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: 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: 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: 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!
Summary: I spent a lot of time reviewing monitors to replace a 25-inch LCD that I loved but finally capacitor-ed out after five years. I write a lot and need clear type so I had second and third thoughts about this unit: Not from reviews (what I read were very good) but because of my misgivings of a unit with such an excellent price. But I went with it and kept in a back pocket a more expensive "plan B" if it didn't pan out. I shouldn't have worried so much.