BenQ DesignVue PD2706UA review: 4k monitor for professionals

The BenQ DesignVue PD2706UA monitor arm and crystal clear display make working from home a pleasure.
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Our Verdict
Reasons To Buy
  • Mac compatible
  • Accurate colours
  • Amazing C-clamp arm
  • Exceptional screen quality
  • Reasons To Avoid
  • Heavy
  • Could be brighter
  • Prepare to be best friends with the BenQ DesignVue PD2706US monitor. The wide colour gamut, excellent colour reproduction and gorgeous 27-inch display will surely surprise you if you are a creative professional and make working on your next creative work a pleasure.

    If you often deal with photos or videos, you know how important it is to have the best monitor for photo editing so you can get your work done quickly and conveniently. This monitor could be just what you're looking for, as it's very accurate right out of the box. This will give you more time to get to work and finish the task.

    While it's not the best gaming display we've seen, it will provide a respectable gaming experience at around 60Hz if you need a bit of a cut. The C-clamp arm is arguably even more amazing than the display itself. With so much freedom, you'll be able to tailor your monitor to your needs depending on what you're working on. And this isn't your typical weak, small product; this monitor is rugged and long-lasting.

    I used the BenQ DesignVue PD2706US display as a replacement for my regular monitor to experiment. I worked on various artistic tasks such as video and photo editing and document creation. I tried this monitor with Windows and Mac to check if there was any difference in terms of operation and quality. Keep reading because you may have discovered if you are looking for the best monitor to work from home.

    Key Specs
    Screen size:27in
    Aspect ratio:16:9
    Panel:IPS W-LED
    Resolution:3840 x 2160
    Brightness:350 nits
    Contrast ratio:1,200:1
    Supported colours:95% P3, 99% Rec.709, 99% sRGB
    Viewing angles:H 178º / V 178º
    Response time:5ms
    Connectivity:1x HDMI 2, 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x USB Type-C (DP1.4), 1x Audio Out (3.5 mm), 1x USB-B (upstream), 3x USB-A (downstream), 1x USB-C (downstream)
    Dimensions:614 x 365.7 x 86mm
    Weight with stand:22lbs

    Design And Build

    BenQ DesignVue PD2706UA review: Design And Build

    The first thing you'll notice about this monitor is the C-Clamp, and if you have a messy desk like me, you'll fall in love with it immediately. Get ready to say goodbye to tangled cables and hello to a cable-free desk because not only does this stand provide a lot of workspace, but it also has built-in cable management. You'll need a desk that can support the 22lb weight of this monitor because it's not lightweight and the stand is pretty heavy too.

    The C-clamp also has the best monitor articulation I've ever seen. It swivels a full 90 degrees, rotates 25 degrees to each side, and can be raised and lowered 5.9 inches. Plus, it can be placed anywhere from 10.5 to 18.5 inches away from the wall. Adjusting this monitor is really easy because it doesn't seem fragile to move at all; instead, the movements are solid and smooth. While it looks a bit larger than a regular monitor on paper, it's important to note that the C-clamp allows it to float above your desk, so you'll need enough space around the monitor to move it around.

    Beyond the C-clamp, this monitor has a rather attractive appearance. The bezel is wider at the bottom and thinner on three sides. This gives the display a larger appearance than the actual 27-inch size. The on/off switch is located on the bottom, so it cannot be switched off accidentally. There is no auto input switching option, so the monitor automatically connects to the last source when you switch it on, but you can quickly change the source using the switch at the back bottom right corner of the monitor.

    Features

    BenQ DesignVue PD2706UA review: Features

    Designers and artists were in mind when designing this monitor. So it's no surprise that there's a lot of port flexibility.

    On the back of the display is an HMDI 2.0, a DisplayPort 1.4 and a USB-C connector with power delivery, ideal for fully charging my MacBook Pro. There's also a USB hub with one USB-C connector and three USB-A ports. All these ports are neatly hidden by a plastic screen that can be detached if necessary. In addition, there are two USB ports, one USB-C and one USB-A, and a handy 3.5mm headphone socket on the side.

    A shortcut key is also included with the BenQDesignVue PD2706UA for navigating the on-screen menus. Since this is programmable, it's easy to change important parameters such as inputs, colour, brightness and volume. The hotkey disc is incredibly cool to use. The dial has just the right amount of tension so you can find the ideal position quickly and precisely.

    The 11 different internal colour modes, which include sRGB, Display P3, DCI-P3, ePaper and Darkroom, will be especially appreciated by advertisers. However, the option that matches the colour space of an Apple machine is my favourite. You can also compare what you're working on in two different settings using the useful DualView tool, which gives you a precise idea of how your project will look.

    It is unfortunate that there is no camera, but there are speakers. The music is crystal clear and the speakers are powerful, but the bass response is sub-par.

    Performance

    BenQ DesignVue PD2706UA review: Performance

    As if the features and style weren't impressive enough, this monitor's performance is much higher. The BenQ DesignVue PD2706UA was a pleasure to use. Although the frame rate is only 60Hz, unless you're a gamer, you won't even notice. It's more than compensated for by a vibrant colour gamut, crisp 4K resolution and reliable VESA Certified HDR400.

    Out of the box, it easily achieves Delta 3 colour reproduction and delivers true-to-life colours. Factory calibrated. Ideal for photo and video editing.

    It has a wide colour gamut covering the industry standard 95% P3, 100% sRGB and 100% Rec. 709 colour spaces, all of which provide vivid, bright images with sharp detail. This has been briefly touched on earlier.

    In addition, this display features BenQ's renowned eye-care technology. It utilises flicker-free technology and ultra-low blue light for a more pleasant viewing experience. If you spend a significant portion of your working day in front of a computer, you'll be surprised at the effect this has. Since I switched to this display, the headaches and eye strain I experienced when using my old HP monitor have greatly reduced. Sometimes I also work in the evenings.

    Price

    The BenQ PD2706UA has an RRP of $629.99/£549. Given that it's still new to the UK market, I expect you'll see some haggling as it settles in.

    Still, given the size of the screen and the calibre of the monitor, it's a pretty decent price point. Especially when you consider that BenQ's DesignVue PD2725U, which is aimed at the same creative demographic but doesn't have the C-Clamp arm and costs $849/£859.99, is available to buy.

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