LAS VEGAS, NV (Autodesk University) - There's nothing like beautiful images on a big screen to catch a CAD editor's eye --and it helps to bill the monitor as a "CAD/CAM" spececific. Such was the case at the BenQ booth.
So, besides the pretty pictures, what makes the BL2710PT monitor, so special for CAD users? At the tail end of Autodesk University, I think I caught the BenQ guys by surprise. But they were able to recover. "It can dim and brighten the screen automatically. " They showed me what was the sensor. But putting my hand over the sensor had no noticeable effect on the brightness of the screen. They scrambled to activate the setting which allowed the screen to adjust, but the effect was marginal on the show floor. What else, I asked? I was shown a round device with multiple buttons, each having some function, but I could not find any description of this device on the company website.
The monitor does have a good resolution, however (2560x1440) and it would probably be welcome for CAD use based upon image quality and size alone. I would like to compare it to the Lenovo 30" monitor, a Best of Show nominee (Lenovo a Lesson in Overseas Success, CAD Insider, Dec 7, 2013). The BenQ BL2710PT appears to be available for much less, however -- about $700 in a quick online search, compared to Lenovo's ThinkVision LT3053 $1600 MSRP).