【英国】BenQ 专业显示器PD2720U(《Windows Help & Advice》6月刊)

【英国】BenQ 专业显示器PD2720U(《Windows Help & Advice》6月刊)

source:《Windows Help & Advice》,21 Jun 2019

Of BenQ’s broad range of monitors, the DesignVue PD series concentrates on colour accuracy and other features that designers using CAD/CAM and Photoshop rely on. That tends to include 4K resolution and naturally, this top-of-the-line IPS panel is native Ultra HD (UHD), but it also has an elegant design and enough features to attract more than just designers and photographers.

With two Thunderbolt 3 ports, the PD2720U is especially easy to hook up a laptop and daisy-chain a second screen, while the steel puck that comes with it enables you to toggle seamlessly either between different sources, or between sRGB and Display P3 settings.

With HDR10 built into the spec, this monitor is also well disposed to showing UHD Blu-ray content, or indeed adding the HDR effect to video that you are editing. And while 60Hz isn’t the fastest refresh rate, it could be enough to lure gamers looking to play mediumpaced 4K games with HDR.

It’s also hard not to be impressed by the elegant solid steel stand that allows the screen to glide up and down by 15cm or tilt 180-dgrees into portrait mode. Designers aren’t the only ones who demand a monitor that looks as good when it is switched off, so we think this monitor is going to have a very wide appeal.

Price and availability

At around £879 ($1,100), the PD2720U can be considered a premium product for professional designers and photographers.

If you don’t need such accurate colour calibration and can live without the slick stand and such a wide array of ports, you can save money by choosing the BenQ PD2700U, which uses the same size 4K IPS panel but costs only £430 ($535). The catch is the cheaper model’s lack of USB-C ports. The LG 27UK600 is another 4K IPS option that costs less again, though its specifications are compromised in all areas except screen resolution.

The inputs include a DisplayPort 1.4, a USB 3.1 upstream, two USB 3.1 downstreams, two HDMI ports and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. It’s these last two connections that make this monitor so convenient and neat to install. The cables are included, too.

The on/off button and other controls are located, somewhat awkwardly, on the rear panel. However, you also get a Hotkey Puck G2 in the box and this cabled controller enables you to adjust screen settings and inputs without having to fumble blindly behind the screen. It’s actually a rather nicely weighted device that turns and clicks and offers four programmable hard buttons.

Design and build

The PD2720U looks a cut above your average desk monitor thanks to its smart tubular steel stand and a paint job that looks very close to Apple’s space grey. The 27-inch 16:9 screen suffers almost zero bezel on three of its sides, with just a 1cm lip running below the display. In profile, it looks rather wide and certainly doesn’t look as stylish as an OLED panel from this angle. The power cord and other cables can be run through a loop on the back of the stand to keep them out the way, while a removable plastic panel at the rear hides an impressive array of inputs.

Features

As you might expect of a rangetopping model, the PD2720U has a long list of features and competitive specifications. The 4K IPS panel is 3,840×2,160 resolution with HDR10 support. The brightness is 400 nits and the refresh rate is 600Hz, which is all pretty good. More impressive is the high colour gamut, which supports 10-bit colour depth, displaying 1.07 billion colours and supporting 96 percent DCI-P3, or 100 percent sRGB coverage. The panel is certified by both CalMAN and Pantone and you even get a certificate showing the calibration results for each individual monitor, providing designers with the kind of accuracy they need when it comes to colour consistency.

BenQ has built in three preset modes that will interest designers, too: CAD/CAM mode, Darkroom Mode and Animation Mode recalibrate the screen to suit those specific tasks. You can access these and all other settings quite easily using the G2 controller. The screen also comes with flicker-free and Low Blue Light technologies, which together reduce eye strain.

When it comes to connectivity, BenQ has been generous, including every kind of input with a special mention going to the two Thunderbolt 3 ports. Their high speed transmission of data and power makes it especially easy to connect and charge a laptop with one slim cable and also to daisychain a second monitor.

Performance

Right out of the box, our test panel looks crisp and bright with a natural colour palette. Just one thin Thunderbolt 3 cable is all you need to connect a laptop and admire your familiar desktop on a vivid 27-inch screen. The cable provided, though, is rather short at 50cm.

Photoshop is just one program that highlights the advantage of working on an Ultra HD screen with such accurate colour consistency. You can really get lost in the detail

“Photoshop is just one program that highlights the advantage of working on an Ultra HD screen”

of the document that you’re working on and checking the colour spacing is as simple as switching between sRGB and Display P3 using the puck controller. Users of CAD/CAM will be interested in the dedicated mode that enhances the screen settings to suit that program.

Using a UHD Blu-Ray as a source of 4K video, the PD2720U really shows off its HDR10 skills which make full use of the panel’s 400 nit brightness to make the colours stand out. For watching movies, the advantages of 4K over 1080p are somewhat lost on such a small screen, however, when you’re sitting right in front of it, the four-fold boost in pixel density is appreciable. It’s also worth noting that the built-in stereo speakers are rather small and too feeble to fill a room with convincing sound.

Gamers might find the refresh rate is a little slow and there are no features dedicated to gaming here. Having said that, 4K games are flattered by the native 4K resolution and HDR treatment. We found that Shadow of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One looked particularly vibrant.

Summary

This handsome monitor is ideal for designers and photographers who rely on the constancy and accuracy of their display. The high resolution, contrast and brightness make it easier to work on your project, secure in the knowledge that you’re seeing industry-standard colours. But the PD2720U’s appeal is much, much wider than that. ■

A colour-accurate 4K monitor with enough performance and features to satisfy just about everyone.


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