BenQ EW2750ZL; An In-Depth Review

For many users, contrast is the biggest defining factor for image performance. And as we have said before, no other panel in the market right now can beat the contrast of Vertical Alignment (VA) panel. Samsung and BenQ are the two brands that use this panel fairly broadly, and one of BenQ’s latest releases is the BenQ EW2750ZL, a 27-inch Full HD monitor with improved features and aesthetics. This model is said to complement other models in the EW series, giving users more quality choices. What makes it different from other models in the series? What makes it better than other monitors in the market? Let’s find out in this Dual Monitors Guide’s in-depth review.

BenQ EW2750ZL (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?


BenQ EW2750ZL is a good all-around and budget-friendly monitor, good in almost all aspects. Sure it doesn’t excel in a specific area, but it’s well-rounded performance makes it a good choice for daily computing tasks. Pair that with a cheap price tag and you get an excellent deal for a good quality monitor.


Benefits

The 27-inch screen of BenQ EW2750ZL is made up of VA panel, which brings its own set of pros and cons. Screens with this panel usually have good viewing angle and excellent brightness level, but most of the time struggles in black levels and have sluggish response time. Though it won’t impact videos and movies, it could be a problem for competitive gamers. The screen is clearly made for photos, movies, multi-media and entertainment.

 

With Entertainment-Centric Features for the Best TV and Movie-Watching Experience


Many of the software features included in this budget-friendly monitor lean towards entertainment. The Super Resolution for example, is a feature that boosts pixel density to simulate high-resolution images, or whatever image is displayed on screen.

BenQ EW2750ZL (image from Amazon)


There’s also the Smart Focus feature, which works by making computer users’ lives easier by illuminating a specific section of the screen, while show others without color and weakly illuminated, a very useful feature for specific contents such as video game in window mode, or YouTube video.  Some users may not need these pictures, as the former will only sharpen the screen and may cause distractions, with edges pixelated, while the latter may simply dim most part of the screen. Nevertheless, out-of-the-box screen quality is already good.

 

Good Image Quality for All-Around Purpose

BenQ EW2750ZL (image from Amazon)


For starters, the image quality of BenQ EW2750ZL is definitely way better than its gaming counterpart BenQ RL2755HM. The former has a disappointing contrast ratio of 503:1 and poor colour temperature and Delta E results. It doesn’t offer anything new on its 1920x1080p Full HD quality, but it does what it’s expected to do quite well.

BenQ EW2750ZL has wide range of brightness level, which means you can set its brightness to your most comfortable working level, be it for work or watching videos or movies. 150 nits or 45 from the 100 of the monitor’s brightness scale allow a more comfortable brightness level, ideal for daily use. This even brings the screen to an ideal backlight level performance. A couple of tweaks and you can fine tune the colour saturation and black level.

For its colour performance, this BenQ monitor performed well. It scored an sRGB coverage of 98.9%, which is close to perfect, and better than many monitors in its competition.

 

Decent Viewing Angle

As with other monitors using VA panels, viewing angle is fine in BenQ EW2750ZL. The panel however, loses a little brightness and vibrancy on extreme angles, but still easy to see the things on the screen.

 

Design and Features

BenQ EW2750ZL (image from Amazon)


This BenQ all-around monitor really looks good, it’s a smart-looking design.

The front side of the BenQ EW2750ZL is predominantly computer screen, the plastic bezels are extremely thin, only 0.8mm (0.31 inch)  at the top and sides, while bottom is slightly thicker to make way for the brand logo, sports matte black color, leaving users with a computer screen with seamless border. The border blends nicely to the screen when the monitor is off.  This is one of the thinnest, if not the thinnest bezel in the market, making the screen the perfect candidate for dual monitor or even multiple monitor setup. The screen is coated with a light matte anti-glare, also referred as semi-gloss.

BenQ EW2750ZL (image from Amazon)


Looking from the side, this BenQ monitor is sports a slender and minimalistic appearance, with only 0.79-inch on its thinnest point, and a little thicker towards to center. The backside is designed with glossy black plastic.

For its setup, BenQ follow their standard setup procedure. The small stand slides nicely to the monitor’s back socket, and needs screws to secure the two together. The base attaches to the bottom of the stand, and also needs screws.

 

Buttons and Controls

 

The pressable buttons are located at the right hand side of the screen. There are 6 buttons total that controls the on-screen display (OSD), together with the LED light that shows the power state of the screen. The side of the cabinet has small indicators of the OSD buttons, which we think is unnecessary, since pressing any of the buttons will show the OSD. The buttons however, are nicely labeled on the screen. Using the OSD requires some learning curve, as you may miss-press the buttons sometimes. This monitor doesn’t come with intuitive buttons, which would have been convenient for daily users who adjust their display settings often.

Its OSD is well-laid out, but it again, it’s sluggish. Also, you can’t scroll from the bottom back to the top of the menu, which can be really annoying, as it makes everything take longer. The buttons themselves feel wobbly.

Pressing the buttons will show a quick Menu, which is comprised of Low Blue Light (presents different Preset options for various computer use, namely multi-media, web-surfing, office and reading), Picture Mode (Standard, Low Blue Light) Cinema, Game, Photo,sRGB, Eco and M-Book), Volume (controls the volume of the built-in speakers), Menu (gives access to the Main Menu, including Display settings (Auto Adjustment, Input, H. Position, V. Position, Pixel Clock, and Phase) , Picture settings (Brightness, Contrast, Gamma, Color Temperature, Black Level, Hue and Saturation), Picture Advanced, Audio and Systems), and Exit. The good news is that, you can actually customize this quick Menu and add or remove the settings you often need. For Display and Picture settings, some options will be grayed-out, as they are only available for Analog connections.

 

Presets and Screen Modes

BenQ EW2750ZL (image from Amazon)


The Presets or screen modes in this BenQ budget monitor works as alternative modes for different types of media. Cinema mode is the best out of the three media-specific modes, it keeps measurement close to the factory settings, with colour temperature is at 7027K, while Delta E average is at 1.97, which are both considered good.

Game and Photo modes on the other hand, both ramps the screen’s colour temperature all the way up to 11000K, which is close to unusable, as they cover the screen with a distracting blue pallor.

sRGB mode is the best-balanced mode. It’s a decent mode for work, particularly for tasks that requires colour sensitivity. It’s excellent across the board, from contrast (3367:1), Delta E at 0.53 and colour temperature of 7183K. Certainly the best setting for all-around use.

Finally, there’s the Save Power mode. This screen mode drop the monitor’s power consumption all the way from 31W to 16W, which also drags the brightness level to 102nits. Like most power saving modes, it’s a good feature to reduce power consumption, but it’s certainly not the best screen quality, as it raises colour temperature to a chilly 8020K.

 

Connectivity Options

BenQ EW2750ZL (image from Amazon)


The middle of the backside of the cabinet houses the connectivity options, which are arranged vertically. It’s quite a generous collection of I/O ports, which includes two HDMI 1.4 ports (With one MHL compatible), VGA, 3.5mm line along with 3.5mm jack and DC power input (external power brick). And for some reasons, BenQ included a D-Sub connector. Unfortunately, there is no DisplayPort and USB hubs for this monitor.

 

With a Pair of Built-in 2W Speakers for Multi-Media and Gaming

As many quality all-around monitors, BenQ EW2750ZL comes with a pair of built-in 2W speakers, one in each side of the port area. The speakers provide decent sound output, though a bit hollow at times, they’re undeniably functional, and definitely a great addition.

 

Nice and Stable Stand, But With Limited Adjustability

BenQ EW2750ZL (image from Amazon)


The neck of the stand is made up of glossy black plastic. The base is a sloping plastic with glossy finish, while the stand, which is made up of a lighter material, slants forward, which gives a flashy and stylistic appeal, which is far better compared to the dull base and stand that comes to its rivals. Unfortunately though, the only ergonomic adjustment in its stand is the screen tilt, with a range of 25˚ (20˚ backward, 5˚ forward).

Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with VESA-compliant mounting holes, which means you’re stuck to its factory-supplied stand, and can’t use third party ergonomic solutions such as monitor stands with articulating arm, monitor mounts, wall mounts, etc.

 

Tech Specs

Bottom Line


There are no real image quality issues in BenQ EW2750ZL, it scored solid scores in all key departments for all-around use. Sure it has some deficiency in its lack of stand adjustability, finicky buttons, awkward OSD and lack of screen modes, but these are minor problems that don’t generally affect the screen’s performance, rather, affects the user comfort. Its black level and contrast are good in both movies and games, as the screen has no trouble displaying colour across the entire scale. Colour accuracy is good, while Input Lag is decent, which makes the screen good for entertainment, even for gaming. Obviously not for hardcore gaming though.

This product is good enough for all-around use, for photos, movies and even games. Just remember that it doesn’t offer any adjustability on its stand, and it doesn’t come with basic features, such as VESA holes. Obviously, there are lots of better products out there for specific purpose. BenQ GW2870H for example, is a good monitor for work, but it lacks adjustability and built-in speakers that would make it a god multi-media display. BenQ RL2755HM is better for gaming, but also lacks adjustment options too.

All in all, the screen has a good all-around performance. Both brightness and contrast are great, while colour accuracy and temperature are reasonable, with excellent sRGB coverage. Essentially, these are all the key factors when it comes to making images and movies pop more from the screen. Obviously, there are some minor issues, such as the setting restrictions, which are too small to make significant changes. Also, it comes with a very cheap price tag, which makes it a great buy for users on a budget.

For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!



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