BenQ EX2780Q: When gaming meets minimalism
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BenQ EX2780Q: When gaming meets minimalism

Feb 27, 2020 Dexter "the Heartbreaker"  

It’s one of the most valuable monitors we’ve laid eyes on with HDRi, high refresh rate and great speakers.

While the current gaming norm is to have a steady 1080p gaming experience with 100+ frame per second (fps). A higher resolution is always welcomed by gamers. In fact, many desire a bigger screen and higher resolution monitor in 2020.

The EX2780Q from BenQ is a 2K gaming monitor primarily geared towards gaming at a 144Hz refresh rate. With BenQ’s exclusive HDRi technology, this monitor certainly gives great “liveness” to the displayed images. The monitor supports AMD’s FreeSync technology, making any in-game animation extra fluid.

Not only that, the attached speakers and remote controller is a powerful duo. For RM1,799, this monitor is loaded with tonnes of perks!

The design and connectivity

To be honest, BenQ’s EX2780Q is one of the best-looking gaming monitors currently. The mainframe and the metal stand of the monitor are bronze in colour, giving it a premium feel. Unfortunately, the stand is only a solid piece of metal without any height adjustment and can’t be swivelled.

The only ergonomic element is the control for screen tilt, which is only passable given its asking price. So the best solution is to wall-mount the monitor if you wish to customise the viewing angle and the screen’s distance from your eyes.

The connectivity is sufficient with one HDMI 2.0 port, DisplayPort and USB Type-C port. BenQ’s cable management mechanic in the stand is a nice touch because all cables can be hidden within the monitor stand.

The overall design of EX2780Q is rustic yet practical. It’s a far cry from the seemingly immutable black and grey design we’ve become accustomed to as gamers.

The panel

The top and side bezels are slim, which is a standard feature on most modern monitors. The screen’s bottom bezel, on the other hand, is necessarily thicker than usual due to the implementation of the Trevolo speakers (BenQ’s audio side of their business).

The 27” screen size and 1440p resolution are a respectable combo, especially when you only have a single monitor setup. Although the 24” screen is the go-to size for the competitive scene, the extra three inches on the 27” monitor make a huge difference, especially when multitasking.

Additionally, the 2K resolution looks sharp and clear because of the relatively high pixel density (PPI) that the EX2780Q possesses (although not as high as a smartphone’s PPI). Worry not, individual pixels aren’t apparent from regular viewing distances.

The EX2780Q has an IPS panel, which is arguably the highest-tier panel compared to the vertical alignment (VA) and twisted nematic (TN) panels. That said, the colour reproduction and viewing angle are excellent on this monitor.

The HDRi is BenQ’s fashionable HDR amplifier. The “i” refers to intelligence, meaning the HDRi will further enhance the “ordinary” HDR content on your monitor, giving it extra sharpness and liveness. When the HDRi mode is activated, the images are extremely sharp and vibrant. It’s immersive to look at, to say the least.

The EX2780Q comes with the three pre-set modes- Game HDRi, Cinema HDRi, and Display HDR. Your visual enjoyment can be customised according to personal preference under various scenarios.

The BenQ’s pioneering HDRi technology combines active intelligent brightness control, colour saturation/balance optimization, and proprietary HDR image techniques to accentuate image contrast and clarity. Using a built-in sensor, the EX2780Q gaming monitor detects ambient light levels as well as image content to automatically adjust screen brightness.

The refresh rate

Everything on-screen is a lot smoother than a typical 60Hz refresh rate monitor. Even the simplest action like moving the mouse cursor is so much more fluid. Although some would argue that 144Hz isn’t the optimum refresh rate for gaming, it’s more than enough to meet most of your needs.

The high refresh rate doesn’t only provide a superior gaming performance, it also enhances a PC user’s overall experience. The smoothness of the high refresh rate will inevitably make your PC feel snappier to use.

The competitive edge of having a high refresh rate monitor over lower bands is significant, especially in first-person-shooter games. Once you experience the glory of the high refresh rate, there’s no going back.

The bonuses

The controller that comes with this monitor is unreal. It’s an accessory one would consider superfluous until you start using it. Although the EX2780Q has its control panel on the bottom right corner of its screen, which feels ergonomic to use, utilising the controller is handier.

With a few simple gestures, the controller allows users to seamlessly switch between different modes, giving the EX2780Q a distinctly luxurious feel. Now, you don’t even need to reach behind the monitor to adjust its settings.

The BenQ Eye-care tech is well-implemented. The sensors can accurately track ambient lighting and provide suitable brightness settings and blue light filter to best protect your eyes throughout your usage.

The speakers

Speakers on many monitors are normally inferior (to the extent people don’t even bother to give it a second chance). However, the EX2780Q has one of the best sounding speaker sets on a monitor.

The volume is loud enough for casual entertainment, including listening to music, watching a movie and gaming. Its 2.1 channel sound is pleasing to the ear. What’s even more surprising is that the 5W subwoofer actually does its job well. The bass is decent, but might not be powerful enough to stir you to headbang when listening to heavy metal.

Conclusion

The EX2780Q has a sharp IPS display with 1440p, HDRi technology and a good set of speakers, making it a superb option for gamers and professionals alike. It is a monitor that does it all, high refresh rate and colour accuracy of 10-bit colour depth and 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 colour space is a sweet combo in modern gaming. So it’s capable of competitive gaming as well as casual video/image editing work.

The HDRi is not a marketing gimmick on this BenQ monitor – it beautifully enhances one’s content consumption experience. The build quality is top-notch too. Absolutely no rattling with a full metal frame and stand.

The bonuses like the remote controller and Eye-care technology are extremely practical. If you’re looking for a minimalistic yet luxurious setup, the EX2780Q is for you!

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