The BenQ EW277HDR features a VA panel with a superior 3,000:1 contrast ratio, punchy 400nits of peak brightness, and a wide color gamut covering 93% DCI-P3.
Additionally, it offers plenty of exclusive features including support for HDR10 content and a built-in sensor for automatic brightness and color temperature adjustments.
As it’s only a 1920×1080 resolution monitor, the BenQ EW277HDR seems to be primarily intended for an immersive home entertainment experience.
HDR vs “HDR”
Let’s clear up the confusion about this right away.
In order for a display to support true HDR (High Dynamic Range) content, it must feature 4K resolution, 10-bit color support, DCI-P3 color space coverage, and at least 540nits of peak brightness, among other things.
Out of these requirements, the BenQ EW277HDR VA panel monitor has only 93% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, yet BenQ claims support for HDR10 content.
Although we haven’t yet seen this feature in action, it’s safe to say that the BenQ EW277HDR is not true HDR like the Dell UP2718Q, for instance. Instead, it will offer HDR’s enhanced contrast and colors, but only to an extent.
You will also be able to activate the HDR mode while watching non-HDR content and enjoy emulated HDR performance with extended color and contrast range.
Image Quality & Performance
Thanks to the high contrast ratio of the VA panel, the BenQ EW277HDR ensures a better relation between the darkest and brightest colors. In HDR mode, the BenQ Brightness Enhancement technology provides 33% more luminance which allows for the higher contrast and exceptionally deep black tones.
The panel also offers the impeccable 178-degree viewing angles and rapid 4ms (gray to gray) response time speed. Since the BenQ EW277HDR display is 60Hz-only and has no adaptive-sync nor other gaming features, it’s not desirable for competitive gaming. You can check the latest gaming monitors here.
The most disappointing factor of the monitor is not the refresh rate, but rather its low resolution for the 27-inch screen size. The QHD resolution is perfect for a 27-inch monitor, whereas Full HD delivers a rather pixelated picture when viewed from up close.
Alas, if you use your computer monitor to mainly watch movies, the pixel density won’t be an issue. Moreover, you will be able to enjoy the BenQ EW277HDR monitor’s other perks suited for the casual multimedia entertainment.
The BenQ EW277HDR has some of the features that were present in previous BenQ monitors, such as the Super Resolution and Smart Focus. The former increases pixel density of low-resolution content, while the latter allows you to brighten up a selected area on the screen for better focus and fewer distractions.
Additionally, the monitor offers the exclusive Brightness Intelligence Plus technology that automatically detects ambient lighting via the sensor and adjusts brightness and color temperature accordingly.
There are several different sensitivity levels and working modes. For instance, the brightness can gradually decrease or increase as you work. In addition to the flicker-free screen and four different low blue light levels (MultiMedia, Web-Surfing, Reading, Office), you can watch the BenQ EW277HDR screen for as long as you’d like without worrying about eye strain.
Design and Connectivity
The BenQ EW277HDR features a simple and elegant design with metallic gray finish. The monitor is tilt-only by -5°, 15° and there’s no VESA mount compatibility.
Connector ports include two HDMI, a VGA, the headphones jack, and an audio line-out for the built-in speakers. BenQ recommends using the provided HDMI cable (or better) for the proper HDR experience. As you can see in the picture, there is a special HDR button which toggles between four levels of HDR and B.I.+ technology levels.
Price & Similar Monitors
The BenQ EW277HDR price and the release date is unknown at the moment (August 2017). Dell also has monitors with the limited HDR support which you can check out in the Dell S2418NX article.
BenQ dubs the BenQ EW277HDR as a monitor for home video enjoyment which its specifications back up. The fact that it’s only 1080p but 27-inch in size, and that it has HDR10 support makes it most suitable for watching movies and other casual activities with the aim of an immersive viewing experience with stunning details.
However, since HDR is neither here nor there at the moment due to lack of HDR content and support for it on PC, it’s currently not worth buying for the sole purpose of its HDR capability. Without HDR, its specifications are rather common, but it may turn out to be a worthy investment depending on its price once released.