4K gaming is having fun with large reputation because of comparatively cheap consoles and a plethora of shows within the tv and screens.
BenQ took its time getting the method proper earlier than releasing a brand new product that might be a part of the ranks of the greatest 4K gaming screens. Although it’s not new to the class, there was no 32-inch 4K gaming monitor in its steady till now. The Mobiuz line of high-performance gaming and esports screens has been filling out of late with speedy screens in each decision. The most recent addition is the EX3210U, a 32-inch IPS panel with 144 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR and prolonged coloration.
BenQ Mobiuz EX3210U Specs
|Panel Kind / Backlight||IPS / W-LED, edge array|
|Display screen Dimension / Side Ratio||32 inches / 16:9|
|Max Decision and Refresh Fee||3840 x 2160 @ 144 Hz|
|FreeSync: 48-144 Hz|
|Native Shade Depth and Gamut||10-bit / Rec.2020|
|HDR10, DisplayHDR 600|
|Response Time (GTG)||2ms|
|2ms||300 nits SDR|
|600 nits HDR|
|Audio system||2x 2w, 1x 5w|
|Video Inputs||1x DisplayPort 1.4|
|2x HDMI 2.1|
|Audio||3.5mm headphone output|
|USB 3.0||1x up, 4x down|
|Energy Consumption||44w, brightness @ 200 nits|
|Panel Dimensions WxHxD w/base||28.6 x 19-23.1 x 10.6 inches (726 x 485-585 x 269mm)|
|Panel Thickness||2.6 inches (66mm)|
|Bezel Width||High/sides: 0.3 inch (8mm)|
|Backside: 1.4 inch (35mm)|
|Weight||21 kilos (9.5kg)|
On the floor, the EX3210U isn’t vastly completely different than different 32-inch 4K 144 Hz screens. However it gives one factor that the majority different gaming screens lack, the power to run Adaptive-Sync and blur discount concurrently. Most screens make you select one or the opposite, which implies blur discount comes with body tears, or tear-free gaming has decrease movement decision. By combining these options, you possibly can have a clean expertise at 144fps with out tearing.
The EX3210U doesn’t cease there. Its coloration gamut isn’t simply prolonged; it’s very giant. Sufficient in order that I time period it a Rec.2020 monitor fairly than evaluating it to the DCI-P3 spec. It covers over 116% of that spec, placing it in an elite class. Only some different screens can boast this a lot coloration quantity. Rec.2020 protection is over 83% which is spectacular contemplating most vast gamut screens barely crack 75%.
I’ve constantly dinged BenQ for prior to now is HDR distinction. The EX3210U solutions these criticisms with an edge LED backlight that tops 600 nits peak HDR output and has a zone dimming function that takes HDR distinction over 10,000:1. It’s the primary Mobiuz show that truly does justice to HDR content material. And like its stablemates, you get BenQ’s HDRi emulation function that will increase the dynamic vary for SDR video games and video.
It is a premium monitor in each respect. For round $1,000, you get all of the aforementioned video and gaming cred and among the best built-in audio techniques at the moment accessible. BenQ maintains a model referred to as treVolo that’s answerable for placing high quality audio system and sound engineering into all Mobiuz screens. The EX3210U has three audio system, certainly one of which fills within the decrease frequencies, that play very cleanly with excessive quantity. DSP sound modes alter phasing and sound stage to successfully increase the sound envelope past the confines of the panel.
Console customers will recognize the inclusion of two HDMI 2.1 inputs that help 4K with HDR and FreeSync as much as 120 Hz. Coupled with a DisplayPort 1.4 enter, the EX3210U will ship its full capabilities with the newest consoles or high-end PC gaming rigs. Throw in some really elegant styling, tank-like construct high quality and a slick LED lighting impact and also you’ve bought a profitable monitor.
Meeting and Equipment
Opening the EX3210U’s clamshell field reveals a considerable base, upright and panel packed in crumbly foam. No instruments are required for meeting, and all elements mix to create a rock-solid package deal. In the event you choose a monitor arm, there’s a 100 mm VESA mount with fasteners included beneath the snap-on stand. An enter panel cowl is included to maintain wiring neat and tidy. USB, HDMI and DisplayPort cables are included within the field together with a big exterior energy provide.
The EX3210U’s styling is greatest described as modern class. White screens are comparatively uncommon in at present’s sea of grey and black plastic, so that they stand out. BenQ created an ideal textured end for all of the white elements that makes you need to contact it. And you are able to do so all day with out leaving a fingerprint. The stand legs are silver with pink trim like each different monitor within the Mobiuz line. From the entrance, the one white floor seen is the upright. The display is framed in a flush black bezel with a bigger grill throughout the underside. The grill is the true cope with holes for the 2 essential audio system.
Within the again is one other grill protecting the third bigger speaker. BenQ payments it as a subwoofer, however midrange could be a extra correct description. The sound is superb, much better than I’ve heard from anything exterior BenQ’s different treVolo-equipped shows. Additionally within the again are 4 LED gentle bars in an X sample. Colours and results are managed by the OSD.
BenQ at all times goes for management comfort with both pucks or joysticks, or within the case of its bigger screens, a handheld distant. It’s tremendous helpful while you’re sitting a bit farther again. If you wish to attain out and contact your EX3210U, there are buttons and a joystick underneath the middle of the panel and an HDRi button on the correct entrance. Along with OSD navigation, the distant has direct entry to recreation modes, HDRi, brightness, audio modes and quantity.
The stand is fantastically sculpted and works as solidly because it appears to be like. A 100 mm peak adjustment is complemented by 5/15 levels of tilt and 15 levels swivel to both aspect. You may set the panel excessive sufficient to place your eye at heart display with the panel completely vertical. That is my most well-liked approach to play video games and watch movies.
The aspect view exhibits a comparatively slim panel unadorned by USB or audio ports. However there’s loads of connectivity on the underside heart jack pack with two HDMI 2.1, one DisplayPort 1.4 and 5 USB ports, model 3.0. If you wish to use headphones or powered audio system, there’s additionally a 3.5 mm analog jack.
The OSD could be referred to as up by the panel’s joystick or by urgent the button with three traces on the distant. A fast menu seems that’s enlarged to be extra seen from a distance. A second click on opens the total OSD.
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The Fast Menu could be configured by the consumer to comprise quite a lot of settings like image mode, brightness, quantity and others. That setup could be altered utilizing BenQ’s State of affairs function. These are settings reminiscences that exist per enter underneath Sport, Cinema and Normal classes. It’s a bit complicated since you are able to do the identical factor with the image modes. My desire is to show off the State of affairs function to maintain issues less complicated.
There are seven SDR image modes and three extra for HDR. HDRi can be utilized with SDR content material to reinforce coloration and dynamic vary. The look is one thing you’ll need to attempt for your self. I’m not a fan, however these modes will definitely enchantment to some customers. Show HDR is the only option for precise HDR content material. If you wish to calibrate, Customized is the only option. However the default RPG mode in all fairness near appropriate. Tweakers can select between a number of coloration temps and gamma presets and an possibility referred to as Mild Tuner that impacts mid-tones. I’ll speak extra about that beneath. Additionally included is BenQ’s Brightness Intelligence+, which makes use of a front-mounted sensor to change brightness and coloration temp to greatest fit your room lighting.
AMA is BenQ’s time period for overdrive; it really works greatest on setting 1. Increased choices produce an excessive amount of seen ghosting. Blur Discount is a backlight strobe that may work together with Adaptive-Sync. It reduces brightness by round 30%, however you possibly can flip up the backlight stage to compensate. It’s among the best blur discount options I’ve seen in a 4K monitor.
Customers with coloration imaginative and prescient points can make use of pink and inexperienced filters at various strengths to compensate. Additionally accessible is a 20-level Low Blue Mild adjustment.
5 audio modes for the built-in audio system successfully increase the sound envelope in width and depth. The EX3210U has the very best sound I’ve heard from a pc monitor, because of some intelligent tuning and three drivers with 9 complete watts of energy.
There are six LED results accessible in a number of colours. They produce a comfortable glow that lights up behind the panel. When you’ve got a wall there, it creates a comfortable and unobtrusive gentle. The facility LED beneath additionally illuminates the desktop.
BenQ Mobiuz EX3210U Calibration Settings
The EX3210U in all fairness correct in its default RPG mode, however some seen features could be had with calibration within the Customized image mode. Gamma is a bit too darkish, however I discovered that a couple of clicks of the Mild Tuner added extra pop and dimension to the picture. SDR distinction is barely beneath common in comparison with different IPS screens, however HDR distinction has the added benefit of an edge zone dimming function that makes a considerable distinction. For HDR alerts, I like to recommend sticking with the Show HDR mode. The 2 HDRi choices, Sport and Cinema, can be utilized with SDR content material. The look is just not one thing I’m a fan of, nevertheless it’s straightforward sufficient to check out with the button on the decrease proper nook of the bezel. Under are my recommended SDR settings.
|Brightness 200 nits||70|
|Brightness 120 nits||33|
|Brightness 100 nits||23|
|Brightness 80 nits||14|
|Brightness 50 nits||0|
|Shade Temp Person||Crimson 94, Inexperienced 97, Blue 100|
Gaming and Fingers-on
The EX3210U’s best attribute is its coloration. The gamut is large, and that exhibits the moment Home windows boots up. Even the desktop background image takes on an entire new dimension with wealthy hues all through. No coloration is any much less vibrant than one other. And wonderful stability implies that although you’re taking a look at extra coloration than was encoded into the unique SDR content material, it comes throughout as fully pure.
There may be loads of element in each graphics and text-heavy materials. 4K at 32 inches is a format you possibly can sit near with out seeing any pixel construction. In the event you see a jagged line, it’s as a result of the content material is low res, not the monitor. With my gamma tweaks in place (Mild Tuner on -1), the image has respectable depth and since the gamma is a bit larger than spec, there is no such thing as a washout or obscuring of element.
I attempted the three HDRi emulation modes in Home windows and located them troublesome to make use of. Show HDR is the least aggressive however nonetheless makes shadow element right into a black blob. You may flip up Mild Tuner to compensate, however then you definitely’ll have eradicated the additional distinction. I had an identical expertise enjoying SDR video games with HDRi. There may be an excessive amount of black crush to make them viable. Bringing the element again with Mild Tuner negates the emulation.
Nevertheless, precise HDR content material appears to be like nice. The Show HDR mode is correct in all respects, grayscale, luminance monitoring and coloration gamut. The EX3210U is BenQ’s greatest HDR monitor to this point because of the edge-zone-dimming backlight. Although a full array gentle could be even higher, this show is a big leap ahead. I hope BenQ will trickle this function all the way down to its different Mobiuz gaming screens.
Name of Obligation WWII has some nice nighttime eventualities that basically took benefit of the EX3210U’s HDR capabilities. A courtyard lit solely by campfires had an nearly magical look as the sunshine flickered on troopers’ faces. Metallic and stone surfaces popped with superb element.
Doom Everlasting lately added a horde mode, which I’m recurrently having fun with. Not solely did the surroundings look superb, however the EX3210U additionally had no downside maintaining with the frantic motion. I noticed body charges over 130 fps and paired with wonderful video processing, the monitor was clean and responsive. Although I extoll the virtues of upper speeds from lower-res shows, I had no complaints about this monitor’s prowess.
Making an attempt out the Blur Discount solely helped this notion. My solely grievance there’s that it’s extra aggressive at chopping gentle output than different BenQ screens I’ve reviewed. Whereas this makes for smoother movement, a bit extra gentle could be good. BenQ has not included an adjustable pulse width for its backlight strobe, which might be helpful right here.
Given my expertise with the EX3210U, I might select it over a quicker display solely primarily based on its implausible coloration and wonderful HDR. Avid gamers with larger abilities than me may really feel otherwise, however the sharp and saturated picture is addictive for my informal play.