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BenQ GL2580HM Monitor UK Review: Has plenty going for it

Written by  Ryan Cleeves Mar 13, 2018

The Benq GL2580HM is a typical entry-level monitor. It is 24.5" from corner to corner, it has a 1080p resolution, and it doesn't have IPS. However, this the reason it costs just £139.99.

But, unlike many entry-level monitors, with the GL2580HM you get a sleek, “frameless” bezel. It also offers a reasonable connectivity and speakers. If you’re looking for a budget screen, it’s certainly worth considering.

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Design and build

The narrow bezel is the GL2580HM's best feature, particularly at this price. The top and sides of the screen merge with the frame behind, leaving just a slight 1.5mm physical bezel. This significantly ups this monitor’s appeal, as opposed to a conventional framed display.

The choice of all-black for the rest of the display works well too, it doesn't look or feel cheap either.

Also see: Philips 241B7QPJKEB UK Monitor Review: Versatile and stunning

However, while the stand and frame may be stylish, but it is a little inflexible. For example, the stand offers only a slight back and forth tilt adjustment, with no height or swivel adjustment whatsoever. Instead, those who want a display that they can move around more easily will have to take advantage of the 100 x 100mm VESA mount on the rear.

There’s no USB hub, no headphone stand and no gaming features, which is not surprising at this price.

Connectivity is also reasonable with one DVI, one HDMI and one VGA port, an extra HDMI or a DisplayPort would have been handy though.

There are speakers and an audio input, enabling you to play music to the screen when using DVI or VGA and includes a headphone jack.

Its TN panel means pixel response time is just 2ms, but the monitor is only rated to refresh at up to 60Hz. It can be tweaked to 75Hz but it's not much use to gamers. 

Unfortunately, you don’t get FreeSync. This is a feature that can make games look better by reducing image tearing and stutter, and it’s relatively common even on low-end displays.

BenQ GL2580HM

OSD and setup

The GL2580HM has five buttons on the underside of its frame that are used to control its onscreen display (OSD), which are easy enough to use. Crucially, the buttons are nice and big, so are easy to feel your way around. Also, the layout of the menus means it always feels reasonably natural as to which button you should press next.

You get a comprehensive set of options for setting up the display. All the basics such as brightness and contrast are there, plus you get colour temperature, saturation and gamma settings. These options are often not included in cheaper displays. Their inclusion here means it’s easy to dial in just the right colour balance.

When it comes to gaming, there’s only a single option available to tweak: Advanced Motion Acceleration. This is just another term for overdrive, which is where a higher voltage is applied to each pixel to make it transition faster. It can slightly reduce some of the blurriness associated with LCD screens, but really doesn't do much.

BenQ GL2580HMa

Image Quality

For a low-end TN LCD monitor, this display is amazingly good. Unlike so many such monitors, the poor viewing angles of the TN technology don’t result in an image that constantly feels like it’s shifting and changing as you move your head by even the slightest amount. Tilt the screen up and down and you get the tell-tale lightening and darkening of the image, but in normal use it’s hardly noticeable.  

What’s more, it appears to produce surprisingly rich colours, there’s plenty of contrast, and the colour balance looks pretty good too. There’s no red, green or blue tinge to it, and the gradient of colour from light to dark feels right.

Its colour temperature of 6915K is close enough to the ideal of 6500K that most users would never feel the need to adjust the colour balance. Its colour space coverage is also decent, managing 92.2% of the sRGB colour space. In other words, this monitor is quite capable of producing nearly all the standard computer sRGB colour space and it can pick out all the fine differences between those colours as well. Meanwhile, a gamma score of 1.99 is ar from ideal of 2.2, but switching to the next option down in the OSD’s gamma setting soon sorted this out. 

The only minor disappointment is contrast, which is just 712:1. We generally expect to see closer to 1000:1, even on basic TN displays, but it still looks decent. 

Apart from from adjusting the gamma setting, there is nothing more that you need to do before using it. However, if you do have a colorimeter and can calibrate the display then it can do even better. Tweaking the colour balance from 100 x 100 x 100 (RGB) to 99 x 100 x 96 pulled the colour temperature to 6460K – just 40K short of the ideal 6500K figure. 

Trying the 75Hz refresh rate and Premium AMD setting didn’t make much difference to the display’s gaming performance. However, if gaming capability is a concern the GL2580HM will do better than similarly priced displays that have IPS LCD panels.

BenQ GL2580HM 24.5 Inch FHD 1080p Eye care LED Monitor, 1920x1080 Display, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free, Ultra Slim Bezel, HDMI,1 W Speaker £139.99 amazon uk


I do like this display, it has an attractive design with it's frameless bezel looks great. It includes a number of practical features, such as its internal power supply, decent selection of connectivity and speakers. It also offers surprisingly good image quality for a basic TN LCD panel, and generally feels a step up from similarly priced displays.

Add to this the fact that it can run at 75Hz and it has just a 2ms response time, and it can even offer a slightly better gaming experience than others. But, it’s also a little close to the price of other monitors that include more sought after IPS LCD panels. 

Overall, the BenQ GL2580HM is unexceptional, but at the same time there is not much wrong with it either.

For a budget 1080p monitor, the BenQ GL2580HM has plenty going for it and at £139.99 it's not a bad buy at all.

Also see:AOC Q3279VWF UK Monitor Review: Big screen bargain

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