Though manufacturers are offering ever-faster monitors, there is still a balance point where the factors of resolution, frame rate and cost are in sync. Yes, you can run at 360 Hz, at FHD resolution, on a 24-inch screen, for $700. Or you can run at 144 Hz on an Ultra HD monitor for around the same cost. But for most systems, the best experience comes at 165 Hz and QHD resolution because that is a frame rate achievable by more reasonably priced video cards. BenQ’s Mobiuz EX2710Q represents this genre very well. It delivers smooth gameplay, rich color and good value for around $400.
The color gamut is larger than most at almost 95% of DCI-P3. There is no need for calibration. It includes a super-accurate sRGB mode. It supports HDR seamlessly. The only thing missing here is better contrast. It’s a little behind other monitors in this price range for just that metric. Though I observed skewed gamma, it seemed to have a positive effect on overall image quality. Color saturation was enough to mitigate the visual effect of high black levels. HDR didn’t look much different than SDR, but it delivered excellent color for that material as well.
Video processing is where the EX2710Q really shines. Overdrive (AMA) is very effective at quelling motion blur. And it’s one of the very few monitors that lets you turn on Blur Reduction and Adaptive-Sync at the same time. There was no downside to this configuration. Motion smoothness rivaled many 240 Hz screens I’ve tested. An afternoon session with Doom Eternal proved that it delivers a superlative gaming experience.
With so much in favor, it’s hard to ding it for low contrast; especially when alternatives like the Razer Raptor 27 are nearly twice the price. Ultimately, I played on it for hours and that’s a recommendation in itself. The BenQ Mobiuz EX2710Q is an excellent gaming monitor at an attractive price with solid build quality, performance and image fidelity. Users looking for the price/resolution/frame-rate balance point should definitely check it out.