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As beautiful as expensive – Review Geek



Rating:
8/10
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  • 1 – Absolute hot garbage
  • 2 – Sorta lukewarm garbage
  • 3 – Heavily defective design
  • 4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages
  • 5 – Acceptable imperfectly
  • 6 – Good enough for that Sale
  • 7 – Great but not the best in class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with a few footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money [19659004] 10 ̵
    1; Absolute Design Nirvana

Price: $ 1099.99

Here's what we like

  • Gorgeous accurate colors
  • Fantastic booth
  • Tons of ports
  • Hotkey Puck is indeed useful

And what we do not

  • Super expensive [19659004] Speakers are total garbage
  • KVM requires too much setup
  • Have we mentioned super expensive?

Do you work in Photoshop, in design, in animations, or in other ways? Need your monitor to get extremely accurate colors? If so, BenQ has the monitor for you, but it costs a pretty dime. Well, 100,000 pretty pennies.

The PD2720u sits in a strange place. It is, to be honest, a beautiful, stunning screen that is perfect for anyone making money on creating beautiful digital things.

But it also costs $ 1,099. And let's be honest, you almost stopped reading the review right there. But please continue. BenQ may have justified the high sticker price for the right person.

Most important

  The BenQ PD2720U monitor on a desk with Mac and PC.
The monitor fits exactly to my Spartan look. The only setting I made was to place the center speaker under the monitor instead of at it. Josh Hendrickson

At 27 inches, the PD2720u reaches the sweet spot, which is "probably big enough" for most people. While 32 inches is becoming more prevalent, a 27-inch size means it's likely to fit on your desk with ease and still have plenty of screen space.

The resolution of 3840 × 2160 does not hurt either. However, you must work with scaling or struggle to read the smallest text. However, gamers are not the goal here. You get only a refresh rate of 60 Hz and a response time of 5 ms. Enough for casual games, but no competitions to win.

What the display offers you are all connections. You'll find 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, three USB 3.1 ports and one audio output. The Thunderbolt ports are the main attraction here. They support the linking and the operation over a single cable.

This means that instead of connecting a cable from each monitor to your PC or laptop (which would be difficult on a laptop), you can connect a cable from the laptop to the first monitor and another cable from the first monitor to the second monitor. If you own a new Apple MacBook Pro, the monitor can even charge your Macbook. Overall, it ensures a cleaner and clearer workspace.

BenQ includes almost every cable you can request, with DisplayPort the only exception in the list.

The borders on the side and top are incredibly thin. They've clearly achieved this by stuffing everything in the chin and back (this monitor is thick), but these thin bezels are hard to estimate. If you do not want to put a webcam on your monitor, you want a slightly larger aperture.

The stand is fantastic.

  The back of the monitor shows cables passing through a loop.
The base moves in almost any direction and lifts the screen over the screen of my Macbook. Mostly done the cord loop the work. Josh Hendrickson

In our other BenQ test, we pointed out that the included monitor stand leaves a lot to be desired. Luckily, this is not the case here. The included tripod is a heavy metal telescope, and it's wonderful.

BenQ still has a habit of attaching the connectors to an inconvenient location at the bottom of the monitor. The problem is reduced here, however, because this tripod rotates 90 degrees for portrait view. It also slides up, down and tilts left, right, front and back.

The height adjustment is impressive on several fronts, due to both the smooth sliding mechanism and the size. If I can not mount them, I usually place monitors on a stand to give them more height. I felt like I did not have to do this, and I do not even use the monitor in full height.

Overall, the sand feels solid, it's a pleasure to use it, and it does the job.

The stand also has a built-in loop for cable management. And now, it is here. It works out. But it's just a realistic loop. Better than nothing, but only just.

And if you prefer, you can do without the stand and use a standard wall mount VESA wall mount.

Killer Image Quality

  Forza Horizon 4 loading screen on the BenQ monitor.
The Forza loading screen looks absolutely stunning on the BenQ monitor. Josh Hendrickson

Each PD2720u monitor is factory calibrated for color consistency. When you open the box, a report about calibrating your specific monitor will be displayed. BenQ promises that the monitor will meet 100% sRGB / Rec. 709 and 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, and it seems to have delivered (at least with this device). If you do not know what that means, let's get to the point: The colors on this monitor are great.

  BenQ has provided a calibration report with monitor settings.
Each PD2720U monitor is individually calibrated and comes with a a report as follows.

The monitor is HDR10 capable, and I leave that most of the time just because of the glowing dark colors. Since it's an IPS panel, it never meets OLED black, but it's as close as IPS.

This color accuracy is aimed directly at designers. Thanks to the supplied hotkey puck (more on this) you can easily switch between color profiles, HDR, sRGB, Adobe RGB, CAD / CAM, animation and much more. To complement the monitor's party tricks, you can choose one color profile for the left half and another color profile for the right half.

  The left half of the monitor is set to HDR, the right to CAD / CAM.
The left half of the monitor is set to HDR. The right is set to CAD / CAM. Josh Hendrickson

I am in no way a Photoshop expert or designer, but my wife is. So I let her sit down and use the monitor with a MacBook and do Photoshop work.

When it comes to color accuracy, she was impressed. She told me that the monitor was perfect for printing (where it matters, what's displayed on the screen and what's printed on the paper), and above all, she wanted to keep using it afterwards.

You Can Game, but Don`t Buy it for Gaming

  Forza Horizon 4 is displayed on the monitor with Xbox Controller.
I have an Xbox One X connected to the monitor. For … er … the science. (I love my job.) Josh Hendrickson

I wanted to test the full power of the display, so I connected an Xbox One X to the monitor. First, I played a 4K HDR Blu-ray from Spider-Man: Into the Spider verses. It's a tiring movie and it should look great. That was certainly the case on this monitor.

But the moment that really hit me was loading Forza Horizon 4 . The home screen looked incredible. And then I tried to play games. This is not a gaming monitor and he can not compete. The 60 Hz update holds it back. So, while everything looks beautiful, it feels slow too. It's good; I enjoyed Forza Horizon . But I would not use it for twitching shooters. BenQ does not market the PD2720u as a gaming monitor, and if you're a casual player, it's enough.

The extras are a mixed bag

  menu system for the monitor.
The menu The system for the Hotkey Puck is intuitive and easy to use. Unlike the menus when you use the on-screen buttons. Josh Hendrickson

BenQ included some extras, some of which were more successful than others. The monitor has physical controls for accessing the menus, but it's awkward to use. Part of this is the placement on the back, and part of it is the menu system for these buttons. That's fine, because the monitor is also equipped with a hotkey puck.

  Hotkey puck dial with 1, 2, 3 buttons
This hotkey puck does not look like much, but is the best way to set up your monitor quickly.

I assumed it was a Surface Dial clone, but that's not it. Instead, it provides much easier access to the monitor menus. You can quickly access color settings, brightness, and more. The menu navigation system for the puck is much better than the buttons and everything I use. I really think it adds something to the monitor.

The monitor contains built-in speakers. They sound best when muted. I tried to test the speakers, but they are incredibly thin, soft and just terribly awful. Instead, plan to purchase dedicated speakers.

BenQ also provides the monitor with KVM functions. I have a PC, a MacBook, and a Surface Pro on my desk, so I seriously thought about setting it up. However, you need to connect dedicated cables to each machine and then switch from one device to another, which requires thorough menu navigation. It's a nice thought, but too much effort.

It's expensive for a monitor.

  Monitor with Spider-Man: Playing in the spider-verse scene.
I wish you could see how amazing this scene looks, but the picture does not do it justice. Josh Hendrickson

Here's the elephant in the room. The PD2720U costs over a thousand dollars. Should you spend a thousand dollars on a monitor, even for such a beautiful one? Yes, perhaps. It depends on what you do with it.

If you want to play a game, buy a gaming monitor. If you work mainly with spreadsheets, Word documents or text, you should buy a cheaper monitor.

However, if you are serious about buying an iMac Pro worth $ 5,000, the bill has suddenly come to fruition. You could instead buy a MacBook Pro and this monitor and get something as good (if not so good) for a thousand or more less.

And if your work or your passions are about visual creation, then you probably already know that getting the most accurate colors in a display has top priority for completing work. And you will not get it cheap.

A typical example: Between the start of the review and the release, Apple announced the new Pro Display XDR. This monitor offers XDR (an increase over HDR) and a resolution of 6K and costs from $ 5,000. And this price does not include a stand. You pay another $ 1,000 for the privilege of giving your chic Apple monitor feet. While you get a calibrated monitor like the PD2720U, the PD2720U does not provide KVM software or a handy dialer to adjust settings in a snap.

Suddenly the price for the PD2720U is a bit cheaper than for some other weeks ago.

I would not buy it, but I would ask for it.

  BenQ monitor next to Mac with hotkey puck.
The thumbwheel between the center speaker and the right speaker is the hotkey puck and the best way to change the monitor settings.

I'm not the target audience here. I would not buy an iMac Pro and even though I sometimes use Photoshop for my job, I'm not a master. Honestly, I have never had the best eye for visual details. So I could not imagine spending more than a thousand dollars on any monitor. I think the idea of ​​monitors is half as big.

But after spending time with the PD2720U, I understand it. Even my untrained eyes can see how beautiful this thing is. I have not turned on my normal 1080p monitor since using this tester, and am afraid of doing so. Maybe I would feel better if I did not know what I was missing.

For although I can not justify spending so much on my needs, I try. It's just so pretty. And if you're dealing with color profiles for hours, insisting that movies are only shown in HDR, or if you need a monitor that's ready to go, the PD2720u is for you. High priced stickers and all.

Rating: 8/10

Price: $ 1099.99

Here's what we like

  • Beautiful Accurate Colors
  • Fantastic Stand [19659004] Tons of ports [19659004] Hotkey Puck is indeed useful

And what we do not

  • Super expensive
  • Speakers are totally garbage
  • KVM requires too much setup
  • Have we mentioned super expensive?


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