BenQ EW277HDR Review

Today I will be taking closer look at BenQ’s EW277HDR monitor and analyze it’s features, design, color performance, HDR implementation and much more. This monitor from BenQ currently holds the title for most budget friendly HDR display, but does it deliver? Lets find out:

BenQ EW277HDR

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Specifications:

  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080p (Full HD);
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz;
  • Response time: 12ms, 4ms (GtG);
  • Panel type: VA;
  • Panel bit depth: 8 bit;
  • Brightness: 300 nits in standard mode, 400 nits in HDR mode;
  • Screen size: 27 inches;
  • Supports HDR10;
  • Static contrast ratio: 3000:1;
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9;
  • Built-in speakers: 2x 2W;
  • Connectivity: 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x VGA, 2 x 3.5mm audio jack;
  • VESA compatibility: No;

Detailed look at features and performance of the EW277HDR:

  • EW277HDR features a classy and proffesional-looking design with sleek, matte black and space gray parts with brushed textures on them, further adding elegance to the look. Rear cabinet of the monitor is mostly covered in matte black with a brushed metal texture to it. There are no bezels on the side and the top of the monitor, only thin black borders (works great with multi-display setups). The bottom strip is thicker due to OSD buttons, the golden HDR hotkey, and the BenQ logo placements. Materials are mostly made out of plastic, but they do feel well constructed/made and sturdy;
  • Color performance is surprisingly very good. 8 bit VA panel with 93% DCI P3 native gamut and 100% sRGB coverage delivers vibrant, punchy and natural-looking colors that remain highly accurate and consistent. Colors look very authentic and are full of detail. Excellent color performance, definitely something that You wouldn’t expect from monitor that cost less than 300$;
  • HDR implementation here is actually pretty solid. HDR increases the overall dynamic range between true black and bright white, this for delivering deeper and more accurate blacks and more accurate, brighter whites. Colors receive enhanced color depth as well as improved color detail, accuracy and higher richness. Keep in mind, that this monitor won’t deliver true HDR experience, achieving this would require a panel with 10 bit color depth and much higher brightness than 400 nits, but still, HDR feature implemented here does add up nicely to the overall visual presentation; Benq EW277HDR
  • Superb out of the box color calibration;
  • EW277HDR delivers excellent results in panel uniformity tests, with no visible hotspots nor any sign of bleed or glow from the backlight;
  • OSD offers full calibration controls;
  • 3000:1 contrast ration delivers excellent deep blacks and bright whites that remain consistent at 3000:1 all the time. Very impressive contrast performance for a budget friendly display;
  • Brightness Intelligence Plus feature allows monitor to adjust its backlight according to users ambient lightning. It works by gently softening bright areas while keeping dark details crystal clear, even in dimmed environments;
  • Low Blue Light technology significantly reduces eye strain, fatigue and other sight related issues by filtering out harmful blue light emitting from the monitor;
  • Flicke-Free technology further improves viewing comfort for eyes by eliminating screen flicker which also can cause eye fatigue, irritation etc.;
  • EW277HDR comes with 2 x 2W built-in speakers, however they are ok at best, definitely consider buying external speaker set or headphone for better experience;
  • Smart Focus mode highlights the selected window or area, helping users to concentrate on the certain thing, however it is not really useful in practice because of need to manually adjust ”focus” windows size and position each time;
  • 60Hz refresh rate is sweet spot to enjoy casual PC gaming and console gaming (console games don’t run above 60FPS). This monitor wasn’t created for competitive gaming in any means;
  • 400 nits peak brightness in HDR mode is actually solid. Of course, it won’t provide a true HDR presentation in its full glory like true HDR monitors with 800-1000 nits brightness, but for less than 300$, EW277HDR delivers. It provides substantial difference in comparison to SDR mode. 400nits is still higher than what most SDR gaming monitors come with. That extra brightness does a really good job of highlighting those extra details and depth of colors that HDR provides but don’t expect a true High end HDR experience, You won’t be getting it here, but nonetheless, substantial improvement over SDR;
  • Input lag of around 20ms (according to displayspecifications.com) is more than enough responsive to fully enjoy casual gaming experience, however for those who look for super snappy and precise gaming might find 20ms to be a bit high. Works great with casual gaming; Benq EW277HDR
  • Now this is very debatable and I heard many different opinions from different users in terms of image quality of Full HD resolution on 27” screens. Some say that 1080p res on 27” screen with 81ppi (pixels per inch) is not sharp enough, while others find it to be a sweet spot. From my personal experience, I have found full HD resolution on 27” display to be relatively crisp and sharp, especially when You sit a bit further away from the screen;
  • Viewing angles are solid, however at more extreme angles color quality can shift a bit, but overall, good results;
  • Very affordable price;

Negative points:

  • Lack of swivel and height adjustable stand, users only have option to tilt the monitor;
  • No VESA compatibility;
  • No adaptive sync technology;
  • No USB ports;

Conclusion:

BenQ’s EW277HDR is a very unique and impressive budget-friendly monitor that emphasizes on delivering superb image quality with its high color accuracy, solid implementation of HDR, 400nit brightness level, stunning 3000:1 contrast ratio for those deep blacks and bright whites alongside great variety of useful and handy features such as Low Blue Light, Flicker-free, Brightness Intelligence Plus and more. Also, EW277HDR comes with elegant design good build quality. The adition of adaptive sync technology would be a great adition though. Unfourtunetaly, this monitor doesn’t come with fully adjsutable stand and doesn’t support VESA mounting so users are stuck with only option to tilt the monitor, which is a little dissapointing. Overall, EW277HDR is a great and rather interesting performer, and low price tag definitely makes up for few cut-backs.

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2 Replies to “BenQ EW277HDR Review”

  1. Well… I’m not a gamer but I do watch a lot of television. I was wondering(I don’t think you mentioned) is it a smart tv? Can I get on the internet with this particular model? I have two flat screen TV’s(one 37in and one 27in). I’m looking to buy a third for the central bedroom for my niece when she comes to stay. If it’s not internet ready can I at least cast to it?

    1. Hello Polly,

      BenQ EW277HDR is a monitor, not a TV, therefore it doesn’t have smart TV capabilities. You can connect Your computer to the monitor and then get on the internet through Your computer, which will be displayed on the monitor once You connect it. If You have any questions or need help, feel free to message me anytime.

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