Due to a slight typo by our editor Steve, instead of opening my door for the delivery of a “Cooler Master Sentinel Advance II” mouse for review, I was greeted by Mr. DPD holding a rather large box. Slightly puzzled and confused, I opened the box to find a BenQ G2750 27” LCD Monitor. Once we had figured out how my mouse had turned into a monitor, we decided to review the monitor anyway as we all know BenQ crank out some stunning products.
BenQ are well known for their high quality, feature packed monitors that not only look attractive but are also very functional for a wide range of applications. That being said, does the attractively named G2750 live up to the brand? Priced at around £169.99 (at the time of review), the monitor is definitely affordable yet comes with a long feature set which would satisfy anyone from grandma to the serious gamer.
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Included within the box you find the bog standard, monitor, tilt stand, mains power adapter, VGA cable and the instruction manual. No fancy extras here but everything you need to get started. The monitor simply slots into the stand and is secured with a single screw on the bottom. The monitor and stand are made from a piano black, glossy bezel which aesthetically, looks stunning and blends in well within the desktop environment. Whilst it looks good, it does however attract dust and fingerprints, something to bear in mind. Around the right of the bezel you find your screen menu controls. There is an “AUTO” button for auto-detecting the best user settings. Perfect for less experienced users. Below that is a “MENU” button which can be used to customise user settings. Below that are your arrow keys, enter and power buttons - the standard affair. On the back of the display is a convenient VESA mount. This is useful if you are planning on mounting on a wall.
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The G2750 packs a huge 27 inches of screen size at a maximum resolution of 1920x1080. This resolution is fast becoming a standard for monitors and is perfect for gaming, watching Blu-Rays or just displaying multiple windows at once. It delivers a sharp, crisp image with a super-fast response time of 5m/s. This is perfect for gaming situations where every millisecond counts. The screen has a contrast ratio of 1200:1 and a dynamic contrast ratio of 50,000:1. The contrast ratio is the difference between the white areas and the black areas of the screen. The higher the number, the deeper the colours in the display will look. Disappointingly, the G2750 only features a VGA and DVI input. This is perfect if you intend on using either of these but I would like to see a HDMI input in there for flexibility. There is always the option of converters though.
Being LCD, the display is not as power efficient as its LED counterpart however it only consumes a maximum of 52W. Even though it is using the older backlight technology, it still delivers a bright, colourful experience which rivals others in the price range. The other obvious downfall of this technology though is the weight and thickness. The monitor manages to remain slim (whilst not as slim as LED) but is a bit on the heavy side. It isn’t a big drawback but if you’re like me and transport your monitor around a lot to LAN parties, weight may be a problem.
One of the biggest and proprietary features with this monitor is BenQ’s “Senseye Human Vision” technology. This technology aims to modify the image to create a more natural look which resembles what they eye would see. It does this by slightly adjusting the brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness and other settings based on what you are using the monitor for. When I tested this whilst gaming, it worked flawlessly with a rich, deep, engaging experience which was blur free and comfortable to view. Booting up a Blu-Ray however, the technology was more disappointing. The colours seemed too exaggerated and ‘in your face’. The image overall looked unnatural. The opposite effect to what the technology hopes to achieve. Maybe it is just because I am a movie buff and I like my films looking perfect but I thought it was worth a mention. Turning off the setting though, the filmed look great. In other areas such as word processing and web browsing, the image was comfortable yet sharp.
In fact, I have typed this entire review on the monitor with no problems. Another reason you may disable this feature is, if like me, you are a photo and video editor and you need the screen precisely calibrated to display the true colours. This can be done though using the On Screen Display.
Using the buttons on the side of the display, you can access the On Screen Display which allows you to change and customise the viewing experience to the way you like it. Pressing the ”MENU” button presents you with a tabbed interface.
Display: On the first tab is the display option. This lets you align the image horizontally and vertically, adjust the pixel clock and change the phase. Less experienced users may not understand what these mean therefore there is a handy auto adjust feature which will automatically adjust these settings for what it thinks is best. This feature worked quickly and correctly at ensuring everything was displayed onscreen and in the correct position.
Picture: Next tab is the picture settings. These are your standard Brightness, contrast, colour and sharpness settings. Furthermore, selecting “colour” takes you to another sub-menu where you can select some pre-set colour temperatures such as “red-ish” and “blue-ish” or you can choose “user setting” to adjust each colour individually. I welcome these precise colour controls as it offers deeper colour management for more advanced users.
Advanced Picture: The next tab is the advanced picture settings. This gives you the options of selecting the picture mode, Senseye Demo, amount of dynamic contrast, display mode and colour format. The picture mode allows you to change pre-sets based on what you are doing and are much the same as Senseye.
System: The final tab is the system settings. This allows you to access the basic settings such as input for selecting between VGA and DVI, changing the OSD settings, viewing display information, resetting the OSD settings and turning DDC/DI on and off.
I used the monitor for every day usage, watching movies and gaming and video editing. The monitor was a shock for me at first as I am not used to looking at a screen this large. I am more accustomed to two 21.5” screens. Having all this screen area so close was a bit hard to get used to at first but over the course of just under an hour, I became used to it and having sat a bit further back, it felt natural again.
Whilst gaming, the monitor performs excellently. I used it for both PC gaming and using an Xbox 360 connected through a DVI adapter and it was visually stunning, as mentioned before. When connected to the Xbox, I tested using Rockband 3 as it is heavily affected by any screen delay. The delay of only 5m/s on this monitor meant it was easy to calibrate and kept in time. Whilst playing Darksiders, I noticed no delay and combined with the Senseye technology, it provided a deep, engaging experience which was like no other screen I have owned. The colours we vibrant whilst the blacks looked black and the whites looked white.
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The large screen size meant that the display was perfect for movies. Not only could you see the entire screen sat close but as it is large, you could sit right back and comfortably enjoy it at the other side of the room. Its 1080p resolution meant that Blu-Rays looked stunning. Whilst I had issues with the Senseye in movie mode (mainly areas looking too dark and some colours too bright), when this was turned off, they returned to their full glory.
For general use, word processing and web browsing, the G2750 performed excellently. Being 1920x1080, there is a lot of screen space meaning you can have multiple windows open at the same time. This was perfect for me as it allowed me to word process at the same time as watching YouTube videos meaning I could procrastinate whilst I work. The contrast was also great. The text stood out brilliantly against the white background meaning it was sharp and easy to read.
For video editing, I particularly like the deep OSD options. They allowed me to refine the colour to calibrate it perfectly to how it should look. The large screen also allowed me to view my edits at full resolution so I could pixel peep for any mistakes.
In all, the display itself is very good and has good contrast with brilliant whites. I was very impressed with the colour and how everything looked. There are a few things to note however. At times the viewing angle would seem very shallow. This was particularly noticeable with Word processing. Moving around to the side, the white background would lose its brilliance quickly. It isn’t a problem if you are sat directly in front but if you slouch to the side with your feet up like me when web browsing, it is something you will notice. It would be nice to see a HDMI port on here for extra flexibility but the DVI and VGA is more than sufficient. If you are in the market for a new monitor or know someone who would want one for Christmas, at £169.99, you cannot go wrong with this BenQ G2750. Hey, why not buy three and create the perfect gaming surround?!