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Rated 3 out of 5 by LeeC22 Good for PC, bad for anything else
I bought a pair of these from Scan as my previous experience building a system with one for a friend, left a good impression. Initially, the quality was very good with regards to colour and panel uniformity. However, when I came to connect other devices to the spare inputs, I made a shocking discovery.
Like a lot of PC owners these days, I connect more than one input to my displays, game consoles, blu ray players etc... So I was pleased to see an option in the menus labelled "Aspect" or "Full" for the display mode; I like 16:10 as a work aspect ratio, but like options to cater for non-native ratios. So I tried various devices connected to different inputs, and the *Aspect* option would never light up. So I contacted Benq support, who told me that if you use a 16:9 source, you don't get this option. After a little experiment, it seems this option *only* appears with 4:3 resolutions.
Now it might be just me, but I consider aspect ratio support for a rarely used 4:3 format, and no support for the commonly used 16:9 format absolutely staggering. This means that if you connect ANY modern device that displays HD content, you will be forced to watch it in glorious stretch-o-vision. This makes it seem like a bodged 16:9 display that has been forced to display on a 16:10 panel.
This and the blasé attitude of the tech support, gives me little faith in Benq as a customer oriented company. Consider your input sources carefully before choosing this monitor. I would recommend this as a PC only device, but for multi-device usage, I would not recommend it.
29 June 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by AJDH Great for photo editing.
I don't play games and bought this monitor to run Photoshop on. When I first set it up, I put it into "Photo" mode but did not like the colour cast or brightness levels. As my cameras use the sRGB colour space, I reset the settings to sRGB. I then calibrated it with my Datacolor Spyder 4. The results were great and when I checked out previously edited images, among which were competition winners, the difference was incredible. I could see areas where improvements to the images, I previously thought OK, could be made. I suppose the only downside is I now need to recheck all my collection of images.
21 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by spuddy Can't fault it
I chose the product because of the combination of the extra vertical pixels, adjustable height stand, plus the price. I've had it for several weeks now, and I've been very impressed with speed and clarity of the display, no dead pixels, even brightness and good blacks. The sound is as expected - not stunning but certainly good enough for normal PC use.
01 June 2014