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A big beautiful monitor at a bargain price

One would think choosing a monitor for your PC gaming needs wouldn’t be terribly difficult. How different could monitors be, right? Well, it depends. If you’re ready to drop more than $500 on a digital masterpiece for your desktop, you’ll find plenty of options vying for that coveted space.

But what if you want a solid performer at a price that won’t require weeks of ramen and mac ‘n’ cheese dinners?

The BenQ 2760HS features a 27-inch screen, LED backlighting and an impressive 4ms response rate. These features alone aren’t enough to recommend a monitor for your gaming needs, but combined with everything else behind BenQ’s flicker-free screen, it certainly fits the bill.

One of the keys to this monitor’s design is its claim of flicker-free images. A common problem with today’s thin LED monitors – particularly budget priced ones – is the system commonly used to control brightness frequently causes a nearly imperceptible flicker that can cause eye strain and fatigue during extended sessions.

The BenQ features a proprietary method for controlling the monitor’s brightness that doesn’t flicker and should reduce fatigue for those whom that’s an issue.

It’s just one detail that shows the care that BenQ puts into its monitor design, something apparent in every aspect, including the 2760’s available connections.

Most high-definition monitors come with HDMI, DVI and VGA inputs, so you can plug-and-play nearly every computer without an adaptor. More impressive, however, are the built-in speaker and included mini-jack so you can plug in your favorite headphones.

Neither the speakers nor the sound passed through the headphone port offer the fidelity of a good sound card, but it is a great feature for those who just want the basics.

As for visual quality, the 2760 offers a good overall picture with solid color accuracy and a nice bright image. The blacks are rich and provide good contrast, that may actually look a little better than it really is thanks to the panel’s outstanding brightness.

BenQ advertises a 4ms response time to keep the action on the screen moving smoothly, so even the most demanding gamers shouldn’t have any issues with lag or jitter.

There are a wealth of adjustable controls in case you are one of those who like to fiddle and calibrate your screen to pinpoint perfection – or at least as close as you can achieve.

The monitor isn’t perfect of course. It uses an older-style AMVA panel, rather than a newer (and very impressive) IPS-based one. This is, in great part, responsible for the 2760’s fantastic price. The result, however, is a minor loss of uniformity across the large 27-inch surface. The corners have a tendency to be a little washed out, though this is a very minor issue with most content.

Finally, the full-HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 looks great, but it should be noted that higher-end monitors are moving to 4K resolution, and many games already support higher resolutions if your computer and graphics card can handle it. It doesn’t diminish this monitor’s quality, but is something you should at least consider before you buy.

Overall, the BenQ 2760HS provides excellent performance for the price. In fact, it’s a downright bargain. If you are in the market for a new monitor and want to get the most bang out of your buck it’s an excellent solution.

 

PROS

  • Fantastic price for a monitor of this quality
  • Bright image with good color accuracy
  • The flicker-free backlighting

CONS

  • Basic looking and not overly stylish
  • Occasional problems with image uniformity across the screen