The BenQ Mobiuz EX270QM is an attractive high-end monitor for gamers who want incredible speed and visual details. It also has HDMI 2.1, which has higher bandwidth and better compatibility with the latest gaming devices. It’s one of the priciest 240Hz 1440p monitors right now, but let’s see if it is worth the investment.
BenQ Mobiuz EX270QM Specifications
- Screen Size: 27 Inches
- Resolution: 2560 x 1440 QHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: In-Plane Switching (IPS)
- Refresh Rate: 240 Hz
- Response Time: 1ms MPRT
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
- Brightness: 400 cd/m² (600 cd/m²)
- Built-in Speakers: Yes (2 x 2 Watts + 5 Watt Sub)
- Stand: Height – Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot– No
- VESA Compatibility: Yes 100 x 100
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.4 x 1, HDMI 2.1 x 2, USB 3.0 x 2, 3.5mm Jack x 1
- Dimensions With Stand (WxHxD): 24″ x 20.6″ x 7.6″
- Weight: 16.8 lbs
Design and Features
The BenQ Mobiuz EX270QM follows the design of its Mobiuz siblings, which looks modern without deleting the gamer-centric aesthetic. The monitor has a matte black and silver combination, a splash of red on its base, and some RGB LEDs at the back. The display has a bezel-free design but still has inner borders like most monitors.
It is not a large monitor by today’s standards, plus BenQ has reduced its products’ footprint, as seen in its recent releases. The device only needs 7.6 inches of depth, even if its base looks oversized for a 27-inch display. It’s also not too heavy at 16.8 pounds, so it should be easy to set it up or move it around.
It’s also built like a tank, just like many of BenQ’s offerings from its budget all the way up to the high-end. The plastics used are very sturdy, and everything looks perfectly molded, with no uneven gaps or seams. The stand is firm and stable, so the screen won’t sag or shake during hardcore gaming sessions.
The BenQ Mobiuz EX270QM has an OSD joystick under the bottom bezel so it’s very easy to access. It also has a dedicated remote for its functions and settings, so you can sit back and relax while trying to calibrate it. We know that this add-on contributes to the higher price, but the convenience it offers is worth it.
The stand included with the package offers tilt, swivel, and height adjustments for your comfort and convenience. You can’t pivot the screen, but that’s okay since it was not intended for secondary portrait display use. You can use VESA mounts, but it’s only necessary in select instances, such as when you have a multi-monitor setup.
The BenQ Mobiuz EX270QM’s I/O includes DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.1 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. There is also a 3.5mm jack, but it could use more options like USB-C since it’s priced like a top-end variant. Its HDMI 2.1 connectivity will allow 120Hz operation with the PS5 and Xbox Series X, but only the latter supports the 1440p resolution.
It also has the brand’s treVolo speakers which are specially tuned and equipped for better performance. The set includes a 2-watt pair but also has a 5-watt woofer for better bass response. It can’t get very loud, but the added woofer makes it suitable for entertainment purposes, so it’s a big plus.
Display and Performance
The BenQ Mobiuz EX270QM sports a 27-inch IPS panel with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, a 240Hz refresh rate, and a 1ms response time. The backlight has a 400 cd/m2 and a 600 cd/m2 peak, while the contrast is listed at 1000:1 like most IPS panels. This model is DisplayHDR 600 certified, so it’s capable of improved HDR performance, unlike the other Mobiuz monitors.
1440p monitors are still excellent buys despite the rise in popularity of 4K and the upcoming 8K revolution. It strikes a good balance between visibility and sharpness, plus its GPU requirements are more manageable. You are going to need that fact if you want to hit its 240Hz maximum consistently.
The BenQ Mobiuz EX270QM covers 100% of the sRGB and 95% of the DCI-P3 gamuts for stunning colors in games and movies. It’s also decently calibrated from the factory with a deltaE average of 1.76. Most users won’t have to calibrate it, so it is ready to use as soon as it’s plugged in.
Using a colorimeter with the device improved its dE average to 0.89, making it comparable with some prosumer displays. However, you have buy the gadget separately to get a score like this, and they aren’t exactly cheap. We can only recommend them if your job involves color-critical work, but for gaming, it’s completely unnecessary.
The BenQ Mobiuz EX270QM’s backlight reached 468 cd/m2 at 100%, while its peak reached 591 cd/m2 when HDR kicked in. Its contrast reached 1107:1 at 50% brightness, but it expanded considerably when its HDR mode kicked in. It’s not comparable to a mini-LED variant, but this is one of the best HDR 600 implementations we’ve seen so far.
Panel uniformity for the test sample had no issues like backlight leaks, but its brightness uniformity wasn’t too great. There were patches on the screen’s edge that were either dimmer or brighter, but that’s probably because of the edge-lit local dimming feature. It doesn’t affect white backgrounds or colorful scenes, but dark images will reveal the issue.
The screen is also prone to clouding in HDR mode since the edge-lit local dimming feature has limited zones. Some highlights will add haloing in different instances, which can get annoying if you regularly notice them. However, it’s a limitation of the monitor’s design and specifications, plus you have to spend way more on an OLED or mini-LED alternative if you want to avoid it.
The BenQ Mobiuz EX270QM barely shows any blurring, thanks to its naturally high refresh rate. Its overdrive is particularly effective at reducing the already minor persistence, plus it also works with VRR, unlike other implementations. This model is perfect for competitive play, and only the 360Hz variants, which are still rare, will be better.
The BenQ Mobiuz EX270QM is compatible with both FreeSync and G-Sync for tear-free gaming. It’s important to have compatibility with both so you don’t get stuck with one GPU brand when it’s time to upgrade. Input lag sits at 3ms at 240Hz, making this model one of the fastest 1440p in the market.
Thoughts on the BenQ Mobiuz EX270QM
The BenQ Mobiuz EX270QM doesn’t fail to deliver superb gaming performance, just like its other top offerings. The screen is vibrant and lightning-fast, so it’s perfect for both competitive and immersive gaming. It’s well-designed and durable, so you aren’t getting shortchanged despite the higher retail price.
However, we’d like to see some essential features like USB-C if we were spending this much on a 1440p monitor. Added creature comforts will enrich the value per dollar spent, so more gamers will pick it up. But overall, it is an excellent monitor if we’re talking about gaming performance and design.
- Attractive Design
- Excellent Build Quality
- Fast and Vibrant Imaging
- HDMI 2.1 Connectivity
- High Price
- Limited SDR Contrast
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.