Now talking about the panel itself, the upgrade to a VA panel (Vertical Alignment) on EW3270U was probably the most importin compare to its little brother EL2870U which had a TN panel. The VA 10-bit panel offers solid color and deep blacks. By default, colors are slightly oversaturated which looks great and images feel much more saturated, but not too suitable for any color grading photo editing work. The monitor can produce good colors with the right calibration or selecting a photo profile, it hits the targets for both DCI-P3 and sRGB throughout the full range of color saturation.
With a color meter, we adjust the red, green, and blue adjustment slider for correct color temperature. The BenQ EW3270U manages to get a grayscale DeltaE average of 1.30 with 6267K color temperature with 120 nits brightness level. The contrast ratio of the panel falls under 1400:1 mark, which is good enough for its HDR. Overall BenQ EW3270U gets 99.4% coverage of sRGB color gamut, which is more or less equal to 90% Adobe RGB and good enough for color grading work.
The monitor has a 60Hz refresh rate with 4ms GTG response time, the refresh rate not a huge deal as it’s a native 3840 x 2160 resolution monitor and you probably not going to able to push your game FPS above that. Also with AMD FreeSync (via Adaptive-Sync) via HDMI and DP, on compatible AMD GPUs and NVIDIA cards also with updated driver. So even at 4K resolution gaming feels pretty smooth.
BenQ EW3270U also has HDR (High Dynamic Range), which works with both PC and consoles via either DP 1.4 or HDMI 2.0. Now HDR allows increasing the overall dynamic range between true black and bright white to duplicate what your eyes see in the natural world. Now we don’t have the correct equipment for testing HDR10 content, but with it enable the dynamic range between black portion and brightly lighted screen are boosted and images look slightly clear especially on the shadow areas.
BenQ also adds some proprietary technologies to EW3270U, one of them is Brightness Intelligence Plus (B.I.+), which detects the ambient light and color temperature in the surrounding environment to optimize picture quality. As this feature is mainly used to enhance viewing conditions in office or uncontrolled environments, we didn’t use it as we like to set our own brightness levels.
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So overall BenQ EW3270U 32″, 4K screen is great for multitasking and great for watching UHD movies, as the 32-inch screen size has enough space to utilize the 4K resolution at its best where you don’t need to change scale to 150 or 175% to see text like in a 27 or 28-inch monitors, so effectively reducing the screen real estate. For gaming, it performs well as a casual gaming monitor since it supports FreeSync and has excellent low input lag giving the monitor a very responsive feel, though a maximum 60 Hz refresh rate will disappoint more serious gamers. In games, HDR doesn’t add much, and best to use it for movies. The 10-bit VA panel on DCI-P3 offers great color reproduction and good enough for most content creators and professional work. The best part about BenQ EW3270U is its price as it cost half as much a premium professional 4K monitor cost and it is a worthy alternative for people who like an HDR-capable 4K monitor for your PC, 4K HDR console, and your MacBook and looking for a worthy alternative to uber-expensive monitors. We very pleased with BenQ EW3270U performance and giving it the EDITOR’S CHOICE AWARD.