Today we are reviewing the BenQ EW277HDR
which was released in August of this year and is BenQ's newest evolution of the 'EW' series.
The design of the EW277HDR remains the same as what we saw in our review of the
EW2775ZH which is a fairly sleek form factor and a thin bezel.
BenQ is advertising the EW277HDR as a multi-purpose monitor for digital entertainment enthusiasts who are into HDR content such as
watching a movie, music video, or playing a video game.
The BenQ EW277HDR is a 27-inch 60 Hz monitor with a 12ms/4ms (GtG) response time that retails for $270 on Amazon and comes with 3 years of warranty. It leverages a VA panel technology with high 3000:1 native contrast, wide color gamut reaching 93% of cinematic DCI-P3 color space and a max resolution of 1920 x 1080. When HDR mode is enabled, the Brightness Enhancement engine increases the luminance from 300 nits to 400 nits for significantly higher contrast performance.
At $270, the BenQ EW277HDR is positioned toward the mid end of the multi-purpose monitor market and competes with other 60 Hz monitors on the market such as the Dell S2718H, SAMSUNG C27F398, AOC Q2778Vqe, and HP E271i. Some of these monitors come with an IPS display and have a 2K resolution, and are priced around $260 to $290. I definitely think the BenQ EW277HDR is overpriced at $270, it should not be more than $200 in my opinion.
The 60 Hz refresh rate is not the most disappointing factor of the EW277HDR but rather its 1920 x 1080 resolution. A 1080p resolution in a 27-inch screen size is going to have bigger than average pixels which means your content will look pixelated when viewed from up close. Obviously if you are going to be watching movies and music videos then the pixel density won’t be much of an issue but if you are going to be buying a 27-inch monitor, it is best to stick with a QHD resolution in most cases.
As far as gaming goes, since this monitor does not have any gaming features, it’s not desirable for competitive gaming
but I did test this monitor by playing GTA V which is not a competitive game and
I enjoyed every moment during my testing. This monitor outputs great color quality and you can definitely tell when you are playing a game.
Even though most gamers are normally looking for a high refresh rate G-Sync/FreeSync monitor, the EW277HDR can be a solid monitor for gamers on a budget.
The EW277HDR is an 8-bit panel that accurately portrays 100% of Rec. 709 HDTV color standard and has a 93% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut which is used by the digital cinema industry. BenQ is using an AU Optronics AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) panel on their EW277HDR monitor which is a VA type panel that's designed for great color consistency and viewing angles. TN panels on the other hand have washed out colors, the viewing angles are not as good compared to an IPS or VA panel, and the color quality is not as accurate.
|BenQ EW277HDR Specifications|
|Panel Type:||VA Panel|
|Product Color:||Metallic Grey|
|Refresh Rate:||60 Hz|
|Color Bit:||8 Bit|
|Pixel Pitch (mm):||0.311|
|Response Time:||12ms, 4ms (GtG)|
|Max Resolution:||1920 x 1080|
|Color Gamut:||93% DCI-P3|
|Support:||Low Blue Light|
Brightness Intelligence Plus
|Audio:||2 x 2W Built-in Speakers|
|Hor. Frequency (KHz):||30~83|
|Ver. Frequency (Hz):||50~76|
|Video Bandwidth (MHZ):||205 MHz|
|Power Supply (90~264 AC):||Adapter|
|Power Consumption (On mode):||<40W|
|Power saving mode:||<0.5W|
|Power Consumption (Off mode):||<0.5W|
|Dimensions(HxWxD mm):||461 x 614 x 181|
|Net Weight Without Stand:||3.6 kg|
|Net Weight (kg):||4.3 kg|
|Gross Weight (kg):||6 kg|
|Dynamic Power Saving (DPS):||Yes|
|Windows® 10/8/7/Mac Compatible:||Yes|
|MTBF(hr, exclude lamp):||60000|
|Backlight Life (hr) min:||30000|
|Backlight Life (hr) Typical:||30000|
|Color Temperature:||Normal / Reddish / Bluish / User Mode|
|Tilt (down/up):||-5° ~ 20°|
|Ports:||2xHDMI, Speakers, VGA, Headphone Jack, Audio Out|
|Accessories:||Power cord (1.5m) / HDMI 1.4 cable (1.5m)|
|Release Date:||August 2017|
The EW277HDR comes in your typical brown carton decorated with a picture of the monitor on the front and some graphics announcing its eye-care intent. You can find the features of the monitor listed on front and also on the side of the box. Looking at the top left corner of the box, we see the BenQ logo and the 'EW277HDR' model number next to it.
BenQ includes fairly decent quality cables and the components inside are well packaged and everything feels well secured inside the box. Inside you will find the 27” monitor, the stand, power cord with an adapter, 1x HDMI 1.4 cable, a quick-start guide and documentation on a CD-ROM.
Since this is an entry level monitor, you would expect companies to cut corners in packaging but the EW277HDR is tightly protected by two high density foams as shock absorbent and plastic wrapping to prevent any accidental damages during shipping. Overall, the packaging is very good and the product arrived in perfect condition.
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