If you don’t have a grand to drop on Apple’s new LCD Cinema Thunderbolt display, you can finally look elsewhere. The BenQ VW2430 LED Monitor isn’t quite up to par with Apple’s display, but it probably comes close enough, especially given the enormous price difference between the two.
The BenQ display is LED backlit and in 1920 x 1080 resolution, which falls short of Apple’s 2560 x 1440. The monitor also promises low light leakage, as well as a 3000:1 contrast ratio. It’s also equipped with Senseye Human Vision technology, which automatically adjusts brightness and contrast settings to achieve one of many pre-set effects. One of those effects is MacBook mode, which does its best to imitate the image and color quality found on a MacBook display. There’s also a reading mode – it’s no e-Ink, but it will be easier on your eyes than usual. Maybe not great, since tons of light from that LCD screen will still be hitting your eyes.
You can get the BenQ VW2430 LED Monitor on Amazon for about $230, and it comes in a very Apple-friendly brilliant white color.