There’s no denying that the BenQ Mobiuz EX2710 is aimed at gamers. Right from the get go, BenQ are flashing gaming stats in your face. The box even screams gamer, but to tell you the truth, is very modest in actually shouting about its impressive spec. The Mobiuz logo that’s flashed across the front though looks pretty cool.
The BenQ Mobius EX2710 in terms of its design is again pretty modest. It has three black bezels, with the bottom one being a darker grey. Unfortunatrely the bezels aren’t as minimal as some people may like, but it didn’t see it to be much of an issue. The stand is a light grey though, which does stick out like a sore thumb, and I wasn’t really a fan. If this was black, or even the dark grey that is found on the bottom bezel, it would have blended a lot nicer.
The stand is very easy to hook up to the monitor itself. It clips into place and provides a sturdy setup for your desk. Don’t fear nudging the monitor, it’s not going anywhere. There is though a garish red streak that runs across the base of the stand. It looks so out of place.
Around the back you can find two HDMI 2.0 ports, unfortunately not 2.1 like the PS5 and Xbox Series X ask for, and one single Display Port 1.2. Again, not quite the v1.4 that can be found on more expensive panels. This is budget don’t forget. There’s also two buttons and a joystick, which makes using the OSD nice and simple. The top button is for changing sources, and the bottom button is power. The middle joystick is for making your way through the menu, which is very simple to navigate. Clicking the button in opens a quick menu, and scrolling to the bottom opens the full menu where you can find your picture settings, some audio settings and colour mode. I kept my colour mode on sRGB, as I corrected my screen with a Datacolor SpyderX, but you can choose from the presets on there like FPS, Racing, RPG, Game HDRi and CinemaHDRi. There’s some system settings like controlling the auto brightness, black stabiliser to really crush or enhance those darker areas in the game and eye care stuff that you can dive into. I never touched these. Give me all the brightness, all the time!
I would brand the BenQ Mobiuz EX2710 as a basic and bland screen. There’s really no frills to its design or menu layout. But to be honest with you, gamers aren’t looking at that are they, they’re looking at panel capabilities and are wanting to get into the action as quickly as possible. One thing I want to point out now before moving onto the panel, and that’s the VESA mount. It’s buried inside the monitor, and is where the stand clips into. I have two monitor arms on my desk, and I couldn’t hook it up to that properly due to the bracket being too big to fit inside the VESA hole which was a little frustrating. I got it on the bracket, but it’s not too secure. The stand though is capable of height, swivel and tilt adjustments, though there’s no rotating, so you can’t have this monitor in a vertical position without using some kind of third party monitor arm or stand.
The panel uses IPS technology, which ensures that black levels and colours are as good as possible. What might put some people off though is that its resolution is only 1920×1080. But it really shouldn’t. Sure, 1080p might turn up some noses over the more modern 1440p or 4K resolutions, but hear me out. This monitor has a 144Hz refresh rate as well as compatibility with AMD Freesync. Being a gamer, expecially those in the eSports circuit, chances are you’re keeping your resoltuions as low as possible anyway to maximise those frames. Even at 1080p, I was still very happy with how sharp the monitor looked anyway. It definitely wasn’t a hinderance and is absolutely capable of gaming, especially as it’s boasting a 1ms response time. You also need to turn on the AMA setting to reduce blurring. It’s known as BenQ’s Overdrive feature, and for the most part, it does a decent job of reducing the amount of motion blur in your image. I kept this at one, as there’s not much difference between one, two and three anyway.
As usual, we ran our BenQ Mobiuz EX2710 through our Datacolor SpyderX to test how it performs, and for the most part it gave us some great results in most areas. In terms of colour gamuts, when it came to the sRGB score, it hit 94%. It’s a little below what we ideally like to aim for, but it’s not as if it’s bad. It did fall down though when it came to your Adobe RGB score coming in at 72% and your DCI-P3 score coming in at 72%. It means that colours for your photo or video colourists out there aren’t exactly accurate, so I can’t recommend this monitor for you. By far the worst was NTSC colour gamut coming in at 67%. But don’t forget, the EX2710 is aimed at gamers.
Backlight uniformity was very much the worst score the monitor gained from Datacolor, with a large hotspot appearing in the bottom, as well as darker spots appearing on the top middle and middle right side. Colour accuracy had an average Delta-E score of 1.0 which is very good ideed, although the blue/teal type tones let this down and in terms of contrast, we measured a contrast ratio of 1030:1 at 100% brightness, and 1040:1 at 80% brightness, so not much difference between the two, and I prefer a much brighter screen anyway. You may vary though. Technically speaking, the BenQ Mobiuz EX2710 is pretty decent to say the least. You can find all of our findings and corresponding tables below.
HDR is also present on the monitor, with a HDR400 badge, which for the most part works well. Colours were punchy inside of games, and the added dynamic range certainly helped with immersion. It wasn’t the best implementation of HDR though, and it really just messes with the saturation and contrast levels, but it was still okay to use. What’s more though, is the fact it was super simple to turn on. I know I’ve had issues with BenQ monitors in the past with HDR, and how Windows detects that you’ve connected a HDR screen. But here, I simply turned it on in Windows and on the monitor, and it was all good. No issues. There’s a button on the front which gives you easy access to turning it on and off.
I’ve had the BenQ Mobiuz EX2710 for about a week or so, and I’ve played a host of games over that time. Sure, mostly FPS shooters, that’s my jam, but I’ve thrown in a couple of random games in there too. Let’s start with Destiny 2 and Call of Duty Cold War. These games already look pretty stunning, and yes, while at 1440p or 4K they’ll look even better. But here, resolution isn’t a focus. What is, is how smooth these games feel while playing, and Call of Duty Cold War especially has a smooth style gameplay here. The colours though in Destiny 2 look very vibrant, especially when you’ve got several ultimates firing off from different players in the instance. Everything also looks nice and sharp too, and I especially picked up on this while running through Hollow Knight. The faint glow from the main character is subtle, but noticable, especially in darker areas of the game. And the shine from the blue health bonuses look absolutely great. Baldur’s Gate 3’s environments look lush and vivid too, which just makes that game so much more immersive.
It’s kind of crazy to think that the BenQ Mobius EX2710 is a budget gaming monitor, when it features specs that can be found on more expensive panels. Granted, it could produce colours better, and the backlight is a bit of a problem, but for the majority of us who want to play a few games of CoD, or smash through some Counterstrike Global Offensive, then the refresh rate and response time is fulfilling. And for £279.99 on the BenQ website, it’s not a bad option for gamers with a focus on eSports titles, or even single player experiences like Red Dead Redemption 2. For more information, head over to the BenQ website.