The video game display landscape is a minefield unless you’re an audiovisual expert, and it’s frustrating when you consider it’s arguably the most important part of your PlayStation experience. We all know the PS5 – and, to a lesser extent these days, the PS4 – are capable of outputting extraordinary images, but knowing where to turn for optimum image quality can be irritating. It’s especially difficult if you don’t have the space for one of the larger panels – look, we’d all love our own 70-inch OLED dream screen, but for those living in smaller apartments or even student accommodation, they’re not always viable.
An emerging alternative is the 4K monitor, and Taiwanese firm BenQ has been leading the charge on this front for several years. Now its newest Mobiuz line is targeting gamers specifically, and while its 32-inch EX3210U model will do some robust damage to your bank balance, it’s packing an impressive suite of features – including HDMI 2.1 support for 120fps gaming on Sony’s new-gen system, one millisecond response time, 144Hz refresh rate, HDR, and even an impressive 2.1 speaker system. So, does it live up to its impressive list of specifications?
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Appearance: Hey, Good Lookin'
The first thing you’re going to discover is that the monitor is not understated in the slightest. The rear of the panel looks like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, with clinical white plastics and sharp edges. It actually aligns relatively nicely with the design aesthetic of the PS5, and even has some rear-facing RGB LEDs that you can program for additional ambience while you play, although they’re not really bright enough to add too much to your setup. Nevertheless, this space-age philosophy expands to the robust stand, which is relatively easy to assemble, and provides a decent amount of flexibility, allowing for the height of the panel to be adjusted, and for it to be titled left-and-right, too. Naturally, there’s a pretty strict limit to the range of motion, but it’s unlikely you’re going to want to swivel the screen all the way around anyway.
While the back of the monitor looks great, however, the forward-facing aesthetics are irritatingly inconsistent. While the base of the stand maintains the sci-fi look of the rear, it’s decorated with a bright red detailing that’s going to stick out like a sore thumb – especially when you consider the bezel on the display itself opts for a basic, black plastic chassis. The aforementioned speakers are very obviously part of the thicker rim at the bottom of the screen, while the subwoofer is tucked around the back. You’ll also find a brightness sensor on the front, which is used to automatically adjust the monitor’s output depending on the light in your room.