BenQ EX3203R Preview: 1440p 144Hz HDR FreeSync 2 Gaming Monitor

By April 20, 2018 6 Comments
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BenQ has introduced a new gaming monitor which ticks quite a few boxes and might be the monitor many have been waiting for; meet the BenQ EX3203R.

The large 31.5-inch screen is curved by 1800R for extra immersion while the panel type used is VA for the superior contrast ratio.

Furthermore, the monitor offers the AMD FreeSync 2 technology, a 144Hz refresh rate, and HDR (High Dynamic Range) support.

Image Quality

Based on a VA panel with true 8-bit color depth covering 90% DCI-P3 color gamut and 3,000:1 the superb static contrast ratio, the BenQ EX3203R display can deliver a wide range of colors with strikingly bright whites and truly deep black shades.

What’s more, the HDR compatible content will get additional boost regarding picture brightness. While the brightness peaks at 300-nit typically, enabling HDR will kick it up to 400 nits.

Even though that’s not anywhere near the capabilities of a true HDR display with a 1000-nit peak brightness, among other things, it’s still a nice feature to have as certain compatible games do look a lot better with it.

The QHD resolution of 2560×1440 pixels perfectly suits this monitor. You get a rich pixel density that will provide you with plenty of screen space as well as vivid details while the 144Hz refresh rate ensures smooth and fluid gameplay.


Like most of BenQ’s latest premium monitors, the BenQ EX3203R 144Hz display features the Brightness Intelligence Plus technology. In essence, this technology consists of an integrated sensor which detects ambient lighting and adjusts the display brightness and color temperature accordingly for the best viewing experience for your eyes.

The B.I.+ technology can also function in combination with HDR. As a result, you get lighter bright colors and maximum detail in dark areas all while your eyes are safe allowing you to play or work for hours without fatigue.

Lastly, the BenQ EX3203R supports the second generation of FreeSync which ensures low input lag even while HDR gaming and a wider dynamic range due to LFC (Low Framerate Compensation).

This means that when your FPS (Frames Per Second) rate drops below the lower end of the dynamic refresh rate, LFC will double the framerate to make the picture remain smooth.

For this technology to work, you will need an AMD FreeSync-compatible graphics card, or Xbox One X or S gaming console.

Design & Connectivity

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The design of the BenQ EX3203R boasts ultra-slim bezels which along with the 1800R curvature make the viewing experience more immersive and cinematic. The monitor looks simple yet modern without flashy gaming aesthetics which is a big plus.

When it comes to the ergonomics, you can tilt the screen by -5/20 degrees, height adjust it up to 60mm, and mount it on 100 x 100 VESA holes. Connectivity includes two HDMI 1.4, a DisplayPort 1.2a, a dual USB 3.0 hub, and a USB type C.

Price & Similar Monitors

As of this writing, the BenQ EX3203R price and release date are unknown but stay tuned as we’ll be updating the article as soon as something comes up.

In the meantime, you can check the ASUS XG32VQ and the AOC AG322QCX which are similar gaming monitors but without the HDR support and the B.I. + technology.

Alternatively, if you’re not from the US, the AOC AG322QC4 is essentially the same monitor as the EX3203R worth checking out.

BenQ EX3203R Specifications
Screen Size31.5-inch
Resolution2560x1440 (WQHD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time4ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync 2
PortsDisplayPort 1.2a, 2x HDMI 1.4, USB-C
Other Ports2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack

HDR Brightness
300 cd/m2
400 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio3000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (true 8-bit)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

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  • Conrad Adrian Castro

    Nice! Where can we pre order? What capabilities or effects will be lost if using a GTX 1080 ti with this monitor, or would it be better to wait for the g-sync edition?

    Bests, conrad.

  • Roger Crawford

    It’s not up for pre-order yet.

    Well, you’ll be losing the variable refresh rate and low input lag HDR gaming. There’s no telling whether a G-SYNC version will be actually available, in fact, it’s unlikely.
    If you’re looking for a similar monitor, check out the LG 32GK850G with 1440p 144Hz and G-SYNC. It’s also 32″ but not curved, it goes up to 165Hz though.

  • Klerk

    “Well, you’ll be losing the variable refresh rate and low input lag HDR gaming.”
    – Are you saying that the G-Sync version will have high input lag or are you saying that it’s simply because the synchronization tech of GPU and Display aren’t compatible?

  • Roger Crawford

    Nevermind, I mixed HDR for TVs with monitors. There shouldn’t be noticeable increase in input lag in either case. Sorry for the confusion. So, you’re just losing on variable refresh rate tech.

    But for a display to have both HDR and G-SYNC, NVIDIA has more demanding qualification requirements for the display itself, such as higher peak brightness and color gamut than that of the BenQ EX3203R which is why it’s unlikely there will be a G-SYNC version without some alterations.

  • Klerk

    Thanks. I

  • Roger Crawford

    If you are using a FreeSync monitor with an NVIDIA card, you don’t get variable refresh rate.
    That capability is lost if you’re using this monitor with the GTX 1080 Ti, that was my answer to Conrad’s question.