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The viewing angles are what you usually get with TN+Film technology – they are too narrow along the vertical. I was pleased with the way the monitor reproduced color gradients – without undesired banding at any contrast/brightness settings.

The color curves look good to me, even though they betray a too-high default contrast with their characteristic bend in the top right of the graph. When you reduce the contrast setting in the monitor’s menu, the bend disappears and the measured curves merge well with the theoretical ones.

The monitor has no serious problems reproducing dark or light tones in full when you change the default settings.

The response time of this monitor is absolutely typical of TN+Film matrixes without response time compensation. It is very small on black-to-white transitions (about 14 milliseconds), but nearly doubles on mid-tones. The matrix is not slow, though. This is a rather average speed.

I measured the color temperature of different levels of gray to find two defects. First, there can be a twofold difference between the temperatures of white and grays. Second, although there is a Reddish option in the menu, you can only get a really warm-looking image (with a color temperature of about 5400K) by manual adjustment. Meanwhile, the monitor is set up quite well for the typical home/office-oriented range of temperatures near 6500K, so the absolute majority of users shouldn’t have any complaints at all. You can select either Reddish (corresponds to a not-so-very-warm 6500K instead of the expected 5400K) or sRGB mode, there being a negligible difference between the two.

The contrast ratio let this model down, unfortunately. It is below 200:1, which is quite poor as contemporary TN+Film matrixes go, not to mention the above-described MVA matrix.

So, the BenQ FP737s-D model can make a good office or inexpensive home monitor oriented mainly at text processing. It is set up well enough and even has a digital input, quite a rare feature for monitors of its class. It is not free from drawbacks like low contrast ratio and inaccurate setup of the color temperature modes other than the standard 6500K, yet the FP737s-D is anyway a good choice in its category, considering its very low price.

 
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