PRICE Rs. 35,000 URL benq.co.in DIMENSIONS 657.9×476.27×194.6mm WEIGHT 5.7kg DISPLAY TN Panel 27.9-inches RESOLUTION 3840×2160 BRIGHTNESS 300cd/m2 CONTRAST RATIO 1000:1 RESPONSE TIME 1ms REFRESH RATE 60Hz COLOUR GAMUT 72% NTSC PIXEL DENSITY 158ppi SPEAKER Yes, 2Wx2 AUDIO JACK Yes CONNECTIVITY 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.4 FEATURES Flicker-free Technology, Low Blue Light, Brightness Intelligence Plus (B.I.+), HDR10, Smart focus, Super Resolution, AMD FreeSync
We’ve seen a surge in the availability of 4K TVs, thanks to the lowering cost of 4K panels but affordable 4K monitors are still scarce. BenQ is trying to shake things up with the EL2870U. The BenQ EL2870U goes for the gaming and entertainment users with its 4K and HDR support. But is it worth it? Let’s find out.
The BenQ EL2870U has a very plain look. The bland looking 28-inch display on the front is surrounded by large bezels with just an HDR/B.I+ toggle button at the bottom right and OSD buttons at the bottom. Limited connectivity ports are at the back with two HDMI ports and one DisplayPort. Interestingly, the stand is the most stylish part of the exterior with a brushed finish but it does not allow adjustment of height or swivel. It supports VESA mount.
The monitor has a TN panel and supports a maximum resolution of 3840×2160 pixels with a native contrast of 1000:1 and response time of 1ms. The resolution on a supported computer or a gaming console makes the content look sharp and crisp but the viewing angle is less than stellar. The monitor supports HDR10 standard that can be toggled with the button at the bottom right and in our test; we found the HDR performance improvement to be marginal when we hooked the monitor up with a PS4 Pro playing Red Dead Redemption 2. This is most likely because of the display’s maximum brightness of up to 300cd/m2.
The monitor also comes with other bells and whistles. For AMD Radeon users, the monitor supports FreeSync that helps eliminates image tearing and eliminates broken frames. The monitor also features two 2W speakers or a 3.5 headphone jack for audio. There’s Super Resolution that claims to upscale pictures to a higher resolution but it tends to over-sharpen the images and Smart Focus that blackens out the display except for selected window or area for improved focus. Finally, the monitor supports TÜV Rheinland certified low blue light and flicker-free technology to reduce eye fatigue.
On paper, the BenQ EL2870U seems like a perfect monitor on a budget and while it offers 4K with few enhancements here and there, the HDR performance is underwhelming.
WE’RE IMPRESSED 4K support
WE’D IMPROVE HDR
THE LAST WORD A decently priced 4K monitor with mediocre HDR performance