If you’re still stuck on a Full HD cutie because 4K monitors have been just so unaffordable (at least the good ones) BenQ’s EW3270U opens up that floodgate even though it is not a very huge one.
Design and build
The BenQ EW3270U is a 32in beauty that comes in a no-flair industrial design. It looks like a quintessential monitor (a big one) and will be happy to blend in with most setups and desks and the option to wall mount it makes it an even more versatile monitor.
Assembling the thing takes a total of three screws if you use the stand which has a grey finish that matches the lower edge of the panel provides some good contrast in terms of looks. Below the BenQ moniker rests the ambient sensor that sort of looks like a little goatee. Function wise, it is fairly utilitarian and doesn’t come with height adjustability but does support a 5° tilt. On its feet, the EW32 stands 20.5in tall. There’s also no provision for your headphones to rest on, but this monitor isn’t exactly purpose built to suit only gamers as BenQ touts it as a multimedia/gaming monitor.
The panel on the EW32 is a VA panel and although isn’t as good with wide viewing angles, it does a good job with fairly accurate colours and an overall great contrast, which by the way is a claimed 3000:1.
It also claims to have 95% colour coverage of the DCI-P3 colour space, which means you get a lot more than the popular sRGB. So, if you’re working that Photoshop or painting the Mona Lisa in Paint 3D, things should be accurate, if not the prettiest.
We played a bunch of games including Metro Exodus and the picture that BenQ put forward was convincing and really did a good job handling contrast in the shady areas and night time. There is a downer though, and it is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate with a claimed 4ms response time and while experienced gamers used to the fluidity of a 144Hz or 120Hz panel won’t think twice to dismiss it, we found it more than capable for regular bouts of gaming.
The HDR mode is a nice feature for most consumer use and adds subtlety to the colours, toning everything down a notch for realism. It isn’t something that is going to blow your mind like it does on True HDR panels, but the cost keeps us from complaining too much. Battlefield V in the HDR mode (there’s HDR Cinema too) looks pretty fab.
Do note that if you use a PC, you need to tinker around with a bunch of Nvidia settings in the Nvidia Control Panel for the BenQ to be recognized as a monitor rather than a TV. It also helps the HDR and overall colour balance when enabled.
Os and Ai brightness
The OS is pretty easy to get around with simple menus and clearly marked out buttons. You
also get one customizable shortcut button that you can dedicate to your preferred setting and mode.
There is a BI+ mode that is paired to the ambient sensor at the front of the monitor. This mode automatically changes colour temperature and brightness and does it with subtlety over time. It is a great feature to have on while working and really reduces the strain on your eyes, especially if you’re editing videos or have the need to stare at the display continuously like a renaissance thinker. There is a mode that matches a Macbook’s display as well, while BenQ’s Eye Care tech limits the blue light emission to keep your retinas from burning.
Benq EW3270U Verdict
The BenQ EW3270U should be on your list if you’re looking for a big upgrade to the 4K resolution and don’t want to burn a hole in the bank balance. At 32 inches it will be a big upgrade in actual physical terms too if you’re shifting from a 22in or a 15in monitor and will surely do a good job of entertaining you with its sharp and detailed picture and also care for your eyes when you need to get some work done.
The Eye Care tech really helps and we do miss it now that we’ve shifted back to our old unit. It also gets a USB Type C so your future looks as bright as the panel.