BenQ EX3210R review — A 165Hz, 1440p display that easily passes the eye test

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It’s about 2022, and even 1440p is still a sweet spot for gaming monitors. With that resolution, you can get everything you want at a reasonable price. The difficult part is finding a monitor that understands the assignment. For its part, BenQ largely succeeds in that task with its Mobiuz EX3210R gaming monitor.

The EX3210R is a 32-inch tilted gaming monitor with 2560-by-1440 QHD resolution with support for 165Hz refresh rate and HDR. It is now available for $ 600 from sites like Amazon. Other key features for the EX3210R include support for DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0. It, with its proper built-in speakers, makes it an ideal single display for use with PCs and new-gen consoles. You won’t get 4K120Hz, but you can get 1440p120Hz from Xbox and 1080p120 from PlayStation 5.

I think between those capabilities and its performance, the display is the right price – especially if you want to buy a device to do it all.

I’ll find out what makes a banquet display better, which is one of the things you should take care of. But let’s start with its shortcomings. One of the biggest failures is the familiarity: HDR is incomplete. The display tops at 400 nits, which is the minimum HDR standard. Ideally, you want a display that can hit 1,000 nits. Many monitors are still stingy on this.

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The display doesn’t even have a full response time to switch between colors. It’s not bad, but I like to compare the modern monitor with my very good Asus Predator XB321HK which is now about 6 years old. It has almost full refresh rate, which I test using this LCD testing tool. What I’m looking for is flashing, which is not ideal. The XB321HK has almost no flashing. In comparison, the EX3210R’s flashing is a bit more obvious – especially when switching from black to dark gray. That said, it’s still really good for its price range. I wouldn’t classify this anywhere near a dealbreaker.

Likewise, the display is really good, if not perfect, color uniformity and blending performance. There is a slight amount of vignetting around the edges of the screen regardless of color and you will see some bending in the transition from red to black and green to black.

Above: Bending is really noticeable only in extreme tests.

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The EX3210R excels in real world performance

But in actual use, the EX3210R looks nice and looks appropriate. It shines when you have high framerate content to take advantage of its 165 Hz refresh rate.

It’s very intuitive with a high-refresh-rate display, but the EX3210R has almost no ghosting. In the real world, lumbering elephants are exposed by the aggression of speeding midgets. That’s why I’m not really worried about the pixel-response-time with Banque’s monitor. Ghosting is usually where this manifests, and you will not see it on the EX3210R.

Above: Very slight ghost that is not noticeable to the naked eye.

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The 2,500: 1 contrast ratio, meanwhile, isn’t stellar, but it’s actually enough for most games and is fine for video content. And I think the color accuracy of the EX3210R helps ensure that the image quality is clear even if you don’t have 10,000: 1 contrast.

The EX3210R is best, however, when you use it as your sole monitor and TV. It comes with a handy remote that controls volume and picture. And it enables you to quickly swap between inputs. I also like the compact size of the remote, which means you can hide it next to your PC without sticking to it.

In this scenario, it is excellent as a daily driver for your PC, and then it shifts effortlessly to handle your console. And I’m increasingly of the opinion that you shouldn’t wait for a full monitor. It’s nice to have a display that supports all the features of the new system, you don’t need it. Instead, get a device that fits your budget and life – I promise you won’t miss out more if you don’t have Dolby Vision or anything.

The BenQ EX3210R is now available for $ 600. For the purpose of this review, Banque provided a sample to Gamesbeat.

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