The Benq 4K 28 EL2870U monitor makes such a difference for close office desk work showing fine text, true colours, HDR and reducing eyestrain that it is our firm recommendation for office work.
I have reviewed many monitors. Most have been 16:9 ratio 1920 x 1080 or the 21:9 widescreen 3440×1440 varieties. This is the first of what I hope are many of the new breeds of 4K monitors.
Review: BenQ 4K 28 EL2870U monitor
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The Benq EL series are ‘monitors for personal entertainment with an optimal viewing experience’. So, what do I do but review it from an office productivity perspective?
Benq also has a huge range of monitors for e-sports gaming, business, design, photography, post-production and my favourite ‘stylish’. You will find exactly what you want in the range.
The EL series have a 28” and 32” 4K flat panel version (we will be reviewing the latter separately as it also has Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and uses a different panel type).
Both are special with
- 10-bit colour for 1.07 billion colours
- Low blue light (for better eye care)
- Super-resolution (upscales FHD content but not as efficient as a 4K TV)
- Brightness Intelligence Plus
- Freesync (requires a compatible Radeon card)
Setup – Not much to it
- Take out of the box
- Assemble stand (Philips head screwdriver needed)
- Plug into either HDMI Port or us the Display Port
- Add power and voila
I have been using a quality 16:9, 1080p monitor so I placed it the obligatory 600mm – at the same distance from my face. That distance is to ensure that you don’t see any pixelation – everything it smooth.
But I soon found that I could move it closer – perhaps 300-400mm because the screen resolution was so fine. That is a good thing.
How does it look?
Windows screensaver looked a lot more brilliant than before. 4K HRD movie content looked better too. While working late one evening, I realised that the Bi+ had kicked in. It detects ambient brightness to adjust display settings to deliver balanced brightness and colour temperature to match the environment.
These are features you don’t know that you miss until you try them. The EL models have a prominent switch on the front bezel to help you understand the difference.
Below is a video that explains what HDR and Bi+ does. It shows a narrow bezel monitor. The EL series have more of a traditional 18mm bezel but the same stylish stand style.
I don’t want to give the review unit back. I am lobbying my boss to buy it! You know until I wrote those words I did not even know the price – it is a very reasonable $569.
There are also
- six gamma settings
- four colour temperature settings
- HDR, Cinema HDR, Game, eBook and more custom settings.
And that may be both the good and bad parts of this monitor. To get the most out of it, you need to play with the settings. Out-of-the-box it is fine, but you can tweak it much better.