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Benq’s claim to fame on this model is that it is flicker free – although I can’t remember in recent years the last time I could actually perceive monitor flicker.

Apparently if you take a photo of a monitor (have you ever seen a TV set on TV – it has flicker lines) you will see the visible flickering. I did take a still and video shot using a 13MP Nokia 920 and the Benq has a rock solid image. So yes flicker free – it is certainly a little easier on the eyes than my dual Dell 22” (Samsung pedigree). It uses something called White-LED backlighting instead of the more common Pulse Width modulation (PWM) and a 13% haze semi-gloss screen surface.

This GW2760HS is a big one alright – 27” of full HD 1920 x 1080, 16:9, 4ms GTG, VA Led housed in a very slim 11.5mm bezel. The slim bezel is great for dual monitor displays although we are talking some serous desk space real estate to house two of these (monitor is 623mm wide, 472mm high including the base).

Inputs include HDMI, DVI and VGA so it covers game consoles, DVD/Blue Ray and PC and notebooks.

Viewing angle is 178 degrees (good), contrast is 3000:1 (very good) and brightness is 300 cd.m2 (good). It has 8 bit processing which is superior to the usual 6 bit on many monitors. Blacks were very good.

Of late there has been a lot of talk about pixels per inch or ppi as an all-important measurement. Some 1920x1080 tablets have ppi ratings of around 200 to over 400 (Apple iPad Retina is 300 ppi) – these small screens can use smaller pixels so the higher the ppi the better it should be.

But the larger screen tend to all use the same .3133mm dot pitch (or pixel pitch) as this model does. Using a DPP/PPI calculator this screen is around 80 ppi. By comparison a 22/24” would have 90/100ppi so don’t let the bean counters tell you this is a significant measurement for larger monitors. The DPP or Pixel pitch is a better indication.

The internal speakers (2 x 1W) are for ‘emergency use’ only – yes they will faithfully reproduce a Windows system sound but are not designed for much more despite being driven by the HDMI and a AV input.

Benq have been working hard on energy saving so 27W is not bad and it sips .3W in sleep more.

Benq tend to be sold by smaller computer retailers, system builders and on-line so at RRP $299 (on-line shoppers need to take freight into account) it is a great price for so much screen but I think it is more suited to office than gaming use.

Benqs warranty for the GW series is 3 years, on-site courier pickup and return – excellent.

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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