BenQ has a new flagship monitor that is aimed at creative and professionals that are always on the go and using their notebook computers have their primary workstations. The Benq PD2710 QC sports an industry standard of USB Type-C docking stations for notebooks that also share the same USB Type-C feature, such as the new MacBook Pros. This will allow users tap into power,
audio, video and a 4 USB 3.1 ports, all through a single USB Type-C connection.
This monitor features a 2K, 2560x1440 IPS edge-to-edge panel. Thought it’s only 8-bit color depth, it does have 100% sRGB & Rec 709. Impressively the monitor is Technicolor certified, which is a welcomed feature for creative and designers. The PD2710 QC also comes factory calibrated to provide amazing color accuracy, and BenQ provided the paperwork to prove it. Though the color and detail of this monitor will be all the proof you need.
So enough about specs what makes it so an incredible monitor; let’s start with the obvious, the color and detail. The screen has an amazing color reproduction, that would find in monitors twice it’s price point. It comes with built-in modes option including; CAD/CAM, Animation, Darkroom and 709. These modes a specifically designed so that when you are working in various different programs, they will provide you with the optimal setting for each environment.
Did we mention that it looks amazing because it does. The monitor allows you to articulate the screen from landscape to portrait mode. So if you are working on a design that requires more vertical space, the monitor can accommodate by simply be turned to the left. We also get a list of inputs; HDMI, Display and Mini-display port; and it gives a Display port out so that can display up to four monitors. However, like anything that sounds too good to be true, there are some limitations to connecting that many monitors and that is, that all four monitor will not be allowed function at full 2K (2560x1440) resolution.
One thing that I do think needs to be improved upon, is how the docking station base and the monitor are connected. If you are simply using this has a primary or secondary monitor, you connect your input to the monitor and you are set. If you are connecting a USB Type-C notebook, you have to connect your notebook to the docking station and then connect the docking station to the monitor, which is one extra step.
It would be nice to have the monitor and docking station functioning through internal connections, so when you connect your notebook it connects to the docking station and monitors all at once. Also because of this feature forces you to plug in the monitor and docking station base separately, requiring you to have two wall outlets available, one for each device.
BenQ's PD2710 monitor has a jack of all trades w/ class-leading color accuracy.
Looking past this little inconvenience, this is an amazing monitor. Even if you don’t use it with a USB Type-C notebook device, this monitor alone is worth its price. The quality and design that went into this monitor are incredible. The features will be very much welcomed by creative professionals and computer users alike. Just to give you an idea, I used this monitor connected to my 2015 5K 27’ iMac, and only after a few days of using it I made it my primary monitor and made my iMac the secondary, in my systems. Yes, it’s that good and beautiful to look at.
In case you're wondering how it compares to LG's line of UltraFine 4K/5K displays, the BenQ is more quality than resolution. So think more accurate colors w/ a variety of modes rather than pixels on pixels on pixels. This monitor retails $599 and you can get more info at the BenQ site. Thank you for checking out this review and remember to share our articles if you like them.