BenQ GW2760HS Review: Budget 27-inch VA Monitor

BenQ GW2760HS review

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Sitting in front of a computer screen for several hours at once, whether for playing games or working, increases the risk of eye fatigue or a headache. In fact, most of us have experienced these unpleasant symptoms. One of the biggest causes of these symptoms is the flickering screen. So, for enjoying without experiencing these symptoms, it is essential to choose a flicker-free monitor.

So, do you think that such gaming monitors are usually expensive? Well, it is not necessary! There are a few budget monitors that eliminate the issue of flickering by implementing the latest technology. Well, one such monitor that I found while searching for such options was the BenQ GW2760HS.

By working dedicatedly on the most irritating issue that its traditional monitors caused previously, BenQ has managed to eliminate this upshot by removing the root cause. So, the LED monitor is easier on eyes and head, even if you use it for an extended period. The model is also unbeatable for its truly high native contrast ratio of 3000:1. Well, this is three times higher than a standard In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel. Well, that’s commendable at the price at which this monitor is available.

This LED monitor features a Vertical Alignment (VA) display panel, 1902 x 1080 resolution, and true 8-bit color due to Senseye Human Vision technology and without dithering. Such a featured wrap sounds astounding for a budget monitor incorporating the flicker-free technology.

Let’s explore the monitor in detail to know why it is popular, as obviously, the price point cannot be the only draw!

Presenting: A Deludingly Modest Design within the Budget

Two biggest draws of GW2760HS are no front lights and stylishly designed 11.5mm slim bezels found on the sides and at the top of the screen. This design saves space as well as renders an all-in-one view just as in a multi-display setup.

Boasting a full black plastic build and a shiny finish, this model has no indicator of it being a budget monitor. The buttons, conveniently placed on the rear for tangible responsiveness, are a bit big and odd but easy to press. The rear area is in matte black plastic but has a textured pattern in its middle.

The base is an oval plastic block with a shiny look. While it requires some time to fit the monitor to the stand and base, the stability is decent and it removes the risk of loosening the grip. However, the stand only comes with tilting ability; there is no rotation or swiveling ability. Well, this is not bothersome, as even Apple monitors do not offer such facilities. At the heart is the neat screen with a smooth feel. The panel has a light anti-glare coating, which is good for eyes. You can even mount the model on the wall, as there are four screw holes for VESA mounting.

Presenting: A Flicker-free, Efficient Backlight

Well, this monitor is the brand’s first eye-care monitor offering a backlight without flickering, for minimizing headaches, eye strain, and fatigue in case of prolonged use.

The root cause of flickering is Pulse Width Modulation (PWM), which many traditional monitors used for adjusting the brightness. Well, BenQ uses the Direct Current (DC) method instead of PWM for reducing the brightness. This inclusion along with the matte display makes this model easier on the eyes.

Most monitors control their backlight strength by flicking it on and off at a high speed, for retaining its brightness. While your eyes do not notice this speedy flicking, it leads to eye fatigue when using the monitor below 100% brightness. However, this BenQ model retains a constant brightness through DC that eliminates the need to turn the light on and off. You can test this ability by holding the camera of your smartphone to the monitor. You will not see tangible banding across the screen. That’s the victory! Moreover, the monitor comes with Eco Mode, which allows adjusting the brightness of the backlight for conserving power.

Presenting: Commendable Gaming and Display Performance

Just being friendlier to your eyes does not make this model a good monitor. There has to be something more it. Well, this monitor boasts one of the best 27-inch VA panels I have ever seen or used. These panels fall behind a bit in terms of color consistency, viewing angles, and color accuracy; which are the plus points of IPS panels but you still get them all decently on this VA panel. A VA panel clearly is the winner when it is the matter of measuring contrast performance. The ultra-high contrast ratio together with the dynamic contrast ratio inserts color depth as well as clarity to complex and dark moving pictures. This means you see the clearest and smoothest performance, right from the darkest to brightest objects.

The high-contrast VA panel of GW2760HS comes with the Color Shift-free technology that improves both color consistency and viewing angle sat different screen points. The technology also removes color distortion and delivers true color uniformity across the screen.

The identical good color reproduction, great contrast, and no flickering give a smooth gaming experience. You will respect the performance when hooked up to a PC or PS3 using DVI or HDMI, respectively. This is due to the latest high-speed multimedia interface, which makes it effortless to enjoy digital media even with additional multimedia devices. The Full HD 1080p display renders even the subtlest objects with more realistic colors. Well, this makes your viewing experience quite engaging. Although there is no 1440p resolution of 144Hz refresh rate, the monitor is still a reliable and versatile unit for use with the next-generation consoles such as PS4 and Xbox One.

For PC gaming, this means least struggle for your graphics card due to suitable frame rates at reasonable settings even for a low-range card. Further, there is no ghosting, banding or other unwanted effects due to 4ms response time.

Coming to the sound quality of built-in speakers, it is not great but keeps you engaged even at a high volume.

Presenting: Superb Reading View

benq gw2760hs review 2017

I admire the Reading mode, which imitates the look of the pages in a book. For this look, the Reading mode resets the brightness, sharpness, color temperature, and contrast ratio.

Specifications

  • Screen: 27-inch full HD LCD with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 91.9% sRGB coverage
  • Weight: 9.9 pounds
  • Backlight: White Light Emitting Diode (WLED)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Contrast Ratio: 3000:1 + Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 20M:1
  • Panel Type: AMVA with light anti-glare coating, matte finish, and super narrow bezel
  • OSD Languages: 17
  • Viewing Angle: 178° horizontally and vertically
  • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.311mm
  • Response Time: 4msGrey-to-Grey
  • Brightness: 300cd/m²
  • Color Support: 16.7 million (8-bit)
  • Color Gamut: 72% NSTC (standard)
  • Delta E: 1.92 (Ideal if < 2.00)
  • Speakers: 2 x 1W
  • Ports: DVI (HDCP), HDMI, D-sub(VGA), Line In/Audio Jack (3.5mm), and headphone
  • Stand: VESA mounting support, only tilt ability (5-15°)
  • Security: Kensington lock
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Eco-friendly: Yes
  • Energy Efficiency: Energy Star
  • Certifications: TCO

What Customers are Saying

Most customers on Amazon have stated that this one is a newer VA panel, a bit more cost-effective competitor for the expensive IPS models and a 1080p monitor with phenomenal viewing angles. They also swear by no flickering, clear display, ease of installation, low blue light, and good value for money.

A few customers stated that tilting is limited and speakers are not up to the mark, but these things are expected at this price. One customer said that this monitor is the best for Xbox one and that the speaker issue is solvable by connecting to a standalone speaker.

This Acer gaming monitor has a good rating across retailers with hundreds of customer reviews already.

Conclusion

For the money, this model is genuinely a feature-rich gaming monitor. Its main draws are superb brightness, improved VA panel, flicker-free performance, and high contrast – a blend that you will not find on the rival monitors at this price. While some wanted features are missing, it is impolite to complain at this price.

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