Excerpt: It doesn't seem as sharp as the other 27" I got but had to return because it made a humming noise below 95% brightness. This one doesn't have that issue, but the text sharpness doesn't seem as good. I think the settings adjustments worked to a good extent. It's also a bit high off the base. It might work better for taller individuals. Your eye should be level with the top of the monitor and this one is way above that.
Summary: I rolled the dice and bought one of the "Refurbished" monitors. CONS: I assume that it was returned due to the AWFUL factory defaults. When you turn on the monitor it doesn't "auto detect" an HDMI input. All you have is a black screen,you MUST go in the menu and tell the monitor to Auto detect HDMI.If a person didnt catch that,it would probably be boxed up and returned :) The factory settings are absolutely horrible IMHO, brightness is maxed, and the colors look bad.
Summary: Shipped fast, packaged properly. What was crazy? The screen was dirty! Had like a weird hard crud along the left corner of the screen. I thought it was a burn mark where the monitor got too hot but upon investigation I was able to wipe it away. Other than that it takes at least fifteen seconds from the time you turn the monitor on until you see an image other then the Benq splash screen. Perhaps 10 sec if comp is just on standby. Annoying but not a deal breaker.
Summary: When this arrived I was pretty upset because it did not say, in the setup instructions, that you have to push the menu button to choose input modes. My HDMI cable was not detected and I was ready to send this back. In checking every button I finally figured that out by, accident almost, and it has worked just fine since then, about one month so far.
Summary: It may seem like a "HUGE" monitor when you unbox it, but it gets small quickly. It's all what you're used to and if you've never worked with a 27" or larger monitor, or dual monitors, you owe it to yourself to try it. It's just so much more productive!