The BenQ PD2706UA monitor is available now, and it has all the features that productivity users would value. A 27-inch panel with a 4K resolution, factory-calibrated colors, an ergonomic stand with simple adjustments, and more. In this review, we’ll go into detail about several of its features. When purchasing a monitor, you must consider a variety of factors, including the monitor’s screen quality, maximum brightness, level of color accuracy, color space coverage, importance to content creators, and more. In our review of the BenQ PD2706UA 4K display, we’ll discuss all these issues and assess whether the product is worthwhile to purchase. Let’s see what this display is capable of after that.
Along with Anmol from the video crew at ZUCXY YouTube, I spent more than a week with the BenQ PD2706UA Designer Monitor review unit. To discuss the monitor’s color accuracy and how it fits into his process, Anmol spent some time with it. The monitor under review costs $629 when equipped with BenQ’s Ergo Arm, a highly flexible stand. The BenQ PD2706UA monitor costs Rs 49,990 on Amazon in India.
BenQ PD2706UA: Table of Specifications
|Size of the screen, aspect ratio, and type of panel||27-inch, 16:9, IPS|
|Display Coating||Matte, Anti-Glare|
|Resolution & PPI||3840×2160, 163 PPI|
|Brightness||350 nits (typical), 400 nits (peak, HDR-enabled)|
|HDR Support||HDR10, DisplayHDR 400|
|Response Time (GtG)||5 ms|
|Color Range||99% sRGB, 99% Rec.709, 95% P3 (claimed)|
|Color Depth||10-bit (1.07 billion colors)|
|Color Accuracy||≤3, Every Unit is Factory Calibrated|
|Built-In Speaker||2.5 W x 2|
HDMI v2.0, DisplayPort v1.4, Type-C (Power Delivery/DisplayPort),
3.5mm Headphone Jack
Type-A (USB 3.2)
|Extra Features||Hotkey Puck G2 for Overlay, Type-C Charging, Switchable Display Profiles, KVM Switch for Dual System Control, ePaper, uniformity technology, low blue light technology Picture-in-Picture/Picture-by-Picture, DualView, Auto Pivot, and FW update via USB|
|Certifications||Pantone validation, Solidworks certification, TUV Certificate (Flicker-free, Low Blue Light), and Calman verification|
BenQ PD2706UA: What’s In the Box
Numerous cables and accessories are provided inside the box. The BenQ PD2706UA monitor comes with the following features:
- (Obviously!) BenQ PD2706UA Monitor
- Monitor stand with an adjustable handle
- Hotkey Puck G2
- Back Cover (to Manage Cables)
- Documentation (User Manual, Warranty Information, Factory Calibration Report, Quick-Start Guide)
- Power Cord
- 1x HDMI cable
- 1x DisplayPort cable
- 1x Type-C to Type-C cable
- 1x USB Type-A to Type-B cable
The monitor comes with a lot of extras, especially if you choose the version with the Ergo Arm. However, I put the monitor together using the included monitor stand.
Get some help if you buy this monitor with the Ergo Arm stand because it has to be strapped to your desk, as it was a nightmare to put up on my own right away. When everything was finished, however, the monitor was firmly fastened to the stand without the use of a screwdriver. The documentation that came with the monitor helped me set it up without any difficulty.
Build Quality & Connectivity with the BenQ PD2706UA
Panel Build Quality
I noticed the panel’s external build quality as soon as I had the monitor set up. It seems to be a well-made monitor that will remain durable and dependable over the course of use. The display is thicker than other monitors since it is clearly carrying a lot of internal space under the panel. That increases the weight and material usage, and the thickness does seem to be a drawback.
However, the construction quality is still excellent. The panel is encircled by bezels that are nearly 1 cm thick, excluding the bottom. Although I have seen monitors with bezels that are thinner, this one is still good and not at all thick. Although the display could have had thinner bezels given the pricing.
That tiny complaint seems pointless for a display that is generally well-built. In any case, because the body’s portion that wraps around the panel has loose tolerances, there is space between the bezels and the body where dust can settle. Additionally, the device we received for evaluation had a silver finish, and the coating on the sides peeled off to reveal the material beneath. The fact that many expensive electronic devices have a colored coating on their body is also a minor drawback.
Adjustable Monitor Stand & Screen
The monitor’s construction quality is most apparent in this situation. The adaptability of this stand, which is among the greatest monitor stands I’ve ever used, is flawless. The stand in this instance gives you a very feature-rich adjustability and overall friction-free operation. The truth is that factors like these significantly increase productivity, as I shall demonstrate in a moment. The monitor can be rotated in the following ways once it is set up:
- landscape or a portrait
- Moving it towards or away from
- Heighten the screen (from high to low)
- Orient the display so that others can see it.
The BenQ PD2706UA monitor is undoubtedly customizable in the truest sense of the word. Would you also think that I only used one finger to complete all of those tasks? Although highly overstated, it statement is also partially accurate. I was able to make the necessary adjustments to the stand with a reasonable amount of effort using only one or two fingers, allowing me to dynamically adapt the monitor to my workflow.
Personally, I found it worked well when I was writing, doing research, and multitasking on the monitor. Let’s use the video editing staff at ZUCXY as an illustration of a creative user. Even if it meant rotating the monitor to show content to those seated at the other end of the table, they were able to rapidly change the screen so they could readily share their work with others in our office.
Options for Connectivity and Output Ports
There are numerous ports and connectivity choices on the BenQ PD2706UA monitor. There includes a Type-C port, HDMI 2.0, and DisplayPort 1.4 for attaching screens. One significant benefit of having this final port is that you may use the Type-C cable to connect the monitor to your Windows PC or Apple MacBook without first plugging it into the power supply.
A micro USB port, in addition to the display output connections, is used to connect to the Hotkey Puck G2, which is depicted in the section below on what’s included in the box. Additionally, there are two more USB 3.2 Type-A connectors and a Type-B port. On the right side of the display, there are also Type-C, Type-A, and 3.5mm audio jacks. Your peripherals will all connect just fine and everything will work without a hitch as long as the monitor has established a connection to your PC (through the Type-B).
If your system’s port supports display out, the Type-C connection for the BenQ monitor will not only function properly but also charge the connected device at a rate of up to 65 watts. This method of using the monitor increases convenience, especially if you’re a creative who likes to employ a simple setup and enjoys the concept of using only one wire for everything.
The great cable management choices are something else I’ll discuss here. To access a cable management routing option that will almost eliminate the cables, a portion of the sturdy stand can be removed. There is a modular cover that you may later install to the space around the monitor’s ports for a cleaner appearance.
Testing Panel Performance with the BenQ PD2706UA
Brightness, contrast ratio, viewing angles, display uniformity, color performance, and other factors are tested as part of the panel performance analysis. We used a device called the SpyderX Pro to examine the performance of the panel, and we will rely on the factory calibration report from BenQ as well as our testing for various purposes.
TL;DR: I would give the panel an overall score of about 8.5 out of 10. The brightness could have been somewhat higher, which would have greatly enhanced the HDR experience, and the display uniformity feature lowers brightness, which the video crew and I didn’t enjoy (although the feature did perform well), which is why I didn’t give it a 10.
Type of Panel and Viewing Angles
Here, a matte anti-glare panel type is employed. The BenQ PD2706UA display has great viewing angles overall, with little to no deviation when viewed from the sides. It was challenging to pull apart and identify any issues with the viewing angles of this display. It appears to be constant all through.
I noticed a little degree of color shift with certain white portions seeming a little bit yellowish when running Windows 11 on the monitor using the DisplayPort, but it wasn’t anything substantial. However, when tested by our video team using Mac Pros and a Type-C connection, no such problems appeared. They provided favorable feedback on the viewing angles, and no problems were encountered, even when the screen was rotated for collaborative purposes.
Contrast & Brightness Ratio
With an average brightness of 350 nits and a peak brightness of 400 nits (HDR), the monitor’s overall brightness is not very high. The brightness was substantially lower when the display uniformity function was enabled; we measured it to be around 225 nits. Although I felt duped by the panel by believing that it was sufficiently bright until I realized that the brightness actually decreased with the function switched on, this was quite low. But I disabled the uniformity option so that I could evaluate the brightness properly.
Using the SpyderX Pro tool, the brightness and contrast ratio of BenQ’s PD2706UA monitor were measured at 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%.
Our test findings showed that the display was functioning at 323.8 nits of brightness, which is within the acceptable range of error and quite close to the company’s 350 nits claim for usual brightness. The screenshot above shows that our test confirmed the 1200:1 contrast ratio that BenQ had stated. The panel provides adequate black depth and a few uniformity issues, which we will discuss in more detail in the following section. The contrast is also fairly acceptable. The monitor was deemed to be bright enough by our video editing crew, however, they all agreed that a 500-nit panel would have been preferable.
Now that HDR is enabled, the average screen brightness has somewhat decreased, but in our tests, some areas of the display appeared brighter and more colorful. Although they concur that HDR is functioning well on this monitor, ZUCXY’s video editing team believes that HDR on a 400-nit peak brightness panel is only average. Nevertheless, it works as planned.
Uniformity of Resolution & Display
A 27-inch BenQ PD2706UA monitor with a 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 has a pixel density of 163 PPI. This is high, and using the resolution results in sharpness that is pleasing. I was able to acquire a tonne of space on Windows since even as the UI gets smaller, it is still viewable at a higher resolution.
To gain even more room, I also slightly decreased the display zoom setting. If you don’t understand what I’m saying, let me just say that a 4K panel will provide you with a lot more room and a natural dispersion of UI elements than a lower-res monitor.
Even though BenQ selected an IPS screen, which is prone to bleeding, the display uniformity is good and the monitor’s controls were effective. I haven’t seen many IPS displays with this much uniformity, but there is one that works fairly well and makes the panel look extremely even all throughout. But there is a serious drawback to this. The brightness of the panel will decrease because of the display uniformity feature, as we’ve mentioned multiple times previously. The user controls whether it is turned on or off.
Coverage of Colour Space
The display provides good coverage across all color spaces, as you can see in the image below. By the way, I tried the monitor in DCI-P3 mode. Here, BenQ’s claimed values for the PD2706UA monitor’s coverage of the P3 gamut, sRGB, and AdobeRGB color spaces were confirmed to be 96%, 100%, and 87%, respectively. The flexibility to work in certain color spaces is made possible by the several color space profiles in the monitor settings, which is a feature that our video editing team really valued.
Color Accuracy & Temperature
The color temperature was also neutral, not very blue nor overly yellow. The monitor’s temperature performance is shown in the white point findings (from the earlier brightness and contrast ratio test), which ranged from 6400 to 6800. So, the color temperature on the monitor is balanced and there are no problems to mention. Our video editing crew was really amazed by the neutrality; not many panels can produce neutral whites that are flawlessly balanced and neutral in appearance.
The factory calibration report’s Delta E for the BenQ PD2706UA monitor’s color accuracy was 1.1. The Delta E of a different BenQ PD series monitor we received was 0.4, which is much lower. Each and every one of these sold monitors will be calibrated by the manufacturer to a stringent standard with a goal Delta E of under 3.
Additionally, this monitor has been Pantone and Calman validated. Our film editing crew loved how pure and precise the colors seemed, and they appear to be really realistic. When purchasing this monitor, this is what you pay the most for. While a high-resolution display with wide color gamut coverage is more affordable, the color accuracy criteria are still not as good.
Motion Blur & Response Time
Response time won’t be given much weight because it’s not crucial for monitors like this one that are designed for creative purposes. Nevertheless, as part of the panel performance tests, we will test it. You would assume that all 60Hz panels will have a comparable response time and gaming experience. However, this is untrue. Despite having a 60Hz refresh rate, the BenQ PD2706UA’s response time is faster than many other 60Hz monitors now on the market.
I was able to flick to targets in games with ease, which surprised me because I’m accustomed to high refresh rate screens. Naturally, this display did not appear to be as smooth as my usual 165Hz 1ms monitor. But compared to the majority of 60Hz panels I’ve encountered, this one felt considerably smoother and had a slower overall response time.
Our own testing of the monitor’s response time has shown that it does have good response times and is undoubtedly superior to typical 60Hz monitors in this area. Despite not having a high refresh rate display, it is more than adequate for some casual Valorant sessions.
As I increased the speed using the sliders for the motion blur test (Blur Busters UFO Test), I could see obvious trailing on the panel behind the UFO. The outcome is still superior to other 60Hz monitors, though. BenQ, incidentally, has a feature called Advanced Motion Acceleration (AMA) that aids in response times. We decided against using the Premium option because it introduced some undesirable artifacts, so we left it at the high default setting.
Software Experience & Additional Features for the Benq PD2706UA
There are a number of options and features available on the BenQ PD2706UA monitor, which you can read about below. I rate this monitor in this category as 9.5 out of 10 overall. It is incredibly adaptable, ideally suits the needs of a creative user, and has a tonne of profiles that can be tailored to suit various use cases. Along with the highly customizable display settings, the KVM Switch, PBP & PIP, and other features are also provided that increase productivity.
The Hotkey Puck G2 accessory that is provided with the device makes it simple for the user to access these settings. With the knob, they can also change the brightness or volume, as well as personalize some features to easily access their preferred settings. Additionally, BenQ has a program called Display Pilot that aids in establishing consistent color settings for particular applications, hence enhancing consistency. Below is a list of the monitor’s settings and features:
- (HDMI, DP, Type-C) Signal Input
- Picture-by-Picture or Picture-in-Picture mode configuration
- Choose from a variety of color modes (sRGB, DCI-P3, Rec. 709).
- DualView (the simultaneous display of content on a monitor in two separate color spaces)
- Adjustments for brightness, contrast, sharpness, and color temperature
- Gamma, color gamut, hue, saturation, display uniformity, RGB range, and backlight control are examples of advanced settings.
- Switch KVM
- The user is able to connect their peripherals to several PCs thanks to this capability. Once configured, the user can continue using their current keyboard and mouse on the other device by simply switching the display signal input.
- Mute or Change Volume
- Custom Key
- can change and personalize the rotation dial and controller keys, among other Hotkey Puck G2 buttons.
- Language, time, and resolution settings for OSD
- Configuring USB-C (2.0 or 3.0 options)
- Set up automatic power-off
- DDC/CI for PC-based monitor setup control
- (1.1 or 1.4) DisplayPort version
- Better response times with the Advanced Motion Accelerator (AMA)
- Cleaner for burn-in
- viewing display information and the settings now in effect
Benq PD2706UA Speakers: Audio Performance
The sound quality is about mediocre, as it is with most monitor speakers. You shouldn’t anticipate any decent detailing or brightness in the sound. I wasn’t sure if the volume was turned up all the way when I first heard the speaker. It was at 100% when I double-checked it in Windows 11 and the monitor’s internal volume setting.
In a monitor review, there isn’t much to say about the speakers, but to sum up, you don’t really get a true speaker with this monitor. It exists merely as a practical alternative for audio if you must share your material with someone nearby but must use headphones. The speakers are therefore not suitable for recreational listening even if they certainly do the job.
Pros and Cons of the Benq PD2706UA 4K Monitor
|The monitor includes a top-notch, readily adjustable stand.||Minor build quality issues|
|Can be used with a single USB-C Cable||Sub-par speaker audio output|
|The panel quality is excellent.||Alone, setting up the monitor is challenging.|
|Clear pictures with higher-than-average response times and high resolution||Brightness is decreased by the Display Uniformity function.|
|Excellent cable management options||Hotkey Puck G2’s limited customizability and inventive uses|
|The feature that ensures display uniformity; little backlight leakage|
|Useful software tools like BenQ Display Pilot and KVM Switch.|
BenQ PD2706UA 4K Monitor Should You Purchase?
In light of everything, the short answer is yes—but only if you are a creative user who will value a monitor designed expressly for that use case. You might find better (and even more economical) solutions on the market if all you’re after is a high-quality display with broad color gamut coverage and great brightness.
So, precisely what are you paying for when you purchase this monitor? the exacting color calibration requirements, the innovative user-focused approach, and the supplementary functionality. Additionally, the crazily adjustable stand is ideal for group projects. A creative professional is willing to spend money on all of these items since they increase productivity.
OVERVIEW OF REVIEW
For those wishing to move beyond the budget or mid-range monitor category, the BenQ PD2706UA is the ideal monitor. Although there are some excellent options available that have 4K resolution and beautiful colors, this monitor triumphs above them all and has numerous advantages that a creative user will surely appreciate. Irrespective of the fantastic ErgoArm stand, the feature-rich software, or the Hotkey Puck G2 accessory, these elements will aid in boosting productivity. OVERALL SCORE 9.2
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