A 4K Gaming Monitor, But For Consoles?
PC.com|July - August 2019

The BenQ EL2870U is the latest 28-inch 4K gaming monitor which has some of the quality of a gaming monitor.

Feature Packed Monitor

It isn’t a full-blown gaming monitor like its competitors, although it has HDR, a 1ms grey-to-grey (GTG) response time and AMD FreeSync which we will get to later.

To kick things off, the monitor has thick bezels around the display with a chin at the bottom which houses the ambient light sensor. Button controls are located at the below the monitor and the hotkey to toggle between HDR and Brightness Intelligence Plus technology (B.I+) is situated at the bottom right of the monitor. The build of the monitor is made from plastic while its rectangular base stand is made from metal.

There are two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort and a 3.5mm headphone jack. BenQ has equipped a pair of built-in speakers for this monitor but it doesn’t sound impressive just like other monitors with built-in speakers. So that's something you should keep in mind if you're buying the monitor. We suggest you connect headphones so you can fully immerse in the game.

Display – Not As Great as It Could’ve Be

TN display panels aren’t the greatest compared to an LCD panel at the very least but BenQ managed to minimize the potential for colours to appear washed out at different viewing angles. Implementing HDR functionality in a TN panel could pose a challenge but BenQ definitely nailed it in the EL2870U.

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