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BenQ PD2720U 4K UHD IPS display with HDR

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BenQ recently announced their replacement to the venerable PD3200U in the form of the stylish and feature-rich PD3220U. If you like the look of this new model but would prefer a smaller (and cheaper) alternative, the BenQ PD2720U may well appeal. This offers the same refreshed and stylish design. This includes the redesigned OSD (On Screen Display) controller puck, which connects via Mini-USB to the monitor. And slender bezels, plus alternative OSD controls in the form of pressable buttons and a small joystick. These are located at the rear of the monitor, towards the right side as viewed from the front.

The stylish front view

OSD remote

A 27” 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) IPS-type panel is used. This has a typical native static contrast of 1000:1 and is accompanied by the usual specified 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. With the panel type known for strong colour consistency and viewing angle performance. A matte anti-glare screen surface is adopted, likely a light matte anti-glare offering to help preserve clarity and vibrancy better than ‘stronger’ matte surfaces. The monitor supports a 60Hz refresh rate and 10-bit colour (1.07 billion colours). A flicker-free LED backlight is employed which offers support for 96% of the DCI-P3 colour space, alongside 100% sRGB and Adobe RGB. The monitor includes factory calibrated profiles for each colour space. The monitor also responds to HDR10 content, although it doesn’t offer effective local dimming to enhance contrast for such content. The typical maximum luminance is 350 cd/m², without pulses to significantly higher brightness for HDR purposes. A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified and the company’s usual flexible Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are offered. These aid relaxing viewing in the evening or any other time when reduced blue light emissions from the monitor are desired.

The rear of the monitor is matte black plastic, with a brushed metal (or brushed metal effect) stand. This has a cable-tidy loop towards the bottom and offers good ergonomic flexibility; tilt (5° forwards, 20° backwards), height (150mm or 5.91 inches) , swivel (30° left/30° right) and pivot (90° rotation into portrait). If preferred, you can release the included stand using the quick release button and attach an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compliant stand or mount. The ports are located beneath a removable port cover with a few extras at the right side of the monitor. The down-firing ports at the rear include; AC power input (internal power converter), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4, 2 USB Type-C ports (with Thunderbolt 3 support, 1 with 15W PD, 1 with 65W PD), 2 USB 3.1 ports (plus upstream) and a mini-USB port for the OSD controller. At the side of the right side of the monitor there appears to be a third USB 3.1 port plus a third USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. This doesn’t seem to tally up with the specifications which suggest only 2 of each port type (2x USB-C, 2x USB 3.1) in total, so this may be subject to change. The images included in the current product page and on this article are for the 31.5” model, which could explain some inconsistencies. 2 x 2W integrated speakers are also included for basic sound output.

A functional rear

Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is now available for ~$1100.

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BenQ PD2720U