BenQ FP91V+ review
Brightness and colour reproduction are far more important to most, and we were pleased by the level of detail in high-resolution images – BenQ quotes a 450:1 contrast ratio, and that followed through to plenty of detail in dark areas. We were satisfied by the panel’s colour gamut too, and by the lack of banding on graduations.
Horizontal viewing angles were good, but vertical viewing angles were lamentable – an indication of a less than cutting-edge TN+film panel. Sat in a normal typing position, we noticed a significant difference in brightness between the top and bottom of the screen, making a white screen appear yellow at the top.
Glossy panel covers are all the rage currently, mainly because they give panels more of a TV feel, but we found the shiny finish on the BenQ’s panel distracting: our eyes were drawn to random places on the screen as people moved behind us. The reflectivity will also increase eye strain if there are bright lights or windows behind you.
A pair of 2W speakers are built into the silver bezel, which are loud but lack punch, particularly for bassy tracks. The OSD, tricky to navigate at first, is something you’ll quickly get used to, although colour temperatures being referred to as ‘blueish’ and ‘reddish’ is hardly inspiring.
With a basic stand, the vertical angle of the monitor is the only thing you have any control over. But this is reflected in a competitive price, and home users and gamers are buying a lot of monitor for not much money. Add to this a three year, on-site exchange warranty and the BenQ is reasonable value if you can put up with its foibles.