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BenQ EX2510S and EX2710S 165Hz Full HD IPS models

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High refresh rate Full HD models with IPS-type panels offer just the right mix of colour performance, responsiveness and affordability for some. The BenQ EX2510S and EX2710S of the MOBIUZ Series of gaming monitors offer a similar feature-set to the ‘non-S’ models (including EX2710 we reviewed), with a slight refresh rate boost. The styling is carried over, including the silver-coloured stand with inwards-facing orange rubberised strip. And dark grey plastic bottom bezel with underhanging central sensor unit. Which facilitates the ‘B.I.+’ and ‘HDRi’ functionality, allowing the screen to adapt its image based on the content being displayed and ambient lighting. A dedicated HDRi button is found towards the right side, with a silver-coloured label above with similar visual texture to a vinyl record, but lighter in colour. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick and accompanying buttons at the rear of the screen, towards the right side as viewed from the front.

Familiar styling

24.5″ (EX25) and 27″ (EX27) IPS-type panels are employed with 1920 x 1080 (Full HD or 1080p) resolution. More specifically AU Optronics AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) panels. A medium to light matte anti-glare surface is used with a 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/ 178° viewing angles and true 8-bit colour supported. The monitor runs at up to 165Hz, with Adaptive-Sync offered – including AMD FreeSync Premium with a 48 – 165Hz VRR range plus LFC. A flicker-free WLED backlight offers 99% sRGB colour gamut coverage and a 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. The screen offers basic HDR10 support, but falls short of even the lowest level of VESA DisplayHDR certification. Local dimming, a generous colour gamut and very bright peak luminance levels are all needed for a ‘proper’ HDR experience and lacking here. A range of Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to promote a more relaxing viewing environment.

A 2ms grey to grey response time is specified alongside a 1ms MPRT response time using the Blur Reduction strobe backlight setting. As usual, pay little attention to such figures. The rear of the screen is matte black plastic for the most part, with a few subtle glossy elements such as the MOBIUZ logo at the top and diagonal lines which visually separate the screen into 4 sections. The included stand offers tilt, swivel and height adjustment (130mm or 5.12 inches). The ports face downwards beneath a removable plastic cover and include; a 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.2a+ (HDR feature set) and an AC power input (internal power converter). 2 x 2.5W treVolo down-firing speakers are included, which offer fairly rich sound output.

The rear view

Further details on the EX25 and EX27 can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The EX25 is listed for ~$300 USD (£250) and EX27 for ~$330 USD (£300) with release expected August – September 2021.

BenQ EX2510S