BenQ MOBIUZ Ultrawide Curved Gaming Monitor - EX3415R
Ultrawide Display (34”)
There’s this thing where you set up an impressive display, be it a TV or a new monitor, and in lieu of dedicated speakers you run the audio through in-built speakers. From there you fire up a movie or TV series, or a game, and immediately notice that it all sounds a little tinny. The voices lack depth, music sounds like it’s coming from a smartphone speaker, and sound effects are devoid of the proper punch. Starting a review for BenQ
’s latest Ultrawide talking about audio might be a little strange. Especially on the account of it being a display we’ve been keen to test out for months.
But, you can probably guess where this is headed.
The BenQ MOBIUZ Ultrawide Curved Gaming Monitor (EX3415R)
features what it dubs TrueSound by treVolo, a fancy name given to an end result chock full of crisp audio detail via a dedicated DSP chip. A sound-space with enough depth for dialogue, sound effects, and music. It all comes through clearly and with a wide stereo signal and great frequency balance. Like an in-built soundbar it's not often you see a display designed for PCs excelling in the audio department. So much so we didn’t even switch to our bookshelf speakers for the duration of this review.
Thanks to the impressive out-of-the-box audio there’s an all-in-one quality that stands out with the BenQ EX3415R. One bolstered by the fact that yes, it does indeed come with a remote control. Of course, behind the audio stuff and the very cool remote there is a great display powering it all. One suitable for all forms of entertainment and day-to-day productivity. It features a high-speed IPS panel (144Hz) with vibrant colour reproduction, great presets, FreeSync and G-Sync compatibility, and BenQ’s own HDRi tech for different gaming modes.
With the MOBIUZ branding, this BenQ Ultrawide display has been designed for gaming first and foremost. Though by simple virtue of the fact that you’re getting a cinematic aspect ratio it’s great for other media too. Outside of the angular stand there’s nothing about the look that feels like ‘pure gaming tech’, the sleek curved finish and build quality is in line with BenQ’s minimal design aesthetic. And thanks to opting for IPS over a VA panel it could just as well work as a pure productivity screen, with little in the way of calibration required. BenQ’s EyeCare tech is one of the best in the business, and helps keep eye-strain to a minimum.
Like an in-built soundbar it's not often you see a display designed for PCs excelling in the audio department.
As is the Utlrawide way, the BenQ EX3415R is all about immersion. The 1900R curvature might not be the biggest you can find, but it’s one that works well for the 34-inch size. It’s also the curve that takes the quickest to get used to.
There are a few criticisms to lay out, mostly born from the BenQ EX3415R feeling a tad pricey. Which means it does fall a little short of being one of the best Ultrawide displays on the market. With its DisplayHDR 400 rating the 400-nit brightness is what you’d call entry-level HDR, definitely good enough but noticeable when stacked up against brighter panels. For the price-point it probably should have been bumped up to DisplayHDR 600. Throw in SDR (that is non-HDR) brightness that doesn’t hit the 300-nit sweet-spot, and you begin to see where the all-in-one allure of the display doesn’t exactly tick all of the boxes.
But, these are concessions that make sense when you look at what else is in play. Namely, the BenQ MOBIUZ EX3415R’s focus on gaming. A crisp and responsive (2ms GtG) IPS panel with great sRGB calibration and 98% DCI-P3 colour for all of its main modes. With the added bonus of AMD FreeSync Premium and G-Sync compatibility it’s a box ticker where it counts. And in action the 144 Hz refresh rate panel is smooth and artifact free. Which comes to the fore when you fire up F1 2021
and Forza Horizon 4
and switch to the Racing HDRi picture mode. Paired with a modern GPU like the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
it’s pure racing bliss.
A View to Remember
The WQHD 1440p Ultrawide resolution is something of a ‘once you’ve tried it’ deal, it’s hard to go back. It’s also one that makes better use of most of the GPUs on the market, thanks to 4K being limited to GeForce RTX 3080s and Radeon RX 6800 XTs of the world. Most modern titles support Ultrawide and in testing the BenQ MOBIUZ EX3415R we ran the gamut of Horizon Zero Dawn
, DOOM Eternal
, Forza Horizon 4, F1 2021, and many more. Titles that took advantage of the cinematic immersion that comes with going Ultrawide. And in terms of BenQ’s line-up this is easily the company’s best Ultrawide to date. And one that excels in just about all areas.
Maximum Resolution: WQHD 3440 x 1440
Panel Type: IPS
Refresh Rate: 144 Hz (AMD FreeSync Premium)
Response Time (GTG): 2ms
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Native)
Brightness: 400 nit (HDR)
There are a number of features here that go beyond the raw specs, stuff that feels like it should be essential for all displays. The supplied remote is one, it makes picture and audio adjustment a breeze, and the aforementioned EyeCare is another. Another one worth pointing out is BI+ (Brightness Intelligence) that uses sensors to automatically adjust brightness and settings based on the room you’re in. Being edge-lit and IPS does mean that darker scenes have that greyed out look, but that comes with the territory.
A crisp and responsive (2ms GtG) IPS panel with great sRGB calibration and 98% DCI-P3 colour for all of its main modes. With the added bonus of AMD FreeSync Premium and G-Sync compatibility it’s a box ticker where it counts.
In the end though, the BenQ MOBIUZ Ultrawide Curved Gaming Monitor helps make the case for going Ultrawide. From the excellent calibration to the impressive IPS performance and the great audio, it all adds to that one thing we all look for when we game -- immersion. Playing Arkane’s Deathloop
after experiencing it on PS5, in Ultrawide, was wonderful. There’s just something about seeing more of the environment, having the curve of a display fill your entire vision, and great audio adding that final layer. Throw in smooth 100-fps plus performance and you’ve got that full PC experience that’s quite unlike any other.