Bringing Coding Comfort With BenQ Eye-Care Monitor GW2485TC / GW2785TC, One Programmer At A Time
From: Geek Culture｜By Si Jia｜Singapore
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The image of an office worker hunched at his desk and staring into his computer screen is something many can identify with, and while the nature of the work might remain, there are steps we can take to greatly improve the conditions. In most cases, office work entails a lot of looking at screens, which can cause discomfort which is why we can opt to upgrade our space with comfortable chairs, standing desks and with larger and sharper screens.
Our eyes, in particular, feel the greatest strain because we use them all the time and we cannot lose sight of future risks, and not take care of them. Our eyes may feel tired or dry after prolonged use, and that isn’t ideal for both health and productivity, especially if you’re dealing with large pieces of text.
Programmers, data scientists and analysts make up a big part of this group, and here’s where BenQ presents an elegant solution. One of the coding-specific features included in the GW2485TC / GW2785TC Eye-Care monitors is the Coding Mode, which accentuates the contrast and saturation of dark mode. Coupled with the eye-care technology and ergonomic build, these displays take into account different use-type scenarios and assist in supporting screen owners with the tools needed to look after themselves.
This process is made more efficient and streamlined, with support for smooth dual-display setup, where versatile connectors and flexible height-adjustable stands on each model makes it easy for users to arrange their workspace to their comfort level, including vertical viewing.
Indeed both monitors offer a Portrait Mode that displays content vertically, but the 24-inch’s build is particularly handy for everyday tasks, including analysing spreadsheets, inputting coding, reading PDF files, and checking references, due to its more compact form factor. For those in the programming field, this means more characters will be shown in a single line of code, such that it’s easier to track the inputs without having to scroll through lines of data all the time.
“Having these monitors really increased my productivity because of its ergonomic design,” shares full stack developer and freelancer Michelle Lee, who has been in the business for 10 years. “They are very flexible, so you can adjust them to any direction you want, be it horizontal or vertical.”
The capacity of various configurations and arrangements by the monitors proved handy for the 28-year-old, who explained that she uses the 27-inch GW2785TC horizontally for research, front-end design, and database queries, and the 24-inch GW2485TC in portrait mode for back-end coding. As the monitors are also Daisy Chain compatible, which allows for the connection of two to four displays via DisplayPort, it’s possible to hook them up to more external sources if needed.
Adapting them for personal customisation is made easy with tilt, pivot, and swivel functionalities, all of which can be smoothly executed with little effort, as both monitors are designed for turning on either side.
The setup process is similarly fuss-free, involving only the attachments of three different components to one another. This versatility is a welcome change for Michelle, who prior to the BenQ stint, used very conventional monitors that impacted her workflow.
“Due to its limited height and inflexible nature, I had to constantly scroll through my codes on the [old] monitor,” says the coding professional. “Since there weren’t any multitasking features, I had to jump between tabs, which slowed down my productivity.”
Coding Mode is another favourite of hers. The monitors are the first of its kind in the world, with the special mode optimising the contrast and saturation of dark mode, allowing users to view and track their codes more easily. Vouching for its effectiveness, she explains, “The contrast of the codes on the dark background is very eye comforting, so you don’t have to strain your eyes.”
Essentially, more work can be done within a fixed window of time, as users won’t have to take frequent breaks. This prevents them from breaking their concentration, allowing them to be focused for however long it takes to complete the task.
Left: “Standard Mode”, Right: ”Coding Mode”.
Switching between different modes proved to be a smooth affair as well. While the GW2485TC and GW2785TC ship with control buttons at the base, the Eye-CareU software offers a quick way to navigate and change different settings. All users have to do is to start it up, select a monitor to control, and lock in their preferred mode with a mouse, which is faster and more convenient than the traditional locate-and-press-buttons method.
Together, all of these tailored elements work hand-in-hand with BenQ’s eye-friendly technology to deliver an enhanced coding experience. Brightness Intelligence (B.I), for instance, detects ambient lighting and automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness, while flicker-free technology eliminates, well, flickering at all brightness levels to reduce eye strain and headaches. Low Blue Light Plus filters out harmful blue-violet radiation, whereas Colour Weakness Mode helps those who are affected by colour vision deficiency to distinguish between codes of different colours.
When night falls, the BenQ ScreenBar ensures that users will still get their dose of eye health perks. The LED monitor lamp is designed to ease eye strain in low-light scenarios, offering adjustable colour temperature and auto-dimming for the best lighting environment. Intuitive functionality aside, it also comes in handy for smaller spaces, with its clip-on design – which fits on nearly any monitor – freeing up valuable real estate on a desk.
For a freelance coder who often works late into the night, the apparatus is a godsend in all the areas that matter. “The screenbar works like a lamp that eliminates reflections on the screen, so I don’t have to strain my eyes,” expresses Michelle. “The best part, though, is that it takes up no space on my workstation – I can turn off the lights in my room, and do work with just this screen bar.”
The GW2485TC and GW2785TC are no slouch for everyday use, either. While the FHD resolution (1,920 x 1,080) benefits programmers more than the average user by producing bigger and more legible code, their other features are standard fare that cater to the general audience. Both monitors feature a refresh rate of 75Hz, two 2W speakers, and a built-in noise cancellation microphone, as well as HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-C connectivity with 60W power delivery.
Granted, the life of coding professionals and programmers isn’t easy as they have to deal with unique challenges, from troubleshooting lines of code, to maintaining websites, and a huge chunk of the work involves staring at a large, tall wall of text on screen for a long time. BenQ’s pair of monitors seeks to ease some of this burden by offering eye-care and coding-focused features, such as Coding Mode, Portrait Mode, and flicker-free technology – and the magic has worked, having gotten a stamp of approval from Michelle herself.