BenQ GW2765 Review - Image Quality, Screen Modes, Uniformity and Verdict Review

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BenQ GW2765: Image Quality

The BenQ’s factory settings reveal

that this screen is a true mid-ranger – it trades blows with its rivals

but doesn’t manage to excel in any one area.

Its colour

temperature of 6,085K is closer to the 6,500K ideal than the cool

Samsung, but it’s further away than the Dell panel could manage, and

it’s on the warm side of the fence, so colours look a little

oversaturated. It’s a similar story with the average Delta E of 2.53 –

that’s a decent result that beats the Samsung and Acer screens, but it’s

still unable to match the Dell.

The contrast ratio of 1,029:1 is

high enough to ensure that light shades are bright and dark areas are

suitably inky. It’s a better score than the Dell and Acer screens, which

topped out at a pathetic 370:1 and more impressive 994:1, and it’s only

a few points behind the Samsung. The field is similarly close when it

comes to actually black point, although the BenQ’s 0.38 nit score does

fall marginally behind the Acer’s 0.33 nit result – no surprise, because

of the latter screen’s TN panel.

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There’s

one category where the BenQ’s factory settings oust every competitor:

brightness. The GW2765’s 391 nit result is stratospheric and 63 nits

beyond its nearest challenger, the Acer. It’s impressive on paper but

it’s something of a moot point – in most home or office environments

200nits is more than enough, let alone double that amount. The 99.6%

sRGB coverage, though, is far more useful, ensuring this monitor can

reproduce nearly all the colours ever required for normal computing

work.

At factory settings, then, the BenQ has few weaknesses:

good brightness and contrast, decent colour accuracy and reasonable

temperature. It’s unable to overhaul any rival, though, with the Dell

having better colours and the Acer offering deeper blacks.

Viewing

angles are decent, and consistent – viewing the panel from the sides,

above or below saw the brightness and colours dip a little, but it’s not

too noticeable, and better than many rivals.The BenQ is finished with a

semi-gloss coating that doesn’t help, with reflections more obvious

than on truly matte screens.

BenQ GW2765: Screen Modes

The

BenQ’s selection of screen modes reflect its versatile design brief,

but we’re not enamoured with this panel’s Game, Movie or Photo options.

The

Game mode saw the Delta E decline to an average of 3.99 and the colour

temperature rocket to 8,155K – far too cool. The Movie mode has its

problems, too: the colour temperature of 6,365K is good, but the average

and maximum Delta E results of 3.65 and 27.31 are both far worse than

the BenQ’s factory settings. The final option, Photo mode, disappointed

with similar Delta E values, which are far too off-piste for accurate

picture editing.

One of BenQ’s selling points for this screen is

its Eye-care initiative, which aims to reduce eye strain, headaches and

other health problems through monitor design. The firm says ergonomic

adjustment and reminder systems can help, but the key part of this

scheme is a quartet of modes that cut down on blue light usage. They’re called Multimedia, Office, Reading and Web Surfing.

All

four of these modes concentrate on reducing brightness, with backlight

levels that range between 158 and 212 nits. Delta Es aren’t too bad

using these modes, but colour temperature suffers – with low blue light

options activated the temperatures range from 4,573K to 5,738K. They’re

all very warm, and all mean these options aren’t suitable for

colour-dependant tasks.

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Indeed,

it’s far better to use the sRGB mode if you need to edit pictures or

design graphics. This was where the BenQ really excelled: its Delta E

improved to 1.39, colour temperature jumped to 6,386K, and contrast only

dipped a little, to 992:1. The contrast decline means this mode isn’t

perfect, but it’s where we saw the best all-round performance from this

panel.

When running at factory settings the BenQ consumes 41W of

power, but an Eco mode is included to reduce electricity consumption.

With this mode activated the BenQ’s brightness dipped to 166 nits and

power draw dropped to 23W. It’s a big drop, but both of the BenQ’s power

figures remain higher than the Acer, which dropped brightness to 185

nits and used just 21W in its own Eco mode.

BenQ GW2765: Uniformity & Input Lag

The

BenQ’s colour modes are a mixed bag, but we had few problems with

uniformity – despite the high resolution and 27in diagonal, the GW2765

proved pleasingly consistent.

The panel only lost 5% of its

brightness along its bottom edge and, while this figure rose to 11% in

the top-left corner and 15% in the top-right area of the screen, that’s

no worse than rivals: similar to the Dell and better than the Samsung

and Acer products.

The BenQ’s colour temperature proved

consistent, too. It rose by between 1% and 4% across most of this

screen, with drops only in a couple of sectors at the bottom of the

panel – and, even then, the screen only lost less than 1% of its

vibrancy. That’s an improvement on the Samsung and Acer panels.

This

is not a dedicated gaming screen, so input lag is only adequate. Its

average across the panel was 28.9ms, which easily beats the 40ms figure

we consider the threshold before gaming performance is affected. That’s

fine for general use, but other panels are far more responsive; the Acer

was a tad better with an average of 26.3ms, and the Dell impressed with

a rapid 10.1ms – the best of all the screens we’ve mentioned here.

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Should I Buy the BenQ GW2765?

BenQ’s latest screen has as much ergonomic adjustment as we’ve seen from any other panel, and it’s brimming with display connections – our only quibble when it comes to this screen’s versatility is its lack of USB ports.

Image

quality is decent, too. It’s bright, with good contrast and black

levels, reasonable colour accuracy and good uniformity. Rivals screens

are better in some areas, but few are this consistent. It’s got a higher

resolution than rivals, too.

It’s a jack-of-all-trades panel,

though, so more specialised panels are better in some key departments.

The Acer’s TN panel improves response times and black levels, which

means it’s better for gaming, and the Dell has more accurate colours.

If

you do need a screen to cope with work, games and movies, though, this

is a good bet. It’s a little more expensive than rivals, but its

versatility and consistency make it worth the extra cash.

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Verdict

Versatile

design and consistent image quality help the BenQ compete with rivals,

and both of these factors make it a good choice if you’re searching for a

screen that can cope with a wide variety of scenarios. It’s a little

more expensive than the competition, though, and some screens do cope

better with more specialised tasks.

Score


Score in detail

  • Image Quality 7
  • Design 7
  • Value 7
  • Features 8

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