Ever since the pandemic broke out, we've been used to working from home and taking online classes, spending more time in front of a PC monitor. Even if we’re now going back to offices and schools, a good display is still important to reduce a week of 8 hours times 5 days of strain on the eyes. Among the numerous options available in the market, we’re trying the BenQ GW2785TC monitor today.
Assembling the monitor is fairly simple as it comes in three main body parts: the display, the stand, and the base. The BenQ GW2785TC features a minimalist design that actually suits the workplace with only the BenQ branding located at the chin and the back. No extras nor any scene-stealing aesthetics.
Both the stand and the base are very sturdy so don’t worry about it falling on stressful days when you feel like flipping your table. I’m just kidding, don’t flip your working table. The monitor is very flexible as it offers tilt, swivel, and height adjustments. You can also pivot it 90˚, which means you can adjust it in a vertical position for a wider viewing area when you need to read long documents.
At the bottom left corner, there are four physical buttons for you to personalize different modes for various scenarios, including Care mode, Coding, Color Weakness, Custom 1, Custom 2, ECO, ePaper, Low Blue Light, Movie, Standard, and User.
This monitor features a 27” LED-backlit display on an IPS panel with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and 250 nits of brightness. It also has a 1000:1 native contrast, a 75Hz refresh rate and a 5ms response time. Since this is not a gaming monitor, these figures are more than enough for work and day-to-day usage at home. This is not the best option if you’re a content creator because it only covers 72% of the NTSC color gamut.
The GW2785TC is more than just a normal monitor; it is equipped with several eye-care features such as BenQ’s Brightness Intelligence Technology. On the bottom of the display, there’s a built-in sensor, which can detect ambient light as well the brightness and contrast of on-screen content. With the Brightness Intelligence technology, the sensor allows the monitor to smartly adjust the brightness of the screen, brightening dark areas without overexposing the bright parts.
There are a few other eye-care modes that we mentioned above. For one, Low Blue Light filters out harmful blue light while maintaining bright colors. Coding mode makes colors pop when you’re doing coding work while the Reading mode filters blue light to prevent eye fatigue when you’re reading super long business proposals. There’s also a Color Weakness mode with red and green filters, which is supposed to help those with color blindness.
On top of that, it has TUV Rheinland certifications for Flicker-Free, Low Blue Light, and Eye Safe. During our brief time of using the monitor, we had a great time working, reading, and watching movies. While the harmful blue light is kept under control, we’re glad to see that other colors are not compromised as content is still bright and crisp for an enjoyable viewing experience. We also didn’t feel any eye strain when working in front of the PC for more than 8 hours.
Microphone and Speakers
The audio from the 2W speakers is quite soft so you’re better off plugging in your headset. However, the built-in noise-canceling microphones work well in blocking surrounding noise when you’re videoconferencing or making video calls. You can adjust the noise cancelation setting from low to high. Also, there’s a physical microphone button housed at the bottom of the display for you to easily turn on or off the microphone.
For connectivity, the monitor provides an audio jack, an HDMI 1.4 port, a Display Port 1.2, and a USB-C port, which can charge your laptop at 60W, transfer data, and function as DisplayPort Alt mode. If you’re using two displays or more, it supports daisy chain technology to create a multi-monitor setup for increased work efficiency.
Something extra that BenQ sent us to provide extra eye protection is the ScreenBar with 500 Lux, which can be easily clamped to the top of the display. It is equipped with a sensor that detects your surroundings’ brightness and automatically adjusts illumination to 300 Lux to prevent strong light contrast. An asymmetrical optical design lets the light shine on your working desk instead of the monitor’s screen, preventing reflective glare.
In conclusion, the BenQ GW2785TC monitor is a decent monitor for work with a Full HD resolution on a 27” display. It’s very suitable for those who are still working from home or students who study online, sitting in front of a PC screen for hours without having to worry about bad eyesight. Also, the display is satisfyingly good enough for everyday use.