BenQ EW2775ZH Full HD VA model
When it comes to viewing comfort and a nice-looking image for all-round use, the BenQ EW2750ZL is a popular choice amongst our readers. The BenQ EW2775ZH brings forward a similar panel and combines it with a host of interesting new features with viewing comfort in mind. Aesthetically the monitor does not deviate too wildly from the EW2750ZL, with a fairly angular appearance with very slender bezels. These are dual-stage bezels with a very thin panel border (which is hard to see when the monitor is switched off) and an extreme thin hard outer component. The bottom bezel has a brushed effect – you’ll also see a mysterious button with metallic-looking blue logo towards the bottom right. We’ll come onto this shortly. The included stand offers tilt (5° forwards, 20° backwards) as the only ergonomic option.
The panel used is a 27” AU Optronics AMVA+ (Advanced Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment ‘Plus’) model, sporting a 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. This features true 8-bit colour (no dithering) and will likely feature a very light matte screen surface. 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles are specified alongside a 3000:1 static contrast ratio. The backlight is flicker-free WLED, using modified blue diodes as part of the ‘Low Blue Light Plus’ feature of the monitor. These shift the peak of blue light from 420 – 455nm (short wavelength, relatively high-energy blue light) to 455 – 480nm (longer wavelength, lower energy blue light). This allows the monitor to cut out high energy blue light without upsetting the overall colour temperature or balance of the image. The downside is that this longer wavelength blue light is still stimulating, so should still be minimised when you should be winding down (i.e. before bed). Fortunately, the monitor offers some modes which will offer ‘Low Blue Light’ with a lower colour temperature as well (such as the ‘Dark Room’ setting). So this model offers the best of both worlds when it comes to blue light reduction.
Another interesting feature is associated with that extra button mentioned earlier – this activates or deactivates the ‘Brightness Intelligence Technology’ (B.I. Tech.) of the monitor. On a basic level this feature combines ambient light sensing capabilities with a smart dynamic contrast algorithm. It allows the monitor to adjust its own brightness (and gamma, most likely) according to the content being displayed on the screen whilst also taking into account ambient lighting conditions. In this interesting white paper this feature is explored in more detail, along with the other new features of the monitor. It seems that this feature is designed to offer a more natural and gradual adaptation of the image to suit not only the content being displayed but also the lighting conditions. This contrasts with typical dynamic contrast and light sensor features, which are two very separate things that tend to offer fairly abrupt changes which aren’t at all harmonious.
Other features and specifications of the monitor include 6-axis colour adjustment and a 4ms grey to grey response time, compete with the usual AMA (Advanced Motion Acceleration) pixel overdrive feature. It will of course be very interesting to see how well this is implemented, as we’ve seen quite a lot of variability with recent VA models in this regard. The rear of the monitor lacks VESA holes (as with its immediate predecessors) but has a matte black finish with wood-grain texture. The ports have a more conventional horizontal layout rather than a vertical arrangement, too. These ports include; 2 HDMI 1.4 ports, VGA, 3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm line-in and DC power input (external power adaptor). There are also 2 x 2W speakers for basic sound output.
Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor started shipping in Europe in July 2016 and is also available in other regions such as the. We will bring you a review of this model if the demand is there.