Historically, finding a 144Hz gaming monitor that was both good in performance and great value for money was hard to come by. However, thanks to the recent advancements made within monitor technology, that is no longer the case. Today’s gamers have a whole host of exciting displays to choose from, all of which boast mind-boggling responsiveness that could actually give you the edge over your competition.
In today’s article, we’ll be taking a closer look at one of BenQ’s latest budget 144Hz gaming monitors – the MOBIUZ EX2710. This monitor currently retails for under $300 and packs a punch when it comes to performance and features. Right out of the box, users will discover a 144Hz refresh rate, low 1ms MPRT response time, and HDR10 certification – making it the perfect choice for gamers on a budget. Furthermore, with excellent build quality and an IPS panel at its heart, the EX2710 also provides fantastic colors and great viewing angles too.
On the surface, this monitor seems to tick all the right boxes when it comes to both competitive and single-play gaming. For that reason, we’ll be putting it through its paces to see how it stacks up against some of the market’s leading contenders in gaming performance, colors, picture quality, and general responsiveness.
So, with plenty to get through, let’s waste no further time and dive straight into it!
1920 x 1080
99% sRGB, 75% Adobe RGB, 82% DCI-P3
100 x 100mm
614 x 409 x 216mm with stand
2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x 3.5mm audio out
Decent color recreation
Fast 1ms MPRT
144Hz refresh rate
Solid viewing angles
Aesthetics are hit and miss
Build quality is not premium
The BenQ MOBIUZ EX2710 comes in a stylish black box that showcases the monitor and many of its features on the outside. Inside, the monitor is packaged within robust styrofoam and a thin foam padding to ensure no scratches or damage occurs during transit.
The monitor comes unassembled from the stand and the base, so some light assembly is required before use. That being said, the assembly process is extremely simple and doesn’t require any tools.
Inside the MOBIUZ EX2710 box you will find the following:
- BenQ MOBIUZ EX2710 Monitor
- Kettle Plug
- 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
With specifications out the way, let’s take a closer look at the build quality, design, and mechanical features this monitor comes equipped with.
From a design standpoint, this monitor is a little hit and miss. Whilst there’s a lot to like about the EX2710, there’s also a lot to dislike – but let’s keep it positive to start off with.
Looking at the panel itself, this monitor does offer a sleek and stylish design that would certainly suit most gaming setups. The BenQ logo has been printed on the lower edge of the panel in a subtle fashion – with a brushed finish being used for the surrounding plastic. Speaking of surrounding plastic, the EX2710 is almost completely frameless, offering fairly thin bezels when compared to other BenQ monitors of this price point.
Moving to the rear, there really isn’t much to report in terms of design. The MOBIUZ branding has been engraved into the back of the panel alongside some further etchings to give this EX2710 a subtle gaming aesthetic.
Whilst the stand does have excellent functionality, it is pretty glaring from an aesthetic standpoint. The silver base, alongside the orange bumper, really does have you scratching your head when it comes to styling. It takes the monitor’s subtle look and throws it out of the window – replacing the lower half with something much more striking.
Build quality is always a concern when reviewing monitors that reside within the lower end of the price spectrum – and the BenQ EX2710 was no different.
As you’d expect, a lot of plastic has been used throughout the design of the monitor, giving it a cheaper feel – but by no means the cheapest we’ve ever tested. The base of the stand may provide a metallic finish, but it’s all plastic when examined. This naturally reduces the quality of the stand, providing more wobble and less stability during usage. That being said, for the most part, the BenQ MOBIUZ EX2710 feels pretty solid.
The rear of the monitor feels compact and the inputs have been nicely finished. The OSD buttons are also crisp and punchy, allowing you to easily navigate the monitor’s settings.
Speaking of good build quality, the EX2710 comes equipped with a sturdy anti-glare coating (with 3H Hardness). The coating does a superb job of mitigating fairly strong light sources, allowing you to still use the monitor when the elements are against you.
Unfortunately, if glare becomes too much of an issue, you won’t be able to rely on the monitor’s brightness to get you out of jail. With a max luminance of roughly 400 nits, you may have to put down the keyboard and mouse in extreme conditions.
Like we said earlier, the bezels on this thing are considered extremely thin when compared against other monitors of this price point. The top and sides measure in at a mere 8mm – definitely putting it into the thinner bezel category. The bottom bezel, like many monitors, isn’t quite as impressive – measuring in at a healthy 22mm instead.
Whilst the stand may not offer the most robust design, it still comes with all the versatility and adjustments you could want. All stand mechanics are easy to move but do feel a little light during use. I suppose a lot of that can be chalked up to the monitor not weighing that much – but it still puts a small seed of doubt into my mind.
- Forward Tilt – 5 degrees
- Backward Tilt – 20 degrees
- Left Swivel – 20 degrees
- Right Swivel – 20 degrees
- Height – 130mm
Despite it not offering pivot functionality, I still feel the EX2710 offers everything you could want from a monitor tailored towards gaming.
Like always, the inputs of the EX2710 can be found at the rear of the monitor and need to be inserted in a vertical fashion.
Users that like to have multiple devices hooked up to their monitor will feel a little let down by the options available. With only a couple of HDMI ports and a single DisplayPort on offer, the EX2710 isn’t quite as versatile as other options in today’s market.
Lastly, we have the on-screen display. Historically, I’ve always been a little critical of BenQ monitors when it comes to their OSD – mainly because using it was like trying to unravel the mysteries of the universe. However, with the arrival of the 5-directional OSD controller, utilizing the monitor’s display settings couldn’t be easier.
Alongside the new joystick controller, BenQ have also implemented a snazzy new overlay that really does look attractive – not to mention very self-intuitive to use. Navigating the menu couldn’t be easier, with all the usual suspects (brightness, contrast, color presets, and game modes) found within.
Users also have an HDRi button on the front of the monitor, allowing you to change through various HDR modes with the click of a button.
Good colors are essential in a monitor, helping to provide greater levels of realism and immersion when playing some of your favorite titles. For that reason, we test all of our monitors for color accuracy and panel uniformity – using a number of different tools and scenarios as we go.
Here are the results.
|Preset||White Point||Black Depth||Contrast Ratio||Average ΔE*00||Gamma|
|Out The Box – Color Temp Warm||6368K||0.1209 cd/m²||1016.6:1||1.74||2.26|
|sRGB Preset||6259K||0.1257 cd/m²||962.4:1||0.74||2.28|
|Color Preset M-Book||6253K||0.128 cd/m²||963.2:1||2.25||2.48|
|Color Preset FPS||7051K||0.1499 cd/m²||814.1:1||4.36||2.29|
We started with the ‘out the box’ settings – which in this scenario were 100% brightness (237 nits) and standard color preset – to see how accurate the monitor was right off the shelf. To my surprise, they were pretty damn good. White’s measured in at 6368K whilst black depth was 0.1209. Contrast ratio was solid at 1016:1 with a gamma reading of 2.26 – a little higher than the optimal. Average deltaE came in at 1.74 – above average and perfectly fine for doing color accurate work in the sRGB spectrum.
We moved onto the dedicated sRGB preset next, and, as expected, the results improved quite a bit. White balance did drop to 6259K and black depth stayed solid at 0.1257. Contrast also took a slight dip to 962:1 alongside a slightly worse 2.28 gamma reading. That being said, the color accuracy overall was much better, displaying a 0.74 average deltaE across the board – good enough for content creators using the sRGB spectrum.
Testing the M-Book and FPS presets returned diminishing results – as expected. Both presets offered worse white balance and black depth – albeit only slightly. Contrast ratio, once again, took a dip when using these bespoke presets. More alarmingly, however, was the rise in average deltaE figures – with both M-book and FPS producing a score of well above 2 on average.
|Preset||White Point||Black Depth||Contrast Ratio||Average ΔE*00||Maximum ΔE*00||Gamma|
|sRGB Indepth||6278K||0.1252 cd/m²||964:1||0.82||1.57||2.28|
|User Calibrated Profile||6595K||0.0571 cd/m²||972.5:1||0.21||1.21||2.22|
At this stage, we decided to run a more comprehensive test on the best color preset. For the BenQ MOBIUZ EX2710, that was the sRGB preset. As you can see from the results above, white balance wasn’t quite up to scratch, falling south of the 6500K ideal. Black depth was 0.12 (not bad) with contrast ratio sitting at 964:1. Average deltaE rose to 0.82 (still very good) whilst maximum deltaE came in at 1.57 – extremely good considering the monitor’s price point.
We wasted no time and calibrated the monitor using our colorimeter. We used the ‘Standard’ preset and opted for ‘User’ color temperature settings. For best results, we changed RGB to 95/92/99. After calibration, the results were fantastic, to say the least. White balance was near perfect and black depth actually dropped to 0.057. Contrast ratio remained decent at 972:1 whilst the average deltaE dropped to an impressive 0.21. The maximum deltaE was still north of 1 (1.21), but that’s still more than acceptable for a monitor of this price point.
Panel uniformity is a test we run to check how uniform the luminance and color is across the entirety of the screen. During this test, the center square is used as the reference space. Every other square is then tested to see how far it differentiates from the reference.
In an ideal world, we want every square to be green, meaning it hasn’t broken the differential threshold – something we can set at the start of the test.
Note: results will differ from panel to panel.
The BenQ EX2710 actually performed pretty well in this particular test. As you can see from the graph above, many of the squares in the 5 x 5 grid did return a green result. Most of the corners also returned a green result as well, something you seldom see in today’s monitors. The top section of the monitor did falter a little – but not enough to warrant a red score.
Overall, the panel uniformity of the MOBIUZ EX2710 was very good. This is going to make watching sports events or shows that have solid blocks of color much more immersive.
Like all IPS panels, the BenQ MOBIUZ EX2710 offered up excellent viewing angles. One of the main benefits of an IPS panel, apart from the great colors, is the viewing angles – something TN and VA simply can’t compete with. Viewing the monitor from obscure angles didn’t really take too much away from the viewing experience, with only a little color shift occurring at extremely wide angles.
As part of the calibration process, the DisplayCal will give an accurate measurement of the color gamut the monitor can provide. Below are the results of the color gamut test:
For a monitor advertised with 99% sRGB, I feel the color gamut tests were a bit of a surprise. We saw a 99% coverage and 116.7% volume in the sRGB spectrum. Furthermore, a 73.4% coverage and 80.4% volume of the Adobe RGB spectrum was recorded when calibrated – extremely good for a monitor under $300.
With such a wide color gamut, the BenQ MOBIUZ EX27210 really is an excellent monitor for color recreation. Individuals that like to work in the sRGB spectrum will have full access to that particular color range – alongside a decent chunk of the Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 spectrums too.
Maximum And Minimum Brightness
We ended the color accuracy and picture quality testing by checking the maximum brightness, minimum brightness, and 120 candelas points on this panel. The results are below:
|100% Brightness||294.96 cd/m²|
|26 Brightness||120 cd/m²|
For those who want to use our calibrated color profile, you will find a link below where you can download the zip file.
With color accuracy and picture clarity tested, it’s time to put the BenQ MOBIUZ EX2710 to the test in a number of different gaming titles. As this is primarily a gaming display, it’ll be interesting to see how it stacks up in this particular department.
The EX2710 was extremely easy to set up for gaming, only requiring a few simple steps in Windows display to do so. I changed the monitor’s refresh rate to 144Hz and enabled FreeSync Premium right off the bat. I did have a little play with the various color presets, but for me, the sRGB option did the trick.
I started off by playing some fast-paced shooters to see how responsive the monitor actually was. Playing Counter-Strike with 144Hz smoothness really did feel superb – making the switch from 60Hz to 144Hz really is like night and day. Pair this with the impressive 1Ms (MPRT – Motion picture response time) and you have a very competitive gaming monitor for just over $200. I experienced zero screen tear and overall gameplay felt sharp and crisp. There were some screen artifacts when playing some titles, but for the most part, it was very enjoyable.
I enabled the HDR settings via Windows and loaded up Shadow Of The Tomb Raider – a game that really does excel when high dynamic range is enabled. The picture looked fantastic. Extreme dark and light areas now had more depth and a greater sense of detail. You could really tell the difference when enabling this feature – adding a tonne of immersion to your gameplay.
The only real downside of this monitor has to the be the 1080p resolution it offers. Playing games like CS and Fortnite isn’t going to be a problem. If anything, a 1080p is the resolution to go for as it offers you the opportunity to hit the 144 frames per second required for the highest levels of smoothness. That being said, in single-player titles that focus more on immersion, 1080p resolution really doesn’t cut it. Detail becomes grainy and the overall graphics just feel a little lacking when playing on a 27inch monitor @1080p. That being said, for the price, you can’t really expect anything more.
So, there you have it, our comprehensive review of the BenQ MOBIUZ EX2710 gaming monitor. For me, my final verdict is one of positive reflection. Obviously, this isn’t one of the best gaming monitors available right now. However, when you compare its value for money against some of the market’s leading options, it really does stack up with the best.
At the heart of this panel sits a stunning IPS panel that offers a 144Hz refresh rate and lightning-quick 1ms MPRT. That really is enough for most competitive players and many gamers that like to indulge in single-player titles too. Granted, the image quality is a little lacking, but for around $250, you really can’t argue with that too much – not when you consider everything else this monitor has going for it.
For me, this would be an excellent monitor for anyone looking to get into competitive gaming. For the gamers who prioritize colors and frame rates over immersion and image quality. And, at its current price point, I feel you’d be hard-pressed to find a 1080p monitor that showcases similar specifications, features, and build quality for less.
The latest 144hz gaming monitor from BenQ is nothing short of excellent. The MOBIUZ EX2710 is a fantastic monitor that really does tick all the right boxes if you’re looking for a monitor that showcases good value for money. With a 144hz refresh rate, 1ms MPRT, and HDR10 certification to boot, this monitor really does offer value in abundance. The 1080p resolution may be a downside, but when you consider all the features and benefits it offers, you’ll soon overlook this flaw.