To make up for the colour tests, the FP767-12 faired well when it came to the greyscales. These were smoothly stepped and the colour tracking tests showed no evidence of colour shifts in the various greys from light to dark. However, there were signs of slight banding in the 256-intensity level screen.
Despite the stated 500:1 contrast ratio and 300cd/m2 brightness level, the screen was a little too dark for my liking, especially when editing images where detail in shadow areas was lost. Pixel tracking and phase were also observed to drift after several hours of use, manifesting themselves with that tell tale sign of jittering pixels. This isn’t that uncommon on TFT displays that use an analogue signal and in this case a quick press of the i-Key on the front brought everything back into line. Nonetheless, it’s a shame that BenQ does not offer a DVI port so that a clean, unmodified digital signal could be used.
As for viewing angles, the FP767-12 proved to be unexceptional with the panel’s illumination sharply dropping off in the vertical viewing plane. This was even noticeable during normal use when I raised my eye level by simply straightening my back in my chair. Things were a little better in the horizontal plane, but still nothing to write home about.
Aesthetically, the charcoal and silver chassis pleasantly frames the panel and those after a soft overall look will like the rounded edges. The bezel is thin enough to be unobtrusive and the stand has a relatively small footprint. Whether or not you like the silver-coloured lower part to the fascia is down to personal taste, but you do get a headphone jack and a pair of speakers integrated into this part which, for a change, produce a decent level of clarity. They’re not a substitute for a set of standalone surround sound speakers or a pair of headphones but they should be fine for a small room.
The silver part of the fascia also carries the buttons needed to operate and adjust the screen. There are six in total including the main power button that sits in the middle happily, although some might say distractively, glowing with a blue light. Menu navigation is an intuitive affair, thanks to the separated ‘exit’ and ‘enter’ buttons, and the left and right buttons that double up as contrast and brightness shortcuts. The only aspect that needed some improvement is the speed of the sub-menus, which seem a little sluggish to call up. Even so, all the usual adjustments are here, including picture position, clock and phase, an sRGB mode, and a five-step sharpness scale.
As mentioned earlier there’s only a D-SUB port around the back, and the base of the stand incorporates a couple of hooks for routing the power and signal cables. Disappointingly, the stand does not feature any height adjustment nor can it be swivelled or pivoted. As a result I found the display to sit a little too low on my desk. It can be tilted, though, right back past the horizontal.
At £363.07 and with a 12ms response time, the BenQ FP767-12 looked like it had a lot to offer, especially for the hardcore gamer where a smearing picture is quite simply unacceptable. However, many gamers will also want to get the most out of their games in terms of colour, and the idea if a 6-bit dithered display is probably going to put that market sector off.
The FP767-12’s 12ms response time is certainly impressive and those sensitive enough to notice the advantages will be interested, although they may ultimately be put off by its colour performance. Everyday users not concerned with very rapid response times, are probably better off paying less for a DVI-enabled 17in LCD.