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BenQ EX2710R and EX3210R 165Hz WQHD VA with 1000R curve

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For those seeking strong contrast, the VA panel type is generally the best bet. The BenQ EX2710R and EX3210R offer this, combining it with a high refresh rate and WQHD resolution. A 1000R curve is also included – that’s a strong curve that’s certainly a ‘feature’, designed to draw you into the experience and potentially enhance viewing comfort. As members of the MOBIUZ series, they’re styled in a distinctive way. With the penguin-foot stand featuring an upper surface of silver satin-finish plastic and an orange rubber strip on the inside edge. The bottom bezel is moderately thick, with a black plastic speaker grille texture and housing 2 x 2W treVolo speakers. A central sensor unit houses a light sensor, used for the ‘B.I.+’ and ‘HDRi’. Allowing the screen to adjust areas such as brightness and colour temperature according to ambient lighting. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick and accompanying buttons at the bottom of the screen, in the central region. Or alternatively using the included IR remote control. A dedicated ‘HDRi’ button is also included, facing forwards towards the right side.

Meet MOBIUZ

27″ (EX27) and 31.5″ (EX32) VA panels are employed with a 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) resolution and 1000R curve – we believe these to be AUO panels A light matte anti-glare screen surface is included whilst a 3000:1 static contrast ratio, 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles and 8-bit colour is specified. A 165Hz refresh rate is supported, with Adaptive-Sync. This includes AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, with a 48 – 165Hz VRR range plus LFC. A flicker-free WLED backlight is included, offering a 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and 90% DCI-P3 colour gamut. The company’s usual range of effective Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included. VESA DisplayHDR 400 is supported, allowing the monitors to respond to HDR10 content with a 10-bit colour signal supported and the colour gamut put to good use. This is only a basic HDR level and is limited compared to higher certification levels in terms of maximum luminance and colour gamut. Local dimming for the backlight isn’t required, either.

A 1ms MPRT response time is specified using the Blur Reduction strobe backlight mode. The rear of the screen is largely satin-finish silver, including LED lighting elements towards each corner. The stand attaches centrally with a quick-release mechanism allowing it to be easily removed, revealing 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. The included stand offers tilt, swivel and height adjustment (120mm or 4.72 inches). The ports face downwards beneath a removable 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 5W subwoofer is included above the stand attachment point, completing the treVolo sound system. The screen is designed not just for PC uses, but also with the PS5 and Xbox Series X in mind. It should run Full HD @120Hz on both, whilst supporting WQHD @120Hz for the Xbox Series X. A 60Hz ‘4K’ UHD downsampling setting allows it to accept a ‘4K’ signal.

Some interesting touches

Further information on the EX27 and EX32 can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The EX27 is listed for $600 USD (£550) and EX32 for ~$700 USD (£650), with availability expected September 2021.

BenQ EX3210R