BenQ has released a new 4K monitor intended for general video enjoyment and console gaming. The BenQ EL2870U also features HDR 10 support though since it’s based on a TN panel with the peak brightness of 300 nits, the HDR support is software enabled only.
The main asset of the TN panel monitors is the rapid 1ms response time speed which eliminates ghosting of the fast-moving objects. In video games, you will be able to enjoy FPS, racing, and other fast-paced games with minimal motion blur. However, such speed comes at the cost of color quality and viewing angles.
The TN panel of the BenQ EL2870U 4K monitor offers 1.07 billion colors but in comparison to the IPS and VA panel display, the picture is washed out and when you look at the screen from certain angles, the image will shift in colors and contrast due to the 170/160 degree viewing angles.
Enabling HDR for the compatible content should make the image more lifelike, but due to the limitation of the TN panel as well as the only mediocre maximum luminance, you shouldn’t expect a significant improvement. The BenQ EL2870U monitor also offers the ability to emulate HDR for the non-HDR content.
AMD FreeSync is supported, but not FreeSync 2 which is usually found in monitors that offer both HDR and the adaptive-sync technology. This means that there may be increased input lag when playing HDR games in Windows.
The BenQ EL2870U monitor also offers the Brightness Intelligence Plus technology which includes a sensor that detects ambient lighting and color temperature and automatically adjusts the preferred picture settings by altering brightness. The same technology is featured in the BenQ EW277HDR model.
The display is also flicker-free and has four different low blue light levels (Multimedia, Web-surfing, Office, Reading) which guarantee no eye fatigue even after long playing or working hours.
Design & Connectivity
The connectivity consists of two HDMI 2.0 ports and a DisplayPort 1.4. Additionally, there are two 2W built-in speakers and the headphones jack. The design is rather peculiar and may not appeal to everyone.
Price & Similar Monitors
The BenQ EL2870U price amounts to $500 at the moment which is a bit much for a 4K monitor with a TN panel. Sure, it may support HDR but due to the monitor specs, video games won’t benefit much from it. In fact, you’d be better off with a 4K IPS monitor such as the LG 27UD58 that’s also $150 cheaper.
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time||1ms (GtG)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0|
|Other Ports||Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (static)|