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BenQ EX2780Q - Gaming monitor at a fair price


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With a good 1440p resolution at a diagonal of 27 inches, a buttery smooth frame rate of 144 Hertz and its IPS panel, the BenQ EX2780Q gaming monitor can still convince in the test. We like the image quality, but the fact that the monitor cannot be rotated or adjusted in height cost it points in our ergonomics rating. The equipment could also be better.

BenQ EX2780Q - Gaming monitor at a fair price


BenQ EX2780Q Review: Extensive equipment
With its WQHD resolution, a smooth refresh rate of 144 Hertz and a bright 10-bit IPS panel, the BenQ EX2780Q promises good image quality. The gaming monitor has a diagonal of 27 inches, the screen is almost borderless with a thickness of only two millimeters. The equipment includes a light and an IR sensor.

The latter is required for the enclosed remote control. With this you can not only adjust the volume of the proper internal speakers, but also navigate comfortably through the menu. Alternatively, the hotkey buttons on the right rear side and the five-directional joystick are used - this type of operation is also problem free.

Various settings and adjustments can be made in the on-screen menu, such as the selection of the picture mode, the volume or the input. The monitor has two HDMI, one DisplayPort and one USB-C input, which is also capable of transmitting the image signal. 

However, we find it a bit disappointing that the BenQ EX2780Q, unlike many other gaming monitors, cannot be adjusted in height or rotated. This sometimes makes it difficult to choose a position. The energy efficiency of the monitor is impressive with an average power consumption of 30 watts in use and 0.3 watts in standby.

Technical test data for BenQ EX2780Q

Pivot function: No
Weight: 7.7 kg
USB hub: -
Diagonal: 27 in
Rotatable: No
Displayport inputs: 1 port
Sync technology: Freesync
Dimensions: 614 x 460 x 196 cm
Display type: IPS
Resolution: 2,560 x 1,440 pixels
Color depth: 10 bit
HDMI inputs: 2 ports
Other video inputs: -
Contrast: 1,129: 1
SRGB coverage: 99.9%
Power consumption: 29.9 watts
Power adapter: internally
Product: BenQ EX2780Q
Adobe RGB coverage: 88.1%
Power consumption standby: 0.3 watt
Reaction time: 5 ms
Brightness: 332 cd / m²
Checkerboard Contrast: 161: 1
Display format: 16-9
Frame rate: 144 Hz
USB-C features: Image signal
Height adjustable: No
Viewing angle 50% contrast (horizontal): 96 °
Viewing angle 50% contrast (vertical): 56 °


BenQ EX2780Q Test: good picture with 1440p and 144Hz
As already mentioned at the beginning, the BenQ EX2780Q has a WQHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, a frame rate of 144 Hertz and an IPS panel with stable viewing angles. The color representation is strong: the monitor completely covers the standard RGB color space and 88 percent of the large Adobe RGB color space. The pixel response time is 5 milliseconds, which is rather high for gaming monitors and could still be easily visible in certain scenarios in the form of streaks for attentive users, but is usually not a problem.

With a brightness of 332 cd/m², the BenQ EX2780Q is still bright enough. It supports DisplayHDR-400, which is hardly worth mentioning as an "entry-level HDR". We measured a good value of 161: 1 for the checkerboard contrast. The viewing angle stability is good. Thanks to FreeSync, the monitor dynamically synchronizes its refresh rate with that of an AMD graphics card.

BenQ EX2780Q Pros:

  • WQHD and 144 Hertz
  • High quality
  • Decent internal speakers
  • Remote control makes it easier to use

BenQ EX2780Q Cons:

  • Height / inclination not adjustable
  • No DVI or VGA input
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