BenQ’s OSD is one of the strongest aspects of the GW2765HT, with well-designed and clearly labelled menus, and plenty of extra features and functions.
The GW2765HT is no exception, and the OSD functions almost exactly like that on the RL2755HM although it looks slightly different. It’s mostly excellent, although we did run into a few issues with it.
Pressing any of the buttons brings up a simple menu of five shortcuts, accessible by pressing the corresponding buttons on the side of the display. Back and forward arrows let you flip through settings to enable them, and are then confirmed with a blue tick or a red cross to cancel the chances. These shortcuts can be adjusted to lead to a different function if you wish.
The top-most Low Blue Light shortcut leads to a submenu with four separate options for reducing blue light levels. The options are 30%, 50%, 60% and 70%, and the effect is a reduction in overall brightness and the picture (obviously) losing some of the blue spectrum.
This is where we had an early issue. Press the button and it defaults to the 30% setting. But there’s no way to return to your display back to normal, without going through the main menu and resetting the colour or changing the picture mode. Not a show stopper, but an irritation all the same.
The ‘Menu’ shortcut brings up a whole new area of the OSD with all the advanced settings to fully customise the picture. The main, default setting is Display, which provides a list of basic settings, most of which aren’t too important, although there is one to select the video input.
The next menu is labelled ‘Picture’ with controls for the brightness, contrast and sharpness. With the picture mode set to ‘User’ in the next menu, you get access to the extra settings, such as gamma and hue, which are otherwise greyed out.
The ‘Picture Advanced’ menu contains a number of further settings. The most useful is the ‘Picture Mode’ which lets you choose from a long list of preset display settings.
The list is quite comprehensive, with: ‘Standard’, ‘Low Blue Light,’ ‘Movie,’ ‘Game’, ‘Photo,’ ‘sRGB,’ ‘Eco’ and the ‘User’ setting. We’ll take a look at what happens to the image with each one on the next page.
As above, some settings are greyed out, depending on the mode you are using.
The ‘Senseye Demo’ splits the screen in half to demonstrate the effects of BenQ’s dynamic content analysis software, which slightly adjusts brightness and contrast depending on the on-screen content.
The ‘DynamicContrast’ setting dramatically improves black levels in dark scenes, but no longer allows you to manually adjust the brightness and contrast. We prefer to leave the setting off while testing, but with any display, in use this is up to the preference of the user.
The ‘Audio Select’ menu gives you manual controls over the audio input. It’s best left on auto, unless you specifically wish to keep music coming from a PC or sound from a games console.
The ‘System’ Menu mainly contains settings to customise the OSD, along with a few other bits and pieces.
The three shortcut keys can be customised here with pretty much any setting from the monitor’s OSD. We’re not fussed about the ‘Low Blue Light’ setting for example so we changed this to Brightness.
The Auto Power Off setting sets a timer to turn off the display, either for saving energy or preventing screen burn. DDC/CI is supported, with a few options to customise the HDMI and DisplayPort auto switching.