The BenQ EX2780Q is a 144Hz HDR gaming monitor that has eye care in mind
The BenQ EX2780Q is a 144Hz HDR gaming monitor that's beyond paper specs
Note: This article was first published on 6th February 2020.
Delivering the ideal close-quarter immersion for PC and console gamers
What do gamers – be it casual, enthusiast, or professional – ask for when they want to lose themselves within the games they play? Oftentimes, it is usually an impressive monitor that will seemingly drown them in the sights and sounds of the videogame they are playing. While a adequately decked out gaming display and sound system are certainly up to the task, BenQ believes there is a need to put out a concept that can tackle both aspects without taking up unnecessary desk space.
For this new platform, BenQ believes it has to go beyond the usual innovations that these latest monitors offer to deliver the next-level experience to all users - especially for those who're short of space. In fact, a next-gen entry must be able to do more than just address the demands of high-performance users and gamers. Beyond high resolution, high refresh rates, and adding in a unique chassis design, what else can be thrown in as must-haves?
With the BenQ EX2780Q 27-inch Gaming Monitor, it is very much about delivering both high-spec advanced visual and audio experiences in an intuitively sleek, innovatively streamlined, and feature-packed package. The result is a display that offers these brand new features unlike anything else in the market:-
- HDRi Technology
- treVolo-powered audio delivery with 2.1 channel speakers system
- Ultra-large display that still manages to remain compact and deliver an intuitive user experience
Intelligent Visual Processing
While most monitors – current and next-gen – come with native support for HDR, what they usually lack is the automated ability to manage brightness and colour temperature levels to fit the right content and the ambient light. That is very much dependent on the user, who needs to re-calibrate the balances to get the perfect mix. With movies, TV shows, and video games now requiring HDR to look great on screen, this is no longer a wayside feature and must be taken to the next level.
This is where BenQ's proprietary HDRi come into play. It combines current HDR technology with its own exclusive innovations – Brightness Intelligence Plus Tech (B.I.+ Tech) to enhance HDR performance. A built-in sensor detects ambient light levels and simultaneously assesses and adjusts on-screen images. Customised colour performance, detail contrast, and image clarity all come together to deliver a great display.
There are three modes. Compared to HDR, Game HDRi retains more detail and offers more engaging game visuals, while Cinema HDRi mode retains the most natural colours. To prove its HDR chops, the BenQ EX2780Q also meets the Display standards organisation VESA's DisplayHDR 400 standard. That means the screen is guaranteed a minimum peak luminance of 400 nits.
When paired with the other high-spec functions like AMD FreeSync support and the 2K QHD panel resolution with 144Hz flicker-free refresh rate, the end result is a powerhouse gaming and entertainment monitor.
Immersive Audio Delivery
Similarly, the 2.1-channel speaker array for the BenQ EX2780Q 27-inch Gaming Monitor is very much about delivering a deep and immersive audio performance. Essentially, the speakers – with its dual 2W speakers and 5W subwoofer – are designed to deliver sharp, clear, and punchy sound stage. To provide this level of performance, BenQ used its proprietary treVolo speaker design – a concept that uses ultra-compact dual-coil and dual-magnet tweeters and multi-point suspension for the subwoofer.
Coupled with the built-in digital signal processor (DSP), which optimises audio performance, BenQ promises an immersive sound stage for gamers and movie viewing. In fact, the DSP even offers five different audio field modes that give users vastly different experiences. These options are not the usual preset equaliser modes as BenQ, instead, had its engineers explore the principles of psychoacoustics – the perception of sound and its physiological effects. All five – cinema, game, dialogue/vocal, rock/party, and pop/live – will deliver enhanced sound output that is hyper-optimised for these genres.
For those who've limited tabletop footprint, you'll really appreciate the extra thought that has gone into designing the treVolo speaker system that's built-in to the monitor. No more having to use a separate portable speaker that occupies desk space and likely won't sound as good because they are optimised for portability and durability than excelling at audio clarity and performance. Let's not forget the reduced cable clutter too.
Intuitive Design Experience
The BenQ EX2780Q 27-inch screen, with its ultra-thin bezels, houses the front-firing 2.1-channel sound system in a super-slim chassis design and sits on a small but very sturdy and stable foot-base. This new and streamlined understated look is unique for a next-gen gaming monitor as it can deliver maximum immersion for close-quarter gaming.
The compact footprint is just one key aspect of the intuitive user experience the BenQ EX2780Q 27-inch Gaming Monitor offers. Equally as important are the made-for-convenience user controls and the design-friendly factor. For this gamer-focused screen, there are three options: a remote control, 5-Way Navigator, and the convenient volume wheel. Aside from the user-friendly sound control feature, the first two provide easy access and seamless management of the panel's settings. It is ultra-convenient for users who game or watch movies as both control options are within easy reach.
Ever Ready for Rich Content
The BenQ EX2780Q 27-inch Gaming Monitor is designed for enriched multimedia content, specifically – games and high definition movies. With its dual HDMI 2.0, one DisplayPort 1.4, and a USB Type-C inputs, it can manage four different video sources with relative ease. That means, there is no need for a separate screen for a game console. In fact, there is no need for an independent audio setup either, thanks to the built-in 2.1-channel sound system this monitor offers.
This is a gaming monitor that ticks all the right boxes for any enthusiast who is short of space and wishes to use a notebook with a reasonably sized screen that can handle any kind of content you throw its way. Being able to deliver vivid visuals, an impactful sound stage, and advanced, intuitive features, this next-gen BenQ EX2780Q gaming display has gone the extra mile to offer the best all-round package for S$699. And we haven't even talked about its BenQ eye-care peace of mind proposition for a fatigue-free usage experience thanks to Brightness Intelligence Plus Tech (B.I.+ Tech) that optimises colour temperature and brightness to suit your ambient lighting environment, adjustable blue light filter modes for more comfortable viewing and flicker-free LED backlight to eliminate eye strain.
In order to offer the most comfortable and enjoyable viewing and audio experience, BenQ has developed a more extensive range of models - the EW3280U, EW2780U, and EW2780 - to come equipped with HDRi and treVolo technology in different size, resolution and refresh rate for you to choose from:-