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BenQ's Mobiuz brand PC monitor is centered on providing high-end gaming experience at various price points. I previously reviewed the $1,000 BenQ Mobiuz EX3415R, and I was very impressed with the ultra-wide screen, but pointed out that the price will be one of the main issues. I now have BenQ Mobiuz EX2710S for testing, which is a much more affordable gaming monitor with some impressive specifications. If you are looking for a new FHD gaming monitor that can handle competitive games, this monitor is worth a try.
Bottom line: Compared with EX2710, BenQ Mobiuz EX2710S brings a higher 165Hz refresh rate, but the price is also about $60 higher. If you have PC hardware to drive the frame rate and want a monitor that supports HDR10, smart brightness, 1ms response time and good colors, then Mobiuz EX2710S is a choice worth considering.
BenQ provided the evaluation unit of the Mobiuz EX2710S gaming monitor for Windows Central. This is a small update to Mobiuz EX2710, you can still find it for about $270. If you don't mind the lower 144Hz refresh rate, you can save some money; the EX2710S with a 165Hz refresh rate costs about $330. Both monitors are available at many online retailers.
The following are the specifications of Mobiuz EX2710S listed on the BenQ website.
The BenQ Mobiuz EX2710S adopts a design similar to other displays in the series. It is mainly made of plastic and has a silver and black color scheme. It is easy to assemble—legs, stand, and monitor are assembled in less than two minutes—and the stand provides tilt, rotation, and height adjustments for better ergonomics. I want to see higher heights, because anyone who is particularly tall needs to add a lifter to their desk. It cannot be rotated, so this is not to buy a monitor for vertical use. The manufacturing quality seems to be very good, and the display is firmly fixed in place.
Mobiuz EX2710S is easy to assemble and provides ergonomic adjustments for better vision.
Thanks to the thin bezels on the sides and top, the screen itself looks very modern. BenQ has moved the ambient light sensor to the bottom of the display to prevent it from being covered by the webcam, so there is not much reason to put a thick bar on the top. There is an HDRi button on the bottom bezel and a light sensor underneath; it looks clean overall.
Behind the right display is the power button, OSD joystick and quick input selection. BenQ has a convenient shortcut menu that pops up by just pressing the joystick; it can be customized with different setting options in a deeper menu. The quick menu also provides you with an overview of the refresh rate, adaptive synchronization, and HDR mode.
Delving into deeper menus, you can use eye care, audio, and brightness sensor options. As a person whose eyes are overly sensitive to strong light, I really appreciate the 20-level blue light reduction. The "Brightness Intelligence+" (BI+) sensor can also be adjusted (if you prefer static brightness, you can completely disable it) to increase sensitivity to ambient light.
The EX2710S has several built-in 2.5W speakers located on the bottom edge of the display. They are great for keeping your ears away from the headphones; listening to music or podcasts at work is easy, and even meetings with colleagues can make their voices clear. As long as you are not working or playing in a crowded space, the volume is not a problem. Competitive gamers who need to accurately locate footsteps — or anyone who really wants heavy bass — want to stick to a separate speaker system or one of the best PC gaming headsets.
There are nine color mode presets available, and if you include a custom profile that you can set yourself, there are 10 types. There are two HDRi and one standard HDR preset, as well as FPS, RPG, Racing, sRGB, MacBook and Epaper modes. If you don't want to set it yourself, these presets are sufficient. However, setting custom profiles for color, brightness, contrast, sharpness, gamma, etc. should please those who want things to look perfect.
Regardless of the color mode, the 27-inch panel is pleasing to the eye, and I must have seen a worse picture on a monitor of the same price. 1920x1080 (FHD) and its 82 pixels per inch (PPI) may not be enough for some people accustomed to higher resolutions, but I hardly noticed the reduction in pixels after moving from the QHD monitor. The lower FHD resolution allows more hardware to achieve higher frame rates in games, which can be accommodated by refresh rates up to 165Hz.
AMD’s FreeSync Premium is standard, but NVIDIA G-Sync compatibility means that the monitor can be used with any of the best graphics cards to prevent screen tearing. MPRT of 1 millisecond and GtG response time of 2 milliseconds are low enough for competitive game players who rely on fast twitching actions for success. As for the color, I measured 96% sRGB, 77% Adobe RGB and 80% DCI-P3 in the custom mode of the monitor.
The HDR10 features of the display are quite limited, and anyone who thinks they have a true HDR display may be disappointed. After enabling compatible content, you will notice a significant increase in brightness, but no significant changes in contrast. This is due to the lack of local dimming areas, which are usually provided by more expensive displays.
The screen has an anti-glare coating to counter the overhead lighting, and its standard brightness of 256 nits (tested) should be sufficient even if HDR is not enabled. If you really need more, HDR can increase it to about 340 nits. HDRi is a combination of BenQ's HDR image, color adjustment and automatic brightness that relies on the BI+ sensor. It receives the ambient light reading and then makes fine adjustments to the picture on the screen to ensure you get the best picture. This is a neat feature, it actually works as expected, but honestly, when I didn't test the monitor's function, I disabled it.
I have been using Mobiuz EX2710S to work and play games for several weeks. It performed well on both accounts, although I must point out some things that I don't like very much. The first is the orange bar on the monitor stand. I don't know why it's there, but it conflicts with the rest of the display and everything else on my desk. Removing the orange bar in the next refresh of the display will be a welcome change.
There is no rotation available, so you cannot use the monitor in a vertical position. The monitor is best used as the main gaming screen, so it's not a big deal. As mentioned earlier, it is better to have a higher height adjustment to avoid having to use standpipes.
The ports are limited to dual HDMI 2.0, one DisplayPort 1.2 and one 3.5mm audio jack, so discard any idea of using the monitor as a USB hub. One thing I appreciate is the detachable back cover, which hides the ports and makes the overall appearance cleaner. Finally, the power cord that comes with the monitor can be longer to better fit a standing desk. If your wall plug is low on the wall, or your power pole is on the floor, you may need an extension cord.
Due to the 27-inch 2560x1440 (QHD) resolution, HDR10 support, 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-Sync compatibility, LG's UltraGear 27GL850-B is our best PC gaming monitor choice. If you want a higher resolution and a slightly lower refresh rate, this should solve the problem. The price is also similar, the LG display is priced at approximately US$350.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 is a 32-inch curved gaming monitor with QHD resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, HDR10 support, and AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-Sync compatibility. If you prefer a larger screen with a 1000R curve and don't mind the lower refresh rate, then the Odyssey G5 is actually (at the time of writing) cheaper than the Mobiuz EX2710S.
For the same product as EX2710S, although the price is lower, please check Dell S2721HGF. This is a 27-inch curved display with FHD resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, VA panel, 1ms response time, and AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-Sync compatibility. At the time of writing, the display is close to $220, but without the savings from Black Friday, it looks to be around $350.
Finally, the price of BenQ Mobiuz EX2710 is still about $270. Except for the lower 144Hz refresh rate, it is essentially the same as EX2710S. If you don't care about the extra 21Hz, you can save about $60.
Keeping the price in mind, Mobiuz EX2710S is unlikely to have serious failures. For competitive gamers who like to stick to the FHD resolution, it has the correct specifications, good colors, and HDR10 support is limited, but it is a good reward. The smart brightness function is not a function I often use, but it does work and should satisfy those who sit down to participate in a marathon game meeting, because the ambient light changes every hour.
The pixel density is not particularly impressive on paper, but it is not difficult even to move from my usual QHD monitor. The game on this monitor looks great, especially when you start adjusting the countless built-in settings. Color and contrast are suitable for gaming, but I do not recommend using the monitor for any professional work that requires better Adobe RGB and DCI color reproduction.
The quality of workmanship is very good, and the thin three-sided frame gives a modern feel. I don't like the orange strip on the bracket, and the port selection is not that impressive, but other than that, from the design perspective, there is nothing particularly outstanding.
Bottom line? If you are considering using this monitor, please do not buy it to support HDR or smart light sensor. Buy it to get 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and FreeSync and G-Sync compatibility. The 165Hz refresh rate is best paired with powerful PC hardware; you want to make the most of what you buy. If you are satisfied with 144Hz, EX2710 can also be purchased at a cheaper price.
Bottom line: Mobiuz EX2710S offers a series of outstanding features at an asking price. If you are buying a 27-inch FHD monitor with excellent gaming performance, you should consider this.
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