We take a look at this new monitor from BenQ.
If you’re looking for the decent top-of-the-line monitor, the BenQ EL2870U may just fit your bill. It’s easy to set up, affordable and best of all it offers all the latest features you’d need from a display like 4K HDR support and even FreeSync compatibility.
The 28-inch BenQ EL2870U comes with a native resolution of 3840-by-2160 pixels, better known as 4K. It also has support for HDR10, the latest HDR standard. It’s an sRGB monitor and we would’ve liked DCI-P3 support, but once you start using the monitor and worked out all its settings, it achieves a level of visual clarity that you’d normally only get on more expensive options.
The base of the BenQ EL2870U is easy to set up, and once that is out of the way you’d be ready to connect the display to any source. This base will also let you tilt the display back and forward, though surprisingly it won’t let you swivel or adjust the height. In this case, I’ve hooked up the monitor to an Xbox One X so I can test its capabilities on playing games in HDR along with FreeSync support. I have also used the console to play 4K HDR movies to see how the BenQ EL2870U performs when watching movies.
There are physical buttons used for navigation underneath the screen. There’s also a physical HDR button that turns on HDR emulation mode on content presented in SDR. In my tests, it didn’t really offer anything visually gratifying, so if I’m seeing SDR content, I’d rather keep this function off.
The Brightness Intelligence Plus function we’ve seen from previous BenQ monitors is also present here. A small sensor on the display’s edge will automatically adjust the color temperature based on the room’s lighting condition. There’s also Eye Care that reduces the blue light emitted by the monitor the helps your eyes see better without stressing them out perfect for those late night gaming and productivity sessions.
The BenQ EL2870U has an internal power supply, meaning that you’d only need to attach a power plug so there’s no need to connect a power brick. There’s an HDMI cable included, though for some reason it’s giving me errors when I connect to the Xbox One X. Luckily the console has its own HDMI cable as well, and that worked perfectly on my test bed. The monitor includes DisplayPort 1.4 and two HDMI 2.0 ports along with a headphone jack. The BenQ EL2870U includes an internal speaker, though the quality is not at its best.
Gaming with FreeSync does add a level of clarity when playing on the console. Tearing and stuttering are virtually eliminated, with games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. More expensive monitors that support 144Hz will undoubtedly perform better (the BenQ EL2870U maxes out at 60Hz) but for its price, we aren’t complaining.
HDR levels are also good, especially when we played various 4K HDR Blu-ray discs. Color levels are spot-on, and HDR brought out color depth you’d normally won’t see on SDR content.
For 1,499 AED, the BenQ EL2870U has enough bells and whistles to deliver decent gaming and watching experience. It’s one of the few 4K HDR monitors that are worth the price.
– FreeSync compatibility
– HDR support
– Great design and build quality
– 60Hz limitations
Final Rating: 4/5