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BENQ BL3201PT Review

BENQ BL3201PT Review

Over the past couple of months we have reviewed a few different Benq screens, from the mainstream console orientated models, through NVIDIA specific gaming and up to the brand new FreeSync model just a few weeks ago. In those reviews we have seen a consistent level of quality and design but what can they do with a high end 4k display? In our BENQ BL3201PT Review we find out.

BENQ BL3201PT Review – Packaging and Bundle

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Benq package the BL series in a large heavy duty cardboard box which has some information on key features. Inside the screen has various protective layers applied and then it is suspended in a large amount of polystyrene for protection. Bundled with it we get the product documentation and a selection of cables. These are mains, DVI, HDMI, 3.5mm audio and DisplayPort to Mini-Displayport. Benq also include a small controller which connects to the screen by USB and allows us to interact with the On Screen Display or quick select display profiles without needing to stretch.

BENQ BL3201PT Review – The Screen

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The assembled BL3201PT is shown above (32″ 4k2k IPS), along with the stand only view. What do we get as far as the specifications go? The basics start with dimensions of 490.2×740.3×213.4 (increasing to 640.2×740.3×213.4 at max height). Weight is 12.5KG and VESA wall mount support for 100x100mm is present. There is 45/45 left right swivel adjustment and -5-20 degree tilt. Pivot is the standard 90 degrees, to portrait orientation and power consumption is 79w on, 0.5w standby. Two 5w speakers are built in and our IPS display has the following specs:

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Starting to look around the connectivity we find the mains input first, along with a hard on/off switch to compliment the more easily accessible standby button. For inputs we have DVI, 2xHDMI, DisplayPort and Mini-Displayport.

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As far as USB ports go, we have the main hub connector for our PC, then three USB 3.0 pass throughs, the connector used for our control pod and 3.5mm audio in. As the second image above shows, Benq allow us to pass the audio out to a set of headphones as well as offering two further USB 3.0 connectors and our connectivity finishes with a SD card reader.

BENQ BL3201PT Review – On Screen Display

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At the bottom right of the bezel Benq give us a standby button as well as five touch sensitive sections. These allow us to control the on screen display.

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Pressing any of the touch sensitive areas initially opens up a quick menu and then each area has a function. Sometimes it is access to the items (picture mode, input, audio, settings and exit). When in a section it changes to navigation (up, down, left, right and yes/no). Picture profiles include key usage scenarios such as CAD/CAM, Photo, Movie, sRGB and elsewhere we get access to Benq features like dynamic contrast and picture in picture mode.

BENQ BL3201PT Review – Conclusion

Starting with the build quality of the display the BL3201PT stands out from many of Benq’s other displays as far as finish goes. The base for example uses a more high end brushed metal effect and the visible part of the stand is sturdy curved metal. Even the control pod has that higher end look, chrome effect and black, rather than red and black plastic on the gaming screens. The features also get a boost (light sensor to aid Eco mode) and the connectivity bumps up too, in fact as far as that aspect goes it is hard to fault Benq… 5xUSB 3.0 plus card reader, headphone socket and pretty much every display input we will need. The touch sensitive panels add an extra feel of quality and really the only significant change we would make to the overall design would be moving the three rear USB connectors to a more accessible area, maybe the left side to mirror the easy access ones on the right.

As far as features go, again things are looking good. We have full 100% sRGB mode, CAD/CAM mode which is designed to enhance the use of pro-software (including SolidWorks certification) and other profiles for animation, photo and video work. Dual aspect ratio allows us to work as if we are using two displays and Picture in Picture along with Picture by Picture open up additional operating modes. PiP it has to be noted is hugely beneficial on a 4k display as we can see a full 1080 image in one corner and still have the work space of three 1920×1080 displays available to us. Benq’s Display Pilot  software also allows us to auto switch between modes/profiles on frequently used software and there is plenty of flexibility in the range of movement provided by the stand (with auto rotation of the image on screen when we pivot).

As far as the quality of the screen goes, the IPS model used by Benq on was in our opinion exceptional (especially for the price range, and the lack of tweaking required out of the box). The matt finish gives a great low reflection look when in use and is easy on the eye and the brightness and colour are uniform across the panel. Viewing angles are great and clarity fantastic with input lag low. A real case of the higher the quality of image you send to the BL3201T the more it shines. For more home based use, the screen also does well, having profiles to reduce eye fatigue (blue light/flicker free) in multi-media, surfing, office and reading modes. Then of course we have support for 4k movies as an added bonus.

Summary: Benq are pricing this screen very aggressively and while there are higher cost displays available which may be better suited to some pro-applications the BL3201PT strikes a fantastic balance of cost, build, functionality and hugely impressive image quality.

Gold Award

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Stuart Davidson

2 Comments

  1. I have to ask, how does it handle 1080p or lower games?

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