BenQ FP93G X+
This is yet another monitor on a fast TN matrix. Notwithstanding the big declared viewing angles, the matrix doesn’t differ from others of its kind in this respect – the angles are just measured by a contrast ratio reduction to 5:1 rather than to 10:1. The FP93G X+ differs from its plus-less namesake with a higher specified contrast ratio. Do they differ in the setup quality? Let’s check it out.
The monitor’s got a discreet, unassuming appearance, although it is not too cheap.
BenQ’s standard stand allows to adjust the tilt of the screen only.
The decorative cap at the back of the case conceals fasteners for a standard VESA mount – you have to remove the monitor’s native stand to use one. There’s a folding piece on the stand to fasten the cables with.
The monitor is equipped with analog and digital inputs and has a connector for the integrated power adapter.
The control buttons are placed in the bottom left of the front panel. They are simple rectangular things painted the color of the case. The Power indicator is placed separately. Quick access is provided to the auto-adjustment feature, to selecting the input and to adjusting the brightness and contrast settings.
The menu is designed in the typical style of BenQ’s new models. It is user-friendly, but you need to make a lot of presses to access some menu items, e.g. color temperature modes, that open up in “new” windows.
By default, the monitor has 90% brightness and 50% contrast. To achieve a 100nit brightness of white I lowered them both to 44%. Brightness is controlled with the backlight lamps using pulse-width modulation of their power at a frequency of 210Hz. There are irregularities – darker vertical bands – in the backlight along the sides of the screen.
Darks are displayed correctly at any brightness/contrast values, but color gradients look striped on this monitor. When the contrast is set higher than 50%, light tones merge into pure white.