We get a fair amount of hardware coming through the Gadget Corner office and monitors seem the most abundant. Scattered around on several desks, it’s sometimes difficult to pinpoint a definitive characteristic in each monitor that separates it from the crowd. After all, monitors essentially all do the same job just in slightly different ways. Usually it’s the picture quality, design or general functionality which makes a monitor stand out from the rest but with the BenQ GW2750 – it’s the fact that it seems to do everything very well.

Sexy close up port action…

I’ve been looking at the GW2750 for a while now; I’ve used it as a gaming screen with both Xbox 360 and PS3, I’ve had my old Lenovo laptop hooked up to it and even used our Gaming BeastRig to play high end PC games on it – across the board it seems consistently determined to excel at whatever it’s capable of, it’s a light, powerful and versatile monitor. Plus, it comes with built in speakers!

Yes, this sounds like a very trivial thing for most people but if you are using the GW2750 as a dedicated console gaming monitor and don’t have a sound system set up it forces you to use headphones which, whilst immersive, aren’t the comfiest thing to wear when you really just want to relax and play some Super Meat Boy late at night.

Very thin and very light for a monitor of its size

Other excellent features of the GW2750 include its native contrast ratio of 5000:1 (dynamic is 20M:1) – now I know that’s not as impressive as some of the monitors we’ve reviewed here on the Gadget Corner but the GW2750 is a workhorse for digital display performance and with a total weight of roughly 5kg it’s ridiculously portable.

Coming equip with the standard VGA, DVI and HDMI ports (including headphone socket) the GW2750 might not have as many bells and whistles as other BenQ products such as the XL2420T but it’s got exactly what you need for your devices.

Though it may be a trivial matter, the base resembles that of a small TV base offering a nice stylish finish.

Now – BenQ publicise their “Super Response Time” a lot with their monitors and whilst people usually take this information with a large pinch of salt I have actually noticed a difference between playing games such as Left 4 Dead and Crysis on the GW2750 and my LG LCD TV, the movement of camera angles is significantly smoother, allowing for a much more fluid experience.

Price wise the 27” BenQ GW2750 hovers between the £130 – £200 mark depending of retailer and I honestly think that this is worthwhile investment; it’s a monitor that excels at what it does – if I have to pick my ‘Monitor of the Year’ it would probably be this one.