BenQ EL2870U

A SOLID HDR OP­TION FOR THE PRICE.

TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - [ CHRIS­TIAN EBERLE ]

BE­ING NEW TECH, HDR prices are creep­ing up­wards. Much of what you pay de­pends on how well a dis­play ren­ders HDR con­tent. Run-ofthe-mill IPS and TN pan­els strug­gle to im­prove per­ceived con­trast with their edge-ar­ray back­lights; there’s only so much a dy­namic con­trast fea­ture can do to push the bound­aries of HDR. 1000 nits. That out­put level costs dearly right now; only a full-ar­ray, zone-dim­ming model will do. Wit­ness, the 27-inch Ul­tra HD Dell UP2718Q, which sells for nearly $2,449 at time of writ­ing.

In the case of BenQ’s EL2870U, our test­ing re­vealed a prod­uct bet­ter-suited for gam­ing than HDR de­mon­stra­tions. The BenQ EL2870U is great when watch­ing movies or per­form­ing gen­eral com­put­ing, and value-con­scious buy­ers will have trou­ble find­ing some­thing bet­ter. But if you’re will­ing to pay for ul­ti­mate per­for­mance, look else­where.

With an edge back­light, any TN or IPS screen is at a dis­ad­van­tage when it comes to HDR. The EL2870U sup­ports HDR10 with­out is­sue, but it doesn’t have enough na­tive con­trast to make a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact. The im­age looks a lit­tle bet­ter, but BenQ has other models avail­able with su­pe­rior HDR. You need look no fur­ther than any of its VAbased prod­ucts.

We en­joyed the EL2870U as a gam­ing mon­i­tor. It per­forms as well as any other Ul­tra HD screen we’ve tried. The best game­play is found at lower res­o­lu­tions and higher re­fresh rates, but this dis­play holds its own against oth­ers of its kind.

If you re­ally want Ul­tra HD res­o­lu­tion but don’t have a big bud­get this panel is cer­tainly worth con­sid­er­ing.

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