BenQ today announced the release of the EX2780Q monitor, a 27″ affair sporting a WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution across its 10-bit IPS matrix (95% DCI-P3 color space coverage). The monitor offers an 144 Hz refresh rate which, when paired with the usage of AMD’s FreeSync, should enable smooth gaming scenarios – though the 5 ms GtG response time gives us a whole lot of pause. The resolution is a good compromise one between 1080p and 4K when it comes to graphics muscle requirements, and should thus make the 144 Hz refresh rates actually attainable in most scenarios (something that just wouldn’t happen in a 4K screen).
One of the things about this monitor, however, is the inclusion of an “HDRi” badge, which simply denotes the usage of some of BenQ’s proprietary technologies – Visual Edge, Black eQualizer and Color Vibrance – essentially auto-adjustable screen brightness, some sort of proprietary implementation of dynamic contrast, and automatic color balance adjustments. The EX2780Q includes a remote control that allows on-the-fly changes on some of the settings; and I/O is taken care of by 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort, 1x USB-C, and a headphone port. The sound system in this monitor has been upgraded compared to others – it offers a built-in 2.1 setup of treVolo speakers (2×2 watts + 5 watts subwoofer). Pricing stands at $599.