A SOLID HDR OPTION FOR THE PRICE.
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.