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BenQ FP92Wa

The BenQ FP92Wa is almost a copy of the previous product in its technical parameters. This is a TN matrix without response time compensation and its viewing angles were measured by a contrast ratio reduction to 5:1. Although the specified horizontal angle is as wide as 170 degrees, the traditionally narrow vertical viewing angle of the TN matrix spoils the overall impression.

This monitor looks dull, raising associations with tedious work days at the office. The plain gray plastic case is complemented with a simple plastic stand you can change the tilt of the screen with. If you are fond of minimalistic design, you may even like it, but I guess most people will just regard this product as dull-looking.

One thing that can be viewed as an advantage in this monitor’s design is its rather small depth. Its compact stand will be a perfect match to a small office desk.

You can remove the decorative cover in the middle of the back panel. It conceals fasteners for a standard VESA mount. You can mount the monitor on a wall, having unfastened its native stand first.

The monitor’s got a minimum of input connectors: a connector of the integrated power adapter and an analog D-Sub. The analog interface is quite sufficient for this monitor and I didn’t have any problems with it during my tests, yet the lack of a digital interface is a drawback nowadays and also a clear indication that this product belongs to the bottom sector of the market.

The monitor’s controls are all placed on the left panel along with their labels. This solution helps keep the front panel “clean” from any elements that would spoil its uniformity, yet it is questionable from an ergonomics standpoint. You’ll have to turn the monitor around to you or stand up from your chair to read the labels until you learn the position of each button by heart. Quick access is provided to the brightness option, auto-adjustment feature, and to selecting the input. Yes, the monitor indeed offers a button to select a video source out of one available item – the analog input. I’d call this the Zen approach in monitor design.

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