Multiple input ports; value for money; good performance
Average speaker output; can seem bulky
The appeal of a MacBook’s portability may sway some Apple users away from an iMac, but when you’re sitting at a desk with
a 13in screen and a pile of work to be completed, that choice can seem a poor one.
So it makes sense to hook the MacBook up to an external monitor such as BenQ’s GW2750HM – one of a four-monitor series recently launched by BenQ. This 27in LED model is the largest display in the series, and features a range of inputs, in-built speakers and a Vertical Alignment panel display.
BenQ’s monitor weighs a reasonable 5.6kg and measures 48.9cm tall, 65.5cm wide and 19.1cm at the base. Offering 1920 x 1080 HD resolution at 16:9, the GW2750HM stamps its authority on an office environment.
The monitor slips into a niche environment, as there is very little in the 27in monitor range with a VA display at an affordable price. While there are cheaper Twisted Nematic (TN) display monitors on the market, they lack the same viewing angles or contrast as VA and IPS displays. And, for affordability, IPS panels measuring 27in sadly do not come cheap.
Vertical Alignment LED panels typically offer above-average viewing angles and exceptional colour contrast, but have notoriously slow response times. BenQ’s new GW series is no different. Its 4ms GTG response time is no world-beater; however, response times below 6ms are often difficult to tell apart for day-to-day, non-gaming use.
The monitor’s pixel response time can be adjusted through three options – Off, High and Premium – each improving the monitor’s performance noticeably.
Testing the screen didn’t show any ghosting, nor did media viewing draw out any glitches. In fact, watching movies and TV shows on the GW2750HM was quite enjoyable; the deep contrast range allowed for great viewing and the display, at 27in, feels big.
The GW2750HM features a high contrast ratio of 5000:1, meaning its brightest white pixel is 5000 times brighter than the darkest black. The screen offers even backlighting and deep black colouring.
Six Senseye 3 settings are available as preset viewing modes suited for different media use – Standard, Movie, Game, Photo, sRGB and Eco – with Eco mode offering reduced power consumption without a drastic dip in picture quality.
The monitor’s base and stand are packed separately and slot together with the aid of two screws, providing a secure stand that is quick and easy to set up.
However, the GW2750HM’s ergonomics are poor. The height of the screen isn’t adjustable and the monitor doesn’t allow for horizontal screen movement either. The screen does, however, tilt forward and back slightly.
The rear of the monitor holds the D-sub (VGA), DVI-D and HDMI input ports, a 3.5mm headphone port and the power. They are in a very awkward position for users to view and utilise. Included with the monitor are DVI-D, VGA and an audio cable, but users
of new Macs will need to buy a Thunderbolt adapter.
The speakers in the monitor are limited – in fact, the speakers in my MacBook Pro produced a better sound.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice.
BenQ’s GW2750HM 27in LED monitor offers great performance for its price, and would suit anyone looking for a jack-of-all-trades 27in monitor that won’t break the bank.