If you only need a monitor to work on spreadsheets and word documents, the 27-inch BenQ GW2785TC will not disappoint. The GW2785TC is ideal for office use, as it includes a noise-cancelling microphone, built-in speakers, and BenQ's EyeCare technology. That is, if you can live with the slightly less-sharp visuals that come with its full-HD display.
Price is one of the most important considerations for anyone looking for a standard work monitor, and while the BenQ GW2785TC isn't the cheapest 1080p 27-inch monitor on the market, at $280 (£219, AU$479), it's comfortably in the midrange for those specs. 27-inch 1080p, 250nit IPS monitors start around $180 (£160, AU$220), and while MSI's ProMP271 offers the same TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light and Flicker Free Certification, you're unlikely to find any with high-end powered-USB-C or integrated microphones at that price. If you need USB-C connectivity at this size, we haven't seen anything cheaper than the BenQ GW2785TC. You can purchase one of these 2022 monitors directly from the BenQ store page in your region, or from a variety of other outlets that vary by region.
This monitor has a 27" LED-backlit display on an IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a brightness of 250 nits. It also has a 1000:1 native contrast ratio, a refresh rate of 75Hz, and a response time of 5ms. Because this is not a gaming monitor, these figures are more than adequate for work and daily use at home. Because it only covers 72 percent of the NTSC color gamut, this is not the best option for content creators. The GW2785TC is more than just a monitor; it includes eye-care features like BenQ's Brightness Intelligence Technology. A built-in sensor at the bottom of the display detects ambient light as well as the brightness and contrast of on-screen content. The Brightness Intelligence sensor enables the monitor to intelligently adjust the brightness of the screen, brightening dark areas without overexposing the bright areas. We mentioned a few other types of eye care above. Low Blue Light, for example, filters out harmful blue light while maintaining vibrant colors. When coding, the Coding mode makes colors pop, whereas the Reading mode filters blue light to prevent eye fatigue when reading long business proposals. There's also a Color Weakness mode with red and green filters that should help those who are colorblind. Furthermore, it is TUV Rheinland certified for Flicker-Free, Low Blue Light, and Eye Safe. We had a great time working, reading, and watching movies while using the monitor. While the harmful blue light is kept in check, we're glad to see that other colors aren't sacrificed, as content remains bright and crisp for an enjoyable viewing experience. We also experienced no eye strain after working in front of the computer for more than 8 hours.
Despite the drawbacks, there's no arguing with what's on offer here. The BenQ GW2785TC is the latest in a long line of BenQ monitors that provide an excellent feature set at an even better price. Sure, it's not as cheap as predecessors like the GL2780 or GW2480, but those monitors are barebones at best. The BenQ GW2785TC is an excellent choice for a proper, well-equipped budget office monitor.