I have been using the BenQ BL2706HT over the last number of weeks and to be honest I didn’t expect too much when I first laid eyes on it. An IPS display that costs roughly £190 on Amazon. During the unboxing video, I felt that the frameless design was a little bit of a cheat has the box bragged the screen had edge to edge technology, however, there was a noticeable one-centimetre gap between the edge of the panel and the edge of the screen’s architecture.
That said having plugged in the screen, adjusting from using 4K to 1080, I was incredibly impressed by everything this £190 screen presented. Right off the bat, we had good colours and contrast and, whilst they did not need to be used, there were plenty of options to calibrate the screens contrasting and colour to the user’s requirement.
Looking around the screen, which is a very typical BenQ design there isn’t too much to note that is particularly exciting. In saying that, BenQ appears to have adopted the rationale of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” Everything here just works, a medley of all BenQ’s good design hits. At the bottom of the front, we have a number of option buttons to interact with the screen, that are clearly marked and the on-screen menu is fairly easy to navigate.
The stand is particularly hefty and solid. It has a neat cut out for cable management. A generous base provides a handy shelf for Nick Nacks and easily losable peripherals. At the top of the stand is a little blue hook for headphones, however, I can’t imagine who would possibly want to use this.
The standard is adjustable to up to 140 mm in height. There’s a 45-degree swivel, 20 degrees backward tilt and a five degree forward tilt.
When it comes to inputs, we have a standard HDMI, VGA and DVI. Hardly a mind-blowing collection of inputs but it should be enough for an office user or perhaps as a second screen for a gamer.
This BenQ has a 16×9, 27 inch, full HD display that works at 1920×1080. The technology inside is IPS and it’s coated with an anti-glare matte finish, that really is notable as I’m currently sitting on one of the sunniest days of the year and I can see very little glare from the three surrounding windows. The user will also experience 178-degree viewing angle.
Eye case on BenQ screens seems to be paramount. BenQ package flicker-free technology alongside low blue light to ensure your eyes are protected at all points during the day. Whilst there is no sensor to detect daylight and changing light in the environment you’re in, we’re still pleased to see at least a little basic technology at the budget end of the monitor line.
The screen does not promote gaming very well, however, it’s not particularly bad. Having blasted through a little bit of Doom I found the monitor to be quite capable of keeping up with the fast action. The screen has a 6 milliseconds grey to grey response time, however, this does not impede it’s gaming performance very much.
Overall, I’m quite impressed by the whole package here. A 27-inch screen with IPS technology for £190 that is pretty good at almost everything is quite difficult foremost manufacturers to manage. BenQ appear to have managed it and I would heartily recommend this for an office environment or as a second screen. As a main screen, one might do better spending just a little extra money to get a screen that is better catered for your needs, however, you can’t go terribly wrong with this one.