‎ 250‎
Native Contrast ( typ. )‎ 1000:1‎
DCR (Dynamic Contrast Ratio) (typ.)‎ 12M:1‎
Panel Type‎ TN‎
Viewing Angle (L/R;U/D) (CR>=10)‎ 170/160‎
Response Time(Tr+Tf) typ.‎ 2ms GtG / 5ms‎
Display Colors‎ 16.7 Million‎
Color Gamut‎ 72% NTSC‎
Color Bit‎ 8‎
Back Light Unit‎ LED‎
Lamp Life (hr) Typical‎ 60000‎
Lamp Life (hr) min‎ 30000‎
Input/Output‎
DVI‎ 1‎
HDMI‎ 1‎
VGA Input‎ 1‎
Signal Cable‎ HDMI1.3 cable (1.5m)‎
Headphone Jack‎ 1‎
Hor. Frequency (KHz)‎ 30KHZ~83KHZ‎
Ver. Frequency (Hz)‎ 50Hz~76Hz‎
Audio Line In/Out‎ Yes‎
Power‎
Power Supply (90~264 AC)‎ 90-264V AC built in‎
Power Consumption (On mode)‎ 27W‎
(Power saving mode)‎ 0.5W‎
Power Consumption (Off mode)‎ 0.5W‎
Power Consumption (Base on Energy star )‎ 17W‎
Video Bandwidth (MHZ)‎ VGA:210MHZ
HDMI/DP:170MHZ‎
Power Consumption‎ 27W‎
Voltage Rating‎ 90-264V AC built in‎
Dimensions & Weight‎
Net Weight Without Stand‎ 3.6‎
CTN Dimensions ( H x W x D mm )‎ 416x655x131‎
Dimensions ( H x W x D mm )‎ 426.33×557.49×175.11‎
Dimensions with Wall Mount ( H x W x D mm )‎ 332.08×557.49×49.7‎
Net Weight (kg)‎ 4.4‎
Gross Weight (kg)‎ 5.9‎
Special Features‎
Flicker-free Technology‎ Yes‎
Low Blue Light‎ Yes‎
Eco Mode‎ 17W‎
AMA‎ Yes‎
HDCP‎ Yes‎
OSD Language‎ 18 Languages (English / Francais / Deutsch / Italiano / Espanol / Polish / Czech / Hungarian /Korean / Romanian / Netherlands / Russian / Swedish / Protuguese / Japanese / Chinese / S-Chinese / Arabic)‎
VESA Wall Mounting‎ 100×100‎
Tilt ( down / up )‎ – 5 ~20‎
Dynamic Power Saving (DPS)‎ Yes‎
Speakers‎ 1Wx2‎
Display Mode‎ Yes‎
Kensington Lock‎ Yes‎

Closer Look

I used the GL2580HM for a good couple of weeks and was pleased with what it has to offer. The colour wasn’t the best I have ever seen from a BenQ monitor, but bearing the price in mind, this is to be expected. One of the things I really enjoyed was the almost bezel-less design that this monitor has to offer. This monitor would really be ideal for someone looking for a multi-monitor setup for a personal or professional environment. The smaller bezels would look minimal when putting more than one monitor next to each other.

While this monitor isn’t designed for gaming, it can handle a bit of gaming but is more than sufficient when it comes to day to day tasks and working. As I used it for a couple weeks, I did plenty of testing from gaming to uploading reviews and editing videos/photos as and when needed. Overall, the 24″ screen size is sufficient for most tasks.

The back of the monitor has a bit of a texture to it. This is mostly to help try and reduce the number of scratches on your monitor though it does add a nice feel and look to things.

While I forgot to make proper use of it, the stand does also offer some cable management. As you can towards the bottom of the stand, that little arrow means the back panel pulls off and you can hide your cables inside to give your system/desk a much cleaner look.

As far as output connections go, the GL2580HM features 1 of each, HDMI, DVI and VGA and also comes equipped with a headphone jack and audio line in/out.

 

Conclusion

Getting right down to business, I think it is important to remember that this monitor is designed for Home and Office use. It doesn’t have loads of fancy and/or gaming features, it is a fairly standard monitor that has the features and specifications it needs for what it has been designed for. Two of the main features will be found in BenQ’s Eye-Care technology and are the low blue light and anti-flicker technologies. When combining this two features it should have a great impact on reducing eye-strain which is very important. More and more people are spending more time on computers and as a result, this can really affect your eyesight if you are not careful so it is nice to see companies like BenQ help try and combat such issues for consumers. Another handy feature that I completely overlooked in my testing due to its discreetness was the cable management system. Simply removing the back panel off of the monitor stand opens up an area you can hide your cables in. This helps to keep them out of the way which not only helps them from getting damaged but will make things look much cleaner around your desk.

As the GL2580HM is designed for home and office users, it comes with a fairly affordable price tag. Coming in at £140 here in the UK at the time of review from Amazon, the GL2580HM has all the basic features you would need from a normal home and office monitor. As we also just mentioned, it does have some nice features that will offer some added functionality to your workstation or home PC. Those who are looking for something a bit better than a cheap as chips monitor should find the GL2580HM a good fit for their needs. Coming packed with some nice features and offering a good viewing experience, this monitor is more than worthy of its asking price for your home or office PC.

Many thanks to BenQ for sending in their GL2580HM for this review.