BenQ PD2700U 4K HDR Monitor Review: Pro-Level Accuracy, Attractive Price

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Viewing Angles, Uniformity, Response and Lag

Viewing Angles

The PD2700U delivers typical IPS viewing angles with a green color shift to the sides along with a 30 percent reduction in brightness. The darkest steps retain their detail. From the top, color goes a bit blue, and detail is harder to see. At 27 inches, it’s not a problem for a single user sitting 30 to 40 inches away. Using two or three screens would also be fine, as long as they’re angled in properly.

Screen Uniformity

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Our PD2700U sample had a small hotspot in its lower-right corner that we could just manage to see in a darkened room. This hurt its screen uniformity testing performance, but we couldn’t see the problem in any of the content we viewed, including some very dark movies enjoyed late at night.

Pixel Response & Input Lag

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The PD2700U is not built for gaming, but its response and lag scores are commensurate with other 60 Hz UHD screens. There is no FreeSync, so some players may see tearing, unless frame rates can be kept near the limit of 60 frames per second. A 22 ms response time means motion blur is minimal, and overdrive is good at mitigating any ghosting or judder. Response is fast enough for casual play, and we had little trouble engaging a bit of light fragging.

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Christian Eberle
Contributing Editor

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.