BenQ EX2510 Review: 1080p 144Hz IPS FreeSync Gaming Monitor

Bottom Line

The BenQ EX2510 is a 24.5″ 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor based on a fast IPS panel with FreeSync and MBR support as well as plenty of extra features including an ergonomic stand, built-in speakers, and a light sensor.

It offers good value for the price in comparison to the other models that use the same panel, but there are a lot of great alternatives worth considering at this price range.

Design:
(4.7)
Display:
(4.6)
Performance:
(4.5)
Price/Value:
(4.4)
4.6

The EX2510 from BenQ’s new MOBIUZ series is a 1080p 144Hz IPS gaming monitor that aims to deliver smooth performance paired with accurate and vibrant colors at an affordable price.

Additionally, it offers plenty of extra features such as FreeSync, MBR, an ergonomic design, integrated speakers, HDR emulation, and a light sensor.

Image Quality

The BenQ EX2510 monitor is based on a 24.5″ IPS panel with a 400-nit peak brightness, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 8-bit color depth support via dithering, and the standard ~99% sRGB color gamut.

As a result, you get accurate and consistent colors that will stay flawless regardless of the angle you’re looking at the screen thanks to the 178° wide viewing angles of the IPS technology.

Moreover, a 400-nit peak brightness is more than enough even for well-lit rooms, so you’ll definitely need to reduce the luminance of the display down from the maximum.

Next, a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1 is standard for IPS monitors. You won’t get as deep blacks as those of VA displays with a ~3,000:1 contrast ratio, but the VA technology has disadvantages of its own.

The Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels results in a decent 90 PPI (pixel per inch) ratio on the 24.5″ viewable screen of the BenQ EX2510.

Basically, you get plenty of screen space while the details are crisp and not pixelated as they would be on a larger screen with the same resolution.

Another advantage of the 1080p resolution is that it’s not very demanding.

So, you’ll be able to enjoy the monitor’s high refresh rate with an appropriately high FPS (Frames Per Second) rate even with a decent budget gaming graphics card in most games.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) is supported as well, but due to the monitor’s only standard sRGB gamut as well as low contrast ratio and brightness, HDR content won’t look all that good.

Using the monitor’s HDRi emulation shenanigans, some HDR content might look somewhat better, but this is not the true HDR viewing experience which requires much better display capabilities that are only available in more expensive monitors.

Performance

144Hz provides you with significantly smoother motion clarity in video games for a more enjoyable as well as more responsive gaming experience.

The BenQ EX2510 input lag amounts to only ~4ms, which means that you won’t be able to feel any delays between your actions and the result on the screen.

Moving on, there are four response time overdrive modes labeled as ‘AMA’ (Advanced Motion Accelerator) ranging from 0 to 3.

For the best pixel transition performance, we recommend setting it to the highest (3) mode.

All in all, you’re getting similar performance to the other 24.5″ 1080p 144Hz IPS gaming models such as the ASUS VG259Q and the Acer XB253QGP based on the same panel.

In comparison to the 24″ 1080p 144Hz models that use PANDA’s IPS panel (ViewSonic XG2405, AOC 24G2, etc.), the response time speed of the EX2510 is noticeably faster.

In general, some trailing behind fast-moving objects is visible, but only minor.

As it’s the case with all IPS monitors, some IPS glow is present and its intensity varies across different units of the monitor.

Features

benq mobiuz ex2510 osd menu layout

The BenQ MOBIUZ EX2510 also supports AMD FreeSync which provides you with a variable refresh rate up to 144FPS that effectively eliminates screen tearing and stuttering as long as you have a compatible graphics card.

Even though the monitor is not officially certified as G-SYNC Compatible by NVIDIA, FreeSync works without issues with compatible NVIDIA cards (GTX 10-series or newer, over DisplayPort).

Alternatively, you can use the Blur Reduction technology. This feature cannot be active at the same time as FreeSync, and you can only enable it if your refresh rate is set to 100Hz or higher.

Blur Reduction uses backlight strobing to reduce ghosting, but it sacrifices some picture brightness in the process.

Unless Blur Reduction is enabled, the backlight of the monitor is completely flicker-free, and there’s a low-blue light filter that can prevent eye strain.

At the back of the monitor, at the right side, there’s a power button, an input source hotkey, and a joystick for navigation through the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu.

The OSD menu is well-organized; Besides the standard image adjustment tools, there are five gamma modes, pre-calibrated picture presets, Light Tuner, and Black eQualizer which alters the gamma curvature for better visibility in dark scenes.

There’s also the Brightness Intelligence Plus (B.I.+) technology which uses the integrated light sensor of the monitor to adjust the screen brightness according to ambient lighting.

Using the HDRi hotkey at the front bezel of the monitor, you can combine HDR and B.I.+, but as we’ve already mentioned, HDR on this monitor is just software-emulated, not ‘true’ HDR – meaning that most HDR content will just be over-saturated or washed out.

Design & Connectivity

benq mobiuz ex2510 design

The design of the monitor has a rather eye-catching orange strip which might not appeal to some users. Luckily, the stand is detachable while the screen has a 100x100mm VESA mount pattern.

Other than that, the stand is quite sturdy and offers a fair range of ergonomics including up to 130mm height adjustment, +/- 20° swivel, and -5°/20° tilt, but no pivot function.

The screen has a 3H matte anti-glare coating which eliminates reflections without adding a grainy effect to the picture, and there’s a cable management hole with an I/O cover.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, and two 2.5W built-in speakers with DSP (Digital Signal Processor) and customized sound modes (Game, Cinema, and Pop/Live).

Both HDMI and DP support FreeSync up to 144Hz at 1920×1080.

Price & Similar Monitors

The BenQ EX2510 price amounts to $250 which is $30 less than what the counterparts by Acer and ASUS go for, making it an appealing option for those who want something faster than the 24″ IPS models, but can’t afford a 240Hz model such as the Dell AW2521HF.

It’s also available as a 27″ model for $300, the BenQ MOBIUZ EX2710, but we don’t recommend it due to its lower pixel density and considerably higher price tag.

If you don’t play a lot of FPS games competitively, then you should consider saving ~$50 and going with one of the 24″ models, such as the AOC 24G2.

At this price range, you can also get a 27″ 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor with a curved VA panel, the AOC CQ27G2, with a wider color gamut and a higher contrast ratio, but slower response time.

Conclusion

Although a lot of features of the BenQ EX2510 are rather gimmicky and mostly useless, it does offer smooth performance and vivid colors at a reasonable price.

Specifications

Screen Size24.5-inch
Resolution1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeIPS
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time2ms (GtG)
Response Time (Blur Reduction)1ms (MPRT)
Adaptive-SyncFreeSync (48-144Hz)
Speakers2×2.5W
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0
Other PortsHeadphone Jack
Brightness400 cd/m²
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)
HDRHDR10
VESAYes (100x100mm)

The Pros:

  • Accurate and consistent colors
  • Ergonomic design
  • Plenty of gaming features including FreeSync and MBR
  • Fast pixel response time speed

The Cons:

  • Somewhat expensive

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Rob Shafer
Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.