The BenQ EL2870U is a 28″ 4K HDR Monitor with AMD FreeSync technology that has a lot to offer but is it worth its price at about Rs 30K and who is this monitor exactly for, let’s find out.
Build and Specifications:
|Brand & Model||BenQ EL2870U|
|Panel Type & Backlight||TN / W-LED, edge array|
|Screen Size & Aspect Ratio||28″ / 16:9|
|Max Resolution & Refresh||3840×2160 @ 60Hz
Density – 157ppi
|Native Color Depth & Gamut||10-bit / sRGB|
|Response Time (GTG)||1ms|
|Speakers||2 x 1w|
|Video Inputs||1 x DisplayPort 1.4
2 x HDMI 2.0
|Audio||3.5mm headphone output|
|Power Consumption||26.2w, brightness @ 200 nits|
|25.9 x 18.8 x 7.8″
658 x 478 x 198mm
|Panel Thickness||2.4″ / 62mm|
|Bezel Width||Top/sides – .7″ / 18mm
Bottom – 1″ / 25mm
|Weight||12.6lbs / 5.7kg|
The monitor is quite big and heavy at 5.7kg which means that it is very sturdy and doesn’t move or shake easily. Due to its size, there’s some thickness at the side along with a fair amount of bezel around the monitor. This bezel does take away from the premium feel of the monitor and makes it look a little less appealing and mesmerizing. The power supply is internal which also adds to the bulk of the monitor.
The monitor is limited in terms of adjustment as it has 15° back tilt and 5° forward. There is no swivel or height adjustment so if you need any sort of adjustment, you’ll have to use the 100mm VESA mount holes which is a good inclusion.
The monitor does come with speakers in case you don’t own speakers and need a quick way to listen to something. The speakers aren’t mind-blowing or special in any way. They’re decent enough to get the job done but they really shouldn’t be used as your main audio drivers.
There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack which seems to be disappearing from mobile phones but at least monitors aren’t kicking them out yet. Like the speakers, these are good enough for your cheap earphones or cheap headphones but don’t think they’ll drive your medium to high-end headphones or anything of that sort. Plus, most people will be plugging their headphones into the motherboard or a DAC.
For input ports, the monitor features two HDMI 2.0 ports and a single DisplayPort 1.4. There are no DVI ports but then again if you’re using a monitor of this level, you’re probably going to be driving it with a high-end GPU that also uses similar ports.
Onto the main show we go. The panel used in this monitor is a 28 inch TN Panel that only goes up to 60Hz. While the refresh rate might seem like a bit of a bummer, a 4K monitor with HDR and a higher refresh rate than 60Hz is either very expensive or doesn’t exist. On the upside, it has a response time of 1ms so if you’re playing FPS games or fighters, you won’t have to sacrifice input latency or worry about ghosting.
This monitor does come with HDR but it does have its caveats. The BenQ EL2870U supports HDR10 which is the most common HDR standard but sadly does not support the DCI-P3 colour gamut which makes it a little less visually punchy but, it does feel a bit punchier than an sRGB monitor even though this is an sRGB monitor. The panel also has a 10-bit native color depth which is great to see. Honestly, the lack of DCI-P3 is not a deal breaker but it is something to keep in mind for the purists out there.
Hitting a smooth 60fps at 4K can be hard especially in demanding titles which is where FreeSync comes in very handy. It helps a lot when games drop below 60 for the few seconds or moments that they do but FreeSync really helps keep it from becoming a stuttering mess. This here is what will appeal to a lot of gamers especially those who own GPUs like the 1070 Ti that can play titles at 60fps on lower settings but not at a smooth 60fps.
So who is this monitor really for? Gamers who don’t play competitive FPS titles will enjoy playing games on this monitor. Folks who enjoy consuming visual media will also like this monitor. However, for professional colour work this might not be the best for you, even though it does have decent colour reproduction. If your main focus is HDR then there are better options but, if you want a monitor to consume media and play games, then this is a great choice with the inclusion of FreeSync and HDR. While it is a bit costly, it is a great buy in its price range and if you go for this, you will not be disappointed one bit.
The BenQ EL2870U is available for ~Rs 30,000 on Amazon, PrimeABGB, and Mdcomputers.
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