BenQ PD3420Q 34 inch UltraWide Designer Monitor
Quite a lot of recent attention on UltraWide monitors has focused on gaming screens, with heavily featuring high refresh rates. As a ‘DesignVue’ monitor designed for design research and other innovative projects, the BenQ PD3420Q takes a different approach. Their Aesthetics are shared with other recent members of the ‘PD’ series, with polished metal-effect elements on the stand, a matte black bottom bezel and a borderless ‘3-side’ pattern for the top and side bezels. This dual-stage design includes a slender border of the panel that is flush with the rest of the frame, plus a slender hard exterior portion. Use pressable buttons and a joystick at the back of the display, the OSD (On Screen Display) can be operated to the bottom right as seen from the middle. Or the Remote wired ‘Hotkey Puck G2’.
With 3440 x 1440 resolution (21:9 UltraWide) and 60Hz refresh rate a 34′′ IPS-type (In-Plane Switching) screen is used. A LG Show Nano IPS panel is most likely. This uses a light matte anti-glare screen surface and specifies a static contrast of 1000:1, and horizontal and vertical viewing angles of 178 °. The display is calibrated by factory with an average DeltaE of 0,3, backed by 10-bit color. An improved phosphor flicker-free WLED backlight is used, providing a color space coverage of 98% DCI-P3 (100% sRGB, emulation mode included) and a maximum luminance of normal 350 cd/m2. This is increased to 400 cd / m2 under HDR and requires VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification. This is the most basic HDR implementation that VESA will certify for, allowing the monitor to respond to HDR10 content and put its colour gamut and 10-bit processing to good use. It doesn’t necessitate any local dimming and the contrast boost that would provide or particularly high peak luminance levels.
A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified, a suite of Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included and 4-way PbP (Picture by Picture) is supported. Another interesting feature of ‘PD’ series models is ICCsync, which allows the user to use BenQ’s DisplayPilot software to activate an appropriate ICC profile at the same time as the preset is switched on the monitor. The monitor’s rear is largely matte black plastic, with a brushed metal-effect finish to the neck of the frame. The included stand offers adjustment of tilt, swivel and height (150 mm or 5.91). The stand is assembled using a quick-release mechanism and can be replaced with an alternative 100 x 100 mm VESA compatible. The ports are mainly facing down and include; DP 1.4, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports and 3 USB 3.1 ports. There is a USB Type-C port (65W PD and DP Alt Mode) on the left hand side of the display, an additional USB 3.1 port (4 x USB 3.1 downstream in all) and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Also included are 2 x 2.5W speakers, for basic sound output.
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