BenQ BL3200PT WQHD Monitor (Review Part 3)

This section of my new computer review covers the BenQ BL3200 32″ WQHD monitor that I purchased from Amazon. It’s an AMVA panel (check out the technologies at http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/panel_technologies.htm) which has slower response time than a TN or an IPS but that deficit is of no significance for my purposes.

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Yes, the young lady arrived in a carefully packed box via Photoshop CC 2014 and my febrile imagination. The scoot is a ’98 BMW K1200rs that has accumulated about 95,000 miles on the odometer and still plugs along quite faithfully. Image of the bike was taken a few miles from my home in Southeast Arizona. The glare on the upper right center of the screen is carelessness on my part for popping a flash at the wrong angle to the screen. I used a Sony RX100 which is rather constrained as far as flash placement. So it goes. Also, taking in consideration I’m not a lab tech who has expensive testing equipment; I fly by the seat of my pants. I used a review at http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/benq_bl3200pt.htm for the lab info and I trust their findings.

I hesitated for several weeks before buying the 32″ monitor as my Samsung 26″ 1920 x 1200 pixel T260 was still plugging along faithfully, although its fluorescent tubes are beginning to fade somewhat. A recalibration every couple of weeks with an X-Rite i1 Display Pro has been able to tune up the colors quite well and I’m still using the Samsung–six years old–as a backup/second monitor. The BenQ provides 2560 x 1440 pixels of screen real estate, which is a nice upgrade from the T260. I had several reasons for choosing the really large monitor.

First and foremost was font size on a WQHD monitor. I probably should have shown on-screen text but it’s my review and my monitor so you get what you get. I looked at a Viewsonic WQHD 27″ monitor and did not like the screen font size. I also looked at a 28″ 4K monitor which was infinitely worse on font size. Scaling works on some screen fonts, others are distorted and still others don’t scale at all. The 32″ monitor seemed a good choice between high resolution raw image editing (images from a Nikon D800E) and usability for internet research.

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So far, and I’ve had the monitor for a few weeks, I love it. (The Sony T260 is in frame to the right, it’s both a backup and provides the capability of two separate systems simultaneously.) I may add some more comments about this system as I work with it in weeks and months to come but, so far, for the price, I have no complaints whatsoever.

Last part of this new system review will post when it’s ready. Part 4 will cover my daskeyboard Professional S keyboard that replaces a series of wireless boards, all of which had significant shortcomings for a user who does a significant amount of keystroke input. (I’m a writer…). This brings to mind an interview Truman Capote had on the Dick Cavett show several years ago. One of the other guests asked Capote what he thought of Harold Robbins as a writer. The little author never missed a beat when he snapped back, “I never considered him a writer; I always thought of him as a typist.”

 

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