BenQ EX3501R 100Hz 3440×1440 VA with HDR support
We’ve now tested or discussed a wide range of UltraWide models with 100Hz+ refresh rates. A notable feature missing from these models thus far has been HDR (High Dynamic Range) support. The BenQ EX3501R aims to address this. The monitor has a fairly unfussy modern design, with a solid-looking silver-coloured stand base and slender bezels at the side and top. These are ‘dual-stage’ with a hard outer component and reasonably slender panel border. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by pressable buttons on the underside of the bottom bezel, towards the right. The included stand offers tilt adjustment (5° forwards and 20° backwards) plus height adjustment (60mm or 2.36 inches.)
The monitor uses a 35” AU Optronics AMVA (Advanced Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment) panel with 100Hz refresh rate and 3440 x 1440 resolution (21:9 UltraWide). A variable refresh rate range of 48 – 100Hz is supported via Adaptive-Sync and hence AMD FreeSync can be used on compatible GPUs. 24Hz, 25Hz and 30Hz operating modes are also included for film content. The screen has a fairly steep (1800R) curve, which in our experience adds some depth to the experience without feeling unnatural. A 2500:1 static contrast ratio is specified alongside 178°/178° viewing angles and a 4ms grey to grey response time (take with salt). A flicker-free WLED backlight is included with a specified peak luminance of 300 cd/m², offering a little extension beyond sRGB but no wide gamut support. True 8-bit colour is supported, without dithering. An HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode is offered, which given the specifications will be a solution that ‘supports’ HDR10 content rather than giving the full blown HDR experience. Ideally, you’d have hundreds if not more dimming zones on the backlight, a much higher peak luminance and a much wider colour gamut etc. Another interesting addition to this monitor is ‘Brightness Intelligence Plus’. This is a sort of souped-up Dynamic Contrast setting that adjusts the image according to the content being displayed (how bright or dark it is) as well as the ambient lighting in the room. BenQ’s flexible LBL (Low Blue Light) settings are also included.
The included stand can be detached and replaced with a VESA 100 x 100mm solution, which requires a ‘wall mount transfer kit’. The ports are down-firing and include; DP 1.4 (support Adaptive-Sync), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 USB 3.1 ports and a USB Type-C port. Further information can be found on this product page. We’ll consider reviewing this model if the demand is there.