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BenQ PD2725U 4K IPS Designer Monitor

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The ‘4K’ UHD resolution can be very attractive for users viewing or working with suitably high resolution content. The BenQ PD2725U provides such pixel-pushing prowess, with designers and others demanding strong colour accuracy in mind as a member of the PD series. The design is similar to its predecessor, with brushed metals used extensively for the stand to give a premium look and feel. The monitor includes a ‘4-sided borderless’ or dual-stage design with a slim panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen. Plus a slim hard plastic outer component. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by buttons and a joystick at the rear of the monitor, towards the right side as viewed from the front. Or using the ‘Hotkey Puck G2’ wired remote control.

A stylish design

A 27″ IPS panel is used with 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution, most likely an LG Display panel such as the LM270WR8-SSC1. This includes a light matte anti-glare screen surface and includes 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles plus 10-bit colour support. The monitor has a specified 1200:1 contrast ratio and supports a 60Hz refresh rate. The monitor is factory calibrated with an average DeltaE ≤3 and digital Uniformity Compensation (UC), with Pantone validation and Calman verification. It includes presets for both DCI-P3 and sRGB amongst others, with Low Blue Light (LBL) settings included to promote greater viewing comfort. A flicker-free WLED backlight is used, with a specified 95% DCI-P3 colour gamut and 250 cd/m² typical maximum luminance (400 cd/m² HDR). The monitor is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified, a basic level which allows 10-bit colour reproduction and the quite generous colour gamut to be leveraged. But not necessitating particularly high brightness levels by HDR standards or requiring local dimming to be employed. A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified, which as usual you shouldn’t pay too much attention to. The stand offers full ergonomic flexibility and can be detached using a quick-release mechanism to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes. The ports face downwards beneath a removable port cover and include; 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 USB 3.1 ports (plus upstream), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4, 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports (65W/15W PD, DP Alt Mode and data) and an AC power input (internal power converter). 4-way PBP and PIP is supported and 2 x 2.5W speakers are included.

A functional rear

Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed with an RRP of $1099.99 (~£900).

BenQ PD2725U