BenQ EX3501R Preview: Curved Ultra-Wide 100Hz Gaming Monitor with FreeSync

BenQ EX3501R

Introduction

BenQ has just announced a gorgeous ultra-wide gaming monitor, the BenQ EX3501R which promises smooth gameplay with its 100Hz refresh rate and the adaptive-synch technology.

Thanks to its high-contrast VA panel, 3440×1440 screen resolution, and 1800R curvature, you will also be able to immerse into crystal-clear and engaging image quality.

Furthermore, the BenQ EX3501R offers some useful exclusive features, extensive connectivity, and a versatile design.

But, that’s not all.

Image Quality

The BenQ EX3501R curved monitor features a VA (Vertical Alignment) panel. This allows the image to utilize higher static contrast than the rest of panels, resulting in deeper black tones and a superior relation between darkest and brightest colors.

Additionally, the VA panel monitors provide excellent 178-degree viewing angles, so there are no shifts in color and contrast when the screen is viewed from certain angles.

The giant 35-inch screen is perfectly complemented by the UWQHD resolution as together they make for a rich pixel density of 106 pixels per inch.

In addition to the true 8-bit color support covering 100% sRGB color gamut, this astonishing gaming monitor ensures flawless picture quality.

Gaming Performance

Some folks are repulsed by curved and ultra-wide gaming experience. Instead of immersing into the surrounding crystals, they choose the monitors with higher refresh rates and quick response time.

And I get that. Well, as long as you play competitive games and rely on the speed of your display.

However, if you’d like to really enjoy gaming and take it to another level, that’s where the ultra-wide displays kick in.

Just be sure to check whether your favorite games support 21:9 aspect ratio, or else you will have black borders at the sides in video games.

When it comes to gaming, 100Hz refresh rate and the specified 4ms response time speed is more than enough for a fluid gameplay with minimal ghosting.

Additionally, if you have AMD FreeSync compatible graphics card, you can entirely eliminate screen tearing and stuttering by synchronizing the refresh rate between the BenQ EX3501R 100Hz monitor and your graphics card.

You can use the monitor if you have a Nvidia graphics card as well, but you won’t benefit from the dynamic refresh rate.

Features

Along with the common features such as the Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture modes, the BenQ EX3501R FreeSync display has a several more in its sleeve.

The Brightness Intelligence Plus technology features a built-in sensor that automatically adjusts brightness and color temperature according to the on-screen content and ambient lighting.

This technology is also present in the BenQ EW2770QZ which was released earlier this year.

The sensor has several sensitivity levels and customizable settings. For instance, you can adjust it to gradually decrease screen brightness as you work.

In addition to the flicker-free screen and the low blue light filter, the BenQ EX3501R VA monitor is as easy on the eyes as possible.

In the OSD (On-Screen Display), there are several pre-calibrated picture presets as well as three customizable Gamer profiles.

Other presets include Photo, Standard, two regular custom profiles, M-Book, and HDR.

The HDR (High Dynamic Range) preset shouldn’t be confused with the HDR10 format as the monitor doesn’t qualify for its support. This feature simply enhances brightness and contrast of the image once applied.

Lastly, the Cinema mode offers native video formats ( 24p, 25p, and 30p) for the authentic movie watching experience.

Design and Connectivity

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The design of the BenQ EX3501R consists of thin bezels at the sides and top which nicely complement the edge-to-edge display. Ergonomics include 60 mm height adjustment, VESA mount, and -5°, 20° tilt.

Connectors are as follow: two HDMI 2.0, a DisplayPort 1.4, two USB 3.1, a USB type C, and the headphones jack. The USB-C port allows you to transfer video/audio signal, transfer files, and charge the device, all at the same time.

Price & Similar Monitors

There’s no word about the BenQ EX3501R price and release date at the moment (August 2017). We will inform you as soon as the information is available, so stay tuned.

There are similar monitors already available if you cannot wait for this one.

The Samsung C34F791 features same specifications including 100Hz, FreeSync, it is ultra-wide and has an even steeper 1500R curvature. It also uses the cutting-edge quantum-dot technology for a wider color gamut. It’s available for $830 at the moment.

The Acer XR341CK, on the other hand, is a greater and cheaper alternative with 75Hz.

If you already have a powerful and expensive Nvidia G-Sync graphics card and want to use its full potential, you may want to check out the Acer Predator Z35P.

Finally, if you like ultra-wide displays, but the refresh rate is too low for you, you should wait for the revolutionary 200Hz ultra-wide monitors to be released sometime by the end of the year.

Conclusion

Although 100Hz ultra-wide gaming monitors are nothing exceptionally new, the BenQ EX3501R adds some extra useful features to the table such as the USB-C port and B.I.+ technology.

If you’re fond of ultra-wide monitors and have a great AMD card, the BenQ EX3501R might just be for you. Hopefully, its price will be as appealing as everything else.

Overall, the monitor looks awesome and we cannot wait to review it.

BenQ EX3501R Specifications
Screen Size35-inch
Resolution3440x1440 (UWQHD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio21:9 (UltraWide)
Refresh Rate100Hz
Response Time4ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (Unconfirmed: 48Hz-100Hz)
PortsDisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0, USB-C
Other Ports2x USB 3.1, Headphone Jack
Brightness300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio2500:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (true 8-bit)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

What do you think about the BenQ EX3501R display? Will you buy it?

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