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Benq BL3201PT PC Monitor

£659.99
32" 20000000:1 LED Nov 2014
Display Diagonal Contrast Ratio (dynamic) Display Built-In Speaker(s) Release Date £205.10 Electricity cost over 5 years
Fourteen industry awards
Good product quality
Reasonably priced
224 Reviews + 14 Awards
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Reviews

Fourteen Industry Awards

This PC screen is one of the most highly awarded by experts in PC monitors of all the flatpanel monitors of this spec and age.

The experts at three expert review sites all concluded that this PC display provided a good bang for your buck. Hardware.info and Uk.hardware.info both gave this PC screen a "Great Value" award and it received a "Worth Money" award from Techteamgb.co.uk.

This Benq PC monitor received an "Editor's Choice" award from both websites Tweak.dk and Pcgamers.net.au, both of which wrote that this medium monitor was superb.

This PC screen was given a "Recommended" award by both websites Goldfries.com and Cnews.cz, both of which decided that this medium monitor was good.

The experts at two more expert review sites endorsed this LCD screen. This PC screen received a 3dnews.ru "Best Buy" award and website Hardwareheaven.com concluded that it was superb and gave it a "Gold Award".

The authors at three other expert review sites all wrote that this medium monitor was good. This PC screen received a "5 Star" award from Digital Versus, it received a "Best Product" award from Altomdata.dk and Kitguru.net gave it a "Worth Buying" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on fifteen expert reviews from sites including Digital Versus, hwt.dk, dinside.no/data and lite-magazin.de the average expert rating of this medium monitor is 83 out of 100.

Good Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this PC screen rated it as 85%. Over 80% of reviewers gave this flatpanel monitor either 4 or 5 stars.

Benq Has Excellent Flatpanel Monitor Reviews

Based on 10,044 expert and owner reviews (including 862 verified purchases), Benq has excellent ratings for its flatpanel monitors. Benq also has excellent ratings specifically for its medium monitors compared to other brands. 96% of those that bought a Benq flatpanel monitor would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Price

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Reasonably Priced

Fourty-nine people reckoned that it was good value for money. Expert review site Tomshardware.co.uk said two years ago “It seems that more expensive IGZO-based panels will have to become cheap”. Markoppenheim scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this PC monitor “More importantly, for fairly cheap monitors, they have a great stand”. Michael mentioned on expert website Amazon “It is already value”.

Ten people considered that the product was expensive. Mosta67 said on expert review site Amazon three years ago “With 30" monitors being historically prohibitively expensive” in their Benq BL3201 review and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5. Lewis Duffy mentioned in his review of this PC monitor “IPS are usually more expensive so this descriptive error could confuse some potential buyers” however he only gave it a rating of 1 stars out of 5. Lee C wrote in his review of this PC monitor on expert review site Amazon “The monitor has good colour reproduction, especially in sRGB mode and reasonably good panel uniformity (especially compared to the more expensive Dell and NEC monitors I tried before these”.

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Good Value for Money

Expert review sites Hardware.info, Uk.hardware.info and Techteamgb.co.uk highlighted in their review that this flatpanel monitor was great for its price.

Expensive

PC monitors of this spec and age range in price from £49 to £9,999. We think that this flatpanel monitor looks expensive compared to other PC monitors of this spec and age.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two owners mentioned that the Benq BL3201 was quiet. Three years ago J E Walford wrote on expert website Amazon “The set up instructions are on disc and the speakers are very quiet” in their review of this PC monitor.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

Two people who bought this PC monitor reckoned that it was good in terms of connectivity. Rick York wrote “Don't be fooled into thinking this monitor is poor because it's far from that and I'm overall very happy with its connectivity and general appearance”. Glenn A. mentioned “Its well designed, flexible, has plenty of connectivity options (including HDMI 2.0 to support 4k @ 60Hz” in his Benq BL3201 review and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.


Features

Good Technical Features

Seven customers thought the product had good features. Expert review site Kitguru.net wrote “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” in their review of this PC monitor. Kourouyiannis Fivos mentioned “It's a 24- inch high quality screen with an IPS panel and ergonomic features” in their review of this PC monitor and rated it 5 stars out of 5. Steph scored this PC monitor a maximum of 5 stars and said “Frankly these monitors perform as well in my eyes and have more useful features”.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

Three people said that the Benq BL3201 had good technical guidance. Graham Smith said in his review of this PC monitor “I didn't find any full instruction manual though” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5.


Design

Nice Design

Seventeen people who reviewed it thought it was good looking. Two years ago expert review site Techteamgb.co.uk mentioned “Looks beautiful, especially while gaming!This BenQ 4K monitor is pretty awesome” and rated it 5 stars out of 5. Three years ago Morgan said on expert website Amazon “The screen itself is beautiful to view”. John Williams mentioned on expert website Amazon “They are surpringly good, I live alone, with a dog, so it's pretty quiet here.” in his review of the Benq BL3201.

Five owners who purchased this PC monitor agreed that it was well designed. Morgan said three years ago “I like the design feature of it which allows the cables to be passed through its centre hole to retain them together neatly”. Also three years ago Richard wrote on expert review site Amazon “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” in his review of this PC monitor. Andy scored the product a maximum of 5 stars and he said in his review of this PC monitor “Great design too and very easy to assemble, fully moveable screen means it is so simple to get into the desired viewing position”.

Four customers who purchased this PC monitor reckoned that it was neat. Pitabread wrote “It has a cable management system to keep the cables in the back of the monitor looking neat”. In April last year Amazon Customer said on expert review site Amazon “There are 4 USB 3.0 outputs which are very useful and tidy” but they scored it 3 stars out of 5. Handygrandad wrote on expert website Amazon “There is a neat bit of software provided that allows you to adjust all the settings using your mouse (or touchpad”.

Three customers wrote in their reviews that the product was smooth. Nikos mentioned on expert website Amazon “Small enough to allow for smooth text and graphics, yet large enough to offer 32 inches worth of working space (diagonal” but even so they only scored it 3 stars out of 5. Amazon Customer said “It is great to have smooth fonts for once” in their review of this PC monitor.

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Good Product Quality

Fifty-two customers who reviewed this PC monitor thought it was good quality. Expert review site Digitalversus.com mentioned “The BL3201PT is a quality monitor with a very nice finish”. Mr. Carl Syres he said on expert review site Amazon “I wanted to get a better quality image and more real estate too, so going to 4k resolution”. Mr D G Taylor rated the product 4 stars out of 5 and he wrote two years ago “The build quality wasn't very good & being a TN panel” in his review of this PC monitor.

Robust

Thirty-four people who bought it thought it was well made. Expert website Goldfries.com said in their review of this PC monitor “Excellence do come at a price, you get a monitor with solid color accuracy, sturdy built” . Two years ago expert review site Tomshardware.com wrote “Low input lag makes it a good choice for gamers and its bright saturated image stays solid e”. Markoppenheim mentioned in their Benq BL3201 review on expert website Amazon “I believe Macs have manual screen rotation control built in”.

Five owners who bought it wrote that it was strong and durable. Markoppenheim mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The stand is sturdy, has a reasonably small footprint which mainly sits behind the screen” and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars. Jonnyfez scored it 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this PC monitor two years ago “It was very well packaged with a very sturdy, quality stand which is massively adjustable”. Haseeb mentioned on expert website Amazon “Cable management hole on the stand makes thing easy to tidy, monitor is sturdy, rotates 90 degrees to pivot” in their review of this PC monitor.

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Easy to Use

Twenty-one people considered that it was easy to use. Morgan said “The on-screen controls are a joy to use and are not confusing in the least”. He also wrote “With its semi matte finish it is great to use in daylight, without the need to close curtains” in his review. Mr Gary Stronach gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he said “The stand twist for orientation is a good idea and the easy to use buttons on the monitor work well”.

Ten people who reviewed this PC monitor considered that it was easy to use the menus. Matt J scored the product 5 stars out of 5 and he said in his review of this PC monitor two years ago “The calibration makes virtually no difference to the output so the standard settings are damn good out of the box”. Qt mentioned in their review of this PC monitor “The default setting in the custom menu was almost spot on accurate - calibration barely made any visible difference”. Pitabread wrote in their review of this PC monitor on expert review site Amazon “To tweak the monitor settings is easy as the menus are so easy to select, you just touch the bottom right of the monitor” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.

Four customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Morgan scored it a maximum of 5 stars and he said on expert website Amazon “I did not bother about downloading any particular colour profile and I only reduced the brightness setting from a searing 100% as it arrived to a more comfortable 30%”. Whippy gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this PC monitor on expert website Amazon three years ago “What ever happened to brightness dials? No need to press several buttons, just turn a dial till things are comfy”. Renovatio scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said on expert review site Amazon two years ago “With 32" feels a lot more comfortable use”.

Four customers who bought it considered that it was easy to assemble. Mosta67 mentioned in their review of this PC monitor on expert website Amazon “The monitor stand is solid, easy to assemble (twist and lock)” and scored this PC monitor 5 stars out of 5. Wm said on expert website Amazon “What a great screen - easy to put together and setup”. Nd mentioned on expert review site Amazon “I'm not 100% sure on this, is it an issue with the actual panel? It's shame because I thought it looked really good with regards to build quality” in their review of this PC monitor.

Two people thought it was easy to handle. M. Yip said “I found the eco sensor an very good idea, in handling wasted electricity” in their review of this PC monitor.

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Good Picture Quality

Twenty-four customers who reviewed it wrote that it had good colour saturation. Kyle Morley said on expert website Amazon “For me, certain bright colours with a constant speed (e.g on scrolling) with additional content”. Uma1r wrote “Colours are superb”. In April last year Wm gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The screen colours are bright without glare”.

Eighteen customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had good picture quality. Mosta67 scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote three years ago “When the DVI input refused to work properly with more modern graphics cards and laptops” in their review of this PC monitor. Lamixer mentioned in their review of the Benq BL3201 on expert review site Amazon “I find the image quality as good or better than my old Apple monitor”. Zaroff said “On paper everything looks good - perfect size, perfect resolution for that size, great stand, etc - in practice, however, as good as the picture quality is” yet they gave the product a rating of 1 stars out of 5.

Thirteen owners thought this PC monitor had a flickering image. Zaroff mentioned on expert website Amazon “Delay as for flashing the new firmware (which apparently does correct the flicker, if not the banding)” although they gave it a score of 20 out of 100. They also wrote “Much worse, though, is the flickering phenomenon appearing in certain situations with this monitor” in their review. Richard gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he mentioned in his review of this PC monitor on expert website Amazon “The flicker free backlight does make a difference to my eyes, with much less strain on them as compared to the previous 27inch ips screen I tried”.

Six owners agreed that it had clear images. Kt said in their review of this PC monitor “Amazing clarity”. Two years ago Jonnyfez mentioned “The picture is excellent in comparison to the much bigger 4K TVs you see running demos I think it's pretty much as good on sharpness and clarity”. Adrian wrote on expert website Amazon also two years ago “Amazing image clarity as you'd expect from 3840x2160.2”.

Two people said that the product had a wide viewing angle. Markoppenheim said on expert website 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”.

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was November 2014 when this flatpanel monitor was released.


Performance

Has a Card Reader Integrated

The Benq BL3201 has a card reader integrated. Most of the other PC screens of a similar age and spec to this PC screen do not have a card reader integrated.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative PC screens with a card reader integrated currently available including the Asus PA279 (£652.68), or the Benq PG2401 (£649) which both of have better reviews.

There are a number of alternative LCD screens which also have a card reader integrated which you might want to consider including the DELL U3014 (£749).

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Multimedia

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Benq BL3201 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other medium monitors that have been available for more than two years.

We compared this PC monitor to all the other LCD screens with a built-in speaker(s) and we think because of its better review score, the Asus PA279 (£652.68) is also worth considering.

We compared this LCD screen to all the other LCD screens with a built-in speaker(s) and we think the [plb_2678877], or the LG 34UC97 (£719.99) are also worth considering.

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Energy

Running Costs Are High

The BL3201 is in the most expensive 7% of all 1,092 PC monitors of a comparable type and age that we have assessed for running costs. Based on typical energy prices and usage levels, we estimate the BL3201 will cost £206 over 8 years to run.


Ports & Interfaces

Two HDMI Ports

The Benq BL3201 is a two HDMI port flatpanel monitor.

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Has an Audio Output

The Benq BL3201 has an audio output, as do most of the other PC monitors of a comparable age and spec to this LCD screen.

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Has a Headphone Out

The Benq BL3201 has a headphone out, as do most of the other medium monitors that came out around the same time as this flatpanel monitor.

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Certificates

Has an Energy Star Certified

The Benq BL3201 has an Energy Star certified. Most of the other PC displays that have been on the market for a comparable time to this LCD screen also have an Energy Star certified.

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Display

Has an HDCP

The Benq BL3201 has an HDCP, as do most of the other comparable spec PC screens that have been around for around the same time as this LCD screen.

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Quite Fast Response Time

The fastest response time of medium monitors that were released around the same time as this PC display is 1ms, the slowest is 40ms, and the average response time is 6.1ms. With a response time of only 4 milliseconds, the Benq BL3201 has one of the faster response times amongst medium monitors of this age.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Three owners who bought it thought it was heavy and bulky. Mosta67 wrote on expert review site Amazon “The first thing I noticed is that it's heavy”. M. Burns said two years ago “They are bloody heavy, built like granite, extremely solid, zero wobble” in their review of this PC monitor.

Three people thought this PC monitor was thin. Whippy gave this PC monitor the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Nice thin bezels”. Neosage scored the Benq BL3201 a maximum of 5 stars and wrote on expert website Amazon “Nice slim bezel around the edge, all-round great monitor” in their review of this PC monitor.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 9hlcflbqbe 4k3840x21604msdvid2xhdmidp, benq dvidldp12mdp12hdmi, 9hlcflbqbe bl3201pt, info 3840x21604ms, contact bl3201pt, benq bl3201pt32, pumps bl3201pt, benq 3840x2160, benq b221za00, benq b221zs00, code bl3201pt, info bl3201pt, benq 350cdm2
Barcodes 04718755052750, 05054629181898

Benq BL3201 Review Sources

To prepare this Benq BL3201 review we compared this PC monitor to 3,052 other models. For each PC monitor that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 692,351 product attributes, 78,668 PC monitor reviews and 7,521,600 historical PC monitor prices from 203 PC monitor retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this PC monitor compared to the other models as well as any areas where this PC monitor is lacking.

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