The monitor has a standard onscreen menu of BenQ’s design. If it were not for the position of the buttons, it would be quite easy to use. Quick access is provided to the brightness and contrast settings, to selecting an input and to the auto adjustment feature. The monitor supports the Picture in Picture mode; you can independently adjust the size and position of the secondary window and set up its brightness, contrast, tone, and saturation.
The monitor’s brightness and contrast settings are set at 90% and 50%, respectively, by default. The brightness setting has a very small effect on the overall image brightness, so you have to play with the contrast setting instead. When the contrast is higher than 60%, light tones get lost.
Color gradients are reproduced correctly at the default settings, but become striped when you reduce the contrast setting.
The gamma curves have a superb appearance, very close to the theoretical ones. The same goes for the reduced contrast: the monitor fastidiously reproduces the entire color range from the darkest to lightest tones.
The color temperature is set up quite tidily: the difference between the levels of gray is small in the sRGB mode (which is likely to be preferred by a majority of users) and the average temperature is close to the expected 6500K. It’s somewhat worse with the high temperature (Bluish mode) where the discrepancy amounts to 1000K, yet this is not a disaster, either. So, I say it quite confidently that it’s all right with the color temperature setup of this monitor.
The FP2091 makes use of a 16ms S-IPS matrix without response time compensation. Alas, like with fast TN+Film matrixes, the maximum, specified, speed is only achieved on switching from black to white and is worse on switching between mid-tones. However, the monitor doesn’t look slow. It easily copes with movies and will satisfy a majority of gamers, I think.
The contrast ratio is low, not reaching even to 200:1 in any of the test modes. The max brightness doesn’t make to the promised level, too, but this is not a big deal because LCD monitors are usually used at home with a brightness of 120-150 nits (or even 100 nits for processing text), so the results are quite satisfactory.
Summing it up, the BenQ FP2091 is a midrange model with both good and bad points. On one hand, it employs an S-IPS matrix with excellent viewing angles, offers video inputs and is accurately set up. But on the other hand, its ergonomic properties are lacking, its matrix isn’t fast by today’s standards, its contrast ratio might be higher and color gradients might be not striped. The FP2091 will find its customer, I guess, yet it will have some tough time fighting competing products.