The BenQ EW277HDR monitor is clearly designed for home-office or regular office users. It’s key feature is the ability to reduce eye strain, and for users who are spending long hours in front of their screens, this can really come in handy. BenQ has also slapped an ‘HDR’ label on this display, but in all honesty it’s more of a gimmick than a feature you’ll find useful.
Build Quality & Design
- No height adjustment
- Slim bezels
The EW277HDR is styled beautifully, with sleek lines and a brushed look to the base and rear. Unfortunately it’s all plastic rather than aluminum, but it still holds together nicely and feels quite sturdy.
There’s a spot of assembly required, with the monitor shipping with a small desk stand that you can screw into place. You can tilt the monitor slightly for a better view, but you can’t rotate it or adjust the height, which I feel is a missed opportunity. For work purposes I really would have liked the height to be adjustable, as I prefer to have my monitor at eye level rather than looking slightly down at it. The other slightly worrying design element is that there’s no VESA support, so if you’re looking to mount two of these beauties side by side, you’re fresh out of luck.
On the plus side of things, the EW277HDR features quite thin bezels, which makes for a much more enjoyable viewing experience when doing everything from editing photos to scrolling through spreadsheets. There’s a small row of buttons on the front which lets you navigate through the various settings, but unfortunately these buttons aren’t labeled, so it’s just a question of pressing a button and then looking at the screen to figure out which button you need to press next. To the right is a dedicated button which lets you switch the HDR and Brightness Intelligence Plus (B.I+) on or off, which we’ll cover in the next section.