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BenQ FP757

Also belonging to the bottom of the market with its price of less than $400, the BenQ FP757 differs strikingly from the FP737 in the exterior, and for the better! The case of white plastic has smooth side insertions of violet color; part of the front panel below the screen is covered with a silvery decorative piece with silvery control buttons and a big violet-color power-on button with a blue highlighting LED. Subconsciously you wait for the side insertions to flare up violet on the monitor’s turning-on, but this never happens… The base only allows changing the screen tilt.

This design may not suit to everyone’s taste, though. The variety of color strips the device of that graveness feel – it would look out of place on a work table. Moreover, the designers didn’t make the side insertions and the power-on button of the same color, which results in a certain dissonance. I think the button would better be silvery. As it is, the button is a prominent figure on the front panel, but its color doesn’t exactly match the color of the side insertions.

My special thanks go to the designers for the moderate brightness of the blue LED that’s highlighting the power-on button. Unlike the one in the Acer AL1731m, this LED is not disturbing at all.

Like the previous BenQ model, the FP757 has only one, analog, input. The power unit is integrated into the case, making the case somewhat bulky, but it is not visible due to the good design and smooth outline of the device. The snapshot is deceptive – it seems like the silvery panel conceals speakers, but the monitor has not multimedia capabilities whatever and the panel in fact serves only aesthetic purposes.

The screen menu is nice-looking and user-friendly; quick access is provided to brightness and contrast settings. The only minor drawback of the control system arises as you find that the buttons are sunken into the case and are rather hard to press.

When selecting the color temperature, the “Bluish” menu item sets the real temperatures into 7800K for white and 10,640K for gray colors. Similarly, “Reddish” results in 5480K white and 6220K gray, and “sRGB” in 5950K white and 7040K gray (I used this setting during my tests). There’s also a “User preset” item that sets the temperatures to 6440K white and 8540K gray by default.

To reach a screen brightness of 100nit, I dropped the brightness control to 30% and the contrast control to 45% (by default, they are set to 90% and 50%, respectively).

In comparison to the FP731, the BenQ FP757 can boast a much better color reproduction as well as viewing angles. I can’t say this monitor can suit a professional in the field of photography, but colors look more natural on it than on the above-described model, and I couldn’t discern any artifacts in smooth color gradients. On a deflection of the eyesight sideways, the screen becomes yellowish, but slightly so. Such defects as darkening of the screen (on a look from below) and inversion (on a look from above) on a vertical deflection are present, but you don’t notice them much at work.

The color curves have improved their shape, have become smoother, and have approached the ideal very close!

The FP757’s response time on black-to-white transitions at the maximum brightness and contrast coincides with the specification (16msec). On black-to-gray transitions, however, it improved but slightly compared to 25msec matrixes and, particularly, to the above-described FP731. Well, I already reported on this effect – those 16 milliseconds are in fact only useful when the pixel is switched from pure black to pure white color (by “pure white” I mean the open state of any sub-pixel, i.e. when it lets all the light to pass through; obviously, the transition from black to pure green or blue or red will also equal 12msec – but only one sub-pixel will make the transition, rather than all three).

The monitor’s contrast ratio varied around 300:1, and that’s a normal parameter for a TN+Film matrix, especially installed in an inexpensive model.

The BenQ FP757 is overall a nice monitor. It will make a good office or home/gaming monitor alike. In the first case, however, you should consider its not-very-serious appearance. With the price gap of only $20 between this model and the BenQ FP731, the FP757 obviously has an advantage. Still, you should keep it in mind that the FP757 is an inexpensive model on a fast matrix, so if you need a high-quality device for work with photographs, for example, you may want to consider more serious models.

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