BenQ EW2740L 27inch VA LED Monitor Review

BenQ EW2740L 27inch VA LED Monitor Review

BenQ EW2740L is a widescreen 27inch monitor designed to deliver rich picture quality from different angle.  Some important features are high contrast, flicker free, wide viewing angle, focus mode, mhl, super resolution, etc. You can turn your regular pc to an digital entertainment platform through this monitor. 27inch is a super size screen. Big size does not means the video and images will be blurry. It somehow optimize the video/image quality and give a HD type onscreen display output. It is a impressive model that is ideal for day to day usage and for multimedia both. Play your favorite videos, surf web, view images, do whatever you want, from no angle you can find this monitor low on performance. It comes with all standard connectivity solution. BenQ EW2740L is a MHL Certified monitor. in the package you will get a microUSB to HDMI out cable, through which you can connect your android devices directly to the monitor. you can play games, check your photo/video gallery or just chat with your friends on big screen. it is essential that your device must have mhl out support. Devices like HTC One X, Huawei Ascend Pi, Xperia Z, etc will work directly with the cable. But if you Samsung Galaxy produce line that you have to buy a MHL out adapter separately. BenQ EW2740L falls under the EyeCare series. Display under this are designed to give you great video quality without adding much strain on your eyes. There is a 24inch variant also available. The prices lies between Rs.20,000 to Rs.22,000. Before moving ahead let's have a look on the specification and prime features. Later on we will checkout the monitor in more detail.

Features:

  • MHL Connection – Connect your Android device to this widescreen monitor through MicroUSB to HDMI adapter. Stream videos, photos or play game games on ultra-HD screen.
  • Cinema Mode – High Contrast Auto Cinema mode to dynamically enhance the video visual output. More fun to enjoy your favorite movies.
  • Super Resolution – No worry about image quality. Super Resolution technology  simulate high resolution images by increasing the pixel density give you rich and clear images on screen.
  • Smart Focus – Enable Smart Focus to turn off distraction while streaming videos online.
  • Flicker Free – No flicker monitor offering you amazing brightness level and flawless screen output. This reduce eye strain when you are using the monitor for long time.
  • Low Blue Light Mode – Want to work, enable Low Blue Light Mode. BenQ EW2740L automatically reduce the high contrast/brightness offering you a comfortable workspace. Less pain more work.
  • ecoFACTS – Eco Friendly product to preserve the health of our environment.

Specification:

  • Aspect Ratio : 16:9
  • Resolution (max.) : 1920×1080
  • Pixel Pitch (mm) : 0.311
  • Brightness ( typ.) : 300 cd/㎡
  • Contrast ( typ. ) : 3000:1
  • DCR (Dynamic Contrast Ratio) (typ.) : 20M:1
  • Panel Type : VA
  • Viewing Angle (L/R;U/D) (CR>=10) : 178°/178°
  • Response Time(Tr+Tf) typ. : 12ms, 4ms (GtG)
  • Display Colors : 16.7million
  • Color Gamut : 72%
  • Input Connector : D-sub/HDMI*2 (MHL)
  • Power Supply (90~264 AC) : Adapter
  • Dimensions(HxWxD mm) : 450.57*622.58*191.32
  • Net Weight (kg) : 4.2 kg
  • Special Features : Low Blue Light, Flicker-free Technology, Senseye, AMA, HDCP, Color Temperature, 17 OSD Languages, -5/20 Tilt, K Locker, Smart focus & Super resolution.

Packaging:

Design:

BenQ EW2740L comes with thin border. It has sensor based touch button. Menu is simple but you will need a bit practice to use the buttons. I found the regular keys quiet easy compared to touch based. The entire body has a single light  placed at the lower part of bottom right which turns to green when the monitor is on and orange when in standby mode. Thin border around the screen size is less distribution. 27inch screen size is simply amazing when you are playing HD videos on Cinema Mode. But if you are serious about working, then you can enable Text under Low Blue Light Mode that reduce the settings to 30% of actual giving a very comfortable non-hurting screen. Low light and good sharpness that makes every text clear. Flicker-Free is one of the major point that makes BenQ EW2740L a amazing pc screen. This does not harm your screen from any angle. No eye strain even if you are sitting in the front of screen for entire day. But if you are watching movies on Cinema Mode maintain a good distance. Atleast 3 meters from the actual screen or higher to get the right color output. Tiny light from behind on the top part will also help your eye to tolerate maximum light from the monitor.

Front:

You can see in the images the front look of BenQ EW2740L. This monitor features thin dark border with rough finish. Thick borders are sometime disturbing.  All control buttons are placed at the right bottom with led below the corner. There are no extra stuff here. The screen just looks perfect for multimedia. with appropriate placement you can enjoy videos on it sitting back on the couch.

Side:

BenQ EW2740L is quiet thin. It does not require really large space. It is not having wall mount support on the backside. You can use a separate kit to hook it on wall if you want. But you have to leave a bit extra space for the connectors. From sides you can see the thickness. There are no buttons.

Backside:

The backside features a glossy finish with smartly placed connectors. There is a single vertical strip with all connectors. There is no power button. The monitor will stay on standby mode always once connected to power socket. There is a single VGA port on the top following two hdmi at the bottom. The first HDMI port is a regular while the second one is a MHL certified. Where you can connect your android devices. Below that the green port is a 3.5mm audio jack. You can connect speakers on it. This monitor with a nice 2.1mm surround sound audio speaker will make amazing combination. A black port below is for headphone. And the last one is power port. The monitor comes with AC Adapter. The model is DA50F19. A 19V output adapter that simply means this monitor does not require much power. At the extreme right corner lies a Kensington lock and two speakers are  placed in the center bottom. The speaker output is decent. It is not really great when you are watching movies. You need a separate one for better surround sound quality.

Button:

All control buttons are on the right bottom. There are in total a 6 buttons. This are touch buttons. The first one from the left is power. Second one is will start a tiny hotkey menu. You can customize this as per your need. The third button will open up the OSD menu from where you can change brightness , contrast, mode, set hot keys, etc. Entire monitor settings are accessible through this key. The fourth button will help you to adjust the speaker volume. The fifth button will help you to change the monitor source between D-Sub, HDMI 1 & HDMI 2.

And the sixth button will open up the low blue light panel from where you can choose from 4 different settings. (Multimedia, Web Surfing, Office and Reading). This mode is designed to give you maximum comfortable while working. The monitor settings are optimized on the basis of above for  work.

OSD Menu:

BenQ EW2740L does not has anything special in the OSD Menu. Most of the settings are common which is widely available in different monitors. It has a separate key for the Low Blue light mode. Where you can instantly optimize the screen without messing with manual settings. That is a bit effective. In the menu under Picture Advancement you can find some helpful items. You can change from different picture mode, you can enable Sense Eye, you can change the display mode, modify color format and enable Super Resolution/Smart Focus.

Platform:

BenQ EW2740L comes with simple stand. It is easy to fix. There is no height adjustment. I was expecting this. You can tilt the monitor to front and back as per your need. you can see in the images above, the maximum front and back tilt. The stand also comes with a phone holder. You can charge your mobile phone through the monitor. You just have to use the microUSB to HDMI cable on HDMI 2 (MHL) port and place the phone on the phone holder.

Multimedia Performance:

BenQ EW2740L features VA LED Panel. It is a high contrast screen offer you crisp images and videos. 3000:1 contrast ratio is more than enough. The maximum resolution it offers is 1920×1080. If you are having a good graphic card then there is nothing to worry much about the output quality. Below you can see my system configuration on which I had tested this monitor. I am able to get amazing screen on playing games also. BenQ also fulfills  the audio requirement by adding standard speakers on the backside.

Low Blue Light Mode :-

Other Picture Mode:- Standard, Cinema, Game, Photo, sRGB, Eco, M-Book & User.

Super Resolution:-

Smart Focus:-

Test Machine: AMD Benchmarking Machine: (Thanks to Antec, AMD, Kingston, Gigabyte, Nvidia & Seagate for sponsoring the hardware)

  • CPU Cabinet – Antec GX700 Mid-Tower
  • Processor – AMD FX-8350 4Ghz 8 Core (AM3+)
  • Liquid Cooler – Antec Kuhler H20 920
  • RAM – 1x 8GB Kingston HyperX Blu RAM
  • Motherboard – Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 AM3+ Socket Ultra Durable
  • Graphic Card – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB
  • Hard Drive 1 – Seagate Barracuda 3TB Internal Hard Drive
  • Hard Drive 2 – WD 160GB Internal Hard Drive
  • PSU – Antec EA-750 EarthWatts Green PSU

Conclusion:

No doubt BenQ EW2740L is a best choice if you need a amazing cinema monitor. It is also ideal for gaming. different models make it very easy for you to get the right screen output. The monitor comes for Rs.22,000 approx (ebay). it is a value for money product. You get huge screen size and along with that BenQ also manages to give the best display technology. Being a VA panel still you will not notice color shift. Standard speaker is good enough to enjoy music when you are near to the desktop. This model has a 24inch display version (EW2440L that cost around Rs.15,500 approx (ebay). But going for the bigger size is worth. Flicker Free technology makes it more comfortable monitor while working. The thing that this monitor lack is height adjustment stand. It is a fixed one that only tilts. There is no DVI port you have to buy a dvi to hdmi to dvi to vga adapter  if your graphic card only has DVI port.

Pros

  • MHL Certified
  • Amazing Screen Output
  • Low Blue Light Mode for Comfortable Usage
  • Great Cinema Quality

Cons

  • No height adjustment in stand.
  • No DVI Port.

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