BenQ M2700HD review: BenQ M2700HD

The built-in speaker bar produced tinny sound that lacked bass and produced a constant hiss. It's fine for Internet videos and certain games, but movies and music will be shortchanged.

Viewing angle:
The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the way down from the top of the screen. At this angle, you're viewing the colors and gamma correction as the manufacturer intended. Most monitors are not made to be viewed at any other angle. Depending on the panel type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels, which get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when viewed from nonoptimal angles. The BenQ M2700HD uses a TN panel, and when it is viewed from the sides or bottom, we perceived the screen to darken about 6 inches off from center.

Recommended settings and use:
During general use, watching movies, and playing games, we found the Normal preset, with the contrast set to 45 and the color temperature set to User Mode, to be the 2700HD's optimal picture setting.

As with most TN-based monitors, the BenQ M2700HD shouldn't be used if pinpoint-accurate color reproduction is required; however, the monitor is good for watching movies, playing games, and for general use. With its many connection options, built-in speaker and headphone jack, the monitor makes for a great console or PC gaming monitor. If you do have stringent color needs, we suggest you narrow your search to IPS or PVA-based panels only. The more expensive Dell UltraSharp U2711 is a good place to start.

Power consumption:
The BenQ M2700HD achieved poor power consumption, with a Default/On power draw of 47.7 watts, compared with the Asus VE276Q's 52.17 watts in the same test. The consumption delta was higher in our Sleep/Standby test, with the M2700HD costing 0.72 watts and the VE276Q drawing 1.1 watts. With both monitors' center point calibrated to 200 candelas per square meter (cd/M2), the M2700HD drew 35.2 watts, whereas the VE276Q drew a higher 44.01 watts. Based on our formula, the BenQ M2700HD would cost $14.73 per year to run, compared with the Asus VE276Q's $16.33 per year.

Juice box
BenQ M2700HD Picture settings
On (max luminance) 49.8
On (min luminance) 22.8
Sleep 0.72
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 35.2
Annual power consumption cost $14.73
Score Poor

Brightness (in cd/m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Asus VE276Q
BenQ M2700HD
HP 2709m

DisplayMate performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP 2709m
Asus VE276Q

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Service and support
BenQ backs the M2700HD with a standard three-year parts-and-labor warranty that also includes support for the backlight. As long as you're under warranty, BenQ provides free phone support weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific. The monitor's user manual is

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