The BenQ EX2780Q is an impressive gaming monitor that delivers a smooth gaming experience thanks to its high refresh rate, low response time, and FreeSync support. It has an IPS panel with exceptionally low input lag, though its contrast ratio is rather mediocre, making it less ideal for dark rooms. It's also a great monitor for media consumption, as it has built-in speakers and comes with a remote control, so you can just sit back and enjoy a movie or a show. The monitor's size and resolution provide ample space for multitasking, and its wide viewing angles are great for sharing content or for co-op gaming.
The BenQ EX2780Q is a good monitor for most uses. Its 1440p resolution delivers a detailed picture, and it has exceptionally low response time and input lag to provide a responsive gaming and desktop experience. Unfortunately, its bad ergonomics make it difficult to adjust to your optimal viewing position, and dark room viewing isn't ideal due to its mediocre contrast ratio.See our Mixed Usage recommendations
The BenQ EX2780Q is a good office monitor. Its 27 inch screen lets you multitask comfortably, and text remains sharp and legible. It has an IPS panel that provides great viewing angles so you can share your work easily, but the monitor's lack of adjustability is disappointing for those who need to work in portrait mode. The monitor has good reflection handling and it can get bright enough to overcome glare in a well-lit room.See our Office recommendations
The BenQ EX2780Q is an impressive monitor for gaming. It has nearly everything that gamers ask for: low response time, low input lag, high refresh rate, and support for FreeSync. Its size and resolution provide great immersion in RPGs or atmospheric games, but sadly, it's not well-suited for dark room gaming, as it has a low contrast ratio and mediocre black uniformity.See our Gaming recommendations
The BenQ EX2780Q is good for media consumption. It has a great 1440p resolution that delivers a detailed image, and its 27 inch screen doesn't feel cramped. Viewing angles are good if you want to share content, and it has excellent gray uniformity with no visible dirty screen effect. However, its mediocre contrast ratio and black uniformity make it less suitable for viewing in a dark room.See our Multimedia recommendations
The BenQ EX2780Q is a good monitor for media creation. It has a good size and resolution to let you work comfortably, and its viewing angles allow you to share your work easily. However, it has bad ergonomics, and the monitor can't display dark colors due to its mediocre contrast ratio.See our Media Creation recommendations
The BenQ EX2780Q is decent for HDR gaming. Although it can get bright enough to provide a decent HDR gaming experience, it's limited by the monitor's mediocre contrast ratio. Its middling black uniformity can be distracting in dark scenes, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature. On the upside, it has a high refresh rate, low response time, and low input lag.See our HDR Gaming recommendations
The BenQ EX2780Q has a fairly simple design that fits into any office setting. It has thin borders and the bottom part of the screen houses the internal speakers. The stand doesn't take up too much space, and you can use the rectangular space created by the stand to put other things.
The stand is a mix of metal and plastic. It supports the monitor well, but it wobbles a bit.
The monitor has bad ergonomics, as it only allows for tilt adjustments.
The back of the monitor is plain black plastic. There are controls located at the bottom left corner and there's cable management built into the stand.
The borders of the monitor are very thin, making it a good choice for multi-monitor setups.
The monitor has a fairly thin profile and doesn't take up a lot of space.
Build quality is decent. It has a mostly plastic construction and feels a little cheap where the stand connects to the monitor, but otherwise, there's nothing that stands out.
Like most IPS monitors, the BenQ EX2780Q has a mediocre contrast ratio, resulting in blacks that look more like gray when viewed in the dark.
This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is for reference only.
The EX2780Q has good peak brightness. There's very little variation between different content, and it should be bright enough to overcome glare in a well-lit room.
HDR peak brightness is decent and there's no brightness variation with different content. It's bright enough for HDR gaming, but it won't be able to bring out specular highlights in HDR movies.
The EX2780Q has impressive horizontal viewing angles. This is great for playing co-op games or to share work with colleagues.
The EX2780Q has acceptable vertical viewing angles. The top and bottom edges of the screen should remain accurate even if you sit up close.
Gray uniformity is excellent. There's a bit of vignetting at the top left corner and the right side of the screen; however, it's much better in dark scenes.
Black uniformity is mediocre. There's visible backlight bleed at the top right corner as well as some clouding throughout the screen.
Out-of-the-box color accuracy is decent. There are inaccuracies with several colors and with shades of gray. The gamma is too high, resulting in images looking darker than they should.
After calibration, color accuracy is outstanding. Any remaining inaccuracies shouldn't be noticeable to the naked eye.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here.This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.
The EX2780Q has an exceptional SDR color gamut. It covers all of the sRGB color space used in most content, and it has excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, which is used for professional photo editing.
SDR color volume is outstanding. The monitor can display rich, saturated colors, but it can't display dark colors well due to its low contrast ratio.
The EX2780Q has an acceptable HDR color gamut. The commonly used DCI P3 coverage and the wider Rec. 2020 coverage are both decent.
HDR color volume is mediocre. Due to its low contrast ratio, this monitor can't display dark colors well.
There are no signs of image retention on this monitor.
Gradient performance is excellent, though there is some banding in dark gray, dark red, and dark blue.
The EX2780Q has some color bleed, particularly with red, blue, and magenta. It shouldn't be noticeable in regular content, but patterns such as the above photo can make it more visible.
This monitor has good reflection handling. It has a matte coating to diffuse light and its performance is very similar to the ASUS TUF VG27AQ.
Text clarity is decent. It's noticeably clearer when ClearType is enabled (top photo), especially for diagonal lines, as seen on the letters R and N.
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The BenQ EX2780Q has an outstanding response time, resulting in a clear picture with very little blur behind fast-moving objects.
Like most monitors, the overdrive level can be adjusted. On this monitor, we recommend the 'Premium' setting, as it provides the best performance. However, there's a little bit of overshoot, which can cause inverse ghosting.
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Response time is good when playing at 60Hz. It's slightly slower than when playing at max refresh rate, though it shouldn't be noticeable for most people. We recommend the 'High' setting, as the 'Premium' setting caused a significant amount of overshoot, resulting in the appearance of artifacts.
The EX2780Q has a flicker-free backlight to help reduce eye strain.
The BenQ EX2780Q doesn't have a black frame insertion feature.
The refresh rate is excellent. The monitor supports FreeSync and is compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC with a driver update.
Input lag is outstanding. It's slightly higher when playing at 60Hz, but shouldn't be noticeable for most people.
The BenQ EX2780Q's size and resolution are great for both gaming and multitasking. There's a good amount of screen real estate to have multiple windows opened at the same time.
The EX2780Q has a few additional features:
There are controls located on the back of the monitor. It includes a power button, a joystick, and two navigational buttons.
We tested the BenQ EX2780Q and it's only available in this size and resolution.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their BenQ EX2780Q doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, such as the gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.
Our unit of the BenQ EX2780Q was manufactured in November 2019, and you can see the label here.
The BenQ EX2780Q is a great gaming monitor. Its performance is on-par with a lot of other 27 inch, 1440p, high refresh rate gaming monitors, but it doesn't have as many extra features as a monitor like the Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q. However, it's one of the very few that comes with a remote control.
The LG 27GL83A-B is marginally better than the BenQ EX2780Q in most uses. They're both very similar in terms of performance, but the LG has much better motion handling and it has a better HDR color gamut. Out of the box color accuracy is also better on the LG, but its black uniformity is significantly worse than the BenQ.
The Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD is a bit better than the BenQ EX2780Q. The Aorus has significantly better ergonomics, out of box color accuracy, and gradient performance. The Aorus also has an optional black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur and a host of extra features for gaming and productivity. However, black uniformity is much worse on the Aorus, as there's noticeable clouding and backlight bleed through the screen.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is marginally better than the BenQ EX2780Q. The ASUS has a slightly higher refresh rate, and its ergonomics are significantly better. Build quality is better on the ASUS, and it has a more accurate color reproduction out-of-the-box. On the other hand, the BenQ supports HDR, but it doesn't have a black frame insertion feature, which the ASUS has.
The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is better than the BenQ EX2780Q in most uses. The ASUS has a much better build quality, significantly better ergonomics, and it has a black frame insertion feature that can help reduce the appearance of motion blur. Its refresh rate is also slightly higher, but the BenQ has better viewing angles and it can get much brighter.
The BenQ EX2780Q is much better than the BenQ EL2870U. The EX2780Q's IPS panel has much better viewing angles, contrast ratio, and black uniformity. It also has a much higher refresh rate, as well as a lower input lag. On the other hand, the EL2870U has a 4k resolution, which is better for productivity, and better color accuracy out of the box.
The BenQ EX2780Q is marginally better than the Dell Alienware AW2720HF. The BenQ has a higher resolution, better contrast ratio, and significantly better black uniformity. Also, the BenQ supports HDR, but the Dell has a higher refresh rate, a faster response time, and its ergonomics are much better, as it can be adjusted however you like.