- Display Size: 27-inch
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Connectivity: D-Sub, 2x HDMI, Line-in, Audio-out
- Refresh Rate: 60Hz
- Others: 1x headphone jack, 1x mic jack
- Dimensions: 461 x 614 x 181 mm
- Weight: 6kg
- Thin bezels
- High contrast
- Limited ergonomics
It seemed like it was only yesterday when the desktop monitor was created for PC use. Back then, all they do was output low resolution video without much in the way of adjustments. Fast forward to today and some monitors now have a plethora of interesting features built in them. An example would be the BenQ EW277ZH we have for review here.
Fancy isn’t the name of the game, as is often the case with BenQ monitors. The EW277ZH has a no-nonsense, all-black body that’s mostly covered in matte plastic. Its stand, which comes separated inside the box, is easy enough to attach to the main body and remains snug once screwed in. Since it’s glossy plastic, it also provides a bit of contrast to the main body. However, its main disadvantage is that it can only tilt; no swivelling and height adjustment.
One of the great things about this monitor’s physical design is that there are no thick physical bezels on the front, resulting in a much larger viewing space. Thanks to that, BenQ had the liberty to shrink the overall size of the monitor, making it slightly smaller compared to most of its other 27-inch counterparts.
In terms of I/Os, the EW277ZH’s list is quite sparse. It comes with a D-Sub port of all things, two HDMI ports, line-in and audio out. With the line-in, you can plug devices like game consoles to it and get audio via the two 2W speakers at the back. The audio out is also useful for those who prefer to use a proper speaker or headphone with the monitor, considering that even at max volume it isn’t very loud. In addition, the buttons for the OSD are located below on the bottom right of the monitor, where you’ll also find a button for the Brightness Intelligence function.
By turning Brightness Intelligence, the monitor will optimise the brightness of the monitor and OSD according to the ambient light, thereby reducing the strain on your eyes while still maintaining high quality image output. Besides that, the EW277ZH also has Low Blue Light Plus and Flicker Free to further reduce eye strain.
As a VA panel, this monitor has a contrast ratio that’s higher than TN panels. This results in more vibrant and accurate colours and shades. On the flipside, its max refresh rate is only 60Hz, so playing action games on it will not be as satisfactory.
CHIP CONCLUDE: A good monitor that focuses on functions that minimises eye strain from staring at it for hours on end.
(previously published in issue December 2017)