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Great Versatile Monitor for Sensitive Eyes
11 May 2018
First of all I should mention that I'm not a hardcore gamer who needs high refresh rates or all that fancy stuff like g-sync, v-sync, etc. Like most people I mainly use my computer for internet browsing but I also use it for light gaming, watching movies, music composing, image and video editing. Besides I live in a flatshare and we don't have a living room so I needed to find a very versatile monitor that allows me to do all these things without compromising screen size or quality.
I had lasik laser eye surgery done, so my eyes became sensitive and I had to find an eye-friendly monitor having low cd/m2 values at low brightness with low TÜV certified low blue light and no flickering matte screen. I tried Dell Ultrasharp monitors but they are mainly designed for bright office environment so those monitors are still too bright at zero brightness level. I also tried Asus and some other BenQ monitors, including expensive BenQ SW2700PT wide gamut monitor, but this one turned out to be the best one for me. If you're mainly designing for digital environment, not for printing, then wide gamut monitor is an overkill for you.
I have a 80cm (2.5ft) deep desk and I look at the monitor from a 3ft distance. The farther the screen the better for your eye health because human eyes are supposed to look at distant things not very near things such as smartphones, computer screeens, books, etc. That's why you get eye strain after reading a book or using your smartphone for a long time. I'm telling these because I was torn between 25" and 27" monitor but if you have a similar desk to mine get 27". You'll never look back. Good news is that if you have a small desk, you can scale your screen by using BenQ screen settings so when you move to a larger place and get a larger desk you can bring the setting back to normal.
Another great thing about this monitor is DisplayPilot software that allows you to switch between different picture modes such as RGB, Standard, Low Blue Light, etc. When I'm not doing colour sensitive design, I use Low Blue Light with maximum setting and I've never had a eye strain or headache so far. I should mention that not every BenQ monitor supports this software, including that expensive SW2700PT monitor that comes with a remote controller. I personally prefer using software rather than fiddling a remote controller to switch between picture modes.
My laptop has an old GeForce 650M graphic card and surprisingly handles 2k resolution very well so far. In some videos I can see banding but that might just be my graphic card pushing its limits so I don't know if it would be the same with a high end graphic card.
• Low Blue Light.
• No flicker.
• Matte screen.
• Not too bright at zero brightness.
• No significant backlight bleeding.
• Very useful DisplayPilot software to quickly switch between picture modes. You can also scale your screen as if it's a 25" monitor.
• Matte frame (Glossy frame is distracting and it messes with your brain by causing a false perceived black so not recommended for people doing design).
• No power light in sight (This is an amazing feature, especially when you're watching movies. No distraction!).
• Comes with Technicolor certified colour calibration out of the box.
• There's a small hook to hang your headhphone behind the monitor.
• Some visible banding but it might be my graphic card so I'm not sure if that's a common problem or not.
• This is technically not a con but it might be worth mentioning. If you're thinking of connecting a PlayStation, watching 1080p movies, or playing games at 1080p this monitor won't be as sharp as a 1080p monitor. It will be slightly blurry due to scaling but definitely not something very annoying. However, in exchange it will give a crystal clear picture quality during web browsing and designing. Essentially, choose screen resolution considering what you will mainly be doing with a monitor.
• Built-in speakers are not great but I don't think that should be a dealbreaker.