BenQ’s E-Series line has a new display for PC gamers and one for graphic designers

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BenQ America has expanded its E-series lineup of desktop monitors with the launch of the EX3200R and the EW2770QZ. The EX3200R is a 31.5-inch curved solution with a curvature of 1800R and a 144Hz refresh rate, while the EW2770QZ is a flat 27-inch panel packing a QHD resolution and an ultra-slim bezel. Both are available now for $450 in the United States.

For starters, below is a graphic provided by BenQ showing how a curvature of 1800R appears to the person seated in front of the EX3200R:

benq monitors curved freesync artists curvature explained

And here are the hardware details for both:

EX3200R EW2770QZ
Screen size: 31.5 inches 27 inches
Screen resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 @ 144Hz 2,560 x 1,440
Panel Type: VA IPS
Curvature size: 1800R N/A
Aspect ratio: 16:9 16:9
Pixel pitch: 0.121mm x 0.364mm 0.233mm x 0.233mm
Brightness: 300 nits 350 nits
Native contrast: 3,000:1 1,000:1
Dynamic contrast: 20,000,000:1 Unknown
Response time: 4ms gray to gray 5ms gray to gray
Color amount: 16.7 million 16.7 million
Color space: 72 percent NTSC 100 percent sRGB, Rec. 709
Color bit: 8-bits 8-bits
Speakers: N/A 2x two-watt speakers
AMD FreeSync Support: Yes Yes
Ports: 1x HDMI 1.4
1x DisplayPort 1.2
1x Ethernet
1x headphone jack
1x HDMI 1.4
1x DisplayPort 1.2
1x Ethernet
1x headphone jack

Notice the difference in panel types. IPS means In-Plane Switching, which is a type of panel technology that provides brilliant colors and wide viewing angles. Vertical Alignment technology, or VA, is essentially the next step down, but provides a better contrast ratio and response time than IPS. Thus, BenQ’s curved monitor would be better at PC gaming than the flat model, which would serve the graphic designer crowd best.

benq monitors curved freesync artists ew2770qz

The curved EX3200R unit includes seven different preconfigured display modes including three for gaming, one for watching movies (Cinema), one for viewing photos, and two additional slots for users to create custom modes. The curved panel also supports AMD’s FreeSync technology, which should be good news for PC gamers looking for a new desktop monitor for their Radeon-branded graphics card.

In the PC gaming space, AMD FreeSync eliminates screen tearing, stutter, and the illusion of input lag associated with bad synchronization between the display and PC. Graphics cards and discrete GPUs output a huge number of frames per second that are flashed on the display multiple times per second (refresh rate). The visual artifacts occur when the display’s refresh rate isn’t synchronized with the GPU’s output. Thus, FreeSync dynamically adjusts the refresh rate to keep the display synchronized with Radeon graphics cards and discrete GPUs.

Of course, BenQ is concerned about its customer’s eyes too. Both units include BenQ-specific technologies such as Low Blue Light and ZeroFlicker while the flat EW2770QZ packs Brightness Intelligence Plus technology. That means the display relies on an ambient light sensor to detect the surrounding ambient light levels and adjust the screen’s brightness accordingly. Both also have a Super Resolution feature that boosts the pixel density of video.

The EX3200R and the EW2770QZ can be purchased directly from BenQ or through participating retailers right now.

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