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Until 4K monitors arrive in speeds faster than 144 Hz, the QHD/165 Hz screens will represent the best balance between resolution and responsiveness. Their high motion resolution means that when playing a fast-paced game, the visual difference between UHD and QHD is erased. And at this time, about halfway through 2022, the QHD monitor will be a little less expensive. That is certainly food for thought.
Faster 4K is certainly on the horizon. Samsung announced a 240 Hz model, which I hope to cover here soon. But it’s initially priced at $1,500, so it will cost you and require some serious processing power to get 4K frame rates to 240 fps. For those of us on a budget, monitors like BenQ’s Mobiuz EX2710R represent a solid and satisfying solution to the problem of maintaining sharp detail in fast-moving games.
The EX2710R has superb picture quality, not only when compared to other Mobiuz monitors but to the 27-inch QHD class in general. Its curved screen is a slight advantage for gaming and doesn’t intrude into the workday. However, the best part is the VA panel. With over 3,200:1 SDR contrast, it beats all the IPS monitors I’ve reviewed (including the Mobiuz EX2710Q), which can hit 1,200:1 at best.
It also delivers superb color, a lot of it, and accurately. In the EX2710R’s RPG mode, you won’t have to calibrate. Just set brightness to taste. HDR content looks best in the accurate Display HDR mode. My only complaint there is that HDR contrast is lower, around 2,000:1. That’s better than average since most IPS monitors don’t offer a dynamic contrast option so they’re delivering about half the dynamic range. So, the EX2710R is still in the upper percentile there.
BenQ should also be lauded for its gaming performance and video processing. The EX2710R, and all Mobiuz monitors, are in the minority for offering Adaptive-Sync and Blur Reduction that works together. Other screens force you to choose one or the other. With effective overdrive in operation, there is no ghosting, stuttering or breakup of fast-moving images. Detail stays sharp no matter how intense the battle gets.
If you’re looking for a solid and colorful image with top-notch gaming performance and you want a curved high-contrast screen that isn’t three feet wide, the BenQ Mobiuz EX2710R is a great choice.
Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.
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"ANSI contrast is only a tad lower at 2,632.9:1. It truly doesn’t get much better than this without enhancements like full-array zone dimming or some sort of dynamic contrast option. The EX2710R delivers a deep, colorful image with rich saturation and realism. "Reply
That does not make sense. You clearly have other VA panels without those features that are hitting much higher than that like the Dell 3220 or 3222dgm.
HDR contrast is lower than SDRSo the Dynamic Range in High Dynamic Range mode is smaller than the Dynamic Range in Standard Dynamic Range mode. A further illustration that "HDR400" can be read as "this display is not HDR in any way shape or form".
A display merely supporting a HDR input signal and then displaying it in SDR is as worthless as the old panels that accepted a 1080p input and displayed it on a 480p panel: at best making 2HD support" a completely lie, and at worst making the image worse by instructing the source device to send a signal the panel can't properly display rather than one it can. A clipped or crushed (in terms of dynamic range) HDR image on an SDR panel will always look worse than a properly mastered SDR image on that same panel.