Benq EX3510IR

Great at­tempt by Benq to cre­ate a per­fect all-round mon­i­tor, but short­com­ings spoil the show.

APC Australia - - The Lab -

On pa­per, the Benq EX3501R seems to tick all the boxes. 35-inches with an 1800R curve and 3440x1440 res­o­lu­tion make for a per­fect com­bi­na­tion of screen size and pixel den­sity. 100Hz re­fresh rate with FreeSync sup­port, whilst not the 144Hz gold stan­dard, is more than enough for most peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly at this res­o­lu­tion. The EX3501R even sup­ports HDR10 for richer colour in sup­ported ap­pli­ca­tions.

De­sign wise, the EX3501R is sleek, with­out the usual adorn­ments a “gam­ing” mon­i­tor brings – but don’t let that fool you, as with FreeSync and 100Hz re­fresh rate sup­port, this mon­i­tor has some proper gam­ing cred. Full black to white tran­si­tion is very low for a large curved ul­traw­ide dis­play, at only 11ms. Any­one ex­cept the most de­mand­ing of gamers will be pleased.

As the EX3501R is a mod­ern dis­play, it sup­ports con­nect­ing your com­puter to it over USB-C, but if you con­nect a lap­top, it will only sup­ply 10W of power. Would it have killed Benq to in­clude a slightly larger power sup­ply to make this fea­ture im­mensely more use­ful?

The EX3501R’s sup­port for HDR10 leaves a lot to be de­sired as the colour gamut it sup­ports isn’t re­al­is­ti­cally a proper HDR for­mat, achiev­ing only full sRGB cov­er­age (which it does ex­cel­lently, out of the box), not DCI-P3 or even close to Rec.2020. That doesn’t mean this dis­play is poor, far from it, but if you’re buy­ing it with the in­ten­tion for HDR fun times, there’s bet­ter, al­beit more ex­pen­sive, mon­i­tors out there.

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