In January of this year, BenQ announced the PD2710QC which may just be the perfect monitor
for graphic designers, video editors and photographers. About three weeks ago we took an in-depth look at the
which received our gold award for being an amazing designer monitor in the $300 price segment.
Today we are going to review the BenQ PD2710QC that is also aimed at designers but this model is positioned more towards the
higher end of the market and costs twice as much as the PD2500Q.
The BenQ PD2710QC is a 27-inch 60 Hz monitor with a 5ms (GtG) response time that retails for $600 on Amazon and comes with 3 years of warranty. It features an IPS panel with QHD resolution and a high build quality as we’ve come to expect from BenQ. I do want to mention that BenQ has been releasing some impressive monitors this year that have been generating a lot of positive attention for the company.
What makes the PD2710QC truly stand out from the competition is the base. BenQ has integrated a built-in docking station into the base of the PD2710QC which includes a DisplayPort, a USB-C port, a USB hub, headphone jack and an RJ45 LAN port. On top of all that, there's also the standard I/O ports on the back of the monitor which includes one DisplayPort 1.2, one Mini DisplayPort 1.2, DisplayPort Out, and an HDMI 1.4 port so the connectivity options on the PD2710QC are overkill.
BenQ has factory calibrated the PD2710QC to produce the most accurate colors possible and they
include a printed report with the factory calibration settings in the box.
If you are someone who does graphics work for a living and are looking for a stylish, high-quality monitor, definitely consider the PD2710QC because
it comes calibrated by professional engineers to produce 100% sRGB and Rec. 709 color precision out-of-the-box.
BenQ has also said that all of their PD Series designer monitors will be professionally factory-calibrated going forward.
Two key features of the BenQ PD2710QC are the Flicker-Free technology and Low-Blue Light technology. Flicker-Free Technology is used to reduce or eliminate flickering and effectively reducing eye fatigue while the Low Blue Light technology combats the possible side effects of sleep disorder that's produced from the blue light of computer monitors. Surprisingly, BenQ has not included their Brightness Intelligence technology in the PD2710QC which is used to detect the environment that you are in and change the brightness and color temperature of the monitor accordingly.
The PD2710QC is obviously not being targeted at gamers because it does not
support G-Sync or FreeSync, and the refresh rate tops out at 60Hz. But that's not to say that you can't casually game with the PD2710QC.
I fired up Battlefield 1 on maximum settings and started playing it on the PD2710QC for a few hours.
To be honest with you, I can certainly see the PD2710QC being used for casual gaming because it outputs fantastic colors and
everything in the game appears natural and vivid.
Digging further into the specs reveals that the BenQ PD2710QC relies on an 8-bit panel that can reproduce 16.7 million colors and is listed to cover 100% of the sRGB and Rec. 709 color spaces. Similar to the PD2500Q, the PD2710QC is also missing support for the Adobe RGB color space. When it comes to real world photography, sRGB normally gives better results and is considered to be much better for photography than Adobe RGB. With that being said, if you are someone who uses Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, you might want to look for a different monitor.
|BenQ PD2710QC Specifications|
|Panel Type:||IPS Panel|
|Refresh Rate:||60 Hz|
|Color Bit:||8 Bit|
|Pixel Pitch (mm):||0.216|
|Response Time:||5ms (GtG)|
|Max Resolution:||2560 x 1440|
|Color Gamut:||100% sRGB/Rec. 709|
|Display Area (mm):||596.7 (H) x 335.7 (V)|
|Support:||Low Blue Light|
|Audio:||2 x 2W Built-in Speakers|
|Voltage Rating:||100 - 240V|
|Power Consumption (On mode):||Monitor: 45W|
|Power Consumption (stand by mode):||0.5W|
|Power Consumption (sleep mode):||0.5W|
|Dimensions(HxWxD mm):||H:624.75 X 613.80 X 278.67|
L:444.75 X 613.80 X 278.67
|Net Weight Without Stand:||4.46kg|
|Net Weight (kg):||7.4kg|
|Gross Weight (kg):||10.4kg|
|Gamma:||1.8 - 2.6|
|Display Screen Coating:||Anti-Glare|
|Tilt (down/up):||-5° ~ 20°|
|Height Adjustment (mm):||180|
|Ports:||1 x HDMI 1.4|
2 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x MiniDisplayPort 1.2
4 x USB 3.1 Downstream
|USB Type-C:||Yes (PD61W, DP Alt mode, Data)|
|Release Date:||January 2017|
The PD2710QC comes in a basic brown carton with the monitor model number on the top right corner. On the sides you can will find some basic information about the monitor such as the 25" monitor size, PD series, PD2710QC model number and that it is a designer monitor.
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/base, power cord, 1x HDMI 1.4 cable, 2x DisplayPort cables, 1x USB-C cable, a quick-start guide with documentation on a CD-ROM and a printed report with the factory calibration settings.
The monitor and the stand are tightly protected by two high density foams as shock absorbent and plastic wrapping to prevent any accidental damages during shipping. The packaging is good and the product arrived in perfect condition.
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