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BenQ EL2870U Review: 28-Inch, 2160 4K UHD, Gaming Display

3.5/5

The 28-inch BenQ EL2870U gaming monitor is a great, 4K TN panel for console gamers and PC gamers alike.

Additionally, the EL2870U will provide you pretty decent 4K HDR features if you’re gaming on a console such as the PS4 Pro or the Xbox One X.

Also, the display will give you great screen real estate space as well, if you’re wanting to work on different projects and have multiple windows open at the same time.

But before getting the BenQ EL2870U display, let’s dive into the monitor’s specifications, display design, performance, and features.

Specifications

  • Screen Size: 28-Inches
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160 4K UHD
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • Panel Type: TN
  • Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
  • Brightness: 300 cd/m²
  • Screen Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Built-In Speakers: 2 x 2-Watts
  • Stand Height, Swivel, Pivot: No
  • Stand Tilt: Yes (-5° to +20°)
  • VESA Mount Compatible, 100x100mm
  • Connectivity: 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x USB-C, 1x 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Weight: 13.89-lbs

Display Design

The BenQ EL2870U measures at 27-inches and has nice medium-sized bezels from all three sides, and isn’t too overly thick, which will still give you a great immersion experience during gaming and multimedia sessions.

The display also has a nice matte-black and grey finish to it, along with a high-quality matte-black plastic stand, which serves as a stable foundation thanks to its Y-based shape. And the display only wobbles a bit when slightly moved; however, it shouldn’t be a big issue.

Unfortunately, the stand isn’t ergonomically designed and can only tilt -5° to +20°. However, you can always opt-in for a 100x100mm VESA mount, which you can use for true display movement and freedom. The stand can easily slide and detach, thanks to its user-friendly set-up.

If you flip the display to the rear, you’ll see the awesome BenQ logo, and you’ll also be able to find the connectivity, which consists of one DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0, one USB-C, and one audio jack.

There aren’t as many ports and connectivity that you can connect to with the EL2870U; however, you’ll be able to plug in two extra consoles that you may have lying around. And you can also add in an HDMI switch if you want to expand for more connectivity.

Additionally, the EL2870U has two 2-watt speakers, which sound pretty decent; however, it’s always recommended that you stay with a dedicated sound system or listen with a pair of fabulous headphones.

Located on the bottom right of the display, you’ll find the HDR button, which you can press and activates the HDR feature itself. Along with six physical buttons that control the OSD configurations.

Overall, the BenQ EL2870U’s design looks simple and elegant as well; the medium-sized bezels shouldn’t serve as a distraction and will still give you screen immersion.

Performance and Features

The BenQ EL2870U has a 3840 x 2160 4K UHD resolution, along with a 60Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time. These specs are great if you’re a casual console and PC gamer.

Also, the EL2870U has a contrast ratio of 3000:1 along with a brightness level of 300 cd/m². The contrasts performed decently, however, showed gray areas in dark environments. However, this is due to its older nature of being a TN panel.

Brightness levels aren’t as powerful; however, they performed decently but not too outstanding levels.

Additionally, the input lag sits around 9ms, which is excellent and very typical for a 60Hz TN panel.

And the EL2870U being a TN panel, you’ll start seeing images and colors fade away when viewing the monitor at certain angles and positions.

The monitor has a 97% sRGB range, along with a 72% DCI P3 coverage. Besides the HDR feature performed decently, the colors remained almost the same, and when on HDR, the color wasn’t as vibrant and luminous due to its limited HDR color gamut coverage.

Additionally, the overdrive feature works well, consisting of modes of high and premium. It’s recommended to tune into high settings, which will grant you optimal performance. However, if you switch to premium mode, you’ll start seeing graphical artifacts and overshoots.

And the monitor’s FreeSync performs excellent, along with a VRR range of 40Hz to 60Hz. Once FreeSync is on, it eliminates screen tearing and ghosting altogether.

Also, G-Sync is compatible; once you download Nvidia’s drivers, you’ll be able to use G-Sync smoothly.

The monitor will also provide you a flicker-free screen, which will offer you prolonged use without having your eyes strained or tired.

Pros

  • Great 1ms response time
  • FreeSync performs well and is also G-Sync compatible
  • 4K performs and looks great
  • Great color accuracy

Cons

  • OSD buttons can be improved
  • Deeper blacks were a bit grey.
  • HDR can be improved.

Conclusion and Thoughts

Overall the BenQ EL2870U gaming monitor is pretty decent, along with a 60Hz refresh rate; you can find higher refresh rate monitors to get that slight edge.

Being an older TN panel, the EL2870U is limited on color vibrancy, and the contrast coverage wasn’t to its full potential, thus limiting its HDR performance.

However, if you’re a casual console and PC gamer, and use the display for normal business activities, then the EL2870U should suffice.

Display Comparison

Front side of the BenQ EW3270U monitor

However, comparing the EL2870U to the BenQ EW3270U, the BenQ EW3270U performed outstandingly because of its overall contrast coverage and grater HDR features, making the EW3270U a well-rounded gaming monitor.

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