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Review on BenQ EW3270U 31.5-Inch Monitor with FreeSync – 3840X2160P, USB Hub, High Dynamic Range, Blue Light Filter, Flicker-Free by Thomas Kharlamov

Revainrating 3 out of 5

Decent feature set overshadowed by a mediocre VA panel

Cheap 4k monitors are plentiful and, to be honest, they're not very impressive just yet. I bought this for $450 on a Cyber Monday deal and after many delays it finally arrived. Simply put, compared to my LG Panel IPS 27 1440p display and my old but sturdy Dell Ultrasharp 2405FPW, this is the weakest display. The resolution is just fantastic. The size is great. The feature set is solid with multiple ports (I only need one, but whatever) and a USB 3.1c hub (minus some of the more extreme features like an SD card slot). FRC is good, although it only supports 40-60Hz, which doesn't mean extreme range, but welcome nonetheless. However, when you put it next to last year's 27-inch iMacs, it looks cheap, and that's entirely due to the panel's lack of uniformity. First, it's a very effective "shadow" at the top of the 1/8-inch screen. Also, there are color shifts no matter where you are. A simple scan over a solid color shows the panel's weakness as a flat color doesn't look flat at all. Fast scrolling also shows overzealous low-latency correction (you can see fancy red halos on a white background as a yellow halo). It's also odd that Mac OS doesn't seem to want to determine the zoom resolution (not a big deal since you can choose the scaled resolution). It's not precision paint. Unless you're the demanding type, this will likely be "good enough" for many users, although I find the color change extremely annoying. Basically, if you are happy with this display, never put it next to a quality display as you will be very dissatisfied with it. I believe it's only available at 30Hz. It's not a true 10-bit panel anyway, as it's an 8-bit panel with FRC, meaning it uses a 10-bit color space and simulates color by shifting between nearest neighbors between each cycle switches in the 8-bit range. However, overall the monitor is much easier to assemble/disassemble, making my return quicker and easier than other displays. I think you get what you pay for, the BenQ PD3200U even $200 more than the current price of the EW3270U seems like money well spent. It's IPS or Bust on 32" as it's too easy to see the color change.

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  • no flicker
  • Short lifespan

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