BenQ EW3270U Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Updated Apr 28, 2020 at 08:41 am
BenQ EW3270U Picture
7.6
Mixed Usage
7.6
Office
7.6
Gaming
7.6
Multimedia
7.7
Media Creation
6.9
HDR Gaming
Size 32"
Resolution 3840x2160
Max Refresh Rate
60 Hz
LCD Type
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The BenQ EW3270U is a good 4k monitor with decent picture quality. It has a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio and decent black uniformity, allowing it to produce deep, uniform blacks. It has a low input lag and fast response time to deliver clear images with minimal motion blur; however, the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz. Gamers will surely appreciate its FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility, and although it supports HDR, this monitor can't get bright enough for a satisfying HDR experience. Also, its ergonomics are quite bad and its viewing angles are just okay, so it may be worth investing in a VESA mount if you often need to share work or content. Overall, it's a monitor that performs well for most uses and its simple design should fit anywhere.

Our Verdict

7.6 Mixed Usage

The BenQ EW3270U is a good monitor for most uses. It's more suitable for dimmer environments as it can't get very bright, but it can display deep uniform blacks thanks to its VA panel. Its large screen size and 4k resolution are great for productivity and immersive gaming experiences. It can handle reflections well, but unfortunately, its ergonomics are quite bad, making it difficult to adjust to your optimal viewing position. It has a low input lag and its response time is good, resulting in very little motion blur.

Pros
  • Good dark scene performance.
  • Very good gray uniformity.
  • 4k resolution is great for multiple windows.
Cons
  • Can't get bright enough for HDR.
  • Image degrades at an angle.
7.6 Office

The BenQ EW3270U is a good office monitor. It has an excellent 4k resolution and a large 32 inch screen size, allowing you to work comfortably without having to constantly move windows around. It has okay viewing angles, especially for a VA panel, but the image won't be as accurate when viewed from the side. Unfortunately, its ergonomics are bad, so if you need to share your work regularly, it may be worth VESA-mounting it.

7.6 Gaming

The BenQ EW3270U is a good monitor for playing games. It has a low input lag and it supports FreeSync to reduce screen tearing. It has a large screen size and an excellent 4k resolution that can display every little detail of your game. The refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, but motion handling is good and there's very little motion blur in fast-moving scenes. Unfortunately, there aren't any extra gaming features; however, it does have a flicker-free backlight that can help reduce eye strain on long gaming sessions.

7.6 Multimedia

The BenQ EW3270U is a good monitor for media consumption. It has a large screen and a 4k resolution to deliver sharp and detailed images. It has a low input lag and a fast response time, and although it has okay viewing angles, it's not the best for sharing content. Positioning the monitor can be difficult due to its bad ergonomics; however, it handles reflections well.

7.7 Media Creation

The BenQ EW3270U is a good monitor for media creation. It's a large monitor with a great 4k resolution, with plenty of space to have multiple windows opened at the same time. However, the ergonomics are bad, so it may be a good idea to VESA mount it for better flexibility. Its 10-bit panel has outstanding gradient performance and doesn't exhibit any signs of color bleed. Gray uniformity is great and it has excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space.

6.9 HDR Gaming

The BenQ EW3270U is decent for HDR gaming. It has a high native contrast ratio and decent black uniformity so it can display deep blacks in a dark room, but lacks a local dimming feature to further improve performance. It also has a low input lag, which makes it very responsive to your actions, and it supports FreeSync as well as being G-SYNC compatible. Unfortunately, the monitor can't get very bright in HDR mode, which is rather disappointing.

  • 7.6 Mixed Usage
  • 7.6 Office
  • 7.6 Gaming
  • 7.6 Multimedia
  • 7.7 Media Creation
  • 6.9 HDR Gaming
  1. Update 2/19/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  2. Update 1/17/2019: We tested the monitor's compatibility with NVIDIA's new FreeSync driver. See our full investigation into NVIDIA's FreeSync Drivers here.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
13.0 lbs (5.9 kg)
Weight (with stand)
15.9 lbs (7.2 kg)

The BenQ EW3270U is a simple, professional-looking monitor that fits well in any office. The bezels are fairly thin on three sides, but they protrude from the screen and the bottom bezel is much thicker. The stand has a modern look with sharp angles and it doesn't take up a lot of space.

Design
Stand
Width
15.0" (38.1 cm)
Depth
8.5" (21.6 cm)

The stand is plastic and supports the monitor well with only a little bit of wobble when nudged.

2.2
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
N/A
Switch Portrait/Landscape No
Swivel Range No swivel
Tilt Range -15° to 5°

The EW3270U has bad ergonomics. It only allows for tilt adjustments and the range is pretty narrow.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor is plastic with a matte finish and it's very plain. There's no cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.5" (1.3 cm)

The bezels are thin and there are vents along the borders of the monitor to dissipate heat.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
5.2" (13.2 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.4" (6.1 cm)

The monitor is fairly thin and won't take up a lot of space when used with the stand.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is good. It's almost entirely made of plastic, but it feels sturdy and there aren't any obvious issues with its construction.

Picture Quality
7.7
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
2740 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The EW3270U has a good contrast ratio. This allows the monitor to produce deep blacks, which is great for dark room viewing. If you want a better contrast ratio and don't mind a monitor with a 1080p resolution, check out the Samsung T55.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The EW3270U doesn't have a local dimming feature. The above video is for reference only. This monitor is edge-lit from the left rather than from the bottom.

7.1
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
262 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
270 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
270 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
270 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
270 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
270 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
269 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
270 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
270 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
270 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
270 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

SDR peak brightness is decent. It should be fine for most rooms, but in very bright rooms, it may not be bright enough to overcome glare. However, the brightness is remarkably consistent when displaying different content.

5.6
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
249 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
265 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
265 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
265 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
265 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
265 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
264 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
264 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
265 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
265 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
265 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.000

HDR peak brightness is sub-par. This means that HDR content won't look much different from SDR content, as it can't get bright enough to bring out highlights.

6.8
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
48 °
Color Washout From Right
52 °
Color Shift From Left
65 °
Color Shift From Right
70 °
Brightness Loss From Left
46 °
Brightness Loss From Right
51 °
Black Level Raise From Left
24 °
Black Level Raise From Right
21 °
Gamma Shift From Left
11 °
Gamma Shift From Right
12 °

For a VA panel, the horizontal viewing angles are okay. Gamma shift happens very quickly when moving off-center, but colors remain fairly accurate until you reach a moderate angle.

If you need a monitor with better viewing angles, check out the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q.

6.5
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
35 °
Color Washout From Above
35 °
Color Shift From Below
69 °
Color Shift From Above
70 °
Brightness Loss From Below
34 °
Brightness Loss From Above
35 °
Black Level Raise From Below
46 °
Black Level Raise From Above
44 °
Gamma Shift From Below
9 °
Gamma Shift From Above
11 °

Vertical viewing angles are also okay. If you tend to sit very close, the top and bottom of the screen will look washed out.

8.2
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.651 %
50% DSE
0.141 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.192 %
5% DSE
0.070 %

The EW3270U has great gray uniformity. There's clouding across much of the screen and some vignetting at the corners, but there's only a little bit of dirty screen effect. In dark scenes, the uniformity is much better, although the backlight bleed is noticeable.

6.7
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.518 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Black uniformity is decent. There's clouding throughout the screen and some backlight bleed as well.

7.5
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Srgb
Luminance
286 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
100
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
Default
Gamma Setting
3
Color Temperature
5969 K
White Balance dE
3.49
Color dE
2.50
Gamma
2.18

The EW3270U has good out-of-the-box color accuracy. There are some minor inaccuracies with several colors that are hard to spot, but white balance is off. Gamma is nearly perfect and the color temperature is much warmer than our 6500k target, giving the image a reddish tint.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
User
Luminance
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
24
Contrast Setting
49
RGB Controls
97-94-99
Gamma Setting
3
Color Temperature
6529 K
White Balance dE
0.73
Color dE
0.58
Gamma
2.20

After calibration, the color accuracy is remarkable. Any remaining inaccuracies shouldn't be noticeable to the naked eye. White balance is near perfect and the color temperature is almost right on target.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and should not be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.

9.3
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
99.2 %
Adobe RGB xy
87.6 %
sRGB Picture Mode
User
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
User

Exceptional SDR color gamut. This monitor covers the entire sRGB color space used in most content, and it has excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, which is great for professional photo and video editing.

9.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
99.2 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
92.9 %
sRGB Picture Mode
User
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
User

Remarkable SDR color volume. The monitor's only weakness is in displaying saturated greens and rich colors in the dark shades.

7.5
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
81.1 %
Rec. 2020 xy
69.4 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
Cinema HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Cinema HDR

The EW3270U has a good HDR color gamut. It covers a good part of the DCI-P3 color space, which is used in most recent movies. However, when it comes to the wider Rec.2020, the coverage is only decent.

The monitor has two HDR modes, the 'HDR' and the 'Cinema HDR'. Cinema HDR is just slightly better due to the better white point, but in general, they perform very similarly since their EOTFs are almost the same

7.0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
73.2 %
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
66.9 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
Cinema HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Cinema HDR

Decent HDR color volume. The color volume is limited by the narrow color gamut.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00 %

The EW3270U shows no signs of temporary image retention.

9.7
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The BenQ EW3270U has excellent gradient performance. You can hardly spot any banding with the naked eye.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.000 %
Pixel Column Error
0.000 %

There's no color bleed at all on the EW3270U.

7.6
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.1 %
Indirect Reflections
2.9 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.2 %

Reflection handling is good. The screen has a matte coating that reduces the intensity of reflected light, which is fine for most rooms. However, it may not be enough in very bright rooms with light shining directly on it.

9.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

Text clarity is outstanding. Enabling ClearType (top photo) improves clarity slightly by making the lines look thicker and more fleshed out.

Motion
7.9
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Off
Rise / Fall Time
7.5 ms
Total Response Time
14.9 ms
Overshoot Error
0.9 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
8.5 ms
Dark Total Response Time
14.9 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
4.0 %

Mode Response Time Chart Motion Blur Photo Response Time Table
Off Chart Photo Table
High Chart Photo Table
Premium Chart Photo Table

The EW3270U has a good response time. Fast-moving content has only a small blur trail. Most of the blur in the photo is due to 60 fps persistence; only a faint ghosting/smearing trail can be seen following the logo, which is great. We prefer not to use any of the overdrive settings and leave the 'AMA off' since the other two options add noticeable overshoot.

7.9
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Off
Rise / Fall Time
7.5 ms
Total Response Time
14.9 ms
Overshoot Error
0.9 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
8.5 ms
Dark Total Response Time
14.9 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
4.0 %

Mode Response Time Chart Motion Blur Photo Response Time Table
Off Chart Photo Table
High Chart Photo Table
Premium Chart Photo Table

The EW3270U's maximum refresh rate is 60Hz. See response time at max refresh rate.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The BenQ EW3270U is flicker-free, as it doesn't use PWM to dim the backlight.

0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A

This monitor doesn't have a black frame insertion feature.

7.4
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
60 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
60 Hz
VRR Minimum
40 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

Update 01/15/2019: We've tested the EW3270U with NVIDIA's new FreeSync driver, and it worked perfectly over DisplayPort. There were no noticeable issues during our testing, and the full FreeSync range was tear-free.

The EW3270U supports the FreeSync implementation of the variable refresh rate technology. Unfortunately, the VRR range is very narrow. The good news is that FreeSync is supported on both DisplayPort and HDMI ports, which also give the same test results.

Inputs
8.8
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
9.4 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.4 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
10.9 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
10.9 ms
10 Bit HDR
9.4 ms
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

The BenQ EW3270U has excellent low input lag. It remains low even when FreeSync is enabled and in HDR mode.

9.2
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 3840 x 2160
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 8.3 MP
Pixel Density
139 PPI
Screen Diagonal 31.6 inches
Screen Area 426 sq inches

The monitor has a 4k 32 inch screen. The large screen size and high resolution allow you to see more, which is great for multitasking.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 2 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB No
USB C 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply Internal

Note: Although this monitor has a DisplayPort 1.4 port, there appears to be a compatibility issue with AMD graphics cards which cause it to only support DisplayPort 1.2 bandwidths. AMD is aware of the issue, and they're looking into it.

Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
No
Speakers
Yes
HDR10 Yes
Multiple Input Display
No

The monitor has a feature called 'Eye Care' that encompasses the 'Low Blue Light' and 'Brightness Intelligence Plus (B.I.+)' technologies that aim to make working on a monitor in dimmer environments less tiring for the eyes, while at the same time preserving the image quality. Also, just below the brand label on the lower screen bezel, there is a light sensor that controls the auto-brightness of the monitor.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

There's an HDR/BI button on the lower right side of the screen. When the monitor is in HDR mode, this button only toggles the B.I.+ function on and off. However, when not in HDR mode, the button turns on "simulated HDR" and toggles the B.I.+ on and off.

Features
In The Box

  • DisplayPort cable
  • USB-C cable
  • CD with User Manual
  • Power cable

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the BenQ EW3270U. The EL2870U is a TN-type panel monitor of the same line; however, it doesn't perform as well mainly due to its low contrast ratio, narrow viewing angles, and uniformity issues.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their BenQ EW3270U doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Model Size Resolution Refresh Rate Panel Type
EW3270U 32'' 4k 60 Hz VA
EL2870U 28'' 4k 60 Hz TN
EW3270ZL 32" 1440p 60 Hz VA

Our unit of the EW3270U was manufactured in May 2018.

Compared to other monitors

Comparison picture

Left: LG 27UK650-W. Middle: BenQ EW3270U. Right: LG 27UD68-P.

The BenQ EW3270U is a good monitor overall, but its ergonomics are quite bad when compared to other similar productivity monitors. However, it has one of the best coverage of Adobe RGB, which is great for photo and video editors. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best 28-32 inch monitors, the best monitors for Mac Mini, the best 4k gaming monitors, and the best large monitors.

LG 27UK650-W
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Amazon.com

These are two different types of monitors, so if you've got a bright room with wide seating, then the IPS LG 27UK650 with wider viewing angles is a better choice. However, for a dark room with seating directly in front, then the BenQ EW3270U with the VA panel might be better. Also, the LG 27UK650 has better ergonomics that allow you to easily position it comfortably. The BenQ EW3270U has better HDR color volume that delivers more saturated colors in HDR.

BenQ EL2870U
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The BenQ EW3270U is better than the BenQ EL2870U. The EW3270U has a much better native contrast ratio, and better black uniformity. The EW3270U also has better HDR performance, as it can display a wide color gamut.

LG 32UD99-W
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The LG 32UD99 is much better than the BenQ EW3270U for most people, unless the deeper blacks of the BenQ due to the VA panel are of great importance. The LG 32UD99 has an IPS panel with significantly wider viewing angles, so you can share your work with your colleagues more easily. At the same time, the much better ergonomics allow you to position the monitor to your liking with ease.

LG 32UD59-B
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The BenQ EW3270U is slightly better than the LG 32UD59-B. The BenQ EW3270U supports HDR, whereas the LG 32UD59-B has a better ergonomics that allow you to place it in a comfortable working position with ease.

Samsung U32J590/UJ59
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The BenQ EW3270U is better than the Samsung UJ590. The BenQ supports HDR, and the backlight is completely flicker-free. The BenQ EW3270U is also much brighter than the Samsung UJ590, and it has two full-bandwidth HDMI 2.0 ports that can display 4k @ 60Hz.

Dell U3219Q
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The Dell U3219Q is better than the BenQ EW3270U for most people. If you care more about dark scene performance, then the BenQ EW3270U is a better choice as it has better contrast and better black uniformity. The BenQ EW3270U is also flicker-free. On the other hand, the Dell U3219Q has much better ergonomics, so you can place it comfortably and much better viewing angles so that the image remains accurate when you view it from the side.

Samsung CHG70
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The Samsung CHG70 is better than the BenQ EW3270U. The Samsung CHG70 has much better ergonomics and local dimming support to enhance picture quality and can get brighter in HDR. The CHG70 also has a faster pixel response time, lower input lag, and faster refresh rate, all of which are great news for gamers. The BenQ EW3270U is larger with better resolution and marginally better black uniformity.

Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB
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The BenQ EW3270U is a bit better than the Philips 436M6VBPAB. The BenQ has slightly better viewing angles and better reflection handling. The Philips is much brighter and has a faster response time.

LG 32GK650F-B
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The BenQ EW3270U is a bit better for mixed usage, but the LG 32GK650F-B is much better for gaming. The EW3270U supports HDR, although this doesn't add much, and it has much better gradient handling. The EW3270U also has a higher resolution screen. For gaming, though, the LG 32GK650F-B is much better. The LG has a much faster refresh rate, lower input lag, and an optional black frame insertion feature.

LG 32GK850G-B
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The BenQ EW3270U is slightly better than the LG 32GK850G. The BenQ EW3270U supports HDR content and has a full 4k resolution. The LG 32GK850G, on the other hand, has much better ergonomics so you can position it to your liking with ease, and a fast pixel response time that leaves a small motion blur. The LG has a much faster refresh rate and a lower input lag to please even the most demanding gamers.

Dell S2719DGF
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The BenQ EW3270U and the Dell S2719DGF have different panel types, each with advantages and disadvantages. The BenQ supports HDR and has a significantly better black uniformity, which favors dark room use such as consuming multimedia or playing HDR games. The Dell, apart from having better ergonomic adjustments, is a better gaming monitor thanks to the faster pixel response time that produces crisper motion, the faster refresh rate, and the lower input lag.

Samsung C34F791/CF791
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The BenQ EW3270U is significantly better than the Samsung CF791. The BenQ EW3270U has better resolution, can display more detail on its screen, and supports HDR content. The EW3270U also has lower input lag and more uniform blacks. The Samsung, on the other hand, has a slightly faster pixel response time that leaves a smaller motion blur, and much better ergonomics to help you position it to your liking.

Samsung T55
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The BenQ EW3270U is much better than the Samsung T55. Both monitors have a 32 inch screen, but the BenQ has a 4k resolution and the Samsung has a 1080p resolution. The BenQ also supports HDR, it has much better out-of-the-color accuracy, a quicker response time, and wider viewing angles. On the other hand, the Samsung has better native contrast, a lower input lag, and it gets brighter.

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