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Review: BenQ EW3280U

BenQ recently announced the launch of the EW3280U 32-inch 4K monitor onto the market. The monitor, which is aimed at gamers, also comes packed with HDRi technology. The proprietary HDRi intelligent technology is built to improve colour performance, detail contrast, and image clarity.

The panel used on the monitor is that of the IPS variety and the display comes with Adaptive-Sync technology. The 16:9 flat panel offers lots of screen real estate and immersive gaming experience. The refresh rate is rated at 60Hz, while the response time is 5ms.

Since the monitor offers 4K resolution and multiple accurate colour modes, it can also serve as a professional monitor for those working in either the Rec.709 or DCI-P3 colour spaces. In addition, you also get a colour depth of 10-bits, and support for HDR10 signals with a VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification.

The BenQ EW3280U is a neatly designed monitor that follows the typical BenQ design cues. BenQ also packs in a well-designed remote control with the monitor. In addition, we found something on the monitor, which we haven’t seen recently on monitors we have reviewed – a volume dial on the lower left hand corner. It is an actual mechanical dial that lets you adjust the volume from the built-in speakers.

The output of the speakers on the monitor are rated at 2w, while the subwoofer is rated at 5w. Once you unpack the panel, you will need a screwdriver to fix the panel to the stand. Inside the box, you also get a USB-C cable and an HDMI cable. An IEC cable provides power to the monitor.

In terms of connectivity, the monitor offers one DisplayPort 1.2 and two HDMI 2.0 ports. You also get a USB-C port that can be used to either connect external video sources or charging devices at 60-watts. There’s also a 3.5mm audio output for headphones or speakers.

The OSD on the monitor is well designed and quite intuitive to use. The OSD can be invoked by pressing the joystick or the menu button on the remote. The EW3280U offers six image modes and three HDR modes to choose from.

The picture quality of the monitor is very good. Black levels were really good, while HDR was good, too. Out of the box the monitor was surprisingly well-calibrated in terms of gamma tracking and white point. The monitor also comes with a range of Low Blue Light (LBL) settings, which were easy to activate and deactivate.

The 32-inch screen with high pixel density worked nicely for gaming as well. We found the BenQ EW3280U offers an immersive experience. The EW3280U delivers a productive work area while delivering excellent clarity and detail for high resolution content.

Price: AED 4585

BenQ EW3280U AED 4585
  • Final Rating
3.5

Summary

The picture quality of the monitor is very good. Black levels were really good, while HDR was good, too. Out of the box the monitor was surprisingly well-calibrated in terms of gamma tracking and white point. The monitor also comes with a range of Low Blue Light (LBL) settings, which were easy to activate and deactivate.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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