There’s a standard number of ports on the monitor; 1 HDMI, 1 Displayport, 1 VGA port which is probably enough for the standard user. Inside the frame, you’ll also find a couple small 2w speakers. Speakers that small work but don’t expect them to be anything mind-blowing, they sound a little tinny at higher levels and don’t really have any bass at all. Let’s be honest though, who really ever uses monitor speakers? They are a nice to have but not a necessity to your viewing experience.
Brightness on the monitor is stated at 250 cd/m2 but through testing we found it to be a bit lower at around 220 cd/m2 out of the box. You can tweak the settings and up the brightness but it causes some of the colour performance to degrade a little bit. Overall colour performance is alright thanks to the IPS panel but it can be a bit washed out when the brightness is turned up.
Although not a gaming monitor, we tried Overwatch, Fallout 4 and Battlefield 1 to see how it faired. For being a “low” refresh rate when compared to gaming version, it was not as bad as I assumed it would be. Don’t get me wrong, I could tell that the refresh rate was lower seeing tearing but as a casual gamer who has never been above 60Hz this will be the norm for them. It’s just worth mentioning that if you are looking for a gaming monitor, this is not the one to choose.
How much does the BenQ GW2780 cost?
At the time of writing Amazon is selling the monitor for £162 which for a thin bezel, everyday use monitor is okay for 27 inches with fairly decent colours. Compare it to ViewSonic VX2757-MHD 27-inch however which has a 1ms response time, same size monitor for only £156 it’s not hard to realise that for the price it starts to fall short in terms of performance for gaming.
Ultimately it’s a choice based on what you’d use it for most. If you are a home and office user as BenQ have marketed on their website the GW2780 will be a decent monitor for your day to day use and it’s really slim making it great for a two monitor set up. The IPS panel give you a decent colour performance although a little dimmer than the stated specs but for movies watchers will be fine. If you are a gamer and will be playing more than anything else, then give this a miss and look for a gaming specific monitor.