BenQ PD2720U 27 inch 4K review
The BenQ PD2720U, a professional 27 inch 4K color accurate DesignVue Designer Monitor with USB C Thunderbolt 3! It’s a monitor with accurate color reproduction especially made for graphic designers,photographers and video editors.
The setup of this monitor is quick and easy. The screen can be attached to the stand without the need for any tools.
The side and rear of the monitor is made out of matte black plastic. The stand is mostly made out of brushed metal and a little bit of plastic. The bottom plate is also made out of brush metal. I can definitely confirm that this monitor feels solid, sturdy and well built.
You can also easily adjust the height and the tilt angle and you can also rotate the monitor 90 degrees, if you need that.
Cable management is easy with the small hook at the back of the stand.
The screen offers two HDMI 2.0 connections and also a DisplayPort 1.4 is available. And it also has two USB type-c Thunderbolt-3 ports which also support daisy chaining.
And thanks to the integrated USB hub you can now connect peripherals,such as a mouse or keyboard directly to the monitor.
outside bezels of this monitor
are very thin, but
there’s also a second stage of
bezel at the edge of the panel. It
is still a very thin bezel and you still get this great widescreen
experience if you have
two monitors side-by-side.
The BenQ PD2720U has a 10 bit IPS panel and supports 60 hertz refresh rate. It also has a flicker free LED backlight and low blue light technology, which helps to reduce eye fatigue.
Even though this monitor has a 5 millisecond GtG response time, it’s not targeted as a gamer’s monitor. It lacks features like AMD’s FreeSync or a high refresh rate. You certainly can play any game on this monitor, but in case competitive, fast paced online gaming is high on your list, then you probably should spend your money on a monitor which is more designed for gaming.
The PD2720U is factory calibrated, and it comes with an individual color certificate to ensure complete accurate color reproduction. BenQ used their AQ color technology to cover 100% sRGB, adobe RGB, and Rec.709 color gamuts. And that all alongside 96% of the DCI-P3 color space, one of the newest color standards found in a lot of new devices, like smartphones, tablets and TVs. And as a bonus we also have HDR support on the BenQ PD2720U!
With the included Hotkey Puck you can switch between color modes that you assign to the custom buttons. This makes it very easy to switch between color gamuts and do some quality checks.
And by the way, you can also use the buttons at the back of the screen to navigate the menu.
This monitor has an amazing color quality and I can highly recommend this to any creative professional. All the colors seem true to nature and it can produce more than enough brightness. In my office with average light conditions I had to set the brightness to 42%,
Backlight bleeding IPS
A lot of IPS panels suffer from backlight bleeding.I’ve also bested this on the BenQ monitor at 0, 50 and 100 % brightness. At higher brightness you can see some color variations at the side of the screen. But to be fair, it’s a lot less than the average IPS panel. And during my two-week testing I never had any issues with backlight bleeding.
There is a little bit of color shifting when the screen is viewed from an angle, but that’s mostly when you look at it with an angle more than 90°. So, overall, I would say: acceptable.
The BenQ PD2720U is an excellent monitor. It has brilliant color quality with HDR support, lots of professional color options, beautiful design and good build quality.
So far I can only come up with two negatives for this monitor:
– The first one are the built-in speakers. They sound weak and have bad audio quality.
– The second biggest negative point would be the price.
At the moment of recording this review video, it’s priced at $1,100 or 1,000. Although it’s a bit cheaper compared to competitors like EIZO,it’s still a lot of money for a 27-inch professional monitor.
But still, if you are a graphic designer,a photographer, a video editor, you will love this professional 4k monitor with stunning colors and plenty of options.
Color Calibration tool: Datacolor Spyder
Microphone used for my voiceover: Rode NT USB
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