64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2013
Bought this monitor the day it went on sell (via BenQ Shop). Unboxed, immediately disappointed by the out-of-box color. Menus were pleasant to navigate so it wasn't a pain to adjust the monitor to my liking. Came with one dead (white) pixel. I can only see it if I'm looking for it so it's not really a problem. Motion is super slick with Instant Mode on and AMA set to High. If you have an NVIDIA video card, you can mix Digital Vibrance in to really get some performance out of this monitor. Overall very pleased with the monitor despite the problems I've had.
The headphone holder on the back of this monitor is overall my favorite feature.
The Lightboost hack is incredible (google it) but I would only recommend doing it if you can get a solid 120fps out of the game your playing. Again, if you have Nvidia you can adjust the color once lightboost is activated within Nvidia Control Panel. You can not adjust monitor color when 3D mode is active (only brightness and contrast).
Here's my calibration settings;
Brightness: 100 or lower (your choice)
Black eQualizer: 10 (+/- 1, your choice)
Colour Temperature - R:86, G:86, B:100
Instant Mode: On
Nvidia Control Panel:
Digital Vibrance: +62-75 (your choice)
Lightboost Hack NVIDIA Color Calibration:
Nvidia Control Panel:
Digital Vibrance: +95
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2013
Let me get this out of the way first - yes, it looks quite bad out of the box, with super bright picture and washed out colors. That being said, it looks quite good to me after spending some time and adjusting it. Offers a ton of options with regards to adjusting color, etc. In general to me it looks about as good as you can get with a TN panel.
No dead pixels.
Wired remote to change settings is a nice and useful touch, allows you to work the monitor menu without fiddling with buttons on the monitor itself. The remote has a clickwheel which is used to choose and select options, back button and 3 hotkeys to which you can map different monitor settings, this makes it very easy to navigate through monitor menus and adjust the settings. Hotkeys for different monitor settings are very convenient - I use one for desktop use and two others for two different gaming settings. Also liked how the remote has a magnet inside and attaches magnetically to the base of the monitor. Monitor stand has a handle in case you want to lug it around on a regular basis. In general the design is quite good and definitely above average when it comes to attention to detail.
I also tried ASUS VG278HE - it was quite good as well but had far less options with regards to picture adjustment, thus I decided to go with the BenQ monitor.
This is the first time I tried a 120Hz monitor and there's definitely no going back to 60Hz!
Also wanted to add that HDMI cable is not included - however you will not be able to get 120Hz over HDMI, anyway, and if you are not using 120Hz then why buy this monitor...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2013
I'll keep this short and simple:
- If you can play your favorite games at 120+fps, this is certainly worth considering. Rock solid display! Great response time.
- The menu "pad" is awesome. It makes menu options easy to pick and choose in any lighting, and it's like having a mouse for the monitor.
- Super bright. You shouldn't have ANY problem looking for brightness to suit your desires.
- Not-too-good color reproduction. This is obvious, though. Not just in reviews, but because it's a TN panel so that's no surprise. It's not "bad", but side by side with my other monitor it's quite obvious. This isn't a deal breaker for me.
- Only 1080p. At 27" display, you can really start to see how higher resolutions become a more enjoyable experience.
I haven't used the 3d on this monitor (yet). But if I play TOMB RAIDER or CRYSIS 3 in 3d some day, I'll make a revision to this review.
RECOMMENDED FOR GAMERS.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2013
The monitor is absolutely great. However, the touch buttons are preventing me from giving it 5 stars. They constantly blink and blink. It is so distracting to play gamer and see 5 buttons blinking ever 2-3 seconds. Really makes me mad. Would RMA it but I would have to wait 5 days for me to ship it too them and 5 days for them to ship it back. I literally just got the monitor and would have to be 10 days without it and I got no backup monitors to play on so I would be out of luck for 10 days. This small thing really ruins the monitors experience for me...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2014
monitor was delivered on time but had a few dead pixels and a broken menu button. Amazon sent me a new one next day no charge that was perfect. big thumbs up to amazon customer service.
Monitor is truly amazing.does everything it promises and then some.
Has defiantly bettered my fps gaming. Worth every penny
16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2013
This monitor attempts to cover all of the bases on gaming, and it does pretty well, especially in terms of response time. It's designed to cut back on the lag between when you initiate an action and see it onscreen and it performs this well. As other reviewers have mentioned, the main issue is that it comes calibrated so the colors look pretty terrible out of the box. Of course, if you are a sophisticated gamer who cares about the quality of your monitor, then this shouldn't challenge your technical skills or shock you. All monitors should be calibrated when they are first set up. This one just more obviously displays the need for it.
In terms of what you get besides the display, the separate calibration control with the possibility of saving 3 different presets is both a nice feature and a bothersome one. On the one hand, it is handy for accessing controls without navigating through byzantine menus onscreen and for having the ability to swap on the fly when playing games with different needs. On the other hand, having another device with a cable on your desktop taking up even a small amount of real estate can be annoying, especially when it could have plugged directly into the base via a USB input built into it rather than having a cable snake out of it. I appreciate that BenQ wanted to give people the option to put the controller where they wanted (and the based is magnetized to connect the controller to it), but there's still a cable there to collect dust and get tangled with other cables and I'd just prefer not to have that. There are also touch menus on the side (so you don't have to use the controller) and that's pretty slick, but may not be preferable to those who prefer more tactile feedback. You hover your hands over the side to make changes rather than press buttons under the monitor. Other than that, there's no HDMI cable, though there is an old-fashioned VGA cable. That seems an odd choice.
The rotation and height adjustment possibilities are nicely designed (it's very smooth on height changes) and it is designed to allow it to be more easily carried to LAN parties (there's a handle on the back), though I'm not sure any display is "easy" to haul around, especially at 27 inches. There's also a hole at the basis to thread cables through which is a nice design feature and there's a headset stand on the back, but it isn't especially wide and won't accommodate those with larger padding on them.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2014
This monitor is more than i need for gaming. I use it for CS:GO and your basic websurfing etc..
However from the reviews you will find that the colors are off when you put the monitor on as a new product, as its not precalibrated very well.
I calibrated mine using Colormunki Smile, with programs that are freeware and give better results than the standard that comes with the Colormunki.
I set my monitor for 6500K, luminance 160 cm/m2 as i like it bright for games.
Color Temperature: R97 G86 B76
This setting gave me accurate 6500K on HW settings. I used the programs after this to calibrate the rest.
Gamut coverage 97.7% sRBG
Gamut volume 115.2% sRBG
Please understand, that just setting the setup in HW does not guarantee your monitor the best settings or 6500K as its allso about your gfx card, and you would need a calibration device to do it properly. My calibration device cost me 89 dollars.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2013
Pros: Great color/picture, 120hz, great contrast, looks very sharp
Cons: The switch is for display settings instead of inputs, many dead pixels after one month
I've had this monitor for only one month, and it now has over 10 dead pixels. I'll be sending it back for a refund. I may have been unlucky in getting this defective monitor, but honestly, I probably won't be buying from them again. At $500 for a monitor, there really is no excuse for dead pixels.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2014
Bought this because its supposed to be the best!
Im so happy with it compared to my t.v
Quick pro/con list
Pro: response time is insane! Widescreen/picture on this thing is just brilliant.
It can raise on its stand about a foot to being completly touching at bottom of stand.
The black equalizer this monitor offers is really a huge plus in dark/bad lighting areas.
No more am I lagging as much or don't register shots on enemies(Cod)
It has 12O MHz for watching sports or fast graphic viewing.
Quality and little things that also come with it: well made and did I mention a place to hang up your turtle beaches/astros/etc. Also has a plastic cover that is scaled to fit around whole screen and stand haha. Plenty of plug ins for just about anything.
Cons: Besides the default screen setting and having to tweak them to my likings... I really have none.. Maybe if It could tilt downwards more at a angle maybe.. It can swivel and tilt upwards as much as you need.. Ok so much for my quick review haha..
450 bucks but I wanted 27inch monitor with 1ms so Its really up to you.
Package was supposed to arrive on a saturday but did not show.
Carrier problem lost in transit but Amazon offered me for refund if I didn't want to keep the package. Hope this helps/helped! Have a ? About it feel free to ask
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2014
I've tried many different TVs and Monitors over the years of all sizes, panels, refresh-rates, resolutions, and designs; this one is no joke.
The refresh rate - If you're a gamer and you have a beefy rig that can support 120+ fps than you'll love this monitor. Movements and turns with the increased refresh rate look smooth and consistent.
The build - this is one of the most solid monitors I've ever used. The build is sturdy and supports the weight of the monitor well with no wobbling, creaking, or straining.
Rotate - the screen can be turned vertically if you so desire; I develop software for work and having the vertical screen to look at code on this huge screen is really nice.
LED Backlit - this screen can be really bright if you want it to be, very very bright. The range of brightness that you can scale to your liking is remarkable. You can make it as bright or dim as you like.
The panel - Other monitors on the market have stellar panels with incredible pictures and higher resolutions. If image quality is your primary concern than this may not be the monitor for you.
Stock configuration - this monitor looks like garbage out of box, you will need to spend a little time calibrating it and getting it looking just right.
Conclusion - This is a very good gaming monitor; you are getting what you pay for in terms of the build quality and the refresh rate, at the sacrifice of some of the image quality. At the price range < $1000, you cannot have everything (panel quality, resolution, refresh-rate) but you can have most of it.