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Benq PD2705Q review: a great USB-C monitor for pros | T3

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The Benq PD2705Q is a very attractive display for professionals with certain smart features

Benq PD2705Q has high image quality and has many excellent features, but its value is definitely in professionals, not ordinary users.

Built-in KVM switch

Color calibration

Good software choice

1440p is not cheap

Not too bright


Turn your eyes to the game player, this is for the designer. Benq PD2705Q is designed to provide full color accuracy and many conveniences, including built-in KVM and USB-C connections, so you can use a single cable to connect. It can even provide different modes for specific tasks, including the M Book mode, which matches its output with the built-in display of the MacBook Pro, making it one of them.


The screen itself is a hardware-calibrated display that promises 100% coverage of the sRGB color gamut, as well as Calman and Pantone verification. If this doesn't make much sense to you, then you may not be a designer.

What you get here is a screen dedicated to accurately displaying web colors. The screen has been further calibrated at the factory with a calibration report. Therefore, if you purchase two screens, their display colors should match. This is very important, not the color space itself is very important-large Most monitors can display sRGB. In fact, some have a dedicated sRGB mode. The top is HDR10 compatibility. 

For a 27-inch 1440p IPS screen, the asking price of £349/$399 is not cheap, but you have to pay extra color accuracy for the physical functions of the screen, so this is actually a priority. Compared with many equivalent screens, it has considerable value.

One of similar money

Can make you get a higher refresh rate, and even a decent

For this money...but don't expect them to provide the same uniformity and color support, or have the same ergonomic characteristics.

The bezel looks thin before opening, but the DisplayPort connection with native QHD (1440p) resolution leaves black borders on all four sides of the image, and the thinnest at the bottom of the thickest physical bezel. Using DisplayPort connection cannot be overscanned (there are two under the 1.4 standard, but one is the output of the daisy chain screen, plus a USB Type-C and an HDMI 2.0), but switching it to HDMI can be overscanned, and what Do it all, just make the picture bigger. It looks like an edge-to-edge display, no. 

Nevertheless, for professional monitors, this is still a physical appearance that looks very perfect. The bracket is very good, can be adjusted in height, tilted 25°, and can be rotated into a longitudinal direction, and has a cut-out ring for cable management.

The curious thing is the small chin, like King Tutankhamun's beard, it protrudes from the center of the bottom, looking around the world like an infrared receiver. We checked a remote control in the box, but did not find the remote control, and then we found that it was an ambient light sensor.

There are also screen display buttons at the bottom of the screen. They are large and can be clicked nicely, but like all display controls, they also have their own characteristics that will leave you in a daze for a while, wondering what is going on. 

In other words, this is one of the better buttons we have used. Place the icon that represents the effect that the button will produce on top of the button. This means that you only need to align your finger with the icon and Feel the button below. 

In the tabbed browsing option, we exited the whole process several times, but in the end we couldn't solve it. In addition to the ability to switch inputs, you can also find color management options in these menus, but there is a better way to control the screen, we will introduce it later.

On the back of the screen are all video inputs, as well as 3.5mm audio pass-through (unless there is no other choice, it is best not to use a pair of 2W speakers) and a large number of USB ports: four Type-In addition to Type-C, you can also combine As and Type -B is used as input. 

What's happening here is slightly more than the USB hub function that work-oriented monitors usually have: it's a complete KVM switch. The idea is that you connect a laptop via Type-C, and connect a desktop via Type-B and DisplayPort. Then, hook up the four peripherals to the Type-A ports and swap them between computers when switching from one to the other. 

The Type-C port can even charge the laptop when it is connected, albeit with only 65W of power-which is enough to meet the needs of the laptop.

But for

If you want to make full use of its hardware.

This is a very clever idea to eliminate the docking station that makes the desktop cluttered and give an example of the ideas that appear on this screen. The accompanying Display Pilot software is another excellent addition, which provides a more user-friendly way to control the display compared to using the menu. Using this feature, you can switch inputs and change settings, as well as delve deeper into the color management aspects of things. 

Then there is M mode. Once this mode is called from the menu or Display Pilot, it will be as close as possible to the screen of the connected MacBook Pro. There are other modes that can enhance the screen in a dark environment, bring out darker areas when processing 3D animation, or increase the contrast when viewing the thin lines of CAD drawings. The whole process was designed with the needs of professionals in mind, which shows this point.

The image quality is as good as the image quality on the IPS screen. When you increase the brightness, some backlight blooms, but that's all. The response time is 5 milliseconds and the maximum refresh rate is 60Hz, so this does not attract the high frame rates currently sweeping the gaming world, but it has never done so.

Although it supports HDR, it cannot be said that the brightness can be fully utilized. Not surprising-most HDR screens are only at this brightness level, so it's not a big flaw of the screen-but it's not like a high-end HDR TV at all. However, it does make the screen have the greatest contrast.

This excellent screen can be used with MacBook Pro and PC workstations, and can be paired in a daisy chain via DisplayPort output. That is the environment in which it lives, and if that is the use case you are considering, it will be a wonderful picture. Nothing else really reaches its full potential.

If you only need a 27-inch monitor for routine work, this is largely overkill. However, if you want something that matches the MacBook Pro as solidly as possible, and provide a series of creative support for any brand of laptop, then we will give you strong suggestions.

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