One other day, one other 27-inch high-refresh 1440p gaming panel. At the moment’s muse is the brand new BenQ Mobiuz EX270QM, superficially a useless ringer for the Alienware AW2723DF we perused lately.
Each are premium 27-inch IPS panels with 1ms claimed response and DisplayHDR 600 certification. The primary differentiator, on paper at the least, is that the Alienware will do 280Hz whereas this BenQ tops out at a ‘mere’ 240Hz.
Nicely, that and pricing. This BenQ is definitely the more expensive of the 2, at the moment weighing in across the $700 mark. Each are pretty new fashions with some doubtless shiny-shiny premium options hooked up. Pricing hasn’t totally settled down, however we suspect will probably be fairly shut between the 2 in the long term.
Anyway, apart from these highlights the BenQ Mobiuz EX270QM is rated at 600 nits peak brightness and is claimed to be good for 98% protection of the DCI-P3 gamut, which is fairly spectacular.
Display screen measurement: 27-inch
Decision: 2560 x 1440
Brightness: 600 nits peak
Response time: 1ms
Refresh price: 240Hz
Viewing angle: 178° H&V
Distinction ratio: 1000:1
Options: IPS panel, 98% DCI-P3, Freesync Premium Professional, NVIDIA G-SYNC Suitable, 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.1, USB hub, RGB lighting
Worth: $699 | £709
Oh, and whereas native dimming is within the function set, it is of the edge-lit selection. BenQ does not quote the variety of zones, however we would be very stunned if it wasn’t precisely the identical 16 zones because the Alienware’s panel.
So, we’re not speaking about true HDR functionality courtesy of correct full-array native dimming. It is extra of a checkbox function to allow HDR 600 certification than a helpful expertise for bettering HDR efficiency. So it goes with present HDR certification. The primary few rungs on the ladder aren’t actually HDR succesful, if we’re sincere.
As for connectivity, there’s DisplayPort 1.4 and a pair of HDMI 2.1 sockets. The latter two are one other differentiator from the Alienware in that they help the panel’s most 240Hz refresh. The Alienware’s HDMI 2.0 connections high out at 144Hz, which means it’s a must to keep on with DP if you would like the complete 280Hz expertise on it.
Elsewhere, there’s some token RGB lighting on the rear of the chassis plus an built-in 2.1 speaker system with a 5W subwoofer, which is slightly uncommon. So, too, is the bundled IR distant management. The distant is one thing of a BenQ signature function that potential goes slightly approach in direction of justifying the comparatively elevated general pricing. However solely slightly.
Talking of the chassis, it conforms to the identical design ethic BenQ has favoured for its Mobiuz panels for some time now. The rear of the panel enclosure seems to be fairly slick, however the ahead view, with its pretty hefty chin, is a contact dated. Definitely, the Alienware AW2723DF seems to be extra modern and feels dearer regardless of truly costing much less.
So, can this BenQ justify that pricing by way of picture high quality and the gaming expertise? It actually makes a robust preliminary impression. Whereas it is actually similar to the Alienware in most regards, it provides barely punchier and cleaner white tones. It actually could be very properly calibrated out of the field.
Just like the Alienware, it is also a aid to report that this monitor does an excellent job of rendering SDR content material when working in DisplayHDR 600 mode. Till lately, most screens completely mangled SDR content material in HDR mode, forcing you to leap forwards and backwards between modes relying on whether or not you had been, say, shopping the online or enjoying an HDR game.
First world issues and all that. However it’s now not past the wit of man to have a monitor that renders each SDR and HDR content material accurately in a single mode. Fortunately each that Alienware panel and this BenQ competitor obtain simply that.
In fact, the HDR expertise is not completely the true deal, not with an IPS panel and some edge-lit dimming zones. Spool up an HDR supporting game, equivalent to The Witcher 3 or Cyberpunk 2077, and the brilliant highlights actually sizzle. The issue is the panel leaks gentle on the different finish of the dimensions, washing out black tones and making them reasonably flat and grey.
Identical to the Alienware, we will not assist considering a glossier anti-glare coating would assist with perceived distinction and scale back the sense of washed-out black tones. However for one of these show, the HDR expertise is about pretty much as good because it will get.
The 2560 by 1440 decision is, after all, a serious spotlight. It is a lot extra detailed than 1080p however on the similar time will not batter your body charges like 4K. Shocking to say, however even right here in 2023 1440p stays one thing of a sweetspot.
Talking of body charges, the 240Hz refresh is the primary attraction right here. Frankly, it is past us to really feel the distinction between 240Hz and the competing Alienware’s 280Hz functionality. Each panels really feel hyper attentive to me.
On the subject of velocity, the BenQ’s one oddity includes pixel overdrive. Search as we’d, we can’t discover any user-configurable pixel overdrive settings. Sometimes, a panel’s response time spec (on this case 1ms) pertains to the quickest overdrive mode. No matter, as IPS screens go, this factor is extremely fast with actually minimal blurring as you whip the mouse round in your favorite shooter. It is about pretty much as good as IPS LCD tech will get for response
There’s just about no overshoot, both. Admittedly, OLED screens are even sooner. However for our cash, it is lighting management, distinction, and black ranges where you actually discover the distinction in comparison with OLED tech. The pixel response and blurring delta between a fast IPS monitor like this and an OLED gaming panel is comparatively refined, subjectively talking.
For what it is price, that 2.1 audio system with its 5W subwoofer actually delivers higher sound than the tinny, pathetic excuses for audio system that almost all screens serve up. That mentioned, the outright quantity ranges and dynamic vary are nonetheless fairly restricted. Should you remotely care about sound high quality you may nonetheless wish to use some first rate cans or seize a devoted speaker system.
So, what to make of the BenQ Mobiuz EX270QM? It is a superb monitor of it is kind. If something, we barely favor its calibration to the Alienware AW2723DF, nevertheless it’s a really, very shut name. Each are glorious gaming panels—quick, sharp, punchy, the works.
The issue with this BenQ, then, is value. It is dearer than the Alienware however offers you little or no in return, particularly if the IR distant and audio system do not swing it for you. Certainly, at this value level, the $900 non-G-Sync model of Alienware’s 34-inch OLED monitor feels worryingly proximate.
In fact, an honest 1440p monitor working at 144Hz reasonably than 240Hz can likewise be had for half the cash. Finally, when you worth the additional refresh, we would favor the Alienware 280Hz 1440p different, pretty much as good as this BenQ panel is. The Alienware is cheaper however delivers primarily the identical gaming expertise. With a value adjustment, nonetheless, the BenQ Mobiuz EX270QM would completely be worthy of your consideration. It is a unbelievable gaming panel. It is simply priced slightly too excessive immediately.