BenQ Australia FP71V
- Super-fast response times, great colour reproduction
- Limited display of dark blacks, yellows slightly washed out, may be fiddly for users without small hands
A performance-driven monitor, the FP71V's excellent response times and generally high quality images make it ideal for gamers and lovers of action movies. Users looking for high quality and precise images may find this BenQ model to be slightly inadequate.
Price$ 599.00 (AUD)
According to BenQ, the FP71V LCD monitor was "built to perform", and perform it does! With a lightning fast response time and an excellent range of colours, this 17" monitor delivers excellent functionality, especially for users interested in gaming and fast-paced video playback. An average contrast ratio and slightly uneven light distribution were the only faults we could detect on an otherwise sterling product.
Action is the name of the game with the FP71V. Its 4 millisecond response time (grey-to-grey) meant that ghosting was virtually undetectable in our tests and even the fastest moving images and action scenes we could throw at it remained smooth and clear. We were only able to detect the slightest levels of distortion when flicking quickly between images, but for the most part, BenQ managed to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to response times.
Unfortunately, a limited ability to display a solid and consistent range of blacks mars this excellent performance. The 500:1 contrast ratio generally made dark blacks very hard to differentiate from a pure black background, a problem which was especially noticeable when watching movies or videos with dark or atmospheric scenes. To its credit, the monitor was able to display a very respectable grey-scale, suffering only towards the darker end of the spectrum. Even our most strident efforts to calibrate the FP71V by adjusting brightness and contrast failed to give us a high-quality balance across a full range of greys, however we did note that the settings could be adjusted to suit the exact needs of a user as necessary.
Colour performance was another strong point of the FP71V display. Colours were rich and vibrant, for the most part, with only yellows appearing slightly muddy. The monitor was able to display a large range of separately defined colours, and apart from the slightly less-than-vibrant yellows, colour performance was excellent.
Luminance did let colour reproduction down slightly, as we found that it wasn't completely even across the entire screen. The distribution of light left the edges of the screen a little darker than the centre, and while this was only barely noticeable, we found that it did impact on the overall picture quality, especially when watching colourful or 'cartoony' video in full screen mode.
Physically, the monitor is attractive enough. A plastic silver bezel surrounds the screen, broadening at the base to accommodate in-built speakers. The speakers themselves are, well, monitor speakers. Nothing exceptional, but they do deliver listenable sound, with a respectably wide range of volumes. As far as connection options go, the FP71V delivers both D-Sub and DVI connectors, however a poor design has placed these directly behind the rather thick and non-adjustable black stand, making plugging in cables a frustrating exercise at best.
The only other concern we had was regarding the On-Screen Display (OSD), which was slightly unresponsive at times, and operated by a row of buttons on the base of the bezel, which could best be described as 'fiddly'. Regardless, all the appropriate options were available, and once adjusted, are able to be left pretty much alone.
The FP71V is built around a very solid platform of performance, with an incredibly fast response time, and very respectable image quality across the board. Its collection of slight faults does accumulate however, and demanding and professional users might find the FP71V to be ever-so-slightly below their requirements. On the whole, though, this is a very high-quality monitor, with a feature set that places it squarely on the desks of action-lovers.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy S8 phone: full, in-depth review
- 2 Mass Effect Andromeda review: One for the fans
- 3 LG G6 phone: full, in-depth review
- 4 Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 phone: Full, in-depth review
- 5 Oppo R9s Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Dell's luscious new 4K monitor is bold, bright, and HDR-infused
- Samsung's 49-inch mega-wide display may displace multi-monitor setups
- More high-end GPUs are now compatible with Dell's 8K monitor
- Dell's wild 8K monitor goes on sale with a just-as-stunning price tag
- LG's 4K HDR monitor gets a price and release date, heralding a new era for PC displays
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Samsung Galaxy S8 phone: full, in-depth review
- Ryzen 5 vs Intel Core i5 CPU Australian review
- Mass Effect Andromeda review: One for the fans
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- CCPlatform Engineer - DevOpsVIC
- FTPMO And Governance ManagerNSW
- FTCRM Technical Specialist (Oracle Eloqua)WA
- FTPHP Full Stack DeveloperQLD
- CCService Desk SupportNSW
- FTTechnical Lead - FrontendNSW
- FTMarket Data Analyst, Investment BankingNSW
- FTAsst. Director - Claim AnalysisACT
- CCBusiness Specialist - Data ManagementNSW
- CCSAP CRM Functional AnalystWA
- CCSenior Business Analyst - Wealth Advice/SuperannuationNSW
- FTSystems Administrator - TelecommunicationsNSW
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- FTDigital Sales Account Manager - Global Ecommerce BrandNSW
- FTLevel 2/ 3 Systems AdministratorVIC
- FTSenior Solutions Architect - Network & Unified ComunicationsACT
- FTSenior Desktop Engineer - SCCM / AD / 2012 ServerNSW
- FTOracle E-Business Technical ConsultantVIC
- FTFinance Analyst with Accounting background | $71 phVIC
- FTMobile Studio Manager/ Mobile UX Manager - GAME CHANGER!NSW
- FTProgram L&D Manager, Financial ServicesNSW
- CCTest Analyst - Infrastructure - NV1 ClearanceACT
- FTIT Test ManagerNSW
- FTGraduate Technical ConsultantACT
- FTSenior Data ConsultantWA