BenQ EW3270U 32-inch 4K HDR monitor

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The BenQ EW3270U 32-inch 4K HDR monitor has one thing that most current monitors do not. It has a Thunderbolt 3 connection for direct connection to Thunderbolt 3 ports and docks.

In many respects, I feel like I am reviewing the BenQ EW3270U 32-inch 4K HDR monitor is like the 28-inch BenQ EL2870 reviewed last week. But this model uses a VA panel (TN on the 28-inch).  It is worth a read of the 28″ review if only to cover Benq technology that I won’t cover again here.

The 28-inch got our 4K value recommendation. The 32-inch is going the same way at $899 (buy online from $749 plus delivery) so, it is going to score well there too. I venture it is the best value of all when you take the screen real estate into account.

No, you are not buying a three-legged dog. This is genuinely an excellent monitor with 4K, HDR10 and top-drawer specifications. Even if you can’t use the Thunderbolt 3 connection now, there seems to be no price penalty for it.

Spoiler Alert: I have been using it for a week, and there are several things I like.

Such a big screen still with 16:9 format. Most of this size are 21:9 – long and wide but narrow. This gives nearly 700 x 400mm usable space (A4 is 210 x 297, so it shows over three sheets wide at 100%). Movies fill the screen.

Thunderbolt 3 connection is just another way to connect. It supplements the two HDMI or DisplayPort. It makes it easy to add a 4K monitor if you have Thunderbolt else use the other ports.

Colours are glorious. It is the best so far at 95% DCI-P3 and HDR10 coverage and offers so much flexibility in calibrating the screen to your needs. I venture that even photographers and videographers will find it useful.

I suspect the price and value is unbeatable

What don’t I like

BenQ’s menu system is fiddly taking several button presses to change for different types of work. Still, no one has it right in making a Windows app to do it all.

Review. BenQ EW3270U 32-inch 4K HDR monitor

Australian website here.

Specifications and comments

Executive summary: All the ports you could ever need, loads of pixels, outstanding colours, HDR10 and BI+, and great response times mean this monitor can handle anything you throw at it.

BenQ 4K 32 EW32270U monitor Specs GadgetGuy comments
Resolution 3840 x 2160, 158ppi 4K makes a huge difference – four times the pixel count of FHD.
Ratio 32″, 16:9 Still the best for desktop use enabling 3 x A4 pages side-by-side. Antiglare coating is excellent
Panel VA edge lit Viewing angles quoted at 178° horizontal and vertical but you will notice some colour shift after about 90° of-angle.
Brightness 300 nits Tests achieve that
Contrast 3000:1 (native) 20M:1 (dynamic) Tests achieve that
Colour 10-bit 1.07 billion Good out-of-the-box accuracy but not for professional use. Modes for Reddish / Normal/ Bluish /user mode and six Gamma pre-sets. You can allocate custom profiles to two physical buttons. You can also scroll through the colour presets from a physical button (without accessing the menu).
Colour gamut 95% DCI-P3 Good enough for a video or still editor.
100% Rec. 709
Ports Thunderbolt 3
2x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
Headphone jack
HDCP 2.2 compliant. Thunderbolt 3 port is a bonus so buy this monitor even if you don’t use it.
Speakers 2 x 2W Sound reaches 70dB
Signature is below
Other Flicker-free
Low Blue light
HRD 10
Brightness Intelligence +
FHD upscale
Freesync 60Hz (requires Radeon card)
12ms (BTB)
All of these add up to a top-end monitor with thigs like FHD upscale (not quite as good as a 4K TV) and excellent 10-bit colour and definition.
I would classify it as a good casual gamer monitor, but it is more for the home and office user.

Stand and size 522.2 x 726.4 x 215mm x 10.2kg The stand has good fixed height and minor tilt adjustment.
Power 240V socket No external brick required)

What about Thunderbolt 3?

Thunderbolt 3 can transmit full duplex data at 40Gbps. In practice through a dock it is about half that – still amazingly fast. 4K streaming is only 25Mbps (.025Gbps)

My only issue is that it does not have a Thunderbolt 3 out port (hub) to daisy chain other Thunderbolt 3 devices. That is not an issue – a hub costs more.

Still, it works well off our Lenovo Yoga 920 reference laptop and our Kensington Thunderbolt 3 dock

Of course, you have HDMI and DisplayPort as well.

BenQ EW3270U 32-inch 4K HDR monitor

HDR – you need content

You need content HDR Blu-ray, HDR game or HDR streaming services (Internet connection that’s fast enough to stream high-quality HDR content).

You also need a video card like the Intel Graphics 630, Radeon 5 or GTX 10 series or later.

BenQ HDR monitors implement the HDR standard that displays images by enhancing the brightness/darkness of signals and colour range. HDR monitors can show details more clearly and vividly and achieve a more natural-looking image.

BenQ EW3270U 32-inch 4K HDR monitor

HDR on monitors, especially edge-lit will not achieve the same effects as an HDR TV, but it will look a lot better than a standard monitor.

How does it sound?

It is very similar to the 28” EL2870U although louder and with more bass.

Bass creeps in at 100Hz and builds to 500Hz. Mids are very strong, and treble falls off from 10kHz.

BenQ EW3270U 32-inch 4K HDR monitor

This is called a mid-signature and its fine for clear voice but lacks any subtle nuances you want for movie or music enjoyment.

Loudness is a maximum of 80dB, and that verges on bedroom/study room-filling sound. My advice is to get a Bluetooth stereo speaker or even a 2.0 or 2.1 soundbar (from about $200) if you intend to stream movies.

GadgetGuy’s take. BenQ EW3270U 32-inch 4K HDR monitor wins in value and performance

The BenQ EW3270U 32-inch 4K HDR monitor is priced competitively with other Ultra HD monitors that don’t offer DCI colour or HDR. It is excellent value for the performance. I would be happy to own it and will miss it when it goes back to BenQ.

BenQ EW3270U 32-inch 4K HDR monitor, BenQ EW3270U 32-inch 4K HDR monitor

Value for money
Ease of Use
Possibly the best value 4K 32" HDR10 monitor with Thunderbolt today
Ultra HD resolution means crisp text
95% DCI-P3 colour
HDR10 support for HDR content
• BI+ makes a big difference if using this all day and into the night
Good for casual gamers but more an office productivity and entertainment monitor
Mid-sound signature is fine for everyday use but if you want more bass then get a Bluetooth soundbar