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BenQ EW3270U Review: 4K HDR FreeSync Gaming Monitor

By September 24, 2018 No Comments
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Introduction

The BenQ EW3270U is the perfect 4K monitor for high-quality home entertainment, whether you want a cinematic movie watching experience, a worthy display for your Xbox One X or PS4 Pro, or just a great 4K PC monitor for all-around use.

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 game, a PC game, or a movie supporting HDR, your screen will be enriched with a more lifelike picture with increased contrast and color gamut.

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.

The 4K Ultra HD resolution provides vivid details and plenty of screen real estate available thanks to the high pixel density which on 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 from certain off-angles.

Performance

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With a response time speed of 4ms, motion blur and ghosting is noticeable in fast-paced games, but for casual gaming, it’s perfectly acceptable.

Using the AMA (Advanced Motion Accelerator) option in the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu, you can increase the response time speed, but this can also introduce overshoot or inverse ghosting.

The BenQ EW3270U input lag amounts to ~13ms which is very good and won’t cause any noticeable delay while gaming.

Additionally, the BenQ EW3270U features AMD FreeSync technology which allows you to synchronize the GPU’s frame rate of an AMD FreeSync-compatible graphics card or an Xbox One console to the monitor’s refresh rate.

By doing so, there’s will be no screen tearing and stuttering within the dynamic refresh rate range. The BenQ EW3270U FreeSync range is 40-60Hz/FPS over both DisplayPort and HDMI.

Features

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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 according to the ambient lighting for the optimal viewing experience.

Using the hotkey labeled as ‘B.I. + HDR’, you can quickly enable/disable the B.I.+ sensors and HDR function. Furthermore, you can use the ‘HDR-emulate mode’ to simulate HDR for the content which otherwise doesn’t support HDR.

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 an 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 for compatible devices – 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. There are also two 2W integrated speakers and a headphones jack available.

Both HDMI display connectors support HDCP 2.2, so you will also be able to watch content from streaming services such as Netflix in 4K resolution.

Price & Similar Monitors

The BenQ EW3270U price is $699 MSRP which is a bit expensive but if you need its premium features such as USB-C, HDR, and the built-in sensors, it is worth the money.

If you are looking for a similar but more affordable 32″ 4K monitor, check out the Samsung U32J590 and the LG 32UD59.

Conclusion

The BenQ EW3270U 4K HDR FreeSync monitor is aimed at those looking for a luxurious display for home entertainment.

It’s great for console gaming, watching movies, and everyday PC use due to its plethora of exclusive features, immersive image quality, and top-notch performance.

However, if you need a monitor just for gaming, there are cheaper alternatives out there.

BenQ EW3270U Specifications

Screen Size31.5-inch
Resolution3840×2160 (UHD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate60Hz
Response Time4ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (40Hz-60Hz)
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)

What We Loved

  • Innovative B.I.+ technology
  • Wide color gamut
  • High static contrast
  • USB-C connectivity
  • FreeSync over HDMI

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only design
  • Expensive
  • Low peak brightness

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Joseph is a tech writer and copy-editor that has written and ghostwritten hundreds of articles for different online magazines and blogs. He now writes and manages DisplayNinja to ensure it stays as the people’s favorite resource.

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