• Panel Type: TN
  • Display Size: 27.9-inch
  • Resolution: 3840x2160
  • Connectivity: 2x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort (v1.4)
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • Viewing Angle: 170/160
  • Dimensions: 657.9x476.3x194.6
  • Weight: 5.7kgs
  • Pros:
  • Plenty of features that help with prolonged viewing
  • Cons:
  • Colours are sometimes overblown in HDR

Enjoy Your Media

The BenQ EL2870U recently landed in our lab and we got to work on it immediately. Unboxing the monitor was an easy task but then we managed to square ourselves onto an uphill battle – securing the stand onto the back of the monitor. For some weird reason, the designers behind this monitor saw it fit to include a spring-loaded screw for the stand. It only took 10 seconds before we realised the screw wasn’t going in. You’d have to to apply more force to it so that the screw can go in properly.

Once that was done, connecting the monitor to our test bed was easy-peasy, and the buttons on the front of the monitor allows for easy navigation of the settings. A unique button can also be found on the monitor to toggle the HDR on and off, along with a Brightness Intelligence Plus that automatically senses the light of the room and adjusts the brightness accordingly. The additional bar under the bezel of the monitor is the sensor that does just that. This is useful for work as it will reduce eye-strain, but the application might not be as useful for gaming as it’ll be a distraction more than an advantage. The monitor does have rather thick bezels, but not one that’s annoying to look at. The stand however, does, not allow for much tilting – slight degrees forward or back.

Speaking of gaming, it does a decent job if you wish to use the monitor for gaming, thanks to its 60Hz of refresh rate and 1ms of response time. It is not ideal for that, but if you’ve always been using 60Hz monitors, you won’t notice a huge change. You will have to get your own DisplayPort cable though, as the package only comes with a HDMI cable. To further assist with gaming, the monitor also has AMD Freesync capability, reducing screen tearing for a smoother gaming experience.

For your videos and media consumption, 4K and HDR do assist in some way but not by much. When swapping between HDR on and off, the difference is miniscule but noticeable. Two speakers are also built into the monitor, so you can still watch movies without a headset. But if you want to, you can connect a pair of headphones to the monitor since it has a headphone jack available. And speaking of connectivity, there are two HDMI ports and one DisplayPort on the monitor. This does allow you to connect the monitor to two consoles and a PC.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A good pick-up with 4K and HDR capabilities, all packed into a monitor priced less than RM2,000, but don’t expect mind-blowing experiences with it.

(previously published in issue August 2018)