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BenQ EX2710Q with 165Hz WQHD IPS panel

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27″ 2560 x 1440 models remain popular as a comfortable middle ground between models with the more restrictive 1920 x 1080 resolution and more demanding 3840 x 2160 resolution. The BenQ EX2710Q is one such offering, a member of the MOBIUZ Series of gaming-focused models. The monitor includes the distinctive styling associated with the series, including a ‘penguin foot’ stand base with silver-coloured plastic used at the top and rubberised orange strips for the inner surface. The bottom bezel is quite chunky, with a speaker-grille textured finish. It houses 2 x 2W treVolo speakers and has a central sensor unit which is used for the ‘B.I+’ and ‘HDRi’ settings. These make adjustments to the image, including to brightness and colour temperature, based on ambient lighting and the content displayed. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick and accompanying buttons at the rear, towards the right side as viewed from the front.

A distinctive look

A 27″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) IPS-type panel is employed. This supports a 165Hz refresh rate, alongside Adaptive-Sync – including AMD FreeSync Premium with a 48 – 165Hz VRR range (plus LFC). Other aspects of note include a light matte anti-glare screen surface, 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles and 10-bit colour (8-bit + FRC). A flicker-free WLED backlight provides a typical maximum luminance of 250 cd/m² and 95% DCI-P3 coverage. The luminance is boosted to 400 cd/m² for HDR purposes, with the monitor including VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification. A basic level that doesn’t require local dimming, a generous colour gamut or particularly high peak luminance by HDR standards. The monitor includes the company’s usual flexible and LBL (Low Blue Light) settings.

A 2ms grey to grey response time is specified alongside a 1ms MPRT response time using the Blur Reduction strobe backlight setting. Approach these figures with caution. The rear of the screen is predominantly silver-coloured plastic with darker elements – including the stand. A 5W integrated subwoofer in the top central region completes the treVolo speaker system. The stand attaches centrally using a quick-release mechanism and can be removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes. The stand offers tilt, swivel and height (100mm or 3.94 inches) adjustment. The ports face downwards beneath a removable plastic port cover and include; DC power input (external ‘power brick’), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4, a 3.5mm headphone jack and 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream).

A silver rear

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$600 USD (£450).

BenQ EX2710Q