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Benq BL3201PT PC Monitor

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32" 20000000:1 LED Nov 2014
Display Diagonal Contrast Ratio (dynamic) Display Built-In Speaker(s) Release Date
The BL3201PT, a stunning 32 W display built with IPS technology and the latest 4K2K ultra-high-definition resolution, as a part of its continued effort to support the visual-intensive work... More
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29 Reasons For

Twelve Industry Awards

This Benq PC screen has received twelve awards from experts.

This PC display received an "Editor's Choice" from both Tweak.dk and Pcgamers.net.au, both of which wrote that this LCD screen was outstanding.

This Benq LCD screen was given a "Value for Money" award by both Hardware.info and Uk.hardware.info, both of which wrote that this PC screen was good value for money.

In addition, the reviewer at 3dnews.ru said that this PC display was a sensible purchase and gave it a "Best Buy" award and it received a Cnews.cz "Smart Buy" award. Additionally, Hardwareheaven.com gave this PC screen a "Gold Award" and concluded it was brilliant.

This PC display received a "5 Star" award from Digital Versus, Altomdata.dk gave it a "Best Product" award and Kitguru.net gave it a "Worth Buying" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on twelve expert reviews from sites including Digital Versus, PC Welt.de, altomdata.dk and Tweak.dk this Benq PC screen has an average expert rating of 84%.

Owner Reviews Are Good

The average owner rating of this flatpanel monitor is 86% based on 201 owner reviews.

Robust

Some people who bought the product thought it was well made. Amazon Customer gave the product a score of 5 stars and wrote this year “Very solid display with good performance” in their review. Grayling mentioned “Nice solid monitor” in their review of this PC monitor. Two years ago Handygrandad said in their review on Amazon “It has a solid, fully adjustable stand, with the option of a 90 degree turn into portrait format”.

A number of customers who reviewed this PC monitor mentioned that it was strong and durable. Jdr mentioned “The base is very sturdy and is adjustable for height, rotation”. Markoppenheim gave it a rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “The stand is sturdy, has a reasonably small footprint which mainly sits behind the screen” in their review of the Benq BL3201.

One person who reviewed the Benq BL3201 considered that it was easy to damage or scratch. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of the Benq BL3201 on Amazon “A shame that my unit has some damage and there are red, green” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

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Nice Design

A number of Benq BL3201 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that this PC monitor was good looking. A wrote on Amazon last year “I have two of these, they are beautifully built”. A also said “The panel is gorgeous”. In December last year Adrian wrote on Amazon “60Hz so gaming is pretty good.3” and gave it an excellent rating.

Some people who bought it said that it was a good design. Richard wrote in his review “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 gave it a score of 5 stars.

Several Benq BL3201 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was neat. Handygrandad wrote in their review “There is a neat bit of software provided that allows you to adjust all the settings using your mouse (or touchpad”. Morgan mentioned in his Benq BL3201 review on Amazon “I like the design feature of it which allows the cables to be passed through its centre hole to retain them together neatly”.

One customer who purchased it considered that it was ergonomic.

One customer who reviewed the Benq BL3201 considered that it was smooth. Nikos mentioned in their review of this PC monitor “Small enough to allow for smooth text and graphics, yet large enough to offer 32 inches worth of working space (diagonal” .

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Good Product Quality

Some people reckoned that the product was good quality. This year Amazon Customer wrote in their review of the Benq BL3201 “The image quality is also brilliant”. A few weeks ago Beanchance mentioned “The screen itself appears very good quality and the colours look brilliant when viewing photos” in their review of the Benq BL3201. Two years ago David Gee gave this PC monitor a score of 5 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “Worth it for superb picture quality”.

Easy to Use

Thirteen Benq BL3201 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. A wrote 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 rated it 4 stars. Aj wrote in their Benq BL3201 review “The other features of the panel are very good, including a great stand, detached control panel and nicely positioned USB ports” . This month Beanchance said in their review on Amazon “Could only recommend it if you plan to use it to its full potential”.

A few customers wrote in their reviews that this PC monitor was easy to use the menus. Adrian he mentioned in his review of this PC monitor on Amazon “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”. Geoffrey Foale mentioned “The default settings may be fine for people who want to play games with high brightness”. N. J. Holms mentioned “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”.

A number of people who bought the Benq BL3201 reckoned that it had a good experience. Adrian mentioned “The experience is certainly playable” in his review and rated the product as excellent. A few weeks ago Amazon Customer said on Amazon “The colours certainly do pop and it's a great experience after only owning a TN panel in the past” in their Benq BL3201 review. Morgan wrote on Amazon “Whether I got lucky or not I can only be more than happy with my experience” and scored this PC monitor 5 stars.

Some Benq BL3201 owners who bought the product thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Dimart65 wrote “Landscape mode with variable screen intensities allowing reading at a much more comfortable light level for documents etc”. Morgan mentioned “I only reduced the brightness setting from a searing 100% as it arrived to a more comfortable 30%”. Rev John mentioned in their review on Amazon “Contrast set low, even on the lowest settings this monitor is too bright for me to use comfortable for long”.

Two people who purchased it said that it was easy to handle. M. Yip scored it 5 stars and wrote in December “I found the eco sensor an very good idea, in handling wasted electricity” in their review.

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Reasonably Priced

A number of Benq BL3201 reviewers concluded that it was good value for money. A. Haddock gave the product a score of 5 stars and mentioned “Fantastic monitor for the price”. Amazon Customer mentioned in their Benq BL3201 review in December this year “Great quality at a good price” and rated it 5 stars. Ash73 said “Good quality display for the price, best thing about it is the height adjustable stand”.

Some people who reviewed it agreed that it was a bargain for the price. Last year Adrian gave it a rating of 5 stars and he said “Not really a big deal to me, I'm ok with vsync in games.2” in his review. Genasisgod rated the Benq BL3201 5 stars and said in their Benq BL3201 review “The price at £599.99 (when on offer) is a real bargain”. Geoffrey Foale said “I had a cheap monitor on my internet computer” in his Benq BL3201 review nonetheless he only gave this PC monitor a rating of 60 out of 100.

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Good Picture Quality

Several Benq BL3201 owners reckoned that this PC monitor had good colour saturation. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “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 Benq BL3201 review. Amazon Customer also said “Monitor response seems amazing, colours are really good”. Come Along said on Amazon last year “Great screen, viewing angles are amazing, colours are very accurate” and gave this PC monitor an excellent review score.

A number of Benq BL3201 reviewers mentioned that it had good picture quality. Adrian said “Make absolutely sure that your graphics card has a display port out”. Jdr wrote in their review of the Benq BL3201 on Amazon “The overall image quality is superb” and gave this PC monitor a score of 5 stars. Lamixer mentioned in their review of the Benq BL3201 “I find the image quality as good or better than my old Apple monitor” .

Several customers reckoned that it had a flickering image. A few weeks ago Beanchance wrote “It's probably best to set this to 'high' for the best performance with no flicker” in their review of the Benq BL3201. Handygrandad wrote on Amazon “BenQ recently began a marketing campaign for it's new range of "flicker free" monitors which includes the BL2410PT” in their review of this PC monitor. 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”.

A few people thought the Benq BL3201 had clear images. Adrian said on Amazon “Amazing image clarity as you'd expect from 3840x2160.2” in his review of the Benq BL3201. E B wrote in their Benq BL3201 review on Amazon “It has good colour and clarity so also good for photographs” and gave the Benq BL3201 a score of 5 stars. Evan mentioned on Amazon in December last year “Incredible clarity, 100% sRGB colour, 4ms, IPS UHD monitor at 60hz”.

A few people mentioned in their reviews that it had a wide viewing angle. In December last year Markoppenheim wrote on Amazon “They also seem to have a really good viewing angle” in their review. Morgan wrote in his Benq BL3201 review “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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Benq PC Monitors Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 7,208 user and expert reviews for Benq PC monitors and found that on average Benq has excellent ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Benq has excellent ratings specifically for its medium monitors.

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Good Support

A few customers said that this PC monitor had good technical guidance. Graham Smith said last year “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” in his review of the Benq BL3201. Graham Smith also said “I didn't find any full instruction manual though”. In December last year Markoppenheim said in their review of this PC monitor “I believe Macs have manual screen rotation control built in”.

Good Size

Five people who reviewed this PC monitor agreed that it was a good height. Honeycuddler mentioned in their review this month “Nice stand and height adjustment” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Two years ago Lamixer said in their review of the Benq BL3201 on Amazon “Has a range of height adjustment”. Also two years ago Richard said on Amazon “There is plenty of adjustment for height and monitor angle”.

One Benq BL3201 owner who purchased it thought it was a good body shape. Seaside wrote “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” .

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Good Connectivity

A few customers wrote in their reviews that it was good in terms of USB connections. Morgan said “The USB ports seem to function fine”.

One Benq BL3201 owner who bought the Benq BL3201 said that it was good in terms of HDMI connections. Genasisgod said on Amazon “Connected my you view box and blue ray player via HDMI and all work fine” in their review and gave it a very good review.

One Benq BL3201 owner who reviewed the Benq BL3201 mentioned that it was able to connect to the internet. One customer mentioned in their reviews that the Benq BL3201 was good in terms of connectivity. Rick York mentioned “I'm overall very happy with its connectivity and general appearance” in his Benq BL3201 review.

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Good Technical Features

A number of customers reckoned that the Benq BL3201 had good features. Kourouyiannis Fivos mentioned in their Benq BL3201 review on Amazon “It's a 24- inch high quality screen with an IPS panel and ergonomic features”. R3d Bu11 wrote “Great picture, colour and features” in their review of the Benq BL3201. Kitguru.net said “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” and scored this PC monitor 4 stars.

Good Value for Money

Expert review sites Hardware.info and Uk.hardware.info highlighted in their review that this Benq PC monitor was good value for money.

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer said in their reviews that the product was quiet. Two years ago J E Walford said in their review of the Benq BL3201 on Amazon “The speakers are very quiet” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

Five USB Type-A Downstream Ports Quantitys

Most medium monitors that have been on the market for more than two years have between one and five USB Type-A downstream ports quantitys, including the Benq BL3201 which has five USB Type-A downstream ports quantitys.

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Has a Card Reader Integrated

The Benq BL3201 has a card reader integrated. Most of the other medium monitors that were released around the same time as the BL3201 do not have a card reader integrated.

Alternative PC displays with a card reader integrated currently available which you might also want to consider include the Asus PA279[plb_1588541_price], or the DELL UP2715K[plb_2678878_price] which has better reviews.

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LED Display

This LCD screen has an LED display, which is typical of many flatpanel monitors of this age and spec.

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 Samsung S27A850[plb_1388314_price] or you might consider a higher scoring PC display such as the Asus PA279[plb_1588541_price] are also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Benq BL3201 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other flatpanel monitors of this age and spec do not have a built-in speaker(s).

Alternative LCD screens with a built-in speaker(s) currently available that you might want to consider include the Asus PA279[plb_1588541_price] which has better reviews.

There are a number of other flatpanel monitors which also have a built-in speaker(s) that you might also want to look at including the 31MU97[pl_2477818_price], or the 34UM95[pl_2175141_price] both from LG.

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Quite Large Color Gamut

At 100 percent, the Benq BL3201 has a fairly large color gamut compared to most of the other PC screens that have been available for more than two years. The smallest color gamut of LCD screens of a comparable age and type to the BL3201 is 62%, the largest is 120%, and the average color gamut is 82%.

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Two HDMI Ports Quantitys

The Benq BL3201 is a two HDMI ports quantity PC screen. Most of the other similar spec LCD screens that came out more than two years ago have between one and three HDMI ports quantitys.

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Very Big Viewable Size, Horizontal

At 708.5 millimeters, the Benq BL3201 has a very big viewable size, horizontal compared to most of the other flatpanel monitors of a similar type and age to the BL3201. The smallest viewable size, horizontal of PC monitors that came out around the same time as the BL3201 is 1mm, the biggest is 820mm, and the average viewable size, horizontal is 520mm.

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Quite Bright Display Brightness

The Benq BL3201 has a quite bright display brightness (350 candellas per square meter) compared to most of the other medium monitors that came out around the same time as the BL3201. PC displays of this spec and age have display brightnesss of between 25 cd/m² and 1,700 cd/m², and the average display brightness is 290 cd/m².

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Fairly High Height Adjustment

At 150 millimeters, the Benq BL3201 has a fairly high height adjustment compared to most of the other medium monitors that have been around for more than two years. Across all the medium monitors that were launched around the same time as the BL3201 the height adjustments range from 13mm to 1,200mm.

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3840 X 2160 Supported Graphics Resolutions

The highest resolution of the Benq BL3201 is 3840 x 2160. That's over four times the resolution of the most common supported graphics resolutions of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) (which is also found on this PC screen).

This LCD screen's resolution (3840 x 2160) is in fact the best resolution amongst all LCD screens of this type and age.

Amongst comparable types of LCD screen the worst resolution is 640 x 350.

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Quite Big Viewable Size, Vertical

With a viewable size, vertical of 398.5 millimeters, the Benq BL3201 has a quite big viewable size, vertical compared to most of the other medium monitors that were launched around the same time as the BL3201. LCD screens that have been available for around the same time as the BL3201 have viewable size, verticals of between 100mm and 630mm.

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Fairly High RMS Rated Power

With an RMS rated power of 10 Watts, the Benq BL3201 has one of the higher RMS rated powers amongst medium monitors of this age. The lowest RMS rated power of PC displays that were released around the same time as the BL3201 is 0.5W and the highest is 49W.

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Quite Fast Response Time

The average response time of LCD screens of a comparable age and type to the BL3201 is 6.1ms, and the response times range from 1ms to 69ms. At only 4 milliseconds, the Benq BL3201 has a fairly fast response time compared to most of the other PC screens that were launched around the same time as the BL3201.

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6 Reasons Against

Not Cheap

We think this PC display looks expensive compared to other LCD screens of this age and spec. The price range of LCD screens of this age and spec is from £43 to £9,999.

Not 3D

The Benq BL3201 is not 3D. Most of the other flatpanel monitors of this age and type are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

The Benq BL3201 does not have a built-in camera. Most of the other LCD screens of a similar age and type to the BL3201 also do not have a built-in camera.

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Running Costs Are High

The BL3201 has an average 8 year running cost of £206 based on average usage levels and energy prices, which makes it one of the more expensive to run PC displays of this type and age.

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Only HD HD Type

This PC screen has a 4K Ultra HD HD type, which is the most frequently found HD type on PC displays of a comparable age and type to it.

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Heavy

The lightest similar spec PC display that has been on the market for around the same time as the BL3201 is 3g weight and the heaviest is 39kg. When compared to other PC screens that have been on the market for more than two years that we have assessed, the weight of the Benq BL3201 of 12.5 kilograms is one of the heaviest.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Benq released the BL3201.

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12 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(27)
14 August 2015

Uk.hardware.info

We have already tested quite a few screens that sport a resolution of 3440x1440 pixels , but if you are looking for a serious amount of desktop space Ultra HD offers even more. The disadvantage is... Read more…

29 July 2015

Following BenQ's previous monster 32-inch monitor, the BL3200, the new BL3201PT gains a notable upgrade that moves resolution from 2560x1440 pixels, to the UHD dimensions of 3840x2160. This large... Read more…

15 June 2015

The good news is that this is a truly awesome screen and can be used for both work and play but the down side is that it will set you back about $1299 which is a lot of money for most gamers.Like...

Pcgamers.net.au

20 April 2015

The BenQ BL3201PT isn't the most colour-accurate monitor on the market, nor the very best 4K display. Although the sRGB result looks impressive, nearly all monitors aimed at professional use...

Kitguru.net

17 April 2015

Benq are pricing this screen very aggressively and while there are higher cost displays available which may be better suited to some pro-applications the BL3201PT strikes a fantastic balance of...

Hardwareheaven.com

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User Reviews

(101)
(Verified Purchase)

I have tried with 4 of these monitors each time the monitor had at least 1 dead pixel, the monitor itself is great but it cant be just that unlucky to get 4 monitors with dead pixels.

Reviewed 24 July 2016 by Beanchance
(Verified Purchase)

This is my third BL3201PT monitor. The first one had hideous dead pixels. The second developed a display fault where it was 'flash' random big squares randomly after having it for 8ish months.... Read more…

Reviewed 24 June 2016 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

Very solid display with good performance and solid customization. Definitely worth a buy.

Reviewed 26 April 2016 by Honeycuddler | 33 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

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…

Reviewed 26 April 2016 by Amazon Customer

I've had this monitor for a couple of weeks now and I love it. This is now part of my dual monitor setup (24" 27"). The extra real estate is invaluable, for multitasking this has definitely... Read more…

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Electricity cost when switched on £202.54
Electricity cost when on standby £2.56
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 27 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Manufacturer Part Numbers bl3201pt, code bl3201, info bl3201, benq bl3201, benq p236415, benq 350cdm2, info bl3201p, benq bl3201p, pumps bl3201, code bl3201p, info bl3201pt, benq bl3201ph, benq b221za00, pumps bl3201p, benq bl3201pt, code bl3201pt, benq p236415p, benq b221zs00, benq 3840x2160, pumps bl3201pt, info 3840x21604, benq bl3201pt32, info 3840x21604m, info 3840x21604ms, 9hlcflbqbe bl3201, 9hlcflbqbe bl3201p, 9hlcflbqbe bl3201pt, benq dvidldp12mdp12, benq dvidldp12mdp12h, benq dvidldp12mdp12hd
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