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BenQ GW2760HS review

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Summary

Our Score:

9

Pros

  • Flicker-free backlight reduces eye strain
  • Excellent contrast and brightness
  • Good colour production

Cons

  • So-so uniformity across screen
  • Low-resolution at large size

Key Features

  • 27-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution screen; LED backlit; 72% NTSC colour gamut; DVI, HDMI and VGA (D-SUB); Built-in speakers; Audio/headphone out
  • Manufacturer: BenQ
  • Review Price: £215.00

What is the BenQ GW2760HS?

If you didn’t know otherwise you'd assume the BenQ GW2760HS was a straightforward 27-inch monitor, and in most respects it is. With DVI, HDMI and VGA connections and no adjustments worth speaking of, it lacks many thrills. What is has, however, is a 'flicker-free' backlight that promises to reduce eye-fatigue.

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BenQ GW2760HS - Design & Features

Let's deal with the flicker-free claims first. At issue is a technique called Pulse-Width-Modulation (PWM). This is one of the traditional means of controlling a screen's brightness (aka luminance), and involves the backlight cycling on and off very rapidly.

The advent of very bright LED backlit displays, which can cycle far faster than old-school CCFL backlit monitors, has led to PWM becoming far more noticeable, and led to more complaints of eye-fatigue.

To combat this BenQ has developed a new method of controlling brightness that doesn't use PWM, and so doesn't flicker. This should, in theory, result in less eye-strain. It's difficult to test its impact without more scientific testing that we simply can't replicate, but the principal is sound and it makes the BenQ GW2760HS a good option if you suffer from eye-fatigue more than most.

That's the BenQ GW2760HS's key feature, then, but elsewhere it's a fairly basic monitor. It has an AMVA panel - a step down from the much-fabled IPS-based LCD panels but a serious step-up from budget TN panels - with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. It's not a great resolution for such a large screen, but at £215 it's not a cause for fair complaint.

It has DVI, HDMI and VGA connections, and there are built-in speakers and a headphone jack, too. The speakers aren't much use, but it's good to have a headphone jack so you can use seperate PC speakers or headphones instead.

There's no pivot and height adjustment, just tilt. The size means it sits at a decent height for most desks, however, and the anti-glare finish acts just as described. The glossy black plastic design is unremarkable, but inoffensive, but the slim bezel is a plus.

BenQ GW2760HS - Setup

Like most modern monitors, the BenQ GW2760HS requires a little assembly. There are two screws you need to tighten to fasten the monitor and stand together, but it's no great trial.

More irksome are the menu controls tucked behind the front edge. Even with the small dots at the front for guidance, they're fiddly to use, but the attractive, smartly designed menus ease the pain.

There's plenty to tweak, too, with five levels of gamma correction and three levels of overdrive (response time) joining the usual suspects. There are three colour temperature presets, Reddish, Normal and Blueish, and a user mode.

Matthew Bunton

July 25, 2013, 3:14 pm

I had the previous version of this monitor which suffered badly from PWM and gave me headaches needless to say I returned it. However they stated that was PWM free also so I wouldn't trust their PR.

Jesper Svensson

November 28, 2013, 7:59 pm

Anyone who has any experience of gaming or watching movies on this one?
I'm not an FPS-fan (games), so the low fps doesn't bug me :)

WarriorWolf

February 18, 2014, 3:00 pm

Low-resolution at large size .. so why did you gave it 9.5 rating !!

isn't this a problem when you zoom-in?

andyvan

February 19, 2014, 9:09 am

Zoom in? I don't follow.

In any case, at this price you can't really complain about the resolution I don't think.

Sweetie

February 20, 2015, 8:59 am

Just sit a bit further away from the panel. Human visual acuity is strongly dependent upon distance. If you sit a bit further away the higher pixel pitch won't seem any different than a denser pixel pitch closer.

Sweetie

February 20, 2015, 9:00 am

This panel has very low input lag but some motion blur.

Sweetie

February 20, 2015, 9:01 am

If the monitor is advertised by BenQ as PWM-free then it is PWM-free. Maybe the place you bought it from made an error.

Matthew Bunton

February 20, 2015, 12:23 pm

Wrong.

Sweetie

February 22, 2015, 12:03 am

No review site has ever found evidence for your claim.

If you have some actual evidence then post it. "Wrong" doesn't qualify.

Matthew Bunton

February 22, 2015, 4:14 pm

Well PWM monitors give me terrible headaches and I tried 3 of the same so called PWM free monitors from BenQ and they all had flicker. Many other people experienced the same issue hence my original comment and its 18 upvotes.

The only errors were BenQ's advertising and your assumptions.

sam

March 8, 2015, 8:20 pm

thinking of buying one of these. anyone knwo if it would look ok sat a metere away from it?

Just_Dropping_By

March 9, 2015, 8:20 pm

What a crushing blow delivered there in that last sentence. I can see the gore from here. How long did you sit there smirking to yourself before moving on? You have too many friends to count, I'd imagine...

OH! Also, great monitor. Best PWM free monitor for the price, by far.

Matthew Bunton

March 9, 2015, 8:33 pm

There really are some strange people on these boards you should fit in well.

TruAnRksT

March 22, 2015, 3:01 am

I just bought this monitor (yet to be delivered) and will let you know about gaming. But it has a low lag better than the ASUS MX279H so should be pretty good for gaming. Anyway it will be light years ahead of what it's replacing.

TruAnRksT

March 22, 2015, 3:04 am

The only way to get a supper fast response time for gaming is to go back to a TN panel. But for combination gaming and entertainment this should be really great for the price.

Jonathan Freeman

December 3, 2015, 12:37 pm

I have the same issue with terrible headaches from flickering screens. and this one has been a bliss for me until i upgraded the size:)

Jonathan Freeman

December 3, 2015, 12:37 pm

I disagree, have the same issue with terrible headaches from flickering screens. and this one has been a bliss for me until i upgraded the size:)

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