Price (RRP): $899 but shop around for a bargain
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
2x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
|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
Low Blue light
Brightness Intelligence +
Freesync 60Hz (requires Radeon card)
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
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.