Last week BenQ introduced its new display with QHD resolution that has an integrated USB 3.0 Type-C dock. Aside from the dock, the 27” monitor's big selling point is support for 100% sRGB. This goes in tandem with additional modes specifically aimed at CAD/CAM, Animation and Darkroom environments. The new display is among the first monitors with a USB-C connector as well as docking capabilities.

The manufacturer does not disclose too many details about the unit, but given that the monitor belongs to the PD-series from BenQ for designers and engineers, it is logical to expect it to use an IPS or a VA panel with 178° viewing angles and a 60 Hz refresh rate. Meanwhile, covering 100% sRGB should suggest that the display supports 1.07 billion colors (8-bit + FRC), which is enough for typical office and web design workloads. To further appeal to the target audience, the monitor features CAD/CAM, Animation, and Darkroom modes calibrated for particular types of applications, but BenQ does not disclose how this affects color accuracy.

BenQ Display with USB-C Dock
Panel 27" IPS or VA
Native Resolution 2560 × 1440
Maximum Refresh Rate 60 Hz (?)
Response Time unknown
Brightness unknown
Contrast unknown
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical (?)
Inputs 1 × USB Type-C (DisplayPort alt mode)
DP 1.2
HDMI 1.4
USB Hub USB 3.0 hub
'multiple audio, video, network, and USB ports' 
Audio Integrated speakers, audio in/out ports

The integrated USB-C docking station uses the same cable as the display, and BenQ's press release states that the dock is designed to charge a laptop or a mobile device up to 61W (that is compatible with DisplayPort alternate mode for USB-C) as well as expand its I/O capabilities over USB 3.0. This includes, 'multiple audio, video, network, USB ports and integrated speakers'. At present, the list of devices supporting DP alt mode for USB-C includes the Apple MacBook, the Dell XPS 12/13/15, the HP Elite X2 1012, the HP EliteBook Folio G1, the Microsoft Lumia 950/950 XL, the LG G5, the HTC 10 M10h and so on. In addition to the USB-C input, the display is also equipped with DisplayPort and HDMI input connectors.

BenQ did not announce exact pricing or availability timeframe for its PD2710QC. Currently BenQ sells the PD2700Q display for $359, which is not too much for a 27” QHD IPS monitor. While a USB-C hub is clearly a premium feature, it remains to be seen how much more BenQ will charge for it.

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  • ddriver - Friday, January 27, 2017 - link

    Yeah, what is more interesting and fun than paying actual money to buy imaginary merit in some game for losers. I presume it would be an attractive prospect for people who don't have any real-world merit, but it is just sad. Such games also tend to be absent any plot or story line whatsoever. They are truly a waste of time for people whose time isn't worth anything.

    I've only been playing games because of the challenge, and because I find fun in competition, not the actual game. And not the type of games which would require to play for several hours a day to get xp or find artifacts, but the kind of game where you can join, destroy in 15-20 minutes and then get back to your life. As I said, games that reward skill, not games that reward the inability to have a life. Not that there weren't "lifeless losers" playing those games back in the days, but they were wannabes without skill who kept on trying in the hope to improve. I never had any ambitions, I was just naturally good at high pace reflex shooters and combat tactics. It is stupid to have ambitions in games, and it is far better to be number 10 in the stats by investing less than an hour a day than to be number 1 by investing literally all of your time.

    But those were different times, today everyone is a winner, they give away participation medals, and everyone's kickstarter has merit, you cannot call things the way you are and you must be "politically correct". Everyone is special and unique, and lifeless losers who waste money and life on pointless games are the pinnacle of this form of more degraded society. So yeah, they are worthy of respect, from the likes of you anyway ;) For those who seek such breaks from reality are the ones neglecting it the most - it is a vicious cycle, people don't invest enough in reality, as a result reality gets worse and worse, and as a result people seek more and more absurd ways to get away from that which they badly need to focus on.
  • BrokenCrayons - Friday, January 27, 2017 - link

    "Such games also tend to be absent any plot or story line whatsoever," conflicts quite dramatically with your later stated point that you only play games for challenge and competition for spans of 15-20 minutes.

    "It is stupid to have ambitions in games...,"conflicts your your earlier claim of playing competitively and being "world ranked" which is clearly the result of ambitiousness. Then again, I think we've debunked that since you're not objecting about it being untrue.

    As for your last paragraph, I won't get into politics, but if you're not intelligent enough to find satire and the obvious joking in my entire string of posts at this point (honestly, the revolution of the Game Gear and my mother-of-flippin'-pearl preschool as an educational qualification should have given that away...along with everything else about my comments) then you're not reading very closely and are one of those very people you think are beneath you, but simply have failed to realize it in your eagerness to use my comments as a reason to drag out your soapbox.
  • psychobriggsy - Thursday, January 26, 2017 - link

  • ddriver - Thursday, January 26, 2017 - link

    e-sports do not qualify for athletics. Athletic sports involve physical activities such as running or jumping. Not all people who practice sports are athletes, and e-sports are not really sports to begin with. The term "e-sports" itself is some lame joke and a complete mockery. Sport is "competitive physical activity", games are not sport, neither games like chess nor electronic games.
  • DanNeely - Thursday, January 26, 2017 - link

    120 vs 110 DPI is a negligible difference for any case except swearing at crapplications that still don't scale right.
  • Lolimaster - Friday, January 27, 2017 - link

    If pros care about input lag, they should use CRT with sub-milisecond response time.
  • Michael Bay - Sunday, January 29, 2017 - link

    I don`t like this IPS or VA thing. Difference here is quite important.

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