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BenQ EW3880R 37.5″ 3840 x 1600 UltraWide with USB-C

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The 3440 x 1440 resolution on a 34 – 35″ screen offers attractive benefits in terms of desktop real-estate, particularly horizontally. And delivers an immersive experience and potential Field of View (FOV) advantages for certain movie content and games. The BenQ EW3880R expands this further, with a larger screen and some extra pixels. The styling is true to many other recent models in the series, with a somewhat rustic design. Particularly due to the use of bronze-coloured plastics for both the bottom bezel and stand base. This contrasts slightly with the black plastics used for the stand neck – and for the underhanging central sensor suite. This includes a light sensor used for the ‘B.I.+’ and ‘HDRi’ functionality. Which allows the screen to adjust things such as brightness and colour temperature according to ambient lighting. The bottom bezel houses 2 x 3W TreVolo speakers as part of a 2.1 setup. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a fairly slender panel border and slim hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by buttons and a joystick running down the rear of the screen, at the right side as viewed from the front. A dedicated ‘HDRi’ button is also included, facing forwards towards the right side.

A feature-rich bottom bezel

A 37.5″ LG Display IPS panel is employed with 3840 x 1600 (21:9 UltraWide) resolution, 60Hz refresh rate and relatively gentle 2300R curve. A 24Hz (24p) setting is included to better match the frame rate of popular movie content. A 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and 10-bit (8-bit+ FRC) colour is also supported. A light matte anti-glare screen surface is employed, whilst a flicker-free WLED backlight delivers a 300 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and 95% DCI-P3 colour gamut. Basic HDR10 support is included, shy of even the lowest VESA DisplayHDR standard. This allows 10-bit colour processing and the fairly generous gamut to be put to work, but doesn’t require a high luminance level or local dimming to enhance contrast.

A 4ms grey to grey response time is specified (caution advised), whilst the monitor includes the manufacturer’s usual array of well-balanced Low Blue Light (LBL) settings to promote relaxing viewing. An 8W subwoofer is included to include the TreVolo sound system, designed to provide richer and fuller sound output than most monitors. The included stand allows tilt, swivel and height (120mm or 4.72 inches) adjustment. The ports face downwards and include; a 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4, USB-C (60W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data), 2 USB 3.0 ports and an AC power input (internal power converter).

A feature-packed bottom bezel

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$1050 USD.

BenQ EW3880R