The BenQ Mobiuz EX270M rolls high-end performance and excellent build quality into a reasonably priced product. It’s a 1080p 240Hz screen, so it is immediately apparent that it’s designed for E-Sports or competitive gaming. 240Hz 1080p screens are cheaper now, but let’s see if the EX270M has an advantage over the usual budget model.
BenQ Mobiuz EX270M Specifications
- Screen Size: 25 Inches
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Full HD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: In-Plane Switching (IPS)
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Response Time: 1ms
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 400 cd/m2
- Built-in Speakers: Yes (2 x 2 Watts + 5 Watt Woofer)
- Stand: Height – Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – No
- Stand: Pivot – No
- VESA Compatibility: Yes (100 x 100)
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.4 x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 2, USB 3.0 x 3, 3.5mm Jack x 1
- Dimensions with Stand(WxHxD): 24.2” x 20.7” x 7.6”
- Weight: 14.1 lbs
Design and Features
The BenQ Mobiuz EX270M follows the aesthetics of the Mobiuz line up so it will fit right into most gaming setups. The monitor has a matte black and silver combination, along with red accents, which define its gamer-centric nature. The display has a bezel-free design on three sides but still has inner borders like most monitors.
It’s larger than the standard E-Sports format, but the EX270M’s dimensions are still reasonable even if it’s upsized. It’s two feet wide but only needs 7.6 inches of depth from your desk. It is also lightweight for a monitor of its size, so you can easily take it with you to gaming events or LAN parties.
Build quality is excellent, just like the other BenQ monitors we tested over the years. The plastic panels are thick and sturdy so they won’t flex or crack easily. There were no cosmetic defects, and the stand is firm and stable so the screen won’t sag or shake while you are playing.
The BenQ Mobiuz EX270M has an OSD joystick, but it also has a dedicated remote like the higher-tiered models such as the EX480UZ. This makes accessing the monitor’s features easier, especially if you don’t like leaning over to find the joystick. Its also a fact that the joystick is right next to the power button so you can accidentally power down the monitor if you use it instead of the remote.
The stand included with the package offers tilt and height adjustments, so it’s not the most flexible out there. However, that’s all you will need for single display setups since that will allow you to align the display with your height. You can also use VESA mounts for more flexibility, but those are only necessary for multi-monitor setups.
The BenQ Mobiuz EX270M’s I/O layout only includes the standard connectors you can get from a regular gaming monitor. It has DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports, along with three USB slots for data up and downstream, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Adding a USB-C slot would make it a more flexible option, but not if doing so will raise the price considerably.
Another surprising feature we like about this monitor is its unique speaker layout. It only has 2-watt speakers, but their output gets beefed up by a 5-watt woofer which makes it a 2.1 setup. It doesn’t get crazy loud, but that added bass makes it more usable than the usual built-ins we get from gaming variants.
Display and Performance
The BenQ Mobiuz EX270M sports a 27-inch IPS panel with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 240Hz refresh rate, and a 1ms response time. The backlight has a 400 cd/m2 max while the contrast is listed at 1000:1 like most IPS monitors. This model has HDRi capabilities, but we know that it cannot produce true HDR performance since it’s more of an emulation mode.
Many users dislike having a 1080p monitor that’s larger than 25 inches since it can look fuzzy or pixelate from up close. However, the lower pixel density usually means better visibility and legibility, so it’s going to e easier to spot that sniper’s glint in games. It is great for competitive games, but for everything else, 1440p variants like the EX270QM will be more desirable.
The BenQ Mobiuz EX270M covers 100% sRGB and 82% of the DCI-P3 gamut for decent colors in games and movies. Its default accuracy isn’t the best since the deltaE average reached 2.81. It’s probably not factory-calibrated like the EX240, but that’s understandable since it is not the Mobiuz top dog.
Calibrating it reduced the dE average to a considerably better 1.24, which looks more natural for daily use. The downside is that you will need a colorimeter to get a comparable result since simply copying settings does not guarantee it. It is fine for gaming purposes, so spending on a gadget that easily costs $200 to tweak it isn’t worth it.
The BenQ Mobiuz EX270M’s backlight reached 396 cd/m2 at 100% brightness, so it can fight off some glare during the day. Its contrast ratio peaked at 1053:1 at 60% brightness, indicating that the display isn’t capable of deep blacks like its VA and OLED counterparts. These are acceptable results for a gaming monitor, but it doesn’t help the screen’s HDRi mode in producing a deeper dynamic range.
Panel uniformity for the test sample had excellent results since there were no major backlight bleeding issues. There was some variance in the backlight’s spread, but it wasn’t noticeable unless you looked at the screen up close. Note that this can change with every monitor made due to tolerances, so there are better and worse units out there.
The BenQ Mobiuz EX270M has an excellent pixel response time, so it barely shows any blurring or ghosting. There is still some persistence, unlike with the XL2566K, so you will still need to use some overdrive. It’s great for competitive titles like Warzone 2 or CSGO, thanks to this aspect.
The BenQ Mobiuz EX270M is compatible with FreeSync and G-Sync for stutter and tear-free gaming. It is essential to have functionality with both solutions so you don’t get stuck with one GPU brand. Its input lag sits under 3ms at 240Hz, so it’s fast enough for professional gamers.
Thoughts on the BenQ Mobiuz EX270M
The BenQ Mobiuz EX270M is an excellent monitor with just the right amount of features that will complement an E-Sports setup. It is fast and virtually lag-free, so it will work great for games like CSGO or Valorant. It also features a robust design and a fantastic speaker setup that you won’t find from other brands.
It still has some issues, like the poor default accuracy or lack of future-proof connectors. BenQ tuned this monitor for superior visibility rather than accuracy, so the former is understandable. It’s a great buy for competitive gamers, but cheaper options like the Asus VG279QM are still widely available.
- Fast and Responsve
- Excellent buil Quality
- Woofer Included
- Limited HDR
- Cheaper Altarnatives are Available
About the Author: Paolo has been a gaming veteran since the golden days of Doom and Warcraft and has been building gaming systems for family, friends, and colleagues since junior high. High-performance monitors are one of his fixations; he believes that every citizen’s right to enjoy one. He has gone through several pieces of hardware in pursuit of every bit of performance gain, much to the dismay of his wallet. He now works with Monitornerds to scrutinize the latest gear to create reviews that accentuate the seldom explained aspects of a PC monitor.