If I have to summarize the BenQ monitor in a single phrase, I’d have to say that it’s simply MIND-BLOWINGLY FUN to play games on it. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve always been an advocate of IPS monitors due to their sheer color vibrancy and accuracy. The viewing angles of an IPS monitor is also very wide, and watching movies on it is just mesmerizing. Nonetheless, when it comes to playing games on an IPS monitor, there’s a strong feeling that I always get as if something’s missing from it.
Firstly, the input lag of an IPS display is always significantly higher than that of a TN monitor. That much is for certain. Plus, if you were to opt for a 27″ display with IPS or PLS technology, this display lag issue is magnified several times more. The response time will be abysmal and screen tearing of games will be extremely noticeable. This is unavoidable regardless of the type of games you’re playing on the screen. An IPS monitor will always be slower and less fluid than a TN monitor.
With that said, I decided to give the GW2750HM a try since it’s been marketed as one of the best choices as far as gaming monitors go (there are other excellent 24″ options too, like this monitor here) and I wasn’t disappointed at all. Not in the slightest bit. I’ve been taking a break from the gaming world for a while because I felt I wasn’t spending enough time with my friends and family but as soon as I got back into it, I was excited. I immediately went ahead and purchased a “gaming” monitor as suggested by my friends. I had a couple of options to choose from. Because my previous monitor was a weak 19″ display, I decided to go for a bigger upgrade straight to a 24″ model (skipping the 21 or 22 inch alternatives).
Basically, my options were between the BenQ GW2750HM and the Dell U2312HM. Both were priced similarly and both had substantially differing specifications. How so? The BenQ monitor has a TN panel (actually the majority of their gaming monitors are listed as TN) whereas the Dell U2312HM was part of Dell’s Ultrasharp series, which are geared towards professional photographers or graphics designers. The BenQ monitor was recommended by plenty of gamers in many forums whereas the Dell has only a trickle of supporters and even then, most of them were professional users instead of gamers.
In the end, I did settle for the BenQ after being pushed by my friends to get it but deep in my heart, I felt it compelling that I try out an IPS monitor (I never had one before) at least once so that I’ll know the differences between both of these displays. So far though, I’m very happy with the GW2750HM and it certainly qualifies as an excellent gaming monitor.