There are buttons and a joystick discreetly located on the bottom of the panel, and these can be used to adjust various settings on the display. Handily, however, BenQ has also included a small remote control, which is a little unusual for monitors of this type but provides easy access to various presets and is our preferred option for fiddling with the menus. If you don’t want to deal with another plastic object on your desk then the aforementioned onboard inputs work fine, and have a sturdy and tactile feel to them.
In terms of ports, you get the obligatory DisplayPort for your PC, as well two HDMI 2.1 ports for 120fps output, four USB ports, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Everything is tidily organised and easily accessible, so you shouldn’t have too many headaches swapping out cables if you’re the type of person who rotates through different tech devices regularly. At this point, it’s worth mentioning that you can independently adjust the settings of the DisplayPort and HDMI, which is convenient if you’re planning to use this monitor for both PC usage and PS5 gaming. Personally, we prefer a dimmer more subtle image when we’re browsing spreadsheets, and a brighter more vivid picture when playing console games, and the EX3210U is able to deliver that.
Picture Quality: True Colours
As we mentioned at the beginning of this review, picture quality is paramount when it comes to picking a display, and in our opinion BenQ has delivered on its lofty promises. The IPS panel employed by the EX3210U is rich and vivid, owing to a truly impressive colour palette. There are a ton of presets to play with, although personally we found fiddling with all of the available parameters in the Custom setting the best. The key here is the flexibility enabled by the monitor, and it truly delivers an abundance of options if you want to experiment – as well as some serviceable “out-of-the-box” configurations if you don’t want to faff around.
One thing that should be noted, however, is that in SDR you’re going to experience a peak brightness of about 250 nits on this monitor, which is low compared to other options on the market. While you can force HDR for all content – which ultimately delivers a much brighter image, as you’d expect – it may not always be accurate if it’s not supported natively. Therefore, if you do intend to use this in a relatively bright environment, you may find the SDR output looks dull and drab. It’s definitely worth considering where you’re going to place the monitor and how it will be affected by daylight; we didn’t have too much of an issue in our setup, but skylights and large windows could ultimately impede visibility, we suspect.
Light bleed can also be an issue, although your mileage may very much vary on this front. We noticed some blooming and overflow in the corners of the panel, but nothing overly aggressive; this may unfortunately come down to a manufacturing monopoly, so if you do pick one of these up, you’ll want to test it in the dark thoroughly to see if your unit is affected. While this can be an unfortunate issue, we have to say the viewing angles on the monitor, along with its overall clarity at 4K resolution, is excellent.