BenQ GW2765HT review: a solid 1440p IPS monitor for £275

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Today we’re taking a look at BenQ’s GW2765HT monitor. This 27-inch monitor isn’t a gaming model, but it still provides some impressive specs and features that could be of interest to gamers and non-gamers alike. The headline feature is the 1440p IPS panel used, which should offer good colour accuracy, viewing angles and more. The monitor is priced very aggressively too, at £275 – £70 less than the pro-focused BL2710PT. Let’s see how it stacks up against the competition.

 

Features & Specifications

  • 27-inch IPS display
  • 2560 x 1440 (16:9) resolution
  • 350 cd/m2 typical brightness
  • 1000:1 native contrast
  • 178/178 viewing angles
  • 4ms GTG response time
  • 1.07 billion colours (100% sRGB)
  • Flicker-free backlight, low blue light mode
  • Swivel, tilt, rotation, height adjustment, VESA
  • VGA / DVI-D / DP / HDMI / Headphone / Audio-in
  • 2x 1W speakers
  • 555 x 641 x 244 mm, 6.9 kilograms
 

Design

The BenQ GW2765HT is a simple but attractive monitor, wrought in glossy black plastic for the bezel and matte black plastic for the stand and base.

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A trio of logos are present on the lower left corner of the bezel – HDMI, senseye 3, LED – which seem needless; a BenQ logo is also in the bottom centre and the model number is in the upper right.

Buttons are situated on the back of the monitor, with dots on the bezel to show their placement. These provide a nice tactile click when pressed, but they’re a little less intuitive than the touch-sensitive buttons found on BenQ’s higher-end monitors.

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It’s possible to adjust the monitor’s height, left/right swivel and up/down tilt. The circular base feels quite sturdy, and VESA mounting is also possible.

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The back of the monitor is featureless except a small info panel and the row of ports: VGA, DVI-D, DisplayPort, HDMI, headphone-out, audio-in and power. VGA, HDMI, DP and power cables are available in the box. There are no USB ports.

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Overall then, fairly basic but quite function and not ugly by any stretch of the imagination.

 

Benchmarks

We begin with our look at some initial stats from the Spyder4Elite benchmarking / calibrating tool. Notice the low DeltaE figures, and the coverage of various colour standards; we have 100% sRGB as promised, 79% of AdobeRGB and 76% of NTSC. That means the monitor can be used for some colour-sensitive work, but there are wider-gamut monitors which will be more suitable.

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The first piece of analysis is that of the brightness, contrast and white point readouts at various brightness settings. We see the contrast ranges between 540 and 620:1, although an astute reader has noted that the Spyder does have a tendency to underread contrast ratings. Other sites have pegged the 2765 at its 1000:1 contrast ratio, so we’ll use these readings for the moment. (If anyone has a recommendation for a more accurate calibration tool… let me know.)

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Next is colour and luminance uniformity. Here we can see this unit has a curious issue with the lower centre quadrant, with a DeltaE value between 3 and 4.5. Aside from this disappointing result, the monitor seems quite uniform. Click the image below to see the full details of these results.
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Color accuracy comes next. We can see one outlier, the teal shade at a DeltaE value of 4.09, but all other values are great, typically below 0.5. That’s a fantastic result, and the average deltaE of 1.03 is excellent even for an IPS monitor.

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Finally, we’ll have a look at the Spyder’s internal rating system. The Spyder reckons this is a pretty excellent monitor, and I’d have to agree. Aside from the issue with uniformity in the lower centre, there are no issues with this monitor whatsoever.

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Impressions

The GW2765HT proved quite charming in everyday and gaming use, with the high 1440p resolution providing a nice Goldilocks area between 1080p and 4K. 1080p looks grainy at the 27-inch screen size, but 4K content is rare and gaming at this resolution requires a beastly PC. 1440p is a much more achievable target, and even works well without any kind of Windows scaling – nice.

The IPS panel also benefits from good colour accuracy and viewing angles, making it easy to do some colour-sensitive work in Photoshop or share a movie with a group of friends. Of course, games also benefit from these qualities!

For gamers, the question about gaming monitors ultimately comes down to this: would you prefer the smoothness of a faster refresh rate or the better visuals provided by a higher resolution and an IPS display? For fast-paced games like shooters or MOBAs, the former option makes sense; for other games the GW2765HT and other 1440p IPS monitors will prove a better buy. Of course, 1440p 144Hz monitors are also coming, letting gamers with a little more to spend to get the best of both worlds.

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Outside of games, the GW2765HT is also a capable performer. The resolution fits the 27-inch screen size well, resulting in a picture which is sharp, without being so high as to require Windows scaling. The blue light reduction mode and flicker-free backlight are hard to quantify, but definitely qualify as “nice to have” for something you’ll use all day.

The large range of adjustability also helps the monitor, ensuring you can always position comfortably or even use it in portrait mode. While some USB ports or better speakers would have been nice, these are sensible places to save money when making an aggressively-priced monitor like this. The amount of ports is also impressive, with one each of the most common video connectors – from old standards like VGA and DVI-D to newer HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2.

 

Conclusion

The GW2765HT is a good monitor for gaming and regular use alike, thanks to its sharp and accurate 27-inch IPS panel. The 1440p resolution works well for surfing the web or getting work done, and if your GPU can handle it then you’ll enjoy great-looking games as well. There are some missing niceties here – no USB ports, no touch-sensitive buttons – but there are some welcome extras as well, including tons of adjustability, one of each common video port and helpful eye-health features. If you’re looking for a large 1440p monitor, this low cost option is one of the best available.

Pros

  • IPS panel provides excellent visuals, colours and viewing angles
  • Very competitive price for a 27-inch 1440p IPS monitor
  • Very adjustable, with helpful eye health features

Cons

  • Rear-mounted buttons make the OSD a little hard to use
  • Glossy, logo-infested bezel could be improved
  • USB ports would have been a nice inclusion

Score

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