Monitors aren’t like mobile devices – you can’t angle or tilt them towards your eyes like you can a phone or tablet. So that means you have to adjust the monitor’s position relative to how you’re looking at it. But who cares how good the picture is if you’re straining your neck because the monitor’s fighting against how you want it to be? So while there’s plenty of good stuff going on visually with BenQ’s GL2706PQ 27″ QHD EyeCare Monitor, let’s start with just how comfortable it is for anyone staring at it.
Say you want to tilt it, sure. How about raising it to or above eye-level and have it match another monitor next to it? Just grip the sides of the screen and lift, then release because it’ll stay put. And for those looking for a spreadsheet or webpage to really be big, a quick 90 degree rotation gives you one heck of a vertical view. No tabs to pull or buttons to push, just use your hands and that’s it. Of course you did attach the base and tighten the screw first so it could stand on its own. You also chose what connection between it and the computer made the most sense: HDMI or DVI-D or DisplayPort. Using HDMI or an audio cable if DVI-D means you can access the stereo speakers, but the real benefit is being able to get more visual “real estate” through the 2K QHD 2560 x 1440 display resolution (about 77% greater than 1920 x 1080). About those speakers — you prefer privacy, then use the headphone jack.
Now if you have Windows, you can run software from BenQ’s website for modifying the screen — Mac users, nope. But no matter the OS (operating system), small buttons on the monitor’s right underside provides control. Which can be broken down into the following:
A menu for selecting the INPUT coming from the computer (although there is auto detect)
A menu for the COLOR mode — preselected default choices for whether you’re doing “basic” work, playing a video game, watching a video, looking at photos or reading text/working with text
A sub menu of 3 decreasing choices for limiting the amount of BLUE LIGHT exposure
A menu for SAVING on electricity
A menu for controlling the AUDIO volume
Of the above, limiting blue light is the really good thing because that particular wavelength can cause eye fatigue over time spent viewing. Add to that a flicker-free tech being embedded and that’s a a double dose of good for the eyeballs. Plus using the onscreen main menu allows for personalizing the view and thank goodness for that because on first looking at the GL2706PQ’s screen as it sprung to life, the brightness level was way too high. So off to the Luminance menu to tone down the brightness and tweak the contrast a bit as well.
The presets also decided on the color temperature so into that menu to bring up 7500 K because the GL2706PQ needs configuring for viewing photos and videos as part of a 3 monitor set-up (of course both the PC white standard and the news print white standard are available choices, as is a user preset for fiddling with RGB). Of the other miscellaneous menus, other than Factory Reset for when it all goes wonky, having optimum contrast of the computer signal set automatically, slightly enlarging the image if there’s “edge noise” and being able to not just select different aspect ratios than 16:9 but also see them sans distortion is worth noting.
But at the end it all comes down to how the image looks — that includes more than just whether the colors are accurate but such things as whether there’s “ghosting” or blurring of fast moving objects appearing on screen. Overall there’s no complaints, no bleeding visible because the GL2706PQ is a solid performer. And while there’s no denying its value as a general purpose monitor that can handle pretty much anything thrown at it, the fact that it has a 1ms response rate definitely gives it the thumbs up for gaming. Visual lag time is a bane for gamers, with all the associated lousy imaging and real-world aggravations, but while this monitor isn’t specifically made for gaming, those using it play will have to blame it on the mouse or keyboard or bad luck instead when “game over” sounds. But to get real, the 1 watt speakers aren’t going to cut it for those expecting stellar sound effects — the speakers are useful for general purpose audio but should be bypassed for specialized equipment if really watching movies or if really playing games loud is what gets you going. That definitely goes beyond convenience when audio requires being beefed up when you’ve a 27″ 16:9 display under your control.
But speaking of convenience, two things worth noting are 1)the power light is small and blue and non-intrusive while facing front, and 2)there’s no power brick, just a cord to plug into the monitor and into the wall outlet.
BenQ’s GL2706PQ 27″ QHD EyeCare Monitor has a reasonably wide viewing angle as befits a LED lit display, but the best view will still come from it staring straight back at you. You won’t be disappointed by the price of $299.00 retail either.