BenQ EW2740 

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Not quite the specifications – or price - of the last offering from Ben Q but still a rather nice 27ince flat panel, this one suitable for those of us who cannot quite justify the price tag associated with the higher specification that it offered.

BenQ EW2740L LED VA 27 inch W 1920 x 1080 Monitor
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The screen of the BenQ EW2740 measures 62x37x2cm, the stand is 31x12cm with the support arm protruding back by another 7cm in the central area. The stand raises the screen by 8cm from your desk. The viewable screen is 60x33cm giving notional diagonal imperial screen size of 27 inches. The total weight is 4.2kilos.

The unit has a good amount of back tilt stated to be 20 degrees and a tiny amount of forward tilt.

All the connections are in a vertical column on the support arm. From the top they are VGA, two HDMI the second with ability to mirror cast, next a 3.5mm socket for audio input if you use the VGA, 3.5mm headphone output possibly usable for gamers and finally DC input.

Towards the right edge of the base of the screen surround are six touch buttons the one nearest the right edge is on/off with an actual button underneath.

The image is the standard 1920x1080 but it is sharp and clear, the stated viewing angle is 178 degrees which means you can view it from a position almost parallel to the unit.

The second HDMI port allows you to display anything from your SmartPhone in crystal clear quality it is technically called an MHL connection. A full list of the current device that support MHL can be found on the last link at the end of this review.

Dynamic adjustment is provided so those times you watch videos you get the very best available display. Another feature that can help you improve display of low resolution videos is Super Resolution which can improve pixel density. When watching a Window within a Window you can allow yourself to focus on the Window by using Smart Focus.

All Ben Q monitors have Low Blue Light Mode which is kinder to your eyes; after all we only get one pair. You also have a flicker free backlight which gets rid of those annoying bands often seen on monitors.

If you use Windows 8 your panel will be immediately recognised and so no adjustments should be required, true plug and play.

Ben Q panels are also Eco friendly.

The native contrast is 3000:1 and the dynamic contrast is 20m:1, they also state that there are a possible 16.7 million colours.

In use this was perfectly acceptable panel, I connected it to both Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines using both HDMI and VGA connections. With the latter I could have done with a little more sound on occasions but it was adequate in normal conditions.

Anyone wanting a big 27inch panel that does not take up that much space should consider this.

The BenQ EW2740L is available from the first link below for £176.94 with free delivery.

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