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BenQ EW3270U Preview: 4K HDR FreeSync Monitor With USB-C

By April 16, 2018 No Comments
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Introduction

The BenQ EW3270U seems like the perfect monitor for quality home entertainment whether you want a cinematic movie watching experience, a worthy display for your Xbox One X or Playstation 4 Pro, or just a great 4K PC monitor for all-around use.

Unlike the smaller model with a TN panel, the BenQ EL2870U HDR monitor, the 32-inch version features a high-contrast VA panel for a much better image quality but a slower response time which will result in visible ghosting in fast-paced games.

Image Quality

The BenQ EW3270U monitor is based on a VA panel with true 10-bit color support covering 95% of the DCI-P3 color space (100% Rec709 and 100% sRGB) which will along with its superior static contrast ratio of 3,000:1 provide you with vibrant and intense colors and deep, true black shades.

The image quality can be further enhanced by enabling HDR (High Dynamic Range) if the content you’re watching is HDR10-compatible. Whether it’s a console or PC game or a movie supporting HDR, your screen will be enriched with a more lifelike picture due to the increased contrast, color gamut, and brightness.

However, it’s important to note that due to the rather low 300-nit peak brightness of the BenQ EW3270U HDR monitor, the picture won’t be nearly as eye-catching as it’s on true HDR displays with much higher luminance capabilities and/or localized dimming.

The 4K Ultra HD resolution offers exceptional and vivid details with plenty of available screen real estate due to the high pixel density which in this 31.5-inch display amounts to ~140 PPI (Pixels Per Inch).

The viewing angles are 178 degrees both horizontally and vertically but some minor shift in contrast here and there are expected when watching the screen at certain off-angles.

Gaming Performance

The response time speed is the monitor’s biggest downside which is the Achilles’ heel of VA panel displays. With the response time speed of 9ms or 4ms gray to gray, motion blur and ghosting will be particularly noticeable in fast-paced games.

Using the AMA (Advanced Motion Accelerator) option in the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu may improve this to an extent, but can also introduce overshoot or inverse ghosting.

Additionally, the BenQ EW3270U features the AMD FreeSync technology which allows you to synchronize the frame rate of AMD FreeSync-compatible GPUs or the Xbox One X and S consoles to the monitor’s refresh rate and by doing so eliminate screen tearing and stuttering within the dynamic range.

Unfortunately, the monitor doesn’t have the improved FreeSync 2 which would allow for HDR gaming with considerably less input lag.

Features

Moving on, the monitor features the Brightness Intelligence Plus technology which consists of integrated sensors that can automatically adjust the perfect brightness and color temperature values according to the ambient lighting in order to save your eyes from fatigue.

Using the hotkey labeled as ‘B.I. + HDR’, you will be able to select four different levels of combined viewing comfort and the HDR image enhancement. Furthermore, you can use the HDR mode to emulate HDR for the content which otherwise doesn’t have HDR support.

BenQ is known for their advanced eye-care technology when it comes to their displays and as such the EW3270U doesn’t use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) to regulate brightness, so it’s flicker free. In addition, there are four different levels of the low blue light filter (Multimedia, Web Surfing, Office, and Reading) which will ensure enjoyable viewing experience at night.

Design & Connectivity

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When it comes to the connectivity, there’s plenty of ports available including two HDMI 2.0, a DisplayPort 1.4, and a USB-C which allows for simultaneous data, audio, and video transfer as well as device charging, all with just one cable.

While the monitor is VESA mount compatible with 100 x 100 holes, it’s tilt-only by -5, 20 degrees.

Price & Similar Monitors

At the time of writing. the BenQ EW3270U price amounts to $700 which is a bit steep, but if you’re alright with paying the premium for extra features such as the USB-C, HDR, and the built-in sensor technology, it might be worth your money.

For $200 less, you could get the 31.5-inch 4K VA panel monitor, the AOC U3277PWQU, which has no FreeSync nor HDR, but a great image quality and performance nonetheless.

Conclusion

The BenQ EW3270U 4K HDR FreeSync HDCP2.2 monitor is aimed at those who can afford luxurious home entertainment; it’s great for console gaming, watching movies, and everyday PC use due to its plethora of exclusive features. However, if you need a monitor just for gaming, for instance, there are cheaper alternatives out there.


BenQ EW3270U Specifications
Screen Size31.5-inch
Resolution3840x2160 (UHD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate60Hz
Response Time4ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync
Speakers2x2W
PortsDisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0
Other PortsUSB-C, Headphone Jack
Brightness300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio3000:1 (static)
Colors1.07 billion (true 10-bit)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

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