BenQ MOBIUZ EX2710 27 Inch FHD (1920 x 1080) HDRi 144Hz Gaming Monitor, IPS, 1ms, FreeSync Premium, PS5/Xbox X Compatible, Black
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As illustrated above the standard RGB (Red, Green and Blue) stripe subpixel layout is used. This is the default expected by modern operating systems such as Microsoft Windows. Apple’s MacOS no longer uses subpixel rendering and therefore doesn’t optimise text for one particular subpixel layout to the detriment of another. You needn’t worry about text fringing from non-standard subpixel layouts and won’t need to change the defaults in the ‘ClearType Text Tuner’ as a Windows user. You may still wish to run through the ClearType wizard and adjust according to preferences, however. The subpixel layout and arrangement is normal and we had no subpixel-related concerns related to sharpness or text clarity on this model.
As above, superior depth and some extra saturation due to gamma increase. Still not quite enough depth in places.BenQ takes eye care seriously with a TUV Rheinland certification and adjustments for Low Blue Light and Color Weakness. You can employ variable filters for red and green deficiency if needed. A moderately effective Low Blue Light (LBL) setting. Provides a warmer look to the image with a modest reduction in the blue channel compared to default. No clear green or yellow tint introduced, visually better balanced than many LBL implementations.
I've been using the Mobiuz EX2710S for a couple of weeks for work and for all gaming. It fares well on both accounts, though there are some things I liked less that I must point out. First is the orange strip on the monitor's stand. Why it's there I have no idea, but it clashes with the rest of the monitor and with everything else on my desk. Removing the orange strip in the monitor's next refresh would be a welcome change. A small utility called SMTT 2.0 was used alongside a sensitive camera to analyse the latency of the EX2710, with over 30 repeat readings taken to help maximise accuracy. Using this method, we calculated 3.41ms (~1/2 a frame at 144Hz) of input lag. We measured a slightly higher but still low latency at 60Hz, 4.50ms. The input lag measured here is influenced by both the element you ‘see’ (pixel responsiveness) and the main element you ‘feel’ (signal delay). It indicates a low signal delay which most users should find acceptable. Note that we don’t have the means to accurately measure input lag with Adaptive-Sync active in a variable refresh rate environment or with HDR active in an HDR environment.
There are nine color mode presets available, 10 if you include the Custom profile that you can set up yourself. Two HDRi and a standard HDR preset are present, as well as modes for FPS, RPG, Racing, sRGB, MacBook, and Epaper. If you prefer to not have to set things up yourself, these presets should be enough. However, setting up a custom profile for color, brightness, contrast, sharpness, gamma, and more should please those who want things looking perfect. The monitor offers no local dimming and therefore there was no contrast benefit under HDR. The peak luminance recorded was 486 cd/m² using the ‘HDR’ setting – quite bright, although not particularly impressive by HDR standards. Similar brightness (485 cd/m²) was recorded using ‘Game HDRi’ and ‘Cinema HDRi’ in a very bright room – these settings respond to the content of the screen but also the ambient lighting when making adjustments. Under these conditions, sunlight was streaming into the room freely and some of this was striking both the screen surface and sensor unit directly. The monitor brightness is raised as much as possible to try to compete with this. A lower but still reasonably bright luminance was recorded in a moderately bright room (395 cd/m²). Here, there was a good amount of natural light in the room but no strong direct light hitting the screen and sensor unit. In a dark room we recorded a dimmer 295 – 296 cd/m², which is still pretty bright. This was quite similar to the basic ‘HDR’ setting with brightness set to ‘50%’. Impressive bright highlights and bright shades are an important part of HDR, so we didn’t particularly like the idea of brightness being eaten away based on ambient lighting. We didn’t agree with the other adjustments made with the ‘HDRi’ setting either, as we explore later. But some will like the image they present and the overall HDR implementation on this model, although limited in capability, is at least flexible.
The BenQ EX2710 offers a range of ‘Color Mode’ presets; ‘HDR’, ‘Game HDRi’, ‘Cinema HDRi’, ‘FPS’, ‘RPG’, ‘Racing Game’, ‘Standard’, ‘M-Book’ and ‘ePaper’. The first three presets, with HDR in them, are the only presets selectable under HDR (High Dynamic Range). But can also be selected under SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) where various adjustments are made to the image – think of them as a sort of ‘filter’, but there’s nothing ‘HDR’ about the resulting image with an SDR signal. We touch upon these presets in the OSD video and explore some of them elsewhere in the review. For this section we’ll instead focus on manual adjustments that can be made in the OSD. The table below includes gamma and white point readings taken using a Datacolor SpyderX Elite colorimeter. General observations made by eye are also provided.The Samsung Odyssey G5 is a 32-inch curved gaming monitor with QHD resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, HDR10 support, and AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-Sync compatibility. If you prefer the larger screen with 1000R curve and don't mind a lesser refresh rate, the Odyssey G5 is actually (at the time of writing) a lower price than the Mobiuz EX2710S. Finally, note that the refresh rate displayed in the OSD reflected the frame rate of the content when it was within the main VRR window (38 – 144Hz), updated when you first enter the section of the OSD where it’s displayed. And as with AMD FreeSync, HDR can be used at the same time as ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’. Note that any interlaced lines in the images below with monitor switched on are moiré from the camera, not from the monitor itself.