BenQ M2700HD review
A versatile, inexpensive monitor with fine image quality, but all those features come at a cost
Review Date: 30 Sep 2010
Reviewed By: Sasha Muller
Price when reviewed: £216 (£254 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
The moment you lay eyes on BenQ’s M2700HD monitor, it’s clear it’s different to most. The Full HD resolution is par for the course at this price, as is the TN panel, but the sheer number of features has to be seen to be believed.
In fact, it looks more like a TV than a PC monitor. The speakers along the bottom edge mimic the popular sound-bar design found on HDTVs, while the dash of black gloss, silver and transparent plastic make more of a visual impact than you’d expect at the price. There’s even a remote control thrown in.
Delta E is a figure that represents the difference between the desired colour and the colour displayed onscreen. Below 1.0 is indistinguishable to the human eye; an experienced viewer may notice differences around 3-4. We measure Delta E with a colorimeter before and after calibration.
At the rear, there’s a wide range of ports and connectors: DVI, VGA, composite, component and two HDMI sockets cover most video standards, and three analogue audio inputs sit next to an optical S/PDIF input. If that isn’t enough, there’s a four-port USB hub and a 3.5mm headphone socket.
Image quality is strikingly similar to the Iiyama ProLite E2710HDSD, and that’s no bad thing. We measured brightness at an almost identical 369cd/m2, and contrast at a similar 821:1.
Black levels and even backlighting make for a decent amount of shadow detail, and colour reproduction is as good as you’ll see from a TN panel. It achieved an average Delta E of 3.4, which is slightly better than its closest rival, but with the pair side by side it’s almost impossible to tell the two apart.
The BenQ’s real issue is input lag. An average of 58ms via the DVI connection means gamers will find this panel more laggy than the Iiyama ProLite E2710HDSD. Its four 2.5W speakers are no better than average, either. They’re loud, but sound quality is harsh and lacking in bass.
It’s certainly feature-packed, but the BenQ M2700HD ultimately tries too hard. Iiyama’s ProLite E2710HDSD can’t match it for versatility, but it offers almost identical image quality, much lower input lag and a lower price. You’ll have to really want all those video inputs to pay the premium for the M2700HD.
Author: Sasha Muller
On ething occures to me about all these monitors.Thay add all sorts of fancy features.However the main reason for a monitor is the screen.They are still using TN panels.Why not just produce a basic feature monitor using VA or IPS technology and just keep the price down.
I have an old DGM 24" monitor.The Surround is nothing to write home about,Very plasticy.The Stand is rubbish so i took it off and wall mounted it.However it uses a VA panel and the picture is glorious.Easily up with the Dell 24" or an Apple display.The Price was around £230.About £170 cheaper than a dell when new.The point is most of the cost was on the panel and not the surround and features.I can live without the features and the build quality.It's the panel i stare at every day!
By Jaberwocky on 5 Oct 2010
Yet another monitor which comes with dozens of features, except for a couple which really matter. Firstly, it's yet another horrible 16:9 monitor which is a lousy aspect ratio for daily work. Plus there's no height adjustment either.
So loads of features, just a pity that the display itself is rubbish and you can't easily adjust it to the correct height either. When will manufacturers learn to make a monitor which is actually a good MONITOR in the real world, not just a feature showcase?
By Trippynet on 5 Oct 2010
Bad news guys...
Your average non PC Pro reading consumer really really likes "features". Expect them to sell by the lorry load.
By richbloke on 5 Oct 2010
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