BenQ EW3270U UHD Review • Excellent contrast and black level!
Gamers will definitely appreciate its FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility. However, the refresh rate is limited to 60 Hz. Despite the fact that BenQ supports the HDR standard, it cannot reproduce the picture in full quality in this mode. Let’s take a look at these and other features in our BenQ EW3270U 4K HDR review.
BenQ EW3270U: Design
The BenQ EW3270U is a professional monitor that looks good in any office. The bezels are quite thin on three sides, but they protrude from the screen. The bottom panel is much thicker than the side ones. The sharp-edged stand has a modern look and does not take up much space.
Although the stand is plastic, it supports the monitor well. The monitor will rock slightly when jolted. The weight of the product including the stand is 7.2 kg and its depth is 21.6 cm. The thickness of the case itself is 6.1 cm. The EW3270U has poor ergonomics. The monitor only allows you to adjust the tilt.
However, the tilt range is also quite narrow (-15 ° to 5 °). There are 100 x 100 VESA wall mount holes on the back, but the EW3270U has no cable management. Even though the BenQ is almost entirely made of plastic, its build quality is good and there are no obvious problems with its construction.
BenQ EW3270U: Equipment
In addition to the stand and the monitor itself, the package includes a USB-C cable, DisplayPort cable, network cable and CD with user manual.
One of the significant merits of the Benck EW3270U monitor in question is that it has good contrast. Its value is 2740: 1. This allows the monitor to reproduce deep blacks, which is great for viewing in a dark room. For an even better contrast ratio, the Samsung T55 is worth a look.
But that’s assuming you don’t mind a 1080p monitor. The EW3270U monitor is side-lit and does not have local dimming. The EW3270U has an HDR mode. However, when working in this mode, there is no improvement at all. This is because the monitor’s peak brightness is too low to reproduce an HDR image.
The brightness in SDR and HDR modes remains unchanged. Its value does not exceed 270 cd / m². This is a very good indicator for SDR. The EW3270U will suit most rooms, but in very bright rooms it may not be bright enough to overcome glare. However, the brightness is very stable when displaying various content.
For HDR, peak brightness is below average. HDR content won’t be bright enough to highlight highlights. For a VA panel, the viewing angles are pretty good. However, they are much smaller than those of IPS monitors. Off-center, the colors remain fairly accurate until the viewer has reached a moderate angle.
The EW3270U has excellent gray uniformity, but a slight dirty screen effect can sometimes be seen in some scenes. In dark scenes, the uniformity is much better, although the backlight bleed through is noticeable. Black uniformity is also very decent, but haze and some backlight leakage can also be observed.
The color gamut in SDR mode looks exceptional. This monitor covers the entire sRGB color space used in most content. It also has excellent Adobe RGB color space coverage, making it great for professional photo and video editing. The only weakness of the monitor is the display of saturated colors in dark tones.
HDR color gamut is as good as SDR. The monitor has two HDR modes: “HDR” and “Cinema HDR”. Cinema HDR is slightly better due to the better white point, but overall they perform pretty much the same. As mentioned above, HDR does not have the desired effect on this monitor. BenQ EW3270U display has excellent gradient performance.
With the naked eye, banding is almost invisible. Reflection processing is good. The screen has a matte finish that reduces the intensity of reflected light. Therefore, this monitor is suitable for most rooms. However, it may not be sufficient in very bright rooms when light hits the screen directly.
The clarity of the text is excellent. Turning on ClearType improves clarity slightly, making lines thicker and sharper. The monitor has variable refresh rate support. Since the maximum refresh rate is 60Hz rather than 144Hz, the FreeSync option is available not only via DisplayPort but also via HDMI 2.0 .
BenQ EW3270U has very low input lag. It remains low even when FreeSync is enabled. The large screen size (32 inches) and high 4K resolution allow you to see high-quality images, which is great for multitasking.
The EW3270U has a good response time. Fast moving content has only a small blur trail. Most of the blur is due to the 60Hz refresh rate. The response time is 9.4 ms. With FreeSync enabled, it increases to 10.9ms.
All connectors on the device are located on the back. For ease of wall mounting, they are directed downward. The connection panel has DisplayPort DP 1.4, a pair of HDMI 2.0 ports, USB Type C, and a 3.5mm analog audio output for connecting headphones. The power supply is located inside the monitor.
BenQ EW3270U is perfect for both games and graphics and video editing. Since it uses a VA matrix, it has excellent contrast and good uniformity. The 32-inch screen and 4K resolution make this monitor multi-tasking. Overall, this is a monitor that performs well in most situations, and its simple design will suit any office environment.