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BenQ ET-0026-B

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      08.10.2013 12:15
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      I've been using this monitor in my workplace for two and a half years, since we upgraded our IT systems. Although I am no IT expert, I use this daily so am able to comment on the day to day usage, reliability, and how user-friendly it is.

      The monitor is black in colour, and the screen size is 22 inches, with actual viewing size being 21.5 inches if you don't include the frame. It certainly looks the part, compared to the previous monitors we were using, and is sleek and very slimline. The base is flat rather than being chunky, and doesn't take up lots of space on the desk. Despite this, the screen itself is attached sturdily, so I don't feel like it's about to topple off balance. You can adjust the tilt of the monitor to suit your needs, which can be useful for people of different heights and also if you sit near a window and the sun is affecting your vision. I find it annoying when I take a day off and someone else sits at my desk, how my monitor is always in a different position when I get back! It can also be wall-mounted, depending on what you're using it for.

      Although there are features which allow you to alter the brightness, I personally have set mine up to suit me, and haven't felt the need to alter it since. When I first started using this monitor, I did find the size took a bit of getting used to, as it's so much bigger than previous ones I've used. However, now I have got used to it, I find it difficult to adjust to using smaller screens now. I use a lot of spreadsheets in work, and it's really good for me to be able to see more of the spreadsheet on the screen without having to keep scrolling across. The clarity is excellent, and I do notice the difference in quality when I use other monitors after using this one for so long. With this one, you never get that horrible "ghosting" effect you can sometimes experience with cheaper monitors. The maximum resolution is 1920 x 1080.

      In terms of practicality, I like the fact the monitor doesn't take up lots of space on my desk. However, I find it a little irritating that the brightness/resolution/power buttons are placed at the bottom of the monitor, underneath the frame, as I have been known to knock them accidentally when moving folders around and accidentally turn the monitor off. This isn't a frequent occurrence, but one to be aware of if you have a messy desk. It does attract dust, like most electrical items, but this is easily removed with a bit of a wipe. I'm always very careful not to touch the screen as it would leave irritating finger marks - some of my colleagues have done this and I find the smearing really distracting.

      I can't really comment on the overly technical specifications such as input modes and so on, as this monitor has only been used for one thing, which is linking to my PC. This was very easy to set up via the ports at the back of the monitor, and I literally haven't touched the back of the monitor since it was first set up, apart from the odd occasion the cleaner has knocked the cable loose and I've had to pop it back in place.

      I guess the only thing some people might think is missing from this monitor is in-built speakers, but as we use these monitors in work, there isn't really a need for us to have speakers, so instead we have some speakers floating round the office for the odd occasion someone needs to use them (usually when watching an amusing YouTube clip!).

      In the time I've been using this monitor, on a daily basis, I have never experienced any problems or issues, and can vouch for the reliability of this monitor. I'm not sure how much we paid as they were bought as part of a package, but looking around online they seem to be reasonably priced at around £100, as they have been superseded by newer models. I would definitely recommend this for work or home use.

      (Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)

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