BenQ SW2700PT 27-inch QHD Pro Monitor Review

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When we first unpacked the SW2700PT we weren’t surprised by its exceptional build quality or its large feature set. BenQ always puts maximum effort into its products and this new professional monitor is no exception.

What did surprise us (only a little) was its phenomenal accuracy. We’ve reviewed a good number of monitors from different categories that come with picture modes that don’t require calibration. Even some gaming monitors fare well without adjustment. And we’ve seen plenty of displays with calibration data sheets and in nearly every case our test results confirmed the factory’s claims.

But the SW2700PT is in a class by itself. Usually the default mode on any monitor measures reasonably well but you have to switch to a preset labeled sRGB or Adobe RGB to see the best performance. With this new BenQ it didn’t matter what mode we chose - grayscale, gamma and color measured at reference levels. The initial numbers were so good there was no point in attempting a manual calibration. You can truly call this a plug-and-play product.

This is not to say there aren’t options available. The OSD contains a large set of controls to alter the white point, change the gamma preset and adjust the color gamut. Anything within the Adobe RGB space can be specified if you have the proper instruments and software to implement it.

And speaking of software, this was our first look at BenQ’s Palette Master application. It provides the means to calibrate the SW2700PT with just an instrument and a USB connection. But a few things have been left out; namely options to alter color gamut and change the gamma function. If you want to create a custom white point that ability is there. We’d like to see an update that includes customizable gamuts and the ability to create a BT.1886 gamma curve. That spec is seeing increased use in the film and television industry.

Other than that minor omission, recommending the SW2700PT for professional use is a no-brainer. Accuracy is at reference-level, build quality is sufficient to withstand the rigors of hard use and the image is second-to-none. This display has managed to out-perform several heavy-hitters and it does this for around the price of a business-class display.

For its unmatched performance and incredible value we’re giving the BenQ SW2700PT our Tom’s Editors’ Choice Award.

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Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.

  • muhammad_88
    Pretty Neat for 630$
    I Work in Offset Printing, and i'm considering this as a proofing monitor.
    The acceptable brightness range for this scenario is 80 cd/m2 to 120 cd/m2
    For the white point 5000K/D50 and 5500K/D55 are commonly used in CMYK reproduction. For a reference class monitor i hope you start adding these to your reviews for people like myself considering monitors for print proofing
  • Kridian
    I only have $300. Someone spot me the other half. Come on... it's Christmas!
  • zodiacfml
    Wow. AHVA screens are awesome. I'm quite surprised with the lower than expected contrast ratio compared to the Philips 40inch screen with AHVA panel.
    This one ticks all my boxes though I wish it could come with 120hz refresh rate.
  • ceberle
    The Philips BDM4065UC is an AMVA panel. This is not the same as AHVA. It's confusing but AHVA is an IPS variant. It has better viewing angles but no difference in contrast. AMVA is a completely different pixel structure which blocks the backlight better and renders lower black levels resulting in superior contrast.

  • byberkan
    60hz.... For that reason, I'm out! (I would consider to get 144hz 1440p BenQ)
  • drewafx
    Bought it after reading this review.
    Definitely better than Dell ultrasharp 27"
    Anti-glare is different than typical LG matte ips panel (Better view when looking straight, noise pattern from angle)
    Love the color even at sRGB mode. Factory calibration brightness at 93 (too bright at night...need to buy calibrator)
    Hence Max brightness at 100 is not that bright (more brightness would be good for HDR)
    Backlight Flicker-free is noticeable when changing brightness (smooth transition)
    Slight backlight bleed (yellowish around corners)
    Doesn't matter when editing photos at center, just bothersome when watching movies with dark scenes
    No ghosting, 75Hz tested fine (custom resolution from gpu)
    miniDP to DisplayPort cable included, but monitor doesn't have miniDP port
    DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable is necessary to work with 10-bit desktop GPU (in my case)
    Low blue light mode is subtle and works well

    if OLED is not an option, this monitor is good enough for anything
    maybe next year...I'm waiting for AMD to release 10bit HDR GPU
    so the AdobeRGB space would be more useful...

    4K 144hz freesync is overrated...if you care more about vibrant accurate color

    I'm wondering how good it could be if BenQ released glossy display like Apple's iMac and Cinema Display
    Come on, we got light hood to cover need for anti-glare coating
    Do Smartphones come with antiglare coating? Not needed even outdoors....just ruins the experience
  • Nossy
    Interesting. Mine doesn't have the blue ring cable management hole.