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The attached camera is firmly fixed at the center of the screen a few centimeters above the top edge of the case. The camera’s connector is a standard USB plug, so you can also connect it to another USB hub or a USB extension cord rather than to the monitor, but it would be hard to fix the camera upright then as it has no stand of its own.

The top USB connector of the monitor can be likewise used not only for the camera, but also for any other USB device, even though a USB flash drive sticking out of the monitor’s top is going to look somewhat funny. If you don’t use this connector at all, close it with a rubber plug against dust.

The camera itself is an ordinary device of its kind. After the appropriate software is installed, you can use it to record video in 320x240 resolution at 30 frames per second or in 640x480 at 15fps. There is an integrated microphone in it, too. The image quality is quite typical for an inexpensive web-camera and is quite sufficient for the intended purpose of the device, i.e. for various video conferences.

The monitor’s control buttons are placed at the bottom of the case and are quite handy. A headphones socket is located to the left of the buttons. I guess many users are going to use it instead of the integrated speakers, which are rather large and loud, but suit poorly for listening to music. The maximum they can do is to reproduce the system sounds in Windows.

This is the typical onscreen menu of BenQ monitors and our readers should already be familiar with it (the Auto Adjust and Geometry items are inactive in the picture because the monitor is connected via DVI). There is, however, a curious feature: the FP72V is equipped with a photo-sensor and can automatically adjust the screen brightness depending on the external lighting. You can see the photo-sensor’s port in the top left corner of the case; its behavior is set up in the onscreen menu.

There are three modes that determine the brightness auto-adjustment range, from Bright to Dim. You can disable the sensor altogether and control the brightness of the monitor manually.

There is only one photo-sensor on the case and it reacts to any changes in the lighting of the front panel of the monitor. If you’ve got a light source behind the monitor, the sensor won’t react to it too readily. When the lighting intensity changes (you can check this by simply covering the sensor up with your finger), the monitor takes a few seconds pause and then smoothly adjusts the screen brightness. As a result, the monitor doesn’t react to short-term changes (when a stray shadow or a ray of light falls on the sensor), and it doesn’t change the screen brightness suddenly in a jump to avoid hurting your eyes.

By default – with the photo-sensor turned off, of course – the monitor has 90% brightness and 50% contrast. I selected 45% brightness and 40% contrast to achieve a white brightness of 100nit (1 nit = 1 candela per square meter).

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