After years of slumming it with low-PPI displays, desktop PCs finally have a decent array of ultra-high-resolution options. The latest comes from Benq, which has introduced 27" IPS monitor with a 3840x2160 display resolution.
The BL2711U has the wide viewing angles one might expect from IPS technology, and its color reproduction is apparently exceptional. Benq claims the display produces over a billion hues and covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut. Other specs include a 300 cd/m² brightness rating, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and 4-ms response time.
The BL2711U is aimed at designers, engineers, and other professionals, so it doesn't have an adaptive refresh rate or other gamer-friendly features. It does, however, sport a flicker-free LED backlight with multiple blue-light reduction modes. You also get SolidWorks certification, special brightness settings that only illuminate darker areas of the screen, and both picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture modes.
Up to four inputs can be connected via DVI-D, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, and HDMI 2.0 ports. The display also includes a USB 3.0 jack for its integrated four-port hub. Dual 3W speakers provide a modicum of audio output, while a VESA-compatible bracket supports standard monitor mounts. The stand offers a full range of adjustment options, too.
Benq's website doesn't list the price, and the BL2711U isn't selling online, but odds are it won't be cheap. IPS displays typically carry a premium, and this one is claimed to be the "world's first" 27" 4K implementation with full sRGB coverage.
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