BenQ EW277HDR: Enjoy HDR on your desktop

March 18, 2018

Let’s check out BenQ’s latest HDR monitor.

HDR is usually a feature you’d find on newer TVs nowadays, but that technology is also now making its way to desktop monitors. BenQ’s latest, the EW277HDR, delivers HDR compatibility with impressive colors and brightness.

On the outside, the BenQ EW277HDR sits on a stand that can adjust tilt along with swivel and pivot adjustment. There are also six buttons located at the bottom of the monitor for the power and the menu navigation. There’s also a physical HDR button so you can enable HDR on the fly. The BenQ EW277HDR automatically detects HDR content and turns it on when needed, but you can also use this for non-HDR content. The back of the BenQ EW277HDR houses two HDMI 2.0 ports, VGA, and an audio in/headphone out jack.

The 27-inch monitor supports a full HD resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels. While that’s a decent resolution that’s perfect for most desktops, it’s a little low for a 27-inch monitor, considering that it supports HDR. Additional features include 3000:1 contrast ratio, 4 ms pixel response, and a 60 Hz refresh rate.

This monitor also supports B.I.+ (Brightness Intelligence Plus technology) that uses the display’s built-in ambient light sensor so it can automatically adjust not just the brightness but also the color temperature levels of the screen so it’s comfortable to view no matter what lighting environment you are on.

The BenQ EW277HDR also includes 10 picture modes that you can choose, there’s even an Eye Care setting that removes the blue light on the screen when you’re using the monitor at night.

I connected the BenQ EW277HDR to my Xbox One X plus a Chromecast Ultra to take advantage of HDR on games and videos. You can also connect the monitor to a PC, but you would need a newer AMD or Nvidia graphics card to take advantage of HDR.

While HDR is present, it didn’t offer a substantial improvement in quality in terms of color and brightness. Netflix’s HDR videos look good, but comparing it with HDR turned off the difference is minimal. It did better on video games – titles like Forza Motorsport 7 and Gear of War delivered decent HDR levels, but after seeing it on my 4K HDR TV, I expected it to be better or at least at par.

The BenQ EW277HDR delivers brilliant colors and brightness, but for an HDR monitor, we just wish it was better.

We Love:

+ Great color reproduction

+ HDR support

We Hate:

– HDR performance is average

Final Rating: 3.5/5

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.