BenQ's latest is something that ticks all of the right boxes - QHD 1440p resolution, excellent colour depth, a high 144 Hz refresh rate, low-response time. Plus, it also ticks a few boxes of its own thanks to the inclusion of decent in-built speakers, a remote control, and HDR support that offers up great out-of-the-box setting for movies and games.
The IPS panel here is impressive, thanks to the excellent colour output (95% of DCI-P3) in addition to the overall brightness. Compared to a VA panel the increased sharpness and vibrancy of an IPS panel is something we’ve always been drawn too – even if black levels and contrast don’t quite hit the same cinematic highs as what’s possible with a VA panel. Going IPS, the result is a noticeably crisper image, something that games and general PC usage tends to benefit from. As a DisplayHDR 400 certified display the HDR output is generally good and pretty-standard when viewed in the form of an entry on a spec sheet. Where it comes alive, so to speak, is with BenQ’s own HDRi modes.
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Post-processing and customisation and presets are things we’ve come to expect in modern digital technology – and in the realm of LCD-displays. Colour accuracy aside, post-processing is generally unavoidable whilst also coming a long way in recent years to properly support true cinematic presentation. Outside of the atrocity that is motion-plus and motion-smoothing of course. BenQ’s HDRi is designed to enhance HDR output depending on the source – be is a movie or a game. The result is enhanced contrast, better colour depth suited to the IPS display – and an impressive Game Mode that look noticeably better than the standard HDR setting.