The BenQ Mobiuz EX480UZ is a premium 120Hz 4K monitor with a deep and vibrant OLED panel. It’s a TV-sized display product. So it is ideal as a single solution for multi-platform gamers. It’s not cheap like the other Mobiuz monitors, so let’s check to see if it’s a good investment.
BenQ Mobiuz EX480UZ Specifications
- Screen Size: 48 Inches
- Resolution: 3840 x 2160 4K
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: OLED
- Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
- Response Time: 0.1ms
- Contrast Ratio: 135000:1
- Brightness: 450 cd/m² Typical
- Built-in Speakers: Yes (2 x 5 Watts + 10 Watt Woofer)
- Stand: Height – No
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel: No
- Stand: Pivot: No
- VESA Compatibility: Yes (200 x 200)
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.4 DSC x 1, HDMI 2.1 x 2, USB-C PD90W x 1, USB 3.2 x 3, 3.5mm Jack Out x 1
- Dimensions With Stand(WxHxD): 42.1″ x 25.5″ x 10.5”
- Weight: 42.6 lbs
Design and Features
What we immediately like about the BenQ Mobiuz EX480UZ is that it looks more like a monitor than a modified TV. The chassis has a nice gunmetal and black combination, along with RGB lights at the back and red accents on its base. The display is bezel-free on three sides, but it does have a thick bottom border which also doubles as a soundbar.
This is a massive monitor even by today’s standards, so some desks might be unable to accommodate it. It’s 42 inches wide, so it will offset your peripherals on the side, but at least it’s only 10.5 inches deep, unlike some of its competitors. However, it weighs 42.6 pounds, so you will need help in unboxing and setting it up.
Build quality for the BenQ Mobiuz EX480UZ test sample is excellent, as expected. The panels are perfectly molded and durable, so there are no gaps or flexing of any sort. The included stand is stable, so the massive cabinet doesn’t wobble unless you nudge it with sufficient force.
The BenQ Mobiuz EX480UZ has an OSD joystick, but it also has a functional remote that makes things easier. The latter is necessary for a monitor like this since it can also be used for couch gaming setups. Some brands even include app compatibility, but we’re already happy with this setup since it’s already convenient and user-friendly.
We like that the product includes a monitor stand instead of the usual base or pegs TVs and other large monitors use. The downside is that it only offers tilt, but you can get around that with a 200 x 200 VESA mount. However, buying that is unnecessary since a monitor like this only needs one fixed position most of the time.
Another benefit you can get in going with this monitor is its connectivity layout. You get DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.1 slots, and a 90-watt USB-C port with DP Alt Mode. They will enable you to use a PC, a PS5, and Xbox Series X, plus a USB-C laptop from work like MacBooks. It could use more than the two USB 3.2 slots, but that’s okay in most cases.
Another advantage this model has is its significantly better built-in speaker set. You get two 5-watt satellites in the soundbar below the screen, along with a 10-watt woofer for better sound quality. They work quite well for games and movies, unlike other built-ins, although we know most gamers will still prefer headsets.
Display and Performance
The BenQ Mobiuz EX480UZ boasts a 48-inch OLED panel with a 3840 x 2160 resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, and a 0.1 response time. It’s rated with a 450 cd/m2 brightness while the contrast is listed at 135000:1. This model is HDR10 compatible, and it has a feature called HDRi which can optimize the screen with the help of a brightness sensor.
4K screens look great no matter the screen size due to their high pixel count. However, a display of this size can be overwhelming in desktop setups if you use it for productivity or browsing. Thankfully, that can be solved by sitting at the right distance from it or using it in a couch setup.
The BenQ Mobiuz EX480UZ covered 100% of the sRGB gamut and 94% of the DCI-P3 mode. However, its color accuracy using the default FPS mode was high with the deltaE average reaching 5.41. Using the DCI-P3 mode reduced that dE average to a more pleasing 1.89, so we recommend using that instead.
Calibrating the monitor reduced its dE average to a more balanced 1.03 which is better than any of the filters. The downside is that you will need to buy a colorimeter to achieve comparable results. That’s not practical for gaming, so we can only recommend it if you dabble in color-critical work.
The monitor’s peaked at 151 cd/m2, but its contrast reached 151450:1 as a result of the OLED panel’s capabilities. It is capable of great HDR performance, just like any OLED gaming monitor out there. It’s not great at fighting off bright ambient lighting, so we recommend using curtains or turning off your room lights while gaming.
Panel uniformity for the test sample didn’t have any issues since this monitor doesn’t have a backlight like most modern monitors. There are some instances where haloing can happen, but it’s natural and not much of a noticeable issue while gaming. However, note that burn-in issues can ruin this so take extra care not to leave the screen with static images for too long.
The BenQ Mobiuz EX480UZ is capable of fantastic pixel response time since it has an OLED panel. OLEDs are capable of near-instantaneous pixel transitions, so blurs and smudges are very rare. It’s great for fast-paced games such as racing sims, shooters, and everything in between.
This model is compatible with both FreeSync and G-Sync, so you don’t have to worry about tearing and stuttering. Both Nvidia and AMD have superb 4K cards, so it’s best to get a monitor that can work with both brands. Input lag sits at 4ms at 120Hz, so it’s great for all games.
Thoughts on the BenQ Mobiuz EX480UZ
The BenQ Mobiuz EX480UZ is ideal if you want an immersive screen with excellent contrast and great HDR performance. OLEDs are considered magic in the monitor industry, and we’re glad BenQ has entered the flagship monitor race. We also like that it has excellent speakers and a 90-watt USB-C port which contributes to its flexibility.
However, it has a few flaws, like its default accuracy due to the FPS mode, whose priority is visibility rather than accurate color. It’s also alienatingly big and isn’t cheap, but these facts are expected from an OLED monitor. Overall, it’s a fantastic upgrade if you want to up the ante on your game’s visuals.
- Vibrant and High Contrast OLED Panel
- Beautiful dark blacks.
- Versatile Connectivity with 90W USB-C and HDMI 2.1
- Attractive Design
- Fast and Responsive
- Bit pricey
- Oversized Monitor
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.