It is not precisely straightforward for a gaming monitor to face out. When you hit a number of key specs—no less than 1440p, 120 Hz, 0.1-ms response time, and some others—nearly any show will do. Some corporations fight this by bettering their colour copy or cranking these specs even greater. Then there’s BenQ, which determined to make this ludicrously massive 48-inch mannequin I’ve spent a number of weeks testing.
As a show, the BenQ Mobiuz OLED gaming monitor—particularly mannequin EX480UZ—is spectacular. On a spec sheet, it ticks all of the packing containers you’d need whereas taking part in video games. It has a 4K OLED panel, a 120-Hz refresh charge (we’d wish to see 144-Hz, nevertheless it’s not unhealthy), and even HDR assist.
The one downside is that it’s large. Common pc displays are sometimes within the 22- to 24-inch vary. This one is 48 inches. That isn’t simply twice as large as a typical monitor. As a result of how math works, doubling the diagonal dimension means quadrupling the world. So in case you’re studying this text on a 24-inch monitor, think about three extra of them stitched collectively. All sitting in your desk.
It’s rather a lot to soak up.
(Large) Image High quality
Earlier than we fixate on this behemoth’s measurement, let’s speak about the way it performs. Usually, gaming displays usually forego some options that you just would possibly come to count on from, say, a tv. Excessive dynamic vary (HDR), a color-enhancing characteristic that’s current on this BenQ show, is typically absent from gaming displays. However it’s one of the best upgrades you can make to get higher image high quality, so it’s good seeing it right here.
BenQ’s implementation can also be significantly good. In contrast to most LED displays, which depend on an LED backlighting system to light up the display above, OLED shows are a single layer of pixel-sized natural LEDs able to solely lighting up the pixels a picture wants. This implies a lot deeper black ranges. The place an ordinary monitor nonetheless appears a bit grey when displaying a black display, an OLED is totally darkish; the pixels are literally black. This higher distinction between mild and darkish already improves the image on non-HDR video games, however after I performed video games that supported HDR, the picture was about as crisp because it may get.
The monitor additionally helps AMD FreeSync, which helps an AMD graphics card sync as much as the display for no dropped frames as much as 120 Hz, which is extraordinarily welcome—if anticipated at this level, provided that this characteristic is in most TVs and displays—after I play Overwatch. Any sport that has fast-paced motion goes to learn from a super-high body charge.
However after we speak about image high quality, we’re not speaking purely about pixels. Numerous different components have an effect on the viewing expertise, like how distant you’re sitting from the show. For this reason numerous gaming displays can get away with a mere 1440p show. Regardless of 1440p being lower-res than 4K, it’s often sufficient for particular person pixels to be practically invisible on smaller shows, when sitting at a traditional distance out of your desk.
However this BenQ show isn’t any normal gaming monitor.
The Burden of Breadth
The primary time I arrange this monitor, I attempted to fireside up a sport of Overwatch and virtually instantly needed to cease. I don’t precisely have a small desk—its floor space is about 2.5 ft deep by 5 ft large—however I needed to take away each of my 27-inch displays to make room for it. Regardless of this, and regardless of how far again I sat in my chair, the display was overwhelming.
Overwatch’s killfeed—a operating feed of which gamers have died within the upper-right nook of the display—was now towering over me. What I may beforehand verify by glancing with my eyeballs out of the blue required me to maneuver my whole head to see. If I needed to see my very own well being degree within the sport, properly that’s all the best way down within the lower-left nook. My neck started getting sore as I attempted to catch essential info.
The colourful show additionally began to grow to be a critical detriment. The vivid OLED display was nice for blasting out mild to create a compelling image. The one downside is that this image was a few ft from my face. And it was filling my peripheral imaginative and prescient. I began to really feel a robust sensory overload the longer I sat in entrance of it. It was simply an excessive amount of of a great factor.
“That’s a TV”
It didn’t take lengthy earlier than I merely couldn’t stand having this factor on my desk anymore. After a few video games, I unplugged it and put my outdated displays again. However possibly I’m utilizing it fallacious, I believed. I imply, this factor is mainly a TV—which, notably, can also be what everybody who noticed it in my house stated. “That factor is mainly a TV.”
So, I moved it from my desk to the lounge. And it felt much more at house there. Immediately, the 4K panel didn’t really feel fairly so pointless. Once I was sitting 10 ft or so from the monitor, it was not as overwhelming, and I may admire how detailed the image appeared. It wasn’t the very best TV I’ve ever seen, nevertheless it offered a extremely good image as I performed by means of a few of my PS5 video games.