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BenQ EW2880U 60Hz 4K UHD IPS model with USB-C

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The pixel density and sheer number of pixels on 27-28″ ‘4K’ UHD provides attractive benefits for both work and play. The BenQ EW2880U is built with this in mind, with aesthetics that are a bit different from the usual masses of matte black plastic. With some rustic-looking bronze-coloured elements in addition. A central sensor suite that hangs beneath the bottom bezel includes a light sensor used for the screen’s ‘B.I.+’ and ‘HDRi’ features. Allowing the screen to respond to changes in ambient lighting by adjusting its brightness and colour temperature. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel flush with the rest of the screen and a slim hard plastic outer part. The OSD can be controlled by an included IR remote or alternatively by a joystick at the rear of the monitor, towards the right side as viewed from the front. A dedicated ‘HDRi’ button is also included, facing forwards towards the right side.

A touch of bronze

A 28″ 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) IPS-type panel is used, the Innolux M280DCA-E3B more specifically. A 60Hz refresh rate is supported alongside Adaptive-Sync, including AMD FreeSync – with an assumed 40 – 60Hz VRR range. Other aspects of note include a 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) colour output and 178°/178° viewing angles. A light to very light matte anti-glare screen surface is used, whilst a flicker-free WLED backlight delivers a 300 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and 90% DCI-P3 colour gamut. The monitor responds to HDR10 content and can put its reasonable colour gamut and 10-bit colour support to good use. Though it falls short of even the lowest VESA DisplayHDR certification level, so only offers a very basic HDR experience without local dimming or high luminance.

The manufacturer’s usual suite of flexible and well-balanced Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included. A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified, though as usual approach this with caution. The stand offers tilt, height (100mm or 3.94 inches) and swivel adjustment. It attaches centrally with a quick-release mechanism allowing easy detachment, revealing 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. The ports face downwards and include; AC power (internal power converter), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4, USB-C (60W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data) and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 2 x 3W integrated TreVolo speakers are also included, providing potentially quite rich sound output with various sound presets included.

The rear

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$500 USD.

BenQ EW2880U