Review: BenQ EL2870U 28 Inch 4K Monitor
When it comes to the 28 inch BenQ EL2870U 4K gaming monitor, an expression I kept hearing over and over was a variation on "gamers on a budget." When you have a look at the price tag, the EL2870U certainly seems to fit the bill (it's currently just under $400 on Amazon).
This monitor's got power, a decent display, and a good size, but there are a few issues that keep it from being a must-have for budget gamers.
Straight out of the box, the BenQ EL2870U is an impressive piece of hardware. The flat gunmetal grey shell is a handsome addition to any gaming rig. That impression continues when you plug it in. The display has a softness that is very welcome to eyes that spend a lot of time in front of a monitor, which seems to be a benefit of BenQ's advertised Free-Sync Eye Care.
When the games get started, however, it gets hard to ignore several little issues.
That softness that I previously mentioned makes for a sometimes cloudy look, particularly in more colorful games. Perhaps it's a trade? Fewer late-night headaches in exchange for a little sharpness? Your age (and access to Gunnar shades) might make a difference in whether this matters or not.
It's true that the monitor's display can be adjusted easily enough, but I found it to consistently hold true to this gentle level of brightness.
The UHD resolution on this sucker provides a colossal native resolution of 3840 by 2160, but all that resolution comes at a cost that gamers who are on a budget might not be quite ready to pay.
There's an irony of a monitor with a price-point for those unable to shell out grand for their display: The fact that the money you save might need to be spent on a new video card to full appreciate your monitor! You're going to need a good GPU to handle this resolution, especially if you play a lot of graphically intensive AAA titles.
With some fun extras like built in speakers, the BenQ EL2870U is indeed a terrific monitor for the money, but be ready to adjust your settings to make sure that you're getting the most out of this model.