Review: BenQ Flicker Free Monitor

By Mike Wheeler

We sometimes get so caught up in a desktop computer’s hard drive; how much RAM or storage it has, what apps it has; and what kind of processor it has that we sometimes give the monitor lip service. A good monitor should not be underestimated, not just due to the type of resolution it has, or how big it is but also how it affects your eyes.

By Mike Wheeler

We sometimes get so caught up in a desktop computer’s hard drive; how much RAM or storage it has, what apps it has; and what kind of processor it has that we sometimes give the monitor lip service. A good monitor should not be underestimated, not just due to the type of resolution it has, or how big it is but also how it affects your eyes.

This is where BenQ’s Flicker Free monitor (GW2760HS) comes into play. Some people claim that they get headaches and blurred vision when staring at computers too long. Occupational Health and Safety experts will tell you to take five minutes an hour to look away from your computer, which isn’t a bad idea.

However, there is claimed to be an underlying cause. In layman’s terms most LCD screens flick on and off an average of just over 170 times a second so as to balance out the light intensity of the monitor. BenQ has called this a flicker-free monitor, and while no screen can be completely flicker-free, with this unit it has been almost eliminated to such a degree that you would swear there is no flicker at all.

At 27-inches, this is more than a reasonable size, but the flicker-free aspect aside, what we really liked about this monitor are its resolution and colours – nice deep blacks, and detail not usually seen in contemporary screens. What we also liked – but am not 100 percent sure what to compare it with – is the Reading Mode. BenQ have managed to adjust what it calls the ‘colour temperature’ of the monitor, which basically means they adjust the contrast and ratio so it looks similar to a magazine or newspaper. The screen definitely did change, and wording on documents did appear sharper than when in normal mode.

Finally, there is the native contrast ratio of 3000:1, which is pretty high, and a 20M:1 dynamic contrast ratio. This last ratio affects the depth and definition of colours. When put side-by-side with our normal screen, the difference wasn’t huge, but certainly noticeable.

Overall, the standout feature is obviously the flicker-free aspect. While we’ve never suffered from blurred vision or headaches, we know plenty of people who have, and if this helps do away with such an unhealthy side affect of being too long looking at a computer screen, then BenQ has done its job. That aside, if you just want a screen with fantastic colours and depth of detail, then BenQ’s Flicker-Free is certainly with a look.

Pros: Flicker-free technology, brilliant colour; nice big screen
Cons: A bigger size would be nice for gamers and those who watch programmes via PC

4.6 Shacks Out of 5

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