BenQ has really ventured from their typical TN-based gaming monitors and have built a reputation for professional display. Their previous IPS ad VA panels were praised for their improved color accuracy and black level performance over the traditional TN panel technology. Their latest addition to the family, BenQ GW2765HT, is an IPS-based display that features WQHD resolution (2569x1449), which is a good welcome addition for anyone looking to upgrade from the standard Full HD 1080p resolution. But what makes this computer monitor stand out against the tight competition? Check out this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide to know more.
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Who is it for?
BenQ GW2765HT is for people looking for a computer monitor with a resolution higher than Full HD (1080p) but dont come with expensive price tag. Like most BenQ displays in the market today, it is packed with features and functionalities for great all-around use, even for professional use.
BenQ GW2765HT comes with quite a cheap price tag, which many may find too cheap to be true. But with its price tag and IPS panel that shows WQHD (2560x1440p) resolution, it’s quite easy to like for this monitor. WQHD or Wide Quad High Definition resolution makes four times more number of pixels than the traditional 1080p Full HD. And aside from its larger screen size, users get to enjoy more vibrant colours with wider viewing angle performance, typical to any IPS-based displays.
Impressive Colors and True IPS Image Quality for Affordable Price
In terms of colour performance, this BenQ WQHD monitor performed quite well, scoring a 99.8% in sRGB colour gamut coverage, which is an impressive figure, especially for the fact that it’s not yet calibrated. And though there were some minor deviations in the brightest red and blues, these shortcomings are hardly noticeable in everyday use, as the human eye can hardly notice slight shading differences. However, if you’re visual artist, photographer, graphic designer, or anyone who demands for the most accurate colour reproduction, then you might want to check out ViewSonic VP2772.
In terms of contrast level, the GW2765HT is at the level we expected for its price range, 1064:1. This level is more than enough to allow more details to be seen in darker areas and spots of the screen during games and movies. The black level is at .37cd/m2, which is fairly deep. The screen’s backlight is also relatively uniform across the panel.
RevolutionEyes for Improved Response Time and Refresh Rates, Good Feature for Gamers
As said earlier, it is typical for IPS displays to have more vibrant colours and improved viewing angle performance. But the challenge remains in response time. BenQ addresses this issue in their GW2765HT, as like its other gaming monitors, it comes with gaming-centric features, such as the RevolutionEyes technology. This technology let gamers enjoy great display quality with faster response time and quicker refresh rates.
ZeroFlicker and Low Blue Light Technology to Help Take Care of Your Eyes
Based on what we’ve seen above, it is easy to say that BenQ GW2765HT is designed for enjoying casual games and movies, rather than heavy design work. However, BenQ is generous enough to put a dedicated button on this product to adjust the monitor’s blue light setting, and also equip it with flicker-free technology. Its high resolution makes it great for both entertainment and work purposes. With this, they equipped this model with ZeroFlicker and Low Blue Light technology, allowing users to stare directly at the screen for extended period of time, without causing any harm.
ZeroFlicker technology eliminates the screen flicker, thus, reducing the risk for eye strain. Low Blue Light technology on the other hand, filters the screen’s blue light emission, which helps keep eyes healthy from fatigue of staring at the screen for hours. Also, those who are concerned for their eye health will no longer need to purchase an additional yellow tinted glass to cover the screen, as the low blue light technology comes built-in inside the display.
Decent Response Time for All-Around Use, Even for Movies and Gaming
The BenQ GW2765HT registers 4ms response time, with a refresh rate of 60Hz. It may not be the most impressive response time, but it’s certainly decent enough to provide smooth transitions for most games (though not for twitchier games) and movies.
With Additional Gaming-Centric Features for Dedicated Gamers
Gamers will surely love this BenQ monitor, because even if it doesn’t have the best response time in the market, it’s still well-equipped for quality gaming. This display comes with additional gaming-centric features, such as Aspect Ratio control and Preset modes.
Aspect ratio control works in three (3) options namely, 1:1 pixel mapping, full (fill the screen regardless of source aspect), or 'aspect' (fill as much of the screen as possible while keeping the correct aspect). A good selection of options there which should meet user demands fine.
Preset modes on the other hand, comes with game-specific modes, which makes images appear cooler and. It also gives quick access to dynamic contrast ratio control should you want to use it as well.
Equipped with the Latest HDMI High-Speed Multimedia Interface for Unique Viewing Experience
BenQ GW2765HT comes equipped with the latest HDMI high-speed multimedia interface, making the monitor an incredibly convenient tool you can enjoy with other digital entertainment devices. So whether you’re listening to music, watching movies, or simply listening to music and turning the speakers on, you will sure experience great audiovisual fun.
Wider Viewing Angle for All the People in the Room
BenQ GW2765HT has a pretty wide viewing angle, thanks to its IPS (AHVA) panel technology. The screen is able to show consistent clarity and quality from different viewing angles. The white glow from an angle on black content however, can become problematic to some users.
With VESA Standard Mounting Holes
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This BenQ display also comes with VESA compatible mounting holes, which means you can always use aftermarket ergonomic products for better workstation comfort and ergonomics with this display. Also, the 27-inch display may seem too big, but many user love to use this size of display for even bigger resolution by putting two or three of them side-by-side for dual monitor or triple monitor setups.
Energy Efficient Design
For its power consumption, the BenQ GW2765HT is pretty efficient, considering its size and huge resolution. It scores 44.6 watts at Default mode, and less than 0.5 watts at standby. With good calibration, users can bring the power consumption down to 21.5 watts, and 0.6 watts at Standby mode.
Dual Monitors and Multiple Monitors Mounting Options
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For 27-inch displays like this BenQ monitor, the available options of after-market LCD monitor stand that can support dual monitor or multiple monitor setups are limited. The best one out there is the LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm, a fully-adjustable LCD monitor arm that can extend up to 25 inches, with 18 inches range adjustment, allowing you to push your monitor completely out of the way when not in use, and free your desk. It is a very versatile solution, easy to setup and install to your workstation, and effortless to use.
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If you want a cheaper alternative, then there is the Deluxe Dual Monitor Stand is a cheap, yet efficient dual monitor stand for 27-inch displays such as BenQ GW2765HT. It’s made up of high quality materials, and it’s robust enough to withstand the rigors of daily office use. Plus, it is fully adjustable, giving you a practical solution for dual monitor setup with your display. The small footprint of the V-shaped base keeps the two monitors stable. It’s a perfect choice for office settings.
Design and Features
The BenQ GW2765HT is housed in a glossy plastic, which makes it look a little cheap, and a fingerprint catcher. However, when you consider its crazy cheap price tag, these shortcomings are pretty forgivable. This product comes in an all-black design. All four bezels measures 20mm, making it reasonably thin. The BenQ logo is located at the bottom center bezel, while the left bottom bezel has the logos for HDMI, Senseye and LED.
There is a power LED on the right hand side of the screen. It glows green when running on a normal operation, and amber when the display is on Standby mode.
The coating of the screen is neither matte nor glossy. It has a little bit of shine, with a hint of grain that you can notice if you look very closely.
The lower right hand edge of the cabinet houses the five (5) small grey circles, which marks the location of the OSD (on-screen) control buttons, and a Power logo. The actual buttons are nicely placed and hidden at the back side of the cabinet, and because you can’t see them from the front, you have to feel the little ridges to know each button you’re pressing. Pressing any of these buttons will reveal the OSD, telling you which buttons to press to set your specific settings.
The ‘Picture’ menu includes quite a lot of options, such as brightness, contrast, and a wide range of presets for color temperature and gamma modes. Scrolling down will show you a more advanced option called AMA (Advanced Motion Accelerator) which is BenQ’s response time control.
‘Picture Advanced’ menu includes a few more advanced setting features. Picture mode has a range of presets for users to use and enjoy, which are all well-calibrated for their specific purpose. The buttons also gives access to extra performance features, such as the Senseye Demo, Dynamic contrast, Colour format, Overscan HDMI RGB PC range which appear depending on the connection used or mode you are in.
Also, there’s a System menu, which also allows control to different aspects of the monitor’s OSD menu. Users can change the quick access options, which are pretty useful for workstation use.
Finally, BenQ equipped this display wit ‘Ergonomics’ section, which includes a ‘smart reminder’ feature where users can also set time intervals.
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The backside of screen strategically houses the connection options. This includes DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, D-sub VGA, audio input and audio output. I is quite nice to see that BenQ offers D-Sub port, as the call for all digital connection is increasingly becoming popular among new display models today.
Headphone and Line-in jacks are connected the external audio equipment. The headphone jacks gives off quite an impressive audio/sound output, as it seems to power headphones quite well.
Decent Speakers for All-Around Computer User
BenQ GW2765HT comes with built-in stereo speakers, decent for all-around everyday use. Of course, like any other built-in speakers that comes with budget displays, don’t expect these extras to be anything special. It’s simple a handy add-on they added for workstation convenience.
Round and Stable Stand
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Unlike the glossy finish in its cabinet, the stand is finished with matte coating, which functions adequately. It can tilt forward and backward, adjusts in height. Though it can pivot, changing the orientation mode is quite stiff to operate. Also, the swivel function is also hard to do. The stand feels and looks chunky, which gives you a good idea of its stable support.
BenQ GW2765HT is quit a good performer in so many aspects. There’s a good selection of connectivity options, alongside with different video inputs and solid set of features for different purposes. The big display is supported by a solid and fully adjustable stand, which provides ergonomic comfort for any workstation. The monitor also comes with extra features for all-around use, such as the simple speakers and audio input. However, it doesn’t include convenient workstation must-haves, such as USB ports.
The AHVA panel is a good all-rounder; it’s set in a pretty good default setup, with impressive contrast ratio. Image stability and viewing angles are both quite impressive too, but it’s something we can expect from IPS-type panels. The out-of-the-box color temperature can be improved though.
It’s good to know BenQ still continues to invest in their product’s viewing comfort features, namely FlickerFree technology and Low Blue Light mode. Both of these features lets users enjoy its wonderful quality longer, allowing computer professionals to remain productive and work efficiently on their computers without hurting their eyes.
It is also worth noting that the panel used for BenQ GW2765HT is the same as in their BL2710PT model, which makes the two pretty comparable in a lot of areas, such as response time, and lag. Both can be considered slow by serious gamers, but they are decent general use.
All in all, the BenQ GW2765HT is quite a well-equipped display, with good default setup, I/O port selections, and with viewing comfort features, making it a great affordable choice for any workstation.
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