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BenQ EW3270ZL 32 inch WQHD AMVA+ model

Update: Update on price and availability. News piece below initially published 28th November 2016.


Some users like plenty of space and plenty of contrast on their screen, but don’t want to jump all the way up to the ‘4K’ UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160. Models such as the BenQ BL3200PT offer an alternative, with 32” WQHD (2560 x 1440) VA panels. The BenQ EW3270ZL makes use of such a panel and combines it with a number of new features. Aesthetically the monitor is similar to the EW2750ZL and newer EW2775ZH. The bezels are slender and the overall design quite sleek and minimalistic. The OSD (On Screen Display) controls are pressable buttons located to the right of the bottom bezel, on the underside. The stand offers tilt as the only ergonomic flexibility.

A large, slender screen

The monitor uses a 32” AMVA+ (Advanced Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment ‘Plus’) panel from AU Optronics, with a WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution, 60Hz refresh rate and 3000:1 static contrast. 10-bit colour is supported by way of 8-bit + FRC dithering, whilst 178°/178° viewing angles are specified. A light matte screen surface is employed to help combat glare without imparting excessive graininess to the image. A flicker-free WLED backlight is employed (100% sRGB coverage with a little extension beyond – but still ‘standard gamut’) which uses DC rather than PWM dimming. To further enhance viewing comfort ‘Low Blue Light Plus’ presets feature. These shift the peak of blue light from 420 – 455nm (short wavelength and relatively high energy) to 455 – 480nm (longer wavelength, lower energy blue light). This has the advantage of maintaining colour temperature and overall colour reproduction characteristics (i.e. it doesn’t impart a ‘warmer’ look to the image), but it doesn’t cut overall blue light levels which is important in the hours leading up to bed. The monitor also features ‘Low Blue Light’ settings which create a warmer image and cut blue light levels significantly – so you can use them for relaxing evening viewing.

Another interesting feature of this model is ‘Brightness Intelligence Technology (B.I. Tech.) This is explored in our news article on the EW2775ZH, which first introduced the feature. Essentially this allows the monitor to alter its brightness and gamma according to both ambient lighting changes and changes in the level of brightness for the scene being displayed. As is usual for an AMVA+ panel, a 4ms grey to grey response time is specified – but as we well know, for VA models in particular you shouldn’t pay too much attention to this figure. As with other ‘EW’ series models, the monitor lacks VESA holes so you can’t easily attach the monitor to an alternative stand or mount. The ports include; 2 HDMI ports, DP, MiniDP, 3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm audio input and 2 x 3W speakers.

Minimalistic rear

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is now trickling out to various EU countries for ~€500 (and ~£420 in the UK). Provided demand is there we will also consider reviewing this model.

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