The BenQ PD2710QC ($599) is a versatile 27-inch WQHD (2,560-by-1,440) monitor designed for users who spend equal amounts of time working on a desktop PC and a laptop PC. It uses an in-plane switching (IPS) panel to deliver rich, accurate colors and offers a multitude of connectivity options, including multiple video inputs, a video output for connecting multiple monitors, USB-C connectivity, and a docking station base for laptops and other portable devices. It lacks advanced color adjustments, but it’s still our top pick for midrange big-screen monitors.
Handy Docking Station Base
With its bezel-free borders and black and silver cabinet, the PD2710QC will look good on any desktop. The cabinet is supported by a stand consisting of a wedge-shaped base and a mounting arm with a sliding hinge that provides height, tilt, and pivot adjustments, but lacks the ability to swivel. The base is actually a full-featured docking station equipped with a DisplayPort input, a USB-C port, two USB 3.0 downstream ports, an RJ45 LAN port, a power jack, and a power switch. The right side of the base has two additional USB 3.0 downstream ports and a headphone jack. You can remove the cabinet from the mounting arm and use the four VESA mounting holes to hang the monitor on a wall using an optional wall-mounting kit.
At the rear of the monitor, facing downward, are an HDMI input, two DisplayPort inputs (full size and mini), and a DisplayPort output that allows you to daisy chain up to four monitors using multi-stream transport (MST) technology, which can drive several displays from a single output. Joining them are an AC power jack and an AC power switch for the display, and another headphone jack. Also around back, on the right side of the cabinet, are five function buttons for accessing and navigating the settings menus, and yet another power button.
The 27-inch nonreflective IPS panel has a 2,560-by-1,440 (WQHD) resolution, a 350 cd/m2 peak brightness, a 16:9 aspect ratio, a 60Hz refresh rate, and a 1000:1 native contrast ratio. It covers 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut and 100 percent of the REC.709 color gamut and has a 5-millisecond pixel response.
The PS2710QC offers a nice selection of picture settings, but lacks the advanced six color adjustments that you get with its sibling, the SW2700PT. In addition to Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, and Gamma settings you get four Color Temperature settings (Reddish, Bluish, Normal, User Defined) and nine picture presets including Standard, Low Blue Light, Darkroom, sRGB, REC.709, CAD/CAM, Animation, M-Book, and User. There are four Low Blue Light selections that are optimized for Multimedia, Web Surfing, Office, and Reading, while the M-Book preset is optimized for use with a MacBook.
BenQ covers the PD2710QC with a three-year parts, labor, and backlight warranty. Included in the box are a resource CD, a Quick Start Guide, a USB-C cable, a mini DisplayPort cable, a full-sized DisplayPort cable, and an HDMI cable.
The PD2710QC delivered very accurate colors in testing. As shown on the chromaticity chart below, red, green, and blue colors, which are represented by the colored dots, are very closely aligned with their ideal CIE coordinates, which are represented by the boxes. Colors appeared uniform and well-saturated in my test images and while displaying scenes from Stranger Things on Netflix.
The WQHD panel had no trouble displaying every shade of gray on the DisplayMate 64-Step Grayscale test and provided a crisp, well-defined picture with sharp shadow and highlight detail. As with most IPS panels, viewing angles were wide with no noticeable color shifting or dimming. While not specifically designed for gaming, the panel’s 5-mllisecond pixel response did a fairly good job of handling fast motion in our Crysis 3 (PC) and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Sony Playstation 4) gaming tests. Granted, there was minor blurring and occasional screen tearing, but if you’re a casual gamer, these artifacts won’t matter all that much. Input lag, as measured with a Leo Bodnar Lag Tester, came in at a very reasonable 10.4 milliseconds. The BenQ SW2700PT and the Lenovo L27q are our leaders; both turned in a lag time of 9.5-milliseconds.
The PD2710QC consumed 27 watts of power while set to the Standard picture mode (it does not offer an ECO power-saving mode), which puts it right in line with the Lenovo L27q (23 watts) and the Philips 279X6QJSW (24 watts) and a bit more energy-efficient than the HP Envy 27 (37 watts) and the AOC Agon AG271QX (35 watts).
Midrange Big-Screen Winner
There’s a lot to like about the BenQ PD2710QC. It not only delivers accurate colors and impressive grayscale performance, but is loaded with connectivity options. In addition to HDMI and DisplayPort inputs it has a USB-C port that lets you transmit data, video, and audio, all using a single cable. It also has a full-featured docking station for connecting to and charging your portable devices, and a DisplayPort output for daisy-chaining multiple monitors. Throw in a highly adjustable stand and you’ve got one of the best-equipped midrange big-screen monitors around. If you work with photos and require more color control, consider another Editors’ Choice, the BenQ SW2700PT. It too delivers very accurate colors and it has advanced six axis color adjustments and a 14-bit LUT which allows you to perform hardware calibrations.