The BenQ GL2706PQ 27-inch LED monitor is a large, good looking screen with a has decent resolution and looks to be a Jack of All Trades, Master of Much!
The GL2706PQ is catchily titled and look as you would expect a screen to look. A thick bezel, measuring around 1 inch of black plastic on top of 27”s of matte screen. Thankfully the size of the 27” screen distracts greatly from the bezels and helps cut a more acceptable aesthetic. In saying that, the screen is pretty heavy, weighing in at around 6Kg, so try to leave it at home as much as possible.
That base also allows for the screen to rotate and tilt quite a bit, allowing the screen to be quite flexible. The screen zips up to 120cm above the desk and has a full 90 degrees of pivot. There is a decent tilt to avoid any glare, however, there is a good viewing angle so you might not need to adjust the screen too much.
The screen can also turn a full 90 degrees to benefit coders and writers and artists and people with broken necks.
Connections on the back include an HDMI port, 1.2 DisplayPort, DVI-D and a headphone jack.
The panel here is TN technology with a decent resolution of a 2560 x 1440. Whilst the image quality doesn’t particularly stand out it is certainly more impressive than the standard TN display. Colours are bright and the 1000:1 contrast ratio certainly makes all the difference, if not particularly dazzling. Where the bright colours pretty vivid the darker areas are where this suffers. The blacks and dark greys are not terribly impressive.
For office work, this screen is perfectly suited, for gaming I have no complaints. Certainly, there was a little issue with the grey scale however not enough to distract and primarily because I was looking for it. The 1ms response time is better than you would need from a similarly priced IPS display, however, the 30Hz – 78 Hz vertical refresh rate does fall a little behind when playing faster action games. Using the screen to edit video also presented very little in the way of problems.
The BenQ GL2706PQ is a perfectly acceptable screen and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone looking for a 27-inch desktop workhorse. BenQ’s Eye-care technology help the office worker, the response time helps the gamer and the price really helps this one come with a full recommendation.
You can find the BenQ GL2706PQ for sale on Amazon here.