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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly exceptional!, 10 Oct 2012
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Bl Anderson (Sunderland, Tyne & Wear United Kingdom United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: BenQ EW2730 27 inch Widescreen LED Monitor (1920x1080, 3000:1, 8ms, HDMI) (Accessory)
I bought this monitor as a temporary, emergency replacement for an iMac that was beyond repair (thanks, gravity!) - it had speakers, a USB hub and several inputs with a freakishly high contrast ratio - plus, it looked like something that Apple would make, so it would match my MacBook Pro perfectly. I really wasn't expecting much at this price, maybe some cheap plastic and a screen not worth looking at but wow... I really do mean WOW! This is no longer a temporary monitor - its my main that takes pride of place.

Firstly, the build quality of the thing. The base is brushed stainless steel, the silver strip under the monitor is also stainless steel and the leg it stands on is also metal with a mirror/chrome surface. The black plastic pieces of the monitor also fair very well. The back is a little creaky but better than the usual - its nice and glossy and doesn't flex under pressure. The black bezel is very thick black plastic that doesn't budge with pressure. For this price its very well put together and feels like it will last for a long time.

Secondly, the speakers. The speakers are not a patch on those inside an iMac or an Apple Cinema Display since they lack a subwoofer and are only 3 watts rather than 20. However, when playing audio via HDMI they are very clear, only distort at hilariously loud volumes (the speakers are freakishly loud at 50, let alone full blast! 20 to 25% is a comfortable listening level for me) and, with the bass boost setting in iTunes, sound perfectly acceptable for watching videos and listening to music.

Lastly is the display panel itself. Its not an IPS display (you'd never get one this big at this price), but its not a rubbish TN panel either. Its what is called an MVA panel (Multi-domain Vertical Alignment) and is a relatively unheard of display technology. Plus its a true 8-bit panel - not 6-bit as you'd get from other cheap monitors. The monitor can cover the full 16.7 million "true colour" spectrum without any tricks like you get with 6-bit panels (who only cover about 262,144 colours).

The first thing you'll notice when getting this thing out the box is that it is VERY bright. The second thing you will notice is the contrast ratio - it says 3000:1 in the description, but its actually 5000:1! That is insanely good native contrast by any standards - not to be confused with dynamic contrast ratio (usually listed as 1,000,000:1) - the better the native contrast, the better the dynamic. But this monitor doesn't need dynamic contrast ratio because the native is so high - it doesn't need such a useless gimmick, just one or two settings tweaked (and not by much) and it'll look amazing.

Really, I'm not joking. Set the contrast on the monitor to 40%, the brightness to 100%, set the mode to sRGB and viola! If you're on a Mac, go to System Preferences > Display > Colour and choose "sRGB" (mine is listed as "sRGB IEC61966-2.1"). The monitor will be perfectly acceptable for Photoshop work; posters I've drawn on this monitor look near identical to their physical, printed counterparts.

Overall, I'm seriously impressed. If you have Apple equipment then this BenQ monitor will match it perfectly and not look a shred out of place. The build quality is brilliant, the picture is sharp, the speakers are acceptable, the powered 4 port USB hub is brilliant (and has double the ports when compared to Dell Monitors double the price) and the generous supply of quality inputs is impressive.

Their are only two downsides:
1. The USB ports are on the side of the monitor rather than the back, so anything you plug in sticks out the side like an ugly thumb. I put a USB flash drive in there that has a blinking blue LED when data is being read and written and it drove me bonkers! I would've proffered it around the back so all the cables are out the way (as the three items currently plugged in never move), and;
2. It does not have a built in webcam. Though, to be honest, the only monitors I know that have built in web cams in the Apple Cinema Display and Thunderbolt Display - it'd be nice to have rather than having this big ugly thing clipped to the top of my monitor. But now I'm just nit picking.

If you're thinking of buying a monitor that has all the bells and whistles whilst also being well built then this one is the one to get without a shadow of a doubt.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ThankQ BenQ, 9 Mar 2012
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This review is from: BenQ EW2730 27 inch Widescreen LED Monitor (1920x1080, 3000:1, 8ms, HDMI) (Accessory)
If you're wondering whether a 27" monitor is too big for you, stop wondering. It isn't. The senses of space and clarity you get with a monitor this size are great, so if you've got the room then go for it.

When it comes to the state of LCD technology, it can be a bit confusing. Basically, there are three main types of panel: (in order from best to worst) IPS, VA and TN (don't worry about what these initials stand for). The EW2730 features a VA panel, placing it firmly in the middle; it's not as good as an IPS panel, but not as bad as a TN. The picture on my unit is excellent, with deep contrast, decent viewing angles and no leakage from the LED backlighting. The settings do need to be tinkered with though; I found that turning off the AMA function (BenQ's proprietory technology for reducing ghosting) actually improved the picture.

The EW2730's build quality is great. Unlike other monitors which have finishes that are metallic in name only, this monitor's base is solid metal. There are 2 HDMI ports, DVI-D, VGA and audio in/out. In addition, connect the supplied USB cable from the port on the back of the monitor to your computer, and voila: your computer instantly has four more USB ports (located on the monitor's left-hand side). There's enough power going to these ports for things like a webcam, recharging MP3 players and running an external DVD writer - an excellent feature for a monitor.

There are only a few (fairly minor) things I dislike about the EW2730. The main control buttons are on the back, which means groping around and feeling for the one you're after; I would've preferred touch-sensitive buttons on the front. The remote control is one of those flimsy credit card-sized ones, with finicky, irritating buttons, but I suppose the fact there's a remote control at all is a bonus. The menu system could do with improvement, although it's hardly the worst I've ever seen.

It's worth mentioning that there's a more expensive variant of the EW2730: the BenQ EW2730V 27 inch LCD Monitor (VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, 1920 x 1080, 3000:1, 8ms, 300cd/m2). This is basically the same model with additional video features, such as 3D deinterlacing, 24p cinema support and picture-in-picture capability.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would be 5 stars but..., 5 Dec 2012
This review is from: BenQ EW2730 27 inch Widescreen LED Monitor (1920x1080, 3000:1, 8ms, HDMI) (Accessory)
I would have given this monitor 5 stars in a heartbeat if it had a higher resolution.
The Picture itself is amazing, playing games on this is a treat from any angle.
My only issue is for 1920x1080 for a 27" monitor is just too low a resolution, everything on the screen looks huge, not so bad if you're poor of sight but a real headache otherwise.

If you're getting this JUST for playing games and movies then go for it, if you plan on using this as a regular PC monitor you will need higher resolution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Monitor, just slightly low resolution for size, 5 Mar 2013
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I was looking for a larger 27" monitor than my previous 20" widescreen as multi spreadsheets were pretty cramped on the old one. A quick sort by price on Amazon brought up this one which looked like good value and has good reviews.

The reviews are accurate, this is a solid monitor with a high build quality and a great picture, I just feel that the resolution slightly lets it down, for spreadsheets and photo editing the image is too big. I'm setting 70% zoom ratio to get around this. Probably not a big issue for most people but be aware if you're using this for office work.

The menu system is clunky and the USB ports look messy when cables are plugged in but at this price the monitor is a great buy, built in speakers are a massive plus and it looks good, not flashy just quality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality and Performance, 31 Oct 2012
This review is from: BenQ EW2730 27 inch Widescreen LED Monitor (1920x1080, 3000:1, 8ms, HDMI) (Accessory)
I have purchased this monitor few weeks ago and I am a graphic n web designer and play hardcore gaming. I can suggest this monitor for everyone, the screen quality is excellent and high and you can change screen settings with a button that will adjust its appearance go gaming, movie, photo etc etc. Design wise its great as well and its excellent overall. I would recommend it for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great all round, 27 Dec 2013
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I bought this monitor to dock my mac book pro and it does the job perfectly. Has great sound and is a good size. Just one thing make sure that you have the correct cables for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superior, 28 Oct 2013
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M. Hubbard "Grandpa" (London) - See all my reviews
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I bought this to use with a mac book air and is was a slightly repaired one from Amazon at £158. For a quality 26" monitor thats pretty outstanding ( I did the research) and its a lovely quality item.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Monitor, 1 Aug 2013
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I really like this monitor., The additional desktop space is very handy allowing, for instance, multiple windows to be opened side by side. The image quality is also very good though did need a bit of tuning. I was concerned at the relatively slow 8ms response time since I play first person shooters but I have not spotted any ghosting or similar effects and playing on the larger screen is really impressive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Value for money 27" screen, 27 July 2013
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I was looking for a decent size screen to run using an old mac and have to say very pleased with this one so far. Good colour and brightness, ideally had my budget allowed I would have bought a higher res screen but can't fault this for the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BenQ, 2 July 2013
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This review is from: BenQ EW2730 27 inch Widescreen LED Monitor (1920x1080, 3000:1, 8ms, HDMI) (Accessory)
Fantastic screen.
Highly recommend this product to anyone interested.
High quality screen easy to set up.
Quite a few input options.
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