Are your colors accurate!? BenQ PD2720U 27 inch 4K DesignVue Designer Monitor review

Are your colors accurate!? BenQ PD2720U 27 inch 4K DesignVue Designer Monitor review


Hello creative filmmakers,
thanks for watching Orange83. Today we’re going to take a look at the
brand new designers monitor from BenQ. This is the PD2720U, it’s a 27-inch monitor for uses that
need more than just an average display. It’s a monitor with accurate
color reproduction especially made for graphic designers,
photographers and video editors. Before we start, full disclosure:
I received the two monitors from BenQ in return for a review. Although I received the two monitors,
I’m still free to share all my findings and give my honest opinion. Okay, let’s start with the outside
and the design of the monitor. The setup of this monitor is quick and easy. The screen can be attached to the
stand without the need for any tools. You can also mount the bottom
plate with this simple hand screw. The side and rear of the monitor
is made out of matte black plastic. The stand is mostly made out of
brushed metal and a little bit of plastic. The bottom plate is also made
out of brush metal. I can definitely confirm that this monitor
feels solid, sturdy and well built. You can also easily adjust
the height and the tilt angle and you can also rotate the monitor
90 degrees, if you need that. Cable management is easy with
the small hook at the back of the stand. The screen offers two
HDMI 2.0 connections and also a DisplayPort 1.4 is available. And it also has two USB
type-c Thunderbolt-3 ports which also support daisy chaining. With daisy chaining you can connect the
second monitor directly to the first monitor which is connected to your laptop or PC. And thanks to the integrated USB hub
you can now connect peripherals, such as a mouse or keyboard
directly to the monitor. So in my case, I connected
my USB card reader and also my wireless charging
station to my monitor. The outside bezels of this
monitor are very thin, but there’s also a second stage
of bezel at the edge of the panel. It is still a very thin bezel and you still
get this great widescreen experience if you have two monitors side-by-side. Overall, I wouldn’t say that this
monitor is very flat or thin, especially compared to something
like LG’s Wallpaper TV. But this is a different kind of product. In return for that, you get lots of I/O,
lots of professional options and also a built-in power brick. Only a single power cord
is needed to power up this monitor. So well, this is not the thinnest
monitor that you can buy, I still think that it’s a very
professional looking and stylish monitor. And I also think that
it looks great combined with some of my Microsoft
Surface products. Let’s now take a look at the performance. The monitor has a 10 bit IPS panel
and supports 60 hertz refresh rate. It also has a flicker free LED backlight
and low blue light technology, which helps to reduce eye fatigue. Even though this monitor has
a 5 millisecond GtG response time, it’s not targeted as a gamer’s monitor. It lacks features like AMD’s
FreeSync or a high refresh rate. You certainly can play any
game on this monitor, but in case competitive, fast paced
online gaming is high on your list, then you probably should spend
your money on a monitor which is more designed for gaming. Now let’s talk about the color accuracy. If you do any type of graphics work you do need a professionally calibrated
monitor with accurate colors. Sometimes your projects can look
great on your screen but look totally different elsewhere
if the colors are off. That’s why the PD2720U
is factory calibrated, and it comes with an individual
color certificate to ensure complete accurate
color reproduction. BenQ use their AQ color technology
to cover 100% sRGB, adobe RGB, and Rec.709 color gamuts. and it’ll alongside 96% of the
DCI-P3 color space, one of the newest color standards
found in a lot of new devices, like smartphones, tablets and TVs. And as a bonus we also
have HDR support. with the included Hotkey Puck you
can switch between color modes that you assign to the custom buttons. This makes it very easy to switch between
color gamuts and do some quality checks. And by the way, you can also use the
buttons at the back of the screen to navigate the menu. Although this monitor
is factory calibrated, I can highly recommend to recalibrate
your monitor from time to time. I’m using the Datacolor
Spider5ELITE for this. I’ve also checked the BenQ
monitor after one week of usage and as you can see by these results,
it needed some adjustments. But overall, this monitor has
an amazing color quality and I can highly recommend
this to any creative professional. All the colors seem true to nature and it can produce more
than enough brightness. In my office with average light conditions
I had to set the brightness to 42%, so I’m convinced that it will
produce enough brightness in any type of light environment. A lot of IPS panels suffer
from backlight bleeding. I’ve also bested this on the BenQ monitor
at 0, 50 and 100 % brightness. At higher brightness you can see some
color variations at the side of the screen. But to be fair, it’s a lot less
than the average IPS panel. And during my two-week testing I never
had any issues with backlight bleeding. Let’s take a look at the viewing angles. There is a little bit of color shifting when
the screen is viewed from an angle, but that’s mostly when you look at it
with an angle more than 90°. So, overall, I would say: acceptable. So now it is conclusion time. The BenQ PD2720U is
an excellent monitor. It has brilliant color quality
with HDR support, lots of professional color options,
beautiful design and good build quality. So far I can only come up
with two negatives for this monitor: the first one are the built-in speakers. They sound weak and
have bad audio quality. [built-in speakers sound test] The second biggest negative
point would be the price. At the moment of recording this
review video, it’s priced at $1,100 or €1,000. Although it’s a bit cheaper compared
to competitors like EIZO, it’s still a lot of money for
a 27-inch professional monitor. But still, if you are a graphic designer,
a photographer, a video editor, you will love this professional 4k monitor
with stunning colors and plenty of options. That’s it for this review. I hope you enjoyed it and helped you
to make a purchase decision. Feel free to leave your thoughts
and feedback in the comments below. Thanks again for watching,
see you next time on Orange83. [Music]


24 thoughts on “Are your colors accurate!? BenQ PD2720U 27 inch 4K DesignVue Designer Monitor review

  1. Orange83, I’ve just shared a film on my youtube channel, please lemme know your opinion of it, it really matters. Love you buddy

  2. My issue is when i get stuff printed the same file looks very different from where i get it printed, not to mention on what I get it printed on and different again to what it looks like on my monitor at home and then different again on my plasma if I view it on that. Even if you spend a grand for this monitor which will be calibrated correctly it doesn't mean your clients will view it on the same quantity of monitor or when you print your work for your client.

  3. I think it's too expensive, and here's a cheaper solution:
    https://www.amazon.com/BenQ-2560×1440-PD2700Q-Animation-Flicker-Free/dp/B01K1INYWG
    Not 4K and not so modern design but other specifications are great. The price is extremely convenient for what it provides.

  4. Thank you for your review of this monitor! I found it very helpful even though I have no plans to buy this monitor anytime soon. This info is very helpful when purchasing any monitor for video production!

  5. Two monitors? Nice. I only received one 24" model from them a year ago. Welcome to the club O83. At NAB Show, I saw a new HP monitor if my memory serves me well goes for $2K. I had to pick my chin off the floor after hearing the price.

  6. Looks expensive for 27", as 32" version is £635. (OK, the previous version, no tb3, but 32…)
    https://amzn.to/2YLX8cP

  7. Great video!!! Good job sir.
    This monitor is better than BenQ SW271 27" right? at the same price :0 this has better hub connections with new tecnology, like USB C Thunderbolt 3, etc. but does not include the Shading Hood… 🙁

  8. How did you calibrate your monitor, as the sRGB, aRGB are hardware calibrated? The only calibration slot, I guess would be user.

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