I was really tired of hunching over the screen on my 13-inch Retina screen on my MacBook Pro every day. I used to have an external monitor, but since switching jobs a year ago, I haven’t taken the time to replace it with something literally more pleasing to the eye. When approached by BenQ America with the following pitch, I had to jump on the opportunity:
“As someone who spends hours staring at a screen for work or play, you are no stranger to the eye strain and headaches that come at the end of the day. BenQ has developed two exclusive eye-care technologies that work together to promote eye health, HDR and BI+ Technology. These technologies are designed to maximize your viewing pleasure while protecting your eyes from harmful blue light.”
They had me at “eye strain and headaches.”
I received the 27-inch EL2870U monitor ($299.99 MSRP) a couple weeks ago and have since viewed both computer content from a connected laptop and video streamed from an Apple TV. I’m not a gamer, so didn’t have a frame of reference for that sort of review. It didn’t take long to note a discernible difference in the way my eyes responded to the quality of the screen, particularly when looking at computer content. Obviously, the sheer size of the monitor on my desktop was a factor, but so was BenQ’s Brightness Intelligence Plus Technology, which is designed to automatically adjust display brightness based on your surroundings and adjust the color temperature of the content that you are viewing. This technology constantly customizes your viewing experience to protect eyesight and deliver optimal picture quality.
By combining HDR with BI+ Mode, on-screen details remain incredible vivid even in dark environments, while your eyes remain protected during hours of gaming or video streaming.
BenQ America also offers its SW270C monitor, which was created for photographers, videographers, artists, and designers. That particular 27-inch monitor model incorporates AQColor Technology to provide users with consistent color accuracy, while enhancing their workflow and productivity.
New to the SW270C ($799.99 MSRP) is the Color Uniformity Technology, which includes screen-wide precise color from corner to corner, while utilizing BenQ’s AQColor technology, led by a team of color experts, to deliver an accurate and brilliant color experience. Additionally, the SW270C comes factory calibrated with color performance report to ensuring out of the box color accuracy so users can trust their monitor from the moment they start using it.
Additionally, the SW270C is equipped with HDR10 allowing for previewing the HDR effect on the content during the editing process to ensure the outcome of the final product. The monitor also features a native cadence for 24p and 25p content, so that film content shot at 24 or 25 fps can be played back without a pulldown.
Although I was only able to experience one of these two models, it was cool to see how the technology developments that I normally experience only in top-of-the-line TVs and video projectors is making the the computer desktop experience easier on the eyes and better for one’s overall mental health (blue light reduction), while also assisting professionals in their creative endeavors.