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33 Reasons For
Twelve Industry Awards
Amongst medium monitors that have been on the market for more than two years, this PC screen is one of the most awarded.
The editors of two expert review sites both decided that this LCD screen was outstanding and gave it their highest award. Tweak.dk and Pcgamers.net.au both gave this Benq PC monitor an "Editor's Choice" award.
The writers at Hardware.info and Uk.hardware.info both wrote that this PC screen was good value for money and gave it their "Value for Money" award.
Three more expert review sites all thought that this PC display was good. This PC monitor received a "Best Buy" award from 3dnews.ru who decided it was was good and the editor of Cnews.cz gave it a "Smart Buy" award, confirming their endorsement. Furthermore, the writer at Hardwareheaven.com gave this medium monitor a "Gold Award" and thought it was fantastic.
The editors of three other expert review sites all thought that this Benq PC screen was good. Digital Versus gave this Benq LCD screen a "5 Star" award, Altomdata.dk gave it a "Best Product" award and it received a "Worth Buying" award from Kitguru.net.
This Benq PC monitor has an average user rating of 86% based on 201 user reviews.
Easy to Use
A few Benq BL3201 owners who reviewed the Benq BL3201 agreed that it was easy to use. Beanchance said “Could only recommend it if you plan to use it to its full potential”. Lamixer mentioned in their review “The DisplayPort input apparently can drive the built-in speakers which could be handy”. Morgan wrote on Amazon “With its semi matte finish it is great to use in daylight, without the need to close curtains” in his review of this PC monitor.
Several customers who reviewed the Benq BL3201 considered that it was easy to use the menus. Last year Adrian mentioned “AMD Fury X or 980 Ti is likely the minimum, consider going 2 of these cards or more if you want to run max detail settings on modern games at 60fps.5” and rated it as excellent. Geoffrey Foale mentioned “The default settings may be fine for people who want to play games with high brightness” in his review of the Benq BL3201. N. J. Holms scored the product 5 stars and said in their review on Amazon “To my eyes quite true to life on the "STANDARD" (Colour temperature) setting, there are 7 settings and a user defined one if you want to play with it”.
Some people agreed that the product had a good experience. Last year Adrian said on Amazon “The experience is certainly playable” in his review of the Benq BL3201. Amazon Customer said on Amazon this month “The colours certainly do pop and it's a great experience after only owning a TN panel in the past”. Morgan mentioned in his Benq BL3201 review on Amazon “Whether I got lucky or not I can only be more than happy with my experience”.
Three people said in their reviews that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Dimart65 said on Amazon “Landscape mode with variable screen intensities allowing reading at a much more comfortable light level for documents etc” in their review of this PC monitor. Morgan said in his review of this PC monitor “I only reduced the brightness setting from a searing 100% as it arrived to a more comfortable 30%” . Rev John wrote in their Benq BL3201 review in October last year “Contrast set low, even on the lowest settings this monitor is too bright for me to use comfortable for long” but despite that they only gave the Benq BL3201 a rating of 2 stars.
Several people mentioned in their reviews that the Benq BL3201 was easy to handle. M. Yip wrote in their review of the Benq BL3201 a few weeks ago “I found the eco sensor an very good idea, in handling wasted electricity” . One person wrote in their reviews that it was easy to assemble.
Several Benq BL3201 reviewers considered that it was well made. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Very solid display with good performance” in their review of the Benq BL3201. Grayling said “Nice solid monitor” in their review. Handygrandad said “It has a solid, fully adjustable stand, with the option of a 90 degree turn into portrait format” in their review of this PC monitor.
A number of customers said in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Jdr gave the product a score of 5 stars and said in their Benq BL3201 review “The base is very sturdy and is adjustable for height, rotation”. Markoppenheim mentioned last year “The stand is sturdy, has a reasonably small footprint which mainly sits behind the screen” in their review of this PC monitor.
One customer who purchased it concluded that it was easy to damage or scratch. Amazon Customer said in their Benq BL3201 review in October last year “A shame that my unit has some damage and there are red, green”.
Eleven Benq BL3201 reviewers who bought this PC monitor thought it was good looking. A gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote on Amazon “I have two of these, they are beautifully built” in their review of this PC monitor. A also wrote “The panel is gorgeous”. Adrian mentioned “60Hz so gaming is pretty good.3” in his review.
Two Benq BL3201 owners who purchased this PC monitor concluded that it was neat. Handygrandad said in their review of the Benq BL3201 on Amazon two years ago “There is a neat bit of software provided that allows you to adjust all the settings using your mouse (or touchpad”. Morgan gave it an excellent review and he said “I like the design feature of it which allows the cables to be passed through its centre hole to retain them together neatly” in his review of this PC monitor.
Some customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was a good design. Andy wrote “Great design too and very easy to assemble, fully moveable screen means it is so simple to get into the desired viewing position”. Richard wrote “With the ability to swivel the monitor into portrait mode it makes a great monitor for design work and there is plenty of adjustment for height” and scored it 5 stars.
One Benq BL3201 owner who bought this PC monitor mentioned that it was smooth. Nikos mentioned in their Benq BL3201 review on Amazon “Small enough to allow for smooth text and graphics, yet large enough to offer 32 inches worth of working space (diagonal” but despite that they only scored the product 3 stars.
One person who purchased the Benq BL3201 thought it was ergonomic. Kourouyiannis Fivos said in their review on Amazon “It's a 24- inch high quality screen with an IPS panel and ergonomic features”.
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Good Product Quality
A few customers who bought this PC monitor agreed that it was good quality. Last year A mentioned on Amazon “I have to use full fat DisplayPort cables of good quality to get proper sync at boot time” in their review of the Benq BL3201 and gave the product a rating of 4 stars. A few weeks ago Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “The image quality is also brilliant” and gave this PC monitor a rating of 5 stars. In October Beanchance rated it 5 stars and wrote “The screen itself appears very good quality and the colours look brilliant when viewing photos” in their review.
Twenty-two people wrote in their reviews that the product was good value for money. A. Haddock rated it 5 stars and said last year “Fantastic monitor for the price” in their review of the Benq BL3201. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review on Amazon this month “Great quality at a good price”. Ash73 wrote on Amazon “Good quality display for the price, best thing about it is the height adjustable stand”.
A number of customers said in their reviews that the Benq BL3201 was a bargain for the price. Adrian wrote “Not really a big deal to me, I'm ok with vsync in games.2”. Genasisgod mentioned in their review of this PC monitor “The price at £599.99 (when on offer) is a real bargain” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Geoffrey Foale said “I had a cheap monitor on my internet computer” nonetheless he rated the product 60 out of 100.
Good Picture Quality
Eighteen Benq BL3201 owners reckoned that the Benq BL3201 had good colour saturation. Amazon Customer rated it as excellent and mentioned on Amazon two years ago “A Philips 27 inch monitor because it just made me feel ill! This monitor is fine and the colours are much better than on the Philips I bought too” in their review. Amazon Customer also mentioned “Monitor response seems amazing, colours are really good”. Come Along gave it a very good review and wrote “Great screen, viewing angles are amazing, colours are very accurate”.
Some Benq BL3201 owners who bought this PC monitor agreed that it had good picture quality. Last year Adrian wrote “Make absolutely sure that your graphics card has a display port out” in his review of the Benq BL3201. David Gee wrote in his review of the Benq BL3201 “Worth it for superb picture quality” . Jdr gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon two years ago “The overall image quality is superb”.
Several customers wrote that it had a flickering image. Beanchance wrote “It's probably best to set this to 'high' for the best performance with no flicker”. Handygrandad said two years ago “BenQ recently began a marketing campaign for it's new range of "flicker free" monitors which includes the BL2410PT” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Handygrandad also mentioned “The problem is that, at the time of writing (March 2014), there are two versions of the BL2410PT available, one is flicker free”.
Several Benq BL3201 owners who reviewed the Benq BL3201 mentioned that it had clear images. Adrian said last year “Amazing image clarity as you'd expect from 3840x2160.2” in his review and scored the product very highly. E B rated it as very good and mentioned in their review “It has good colour and clarity so also good for photographs”. Evan mentioned on Amazon “Incredible clarity, 100% sRGB colour, 4ms, IPS UHD monitor at 60hz” in his Benq BL3201 review.
Two customers who bought it reckoned that it had a wide viewing angle. Markoppenheim mentioned in their review on Amazon “They also seem to have a really good viewing angle”. Morgan mentioned “I have not noticed any lag issues when playing "faster" type of games and the viewing angle etc have been great” in his review of this PC monitor.
Benq Has Excellent Flatpanel Monitor Reviews
On average Benq medium monitors have excellent ratings as do all PC displays built by Benq.
A number of customers who bought it agreed that it had good technical guidance. Graham Smith said in his review of the Benq BL3201 “Land on your foot!In the box are quick start instructions that are about as well written as any are - it's enough to get the monitor set up”. Graham Smith also wrote “I didn't find any full instruction manual though”. Last year Markoppenheim wrote on Amazon “I believe Macs have manual screen rotation control built in”.
The BL3201 is a popular choice amongst people who purchased PC screens in the last 3 months.
Several Benq BL3201 reviewers reckoned that the product was a good height. In October this year Honeycuddler wrote in their review of the Benq BL3201 “Nice stand and height adjustment”. Two years ago Lamixer mentioned on Amazon “Has a range of height adjustment” in their review of this PC monitor. Also two years ago Richard wrote in his review of this PC monitor on Amazon “There is plenty of adjustment for height and monitor angle”.
One customer who purchased this PC monitor concluded that it was a good body shape. Seaside wrote on Amazon “Really good mount, quality of body and image - I use it as an 'office' second screen whilst photo post processing on my other screen - well worth buying”.
Two Benq BL3201 reviewers who reviewed this PC monitor reckoned that it was good in terms of USB connections. Aj mentioned “The other features of the panel are very good, including a great stand, detached control panel and nicely positioned USB ports” in their Benq BL3201 review but despite that they gave the product a score of 40 out of 100. Morgan rated it as excellent and he said on Amazon “The USB ports seem to function fine” in his review of the Benq BL3201.
One customer considered that it was good in terms of connectivity. Rick York mentioned on Amazon “I'm overall very happy with its connectivity and general appearance” in his Benq BL3201 review but even so he scored it 3 stars. One person thought the product was good in terms of HDMI connections. Genasisgod wrote on Amazon “Connected my you view box and blue ray player via HDMI and all work fine” and gave the product a very good review.
One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it was able to connect to the internet.
Good Technical Features
Some customers concluded that the product had good features. In October last year R3d Bu11 said “Great picture, colour and features” in their review of the Benq BL3201. Kitguru.net rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of the Benq BL3201 “Considering the BenQ's reasonable performance, large screen, great OSD, 4K resolution, wide range of inputs, extra features and good, if not the very best colour accuracy, you are still g”.
One person said in their reviews that it was quiet. J E Walford wrote in their review of this PC monitor two years ago “The speakers are very quiet” .
Five USB Type-A Downstream Ports
Most PC screens of a comparable spec and age to the BL3201 have between one and five USB Type-A downstream ports, including the Benq BL3201 which has five USB Type-A downstream ports.
Five USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports
Most PC screens that have been around for more than two years have between one and five USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the Benq BL3201 which has five USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.
LED Display Type
This PC monitor has an LED display type, which is the most commonly found display type on flatpanel monitors of a comparable age and type to it.
We compared all the other PC displays that have an LED Display to this flatpanel monitor and we think a cheaper PC display such as the LG 29EA93[plb_1469655_price], and the Philips BDM3470UP[plb_3020738_price] or you might consider a higher rated PC display such as the Viewsonic VP2770[plb_1427446_price] are also worth considering.
Has an Integrated Card Reader
The Benq BL3201 has an integrated card reader. Most of the other PC displays of a similar age and type to the BL3201 do not have an integrated card reader.
Alternative LCD screens with an integrated card reader currently available that you might want to look at include the Benq PG2401[plb_2083439_price] which has better reviews; or the DELL UP2414Q[plb_2251567_price] which is cheaper.
We compared all the other LCD screens which also have an integrated card reader to this PC screen and we think the DELL U3014[plb_1655695_price] is also worth considering.
Has a Built-In Speaker
Unlike most of the other comparable spec LCD screens that were launched around the same time as the BL3201 which do not have a built-in speaker, the Benq BL3201 has a built-in speaker.
There are a number of other PC screens with a built-in speaker currently available which you might also want to consider including the Philips BDM4065UC[plb_2889761_price] which has better reviews.
There are a number of other PC displays which also have a built-in speaker that you might also want to consider including the Asus PB279[plb_2524515_price], or the Philips BDM3470[plb_2512918_price].
Quite Large Color Gamut
The color gamut of the Benq BL3201 of 100 percent is one of the largest amongst medium monitors that came out more than two years ago. The average color gamut of flatpanel monitors that have been around for a comparable time to the BL3201 is 82%.
Two HDMI Ports
The Benq BL3201 is a two HDMI port flatpanel monitor.
Very Many Display Colour Count
The Benq BL3201 has a very many display colour count (1,070 million) compared to most of the other medium monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the BL3201. The least display colour count of PC screens that have been around for around the same time as the BL3201 is 0.21M and the most is 1,100M.
Very Big Viewable Width
The smallest viewable width of PC monitors of this type and age is 1mm, the biggest is 880mm, and the average viewable width is 520mm. When compared to other PC displays of this spec and age, the viewable width of the Benq BL3201 of 708.5 millimeters is one of the biggest.
3840 X 2160 Graphics Resolution
The Benq BL3201 has a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160. That's over four times the resolution of the most common graphics resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) (which is also found on this PC display).
A 3840 x 2160 graphics resolution is in fact the best resolution across all LCD screens that have been on the market for a similar time to the BL3201.
Across comparable types of LCD screen the worst resolution is 640 x 350.
Five USB 3.0 Ports
Most flatpanel monitors of a comparable type and age to the BL3201 have between one and five USB 3.0 ports, including the Benq BL3201 which has five USB 3.0 ports.
Quite High Maximum Height Adjustment
At 150 millimeters, the Benq BL3201 has a fairly high maximum height adjustment compared to most of the other medium monitors that have been around for a comparable time to the BL3201. The lowest maximum height adjustment of medium monitors that are a similar age to the BL3201 is 13mm and the highest is 850mm.
Fairly Bright Display Brightness
Across all the flatpanel monitors of this spec and age the display brightness range from 30 cd/m² to 1,700 cd/m². At 350 candellas per square meter, the Benq BL3201 has a quite bright display brightness compared to most of the other medium monitors that are a comparable age to the BL3201.
Quite Big Viewable Height
The smallest viewable height of medium monitors that are a similar age to the BL3201 is 28mm, the biggest is 630mm, and the average viewable height is 310mm. With a viewable height of 398.5 millimeters, the Benq BL3201 has a quite big viewable height compared to most of the other PC displays that have been around for a comparable time to the BL3201.
Fairly High RMS Rated Audio Power
LCD screens of this age and type have RMS rated audio powers of between 0.5W and 49W. The Benq BL3201 has a fairly high RMS rated audio power (10 Watts) compared to most of the other PC monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the BL3201.
Quite Fast Response Time
The Benq BL3201 has a quite fast response time (only 4 milliseconds) compared to most of the other PC monitors of this age and spec. The average response time of medium monitors that have been available for around the same time as the BL3201 is 6.1ms.
6 Reasons Against
We checked 534 PC monitors of a similar age and type and they range in price from £51 to £5,421. We think that this PC screen looks expensive compared to other PC monitors of a similar age and type.
Not 3D Compatible
Most PC screens of a similar spec and age to the BL3201 are not 3D compatible. The Benq BL3201 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.
Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
Most medium monitors that have been on the market for more than two years do not have a built-in camera. The Benq BL3201 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in camera.
Running Costs Are High
Based on average energy prices we estimate that the BL3201 will cost £130 over 5 years to run, which makes it one of the more expensive to run PC displays of a similar age and spec.
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Only HD HD Type
This PC screen has a 4K Ultra HD HD type, which is typical of many PC displays that came out around the same time as it.
The lightest medium monitor that was launched more than two years ago is 3g weight and the heaviest is 39kg. At 12.5 kilograms, the Benq BL3201 is very heavy compared to most of the other medium monitors that are a similar age to the BL3201.
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Reviewed 26 April 2016 by Honeycuddler | 33 Comments
Beautiful monitor but annoying connection sockets!! Plus, all the money I spent and BenQ couldn't get a decent spell-checker. Very awkward to get cables in. Headphone socket very awkward and... Read more…
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