BenQ EW2770QZ 27 inch IPS-type WQHD monitor
A lot of our recent coverage and the reviews we’ve produced have focused on high refresh rate models designed with gamers in mind. Some users, though, are looking for something more humble. They have no need or desire for high refresh rates and simply want a good all-round performer that looks nice and offers some useful features. A key focus for many users at the moment, as highlighted by one of the longest threads on our forum, is a monitor that’s easy on the eyes. BenQ were the first manufacturer to really push through features that are particularly beneficial in this respect, such as ‘flicker-free’ backlights and ‘Low Blue Light’ (LBL) settings. All part of their ‘Eye Care’ initiative that has been in place for a number of years now. The BenQ EW2770QZ features the latest evolution of these features alongside some new ‘convenience’ features’. This is all wrapped up in a simple but some would agree quite stylish package. Of particular note is the bezels which appear to be very slim on all four sides. The only exception to this is a little ‘box’ protruding out in the centre of the bottom bezel. This features a light sensor used for one of the key features of the monitor (B.I – ‘Brightness Intelligence’ Plus), which we’ll come onto shortly. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by pressable buttons running down the right side of the monitor, at the rear.
The monitor uses a 27” WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS-type panel, likely an AU Optronics AHVA (Advanced Hyper Viewing Angle) part. This features a 60Hz refresh rate, has a typical maximum luminance of 350 cd/m² and offers 178/178° viewing angles as expected from the panel type. The screen surface will almost certainly be light matte anti-glare. True 8-bit colour is supported, without dithering, and a flicker-free (DC dimming not PWM) WLED backlight is used with 100% sRGB coverage. To further enhance viewing comfort, easily selectable ‘Low Blue Light’ (LBL) settings feature. As noted above B.I. (Brightness Intelligence) Plus also features, which is sort of like an advanced dynamic contrast setting designed with viewing comfort in mind. The monitor adjusts its image based on the content being displayed (to try to ensure the brightest and darkest content remains distinct). It also adjusts the image based on ambient lighting in the room, adjusting both brightness and colour temperature according to the lighting. This will automatically enforce a ‘Low Blue Light’ setting in the evening, for example, unless you have bright cool-coloured lighting in your room.
As is fairly typical for a panel of this type, a 5ms grey to grey response time is specified. BenQ includes their AMA (Advanced Motion Acceleration) user-configurable grey to grey acceleration as well. Rather unusually for a BenQ monitor and more typical of a modern Dell monitor, the rear is silver matte plastic. The included stand attaches using a quick-release bracket mechanism and can easily be removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. A zero-watt power switch is included to completely shut off power to the monitor, along with an AC power input (internal power converter and some ports; 2 HDMI 1.4 ports, DP 1.2 and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Two 2W speakers are also included for basic sound output, along with a Kensington Lock socket.
Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. Information on price and availability and possibly a review still forthcoming.