BenQ PD2710QC QHD/IPS Designer Monitor Review

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OSD Setup & Calibration

Many of BenQ’s high-end monitors include a separate puck or switch to control the OSD, but the PD2710QC makes do with traditional buttons around the back-right side. Pressing any of them brings up a small quick menu that has three programmable slots. The fourth key opens the full menu.

Display contains only an input selector that switches between three possible sources. After that is Picture, which has most of the necessary image adjustments. Depending on the picture mode, some will be grayed out, but in User they are all available. You get five gamma presets and four color temp options including a user mode with single-point white balance adjustment. You'll also find hue and saturation sliders that affect all six colors at once. You’ll have little use for any of them, as the PD2710QC offers excellent out-of-box accuracy that rivals many factory-calibrated monitors. If you get lost while tweaking, a Reset Color option is there to rescue you.

Picture Advanced is where you’ll find the eight image modes plus the aforementioned User slot. All have fixed color settings, but some allow changes to brightness and/or contrast. Low Blue Light offers four sub-modes that vary the alteration of white balance and luminance for different situations like reading or surfing the web. Our suggestion is to stick with Standard or sRGB and enjoy. If you want to tweak, select User. You'll also find the HDMI RGB Range control in this menu. Auto worked fine in our case, but if you have a source that won’t show you all its luminance information, you can choose between 0-255 or 16-235 steps.

The system menu has options for the OSD, like timeout, language, and lock-out. The first three control keys can be programmed for different monitor functions or provide one-button access to commonly-used picture modes. Inputs can be put in auto mode to detect signals without user intervention. Auto Power-off can shut down the PD2710QC in 10, 20, or 30 minutes. And Information displays the current input resolution and refresh rate. Finally, all settings can be returned to the factory defaults by selecting Reset All.


The PD2710QC doesn’t need calibration if you select Standard, sRGB, or Rec.709 modes. Our tests show errors well below the visible level, on the order of a factory-calibrated display. If you want to perform your own adjustments, choose the User mode and the User Define color temp. The default Gamma 3 settings tracks 2.2 perfectly, and the RGB sliders only need slight changes to achieve excellent accuracy. Please feel free to try our settings below.

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BenQ PD2710QC Calibration Settings
Picture ModeUser
Brightness 200cd/m256
Brightness 120cd/m229
Brightness 100cd/m222
Brightness 80cd/m216
Brightness 50cd/m26
Color Temp UserRed 100, Green 94, Blue 93

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Christian Eberle
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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.

  • kookykrazee
    Stop the autoplay videos from Fritz 'annoying' Nelson. THEY DO NOT NEED TO AUTOPLAY ON EVERY SINGLE AD, BLOG, AND ARTICLE YOU POST, they do not!
  • tuvok
    60hz needs to die.
  • milkod2001
    May be decent monitor but should have been $399 at most. They keep producing overpriced crap and wonder why sales are going down....
  • 237841209
    Meh, wouldn't call it "designer". Especially considering it doesn't use OLED. It would be cool if the base was a some sort of touch pad.
  • jholickysr
    Their site doesn't even list the warranty period. (Costco Canada has it already and lists it as 1yr but typically wrong information)

    I too concur with the first post - Fritz's video has been popping up for how long now? Weeks?
  • sillynilly
  • mrmez
    20254611 said:
    60hz needs to die.

    1440 needs to die too for non gaming screens. I've been using 5K for 3 years now.

    20255012 said:
    Meh, wouldn't call it "designer". Especially considering it doesn't use OLED. It would be cool if the base was a some sort of touch pad.

    OLED does have some drawbacks. Pixel colour fades over time, and since OLED can completely turn off pixels not in use (unlike LCD), different colours fade at different rates, leading to a growing colour imbalance over time. It's getting better of course, especially on high end displays, but still not ready for lower end.
  • DrakeFS
    Is 10-bit panels not thing now?
  • FritzEiv
    20254578 said:
    Stop the autoplay videos from Fritz 'annoying' Nelson. THEY DO NOT NEED TO AUTOPLAY ON EVERY SINGLE AD, BLOG, AND ARTICLE YOU POST, they do not!

    I will (and I do) pass along the comments on the video player. These players are a part of many sites these days, as I am sure you know. Further, I do agree with the Fritz 'annoying' Nelson part. Even *I* am annoyed with me. Every week I do ask that we change out what is played there, so that at least you get some variety. As we start to do more and more videos (and we have a few new ones coming), maybe you will have better things to look at each week, and eventually each day . . . (By the way, the ultimate idea here is that we'd have enough video whereby whatever article you are on, the video that we play is at least topically related.) Finally, the >audio< should never play out loud. I've found that it sometimes, on rare occasion, does, and I report it immediately to our ad team, because usually it's the pre-roll ad that is the culprit.
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