The BenQ GL2760H ($299) is a 27-inch Twisted Nematic (TN) monitor that offers a fast pixel response, low input signal, and a reasonable price tag. It won’t blow you away with its overall functionality, and it does not offer much in the way of features. Nevertheless, if you want a big-screen screen for everyday use that may pull double-duty for gambling, the GL2760H is going to do the trick.
Design and Characteristics
The 11-pound cabinet is 2.1 inches thick and contains thin (0.6-inch), glossy-black bezels. It is supported by around, a glossy-black foundation which allows you to tilt the panel 5 degrees forward and 20 degrees backward. Height, swivel, and pivot adjustments are not available with this model. The 1,920-by-1,080 TN panel has a non-reflective, anti-glare coating along with a brightness rating of 300 nits. Video vents include DVI, VGA, and HDMI inputs (one of each), but you do not get DisplayPort or USB connectivity. A headphone jack is located back, beside the video input signals.
There are five function buttons along with a Power button located behind the right-hand bezel. Much like the BenQ GL2460HM, pressing any button triggers onscreen menus with labels that tell you what each button does. The uppermost button is a popular Key used to adjust BenQ’s Low Blue Light attribute, which decreases the total amount of blue light emitted by the screen (based on BenQ, vulnerability to excess blue light emissions may cause eye strain and sleep disorders). You can adjust Hue, Saturation, Display Mode (aspect ratio), and Dynamic Contrast settings, and you can pick one of eight images presets, such as Standard, Low Blue Light, Movie, Game, Photo, sRGB, Eco, and User modes.
BenQ covers the GL2760H using a three-year guarantee on parts, labor, and backlight. The screen includes a VGA cable and a resource CD containing a user guide and drivers.
The GL2760H’s performance is a mixed bag. It has no difficulty displaying mild shades of gray in the DisplayMate 64-Step Gray-Scale test, but the two darkest colors appear black. Shadow detail in my test images was somewhat muddy consequently, but the dark blacks help punch up color tone.
As shown on the chromaticity chart under, color accuracy is skewed. Red and blue colors (represented by the colored dots) are just outside their perfect coordinates (represented by the boxes) while green is off with a much wider margin. To be fair, skewed greens are somewhat commonplace with affordably priced TN-based screens, and the GL2760H does not suffer from tinting consequently, but if you require accurate colors, this monitor will likely disappoint.
The 1,920-by-1,080 TN panel delivers crisp HD vision with comparatively sharp detail when viewed from straight on, but a small trace of colour shifting (a frequent TN panel attribute ) occurs when you transfer 60 degrees to either side. Top and bottom angles are much worse, but with whites carrying onto a noticeable blue cast when viewed from the upper and a red cast when viewed in the floor.
We quantify input (the amount of time it takes for the screen to respond to a control command) using a Leo Bodnar Video Lag Tester. In brief, the lower the input lag, the better chance you have of getting the drop in your gaming opponents. The GL2760H’s lag period of 9.9 milliseconds (ms) is the cheapest we have seen since we began testing input lag, edging out the BenQ RL2460HT (10.1ms) to the top place. In addition, the panel’s 2ms (gray-to-gray) pixel response provided smooth, stutter-free activity on our Heaven and Valley gaming tests.
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The GL2760H used 32 watts of power during testing while working at Standard mode and 13 watts while operating in Eco mode. That is on par with all a BenQ BL2710PTBest Price at Amazon (32 and 21 watts, respectively) although not quite as efficient as the Dell UltraSharp UZ2715H$479.99 in Dell, which doesn’t have an Eco-style, but utilizes 17 watts in Standard mode.
The BenQ GL2760H is a good choice for users seeking an affordable 27-inch track for basic home productivity and multimedia use. It’s color precision is off a bit, and its viewing angles are narrow, but it delivers sharp picture detail and adequate gray-scale reproduction. The panel’s low input lag and speedy pixel response provide smooth video and gaming functionality, but as is generally the case with affordable monitors you don’t acquire many features on this model. The Acer H276HL can be short on features, but its own In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel delivers more precise colors, better gray-scale reproduction, and wider viewing angles, which explains the reason why it remains our Editors’ Choice for cheap big-screen monitors.