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BenQ G900

The G900 belongs to a new product series from BenQ that features a new exterior design. It looks better than the popular FP9xx series. Some time ago we tested the widescreen version of this model, called G900WA, which proved to have a surprisingly good setup quality. Let’s see if the model with the classic aspect ratio of 5:4 is good, too.

The specifications are not impressive at all. It is an ordinary 19-inch inexpensive monitor without response time compensation and dynamic contrast.

This is a typical office-oriented exterior design. The monitor is somewhat more exciting than the downright boring models of the FP9xx series, but not by much. There are just no special features in this design. The case is smooth, gray and plastic, the Power button, centered below the screen, being the only eye-catching element here. I guess the widescreen version of the monitor even has more elegance. The wide and empty band below the screen doesn’t look nice in the taller G900.

The monitor inherited its simple black plastic stand from BenQ’s older models. You can only change the tilt of the screen with this stand.

Like in many other models, there is a plastic cable holder at the back. You can replace the monitor’s native stand with a VESA-compatible mount.

It is good we have both analog and digital connectors here. But you should know there is a version of this monitor with an analog input only. It is called BenQ G900WA.

The controls are placed on a small ledge below the front panel. They would be quite okay if the accompanying icons were readable. The icons are a kind of small bas-reliefs and nearly merge into the surface of the case. You have to control the monitor blindly as the consequence.

Quick access is provided to the auto-adjustment feature, to selecting an input, to the brightness and contrast settings (combined in a single small menu), and to choosing a factory-set image mode.

The menu follows the typical style of BenQ’s recent models. It is quite user-friendly and offers all the necessary setup options. It only gripes me that the menu doesn’t remember the last changed option and that you have to make a lot of presses to get to some menu items, for example to color temperature.

The monitor has 90% brightness and 50% contrast by default. I achieved a 100nit level of white by lowering both to 49%. Color gradients are displayed with barely visible banding at any settings. Nothing bad happens if you decrease the contrast setting below the default value. But if you increase it to 55% and higher, light halftones become indistinguishable from white. The monitor’s brightness is regulated by means of backlight modulation at a frequency of 213Hz.

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