The monitor has 90% brightness and 50% contrast by default. I achieved a 100nit brightness of white by choosing 56% brightness and 50% contrast. The matrix is the same quality as the E900WA’s: color gradients are reproduced without bandings but darks are indistinguishable from black at a contrast of 25% and lower. At a contrast of 65% and higher lights are the same as white.
As for the backlight brightness, it is the contrary to what we had with the previous model. The average deflection is 6.5% on white, the maximum being as high as 20.4%. It is a barely satisfactory result. The X-shaped pattern is not so conspicuous here – the brightness is just getting lower from the center to the edges. The result is good on black: an average of 2.8% with a maximum of 8.4%.
The gamma curves are almost perfect, lying close to the theoretical curve for gamma 2.2.
The value of gamma is somewhat higher at the reduced settings, yet the curves are still good overall.
This monitor has a very good color temperature setup for its product class. The choice of modes should satisfy most users while the temperature dispersion is not higher than 700K and even within 350K in the Normal mode.
The color gamut is the same as with the previous model.
The matrix is about as fast as the matrix of the above-discussed E900WA: an average response time of 15 milliseconds (GtG) with a maximum of 25.5 milliseconds. This is not fast even for an RTC-less TN matrix.
The contrast ratio is good at 300:1 and higher. Its maximum value is lower than that of the E900WA (although their specs suggest the opposite) but higher than 400:1. Subjectively, there is no difference between the G900WA and E900WA in terms of contrast ratio.
The Senseye+Photo modes are set up almost exactly like in the previous model. Unfortunately, there are the same white outlines on this monitor, too.
Color reproduction is awful in every mode other than sRGB (in this mode colors are as good as at the default settings). Above you can see the gamma curves as they are in the Photo mode. The value of gamma is too low for the blue and red curve and their shapes have little in common with the theoretical curve. People at BenQ have a peculiar notion about how photos should look I should say.
The BenQ G900WA is a very fine monitor and differs from same-class products with its good color reproduction. However, the E900WA model from the same series seems to me to have a better exterior design but similar characteristics. Perhaps you would personally prefer the calmer design of this model, though.
- Good color reproduction setup
- No digital interface
- Slow matrix
- Text-based applications (documents, spreadsheets, Internet)
- Simple processing of graphics and photographs