The BenQ EW2770QZ is a bezel-less offering with a fairly hefty price tag, however, there are a few solid features to justify. At 27-inches the screen is a nice size, lacking a thick frame, however, it doesn’t quite manage 4K.
This Benq has an impressively slight bezel measuring only 8mm, however there, is a black band between the bezel as the edge of the display.
The screen sits on a plastic stand with a metallic look. That same material covers the rear of the unit, The stand attaches using built in clip-on clamps. The stand allows the BenQ to tilts backwards and forwards, however, there is no swivel or height adjustment which is a real shame. There is a VESA 100mm mount as standard.
Port-wise, there are two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort connector, an audio jack. The BenQ EW2770QZ does not feature a USB hub facility or VGA or DVI connections, unfortunately.
Two 2W speakers will manage some acceptable notification sounds and beeps however they lack any particular volume and will only be of use to an office environment.
The max resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 is a respectable effort for the money however 4K screen are becoming much more accessible to the general consumer right now. At this size, we are happy to see a ppi (pixels per inch) of 109 and they are visible to the naked eye. The outcome is that there is good, crisp detail and plenty of space without needing Windows 10’s scaling features, however, it is lacking the sharper detail of a true 4K panel. A matte finish avoids with reflections, glare and the viewing angles.
This BenQ uses an IPS panel allowing for greater colour accuracy, consistency and really excels at those viewing angles, of course, the response times and contrast suffers compares to other panel technology. At 5ms the panel’s response time isn’t too bad, however, some faster action games might be limited by this, which means it’s fast enough for gaming and movies The IPS panel can display 16.7 million colours, some designers might find this limited and therefore may need to check out a 10-bit screen.
The usual media and gaming screen modes are present, along with a dedicated sRGB option. There’s also a Rec. 709 mode, which adheres to high-definition TV standards.
This screen has some extended features, particularly the BI+, or Brightness Intelligence that is designed to calibrate the screen during use for particular atmospheric conditions. This utilises a tiny camera that sits beneath the lower bezel. An icon then pops up in the lower right-hand corner with a bar below it to show that the brightness and colour temperature has been adjusted. This will take some time to get used to and doesn’t slowly change as some might expect with a software f.lux or some such. Instead, you will notice it flickering frequently in your eyes and, if working on a white background you will see the white change to a light cream or some such as the screen makes its adjustment. The notification is just as distracting as a Windows 10 notification box and fiddling through the fiddling through the numerous options on the onscreen menu presented no obvious option to turn off the notification.
The Brightness Intelligence system does work quite well, it reacts to changes however at times it might appear to be quite sensitive to change as it will change when you do not notice much of a change around you. Certainly in the evening as the light fades a swapping over to interior lighting will see changes. Gaming and media detection will kick in. however, typing this review in the middle of the afternoon, I am continually being distracted by the notification as the screen changes ever so slightly. Checking through the menu I have found the Brightness Intelligence notification and there is the ability to switch it off the on-screen display.
This on-screen display is managed by a row of buttons around the back of the screen. The bottom button is also the power button and can be inaccessible depending on your setup. Having two monitors side by side I had to move the monitor to access these buttons.
Of late I have found BenQ’s out of the box settings to be on the money, requiring little adjustment. Each to their own of course, however, I think most will find the setting acceptable and require little in the way of modification, save for turning off that brightness intelligence notification.
There are various modes for differing uses and most work quite well with the Cinema option providing an excellent experience with colours delivering exceptional visuals. The Photo and Gaming modes were a little disappointing, the colour temperature felts it had dropped a large amount and a frosty blue took over, especially in gaming. The Cinema mode actually served as a better option here for most uses.
The BenQ EW2770QZ is quite expensive and whilst it does a lot for the money the lack of 4K ultimately hurts it. The brightness intelligence does a lot to help with screen’s performance and value, however, it might not be enough to sway a purchase especially with other screen and achieve more for a little extra money. You will likely have more port options on some of those screens.