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BenQ BL2706HT Review

BenQ BL2706HT Review

It's hard to get excited over something labelled as a "business monitor", more so when you consider the specifications of this particular unit, in a time when we're faced with more and more 4K content, HDR and OLED technologies. Though, there may still be some aspects of this particular unit worth considering if you're not interested in any of those features - or you're looking to upgrade your home office.

From a specification standpoint, the monitor is a 27 inch IPS panel, with a full HD resolution of 1920 by 1080, with an average response time of 14ms. Sporting input connections for HDMI, DVI and VGA, it should connect to most any device that you need it to. There's also an audio line in and a headphone connection, so that you can connect your device to it and maintain audio linkage throughout. It also features VESA mounting points, of the 100mm variety.

The BL2706HT touts a "frameless" design which aims to keep the bezel of the monitor to as small as possible - and, with the monitor off, this is how it would appear. It's a feature that's marred by the fact that no LCD monitor can actually pull off this task, instead, you get about a one centimeter black border around the edge of the visible display. That said, monitors with this frameless or bezel-less design are ideal when used in a multi monitor setup, because there aren't physical bezels which get in the way between the monitors.

It's nice to see that this BenQ monitor reverts to the best stands that BenQ offer with their monitors - looking through the history of the monitors that we've had through from BenQ recently, they've all come with a static stand which allows for the adjustment of tilt only. The BL2706HT comes with the stand that can be raised or lowered, angled, tilted - and a big bonus for office work - rotated into portrait - a godsend for reading and editing documents and code.

BenQ's usual range of technology is also available on this unit, with their Flicker Free technology and Low Blue Light running the charge. These technologies serve to protect your eyesight and save you from headaches linked to staring at a display for too long.

In terms of gaming though, there's really nothing to write home about. It's certainly capable enough - and the response time never served to cause any noticeable problems when gaming. The colour representation is vibrant and the contrast on display was enough to get by. Again though, in the days of variable refresh sync, 4K and HDR - it may be worth looking for something more future proof or holding out for the time being.

3.00/3

BenQ BL2706HT Review

Overall, if the BL2706HT was my day-to-day office monitor, then I'd have no complaints given it's perfectly capable and the stand is one of BenQ's best offerings, it's just a bit of a shame that the resolution isn't slightly higher for being a 27 inch panel. It's also fine for gaming but might show its limitations sooner rather than later.

This item was supplied by the manufacturer or relevant PR company for the purposes of review
Steven John Dawson

Steven John Dawson

Staff Writer

When not getting knee deep in lines of code behind the scenes, you'll find him shaving milliseconds off lap times in Forza.

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Platinum
Platinum - 08:40pm, 6th November 2017

"27 inch IPS panel, with a full HD resolution of 1920 by 1080"

The thin bezels look good though, definitely a monitor that I would prefer on my desk at work rather than my desk at home.

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