We have had a look at a great many screens over the years on Tech Addicts and it has to come to the point whereby a screen becomes the benchmark for others to aspire. The BenQ SW2700PT is that screen. A 27inch AHVA IPS panel and viewing angles of 178/178 degrees, wide-gamut. 99% AdobeRGB colour and 100% sRGB alongside a high resolution of 2560×1440. Built-in hardware calibration and a hood physical hood for an attractive price.
Looking around the screen there is an easily maneuverable stand allowing for height adjustment, tilting and turning. A small amount of fiddling will find a comfortable viewing position. This also allows for the monitor in both landscape and portrait orientation. A hole in the stand allows for a little cable management. On the base of the stand was a parking area for an OSD remote control, however one was not included in the review package, unfortunately.
The BenQ SW2700PT has a very typical casing for BenQ, whilst this does not feature their frameless design a black plastic look commanded the desktop and adds a little bit of extra heft to the BenQ’s. A weight of 9.17kg isn’t as heavy as EIZO ColorEdge monitors, and the stand has no problem supporting the weight, whilst offering ease of adjustment for height, tilt, and orientation. The power light is a bright white, although it doesn’t appear as though this brightness can be adjusted.
Around the back are the DisplayPort, a DVI-DL and HDMI inputs. The Displayport features up to 10-bit colour display when possible allowing the panel to display one billion colours at once. Additionally, there is a headphone socket, a USB upstream connection, and MicroUSB for the optional remote control. There are two USB 3.0 sockets and an SD card reader on the side of the monitor.
As you would expect you can interact with the calibration profiles using onscreen menu, the buttons are laid out in a somewhat standard configuration, if ever there was one. There is are a collection of pre-sets under the “Color Mode” alongside some the ability to select your own calibration settings with two slots for saving custom setups. A resolution of 2560×1440 is fast becoming the standard and most computer software is now optimised for this. Whilst not quite 4K, this is the happy spot right now as 4K can see some resolution compatibility issues in Windows 10. 2K will still have plenty of working space and a notable upgrade from 1080. Using the HDMI connection means the highest resolution output will be 1920×1080.
This brings us to the image onscreen and the SW2700PT does not disappoint. Both Colour and brightness remain consistent, whatever you happen to be doing. The blacks are particularly notable and there is a good contrast. The refresh rate is also impressive, the screen updates quickly and I noticed no ghosting, even in fast action gaming. Pixels keep their colour and there is no backlight bleed. Combined with an excellent viewing angle makes this one of the most impressive screens I have had on my desk in a long time.
BenQ’s settings out of the box were spot on. I tinkered and fiddling with the settings but that actually made things look a little worse, but it was easy to hop back to the default setting where there was a noticeable improvement. An optional surround, or hood I included in the box for those who need a little extra protection from the glare and reflections, this also provides a little privacy is working in an office environment.
The BenQ SW2700PT is terrific. I’m gushing, I know. This is the kind of screen you want to have sitting there and I am seriously considering picking one up as I do not want to send this back. It just hits the spot. For image manipulation, video editing and gaming the SW2700Pt nailed it. I would be interested to see how the addition of remote control functions.
The problem is you are paying for the quality here, £550 is quite a chunk of change, however, designers and professionals will happily pay that for the excellence of the panel. Some might even suggest you can get a decent 4K screen for that money. However, the 2K is perfect right now and a 4K 10-bit HDR is twice the price. If you are considering this, do it, you won’t regret it.
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