• Screen: 27-inch Full HD (1920x1080), 72% NTSC
  • Panel: AMVA+
  • Response Time: 4ms (Grey to Grey)
  • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
  • Input: 2x HDMI (v1.4), 1x VGA
  • Others: Low Blue Light, Flicker-Free, Dynamic Power Saving
  • Dimensions: 458.5 x 613.8 x 194.9 mm
  • Pros:
  • Solid build
  • Price
  • Good contrast and colour
  • Cons:
  • Lacks stand adjustment options
  • Difficult to use OSD

All Rounder

While the premium and glamorous products wow and excite us, the bread and butter for any brand is with the mainstream market. BenQ’s latest option to mainstream users is the BenQ EW2750ZL, a model that should fit a wide range of users.

Packed away in a simple looking box, the EW2750ZL comes in two main pieces – the display itself and the stand. We really liked the clean look on this monitor and its thin bezels, which made it possible for BenQ to cram a 27-inch screen in a smaller form factor. The stand and matte screen are fingerprint magnets though, so that might bother some people. On the flip side, it’s great at keeping reflections away.

Build quality is top notch here, with hard plastic for an overall solid body. It also doesn’t flex or creak much when pressure is applied like many other cheap monitors. In particular, the stand is great and has four rubber feet to keep the monitor from sliding around. The display might wobble a bit when moved, but there’s no real worry of it getting damaged, unless it was handled roughly. Unfortunately, there are zero stand adjustment options, which isn’t the end of the world but would have been nice to have.

At the back of the monitor are the I/O ports, including two HDMI v1.4 and a VGA, for those using older laptops to plug in to. There’s also a pair of 3.5mm jacks for audio out and line-in, which obviously will work with the HDMI ports. Then on the right-side of the back is the OSD buttons. These were quite difficult to use at first, due to the lack of a bezel to etch in labels for them. Even after getting the hang of it, the buttons were unwieldy and awkward to use at best.

While not professional-grade accurate, the EW2750L’s colour output is vibrant enough and its high contrast levels helps make colours pop out better. The one problem here we’ve noticed is that the colour temperature leans over to the ‘cool’ side, especially if the brightness level is higher which means further calibration is required to get the output right.

It also has a few handy features to make the monitor useful in various situations, such as Low Blue Light, Super Resolution and Smart Focus. Super Resolution supposedly boosts pixel density, but its effectiveness isn’t very obvious. As for Smart Focus, it creates a ‘box’ with the outside of it is dimmed so that users can focus on the inside; situationally useful, but not being able to use a 27-inch monitor’s full range of real estate to its fullest felt very counter-intuitive.

CHIP CONCLUDE: For a monitor of this size, its performance and price tag are attractive factors. Great choice if you’re looking to get a new monitor without breaking the bank.

(previously published in issue June 2016)

BenQ EW2750ZL