21 Feb BenQ – A monitor for game developers?
Hey there Dev Squad, Virtus here. Today we’re going to be doing something a little bit different, reviewing a monitor that I’ve been sent by our Partners over at BenQ. I don’t normally do product reviews however when BenQ reached out to me with their new line of designer monitor’s aimed at creatives, something which would be perfect for video game developers, I couldn’t resist collaborating.
What is it?
BenQ have designed a and released the PD3220U 4K 31” monitor with creative professionals and designers in mind, and have reached out to me as a game designer to implement it into my workflow, allowing me to create 4K game dev content and show off the benefits to productivity and quality for game designers alike.
At first I was sceptical as to how much a monitor could affect my workflow, however I was immediately hit with a pleasant surprise. The initial step up from 1080p to 4k in itself meant that I could do a lot more with the screen real estate that I had allowing me to multi-task a lot easier, something I could only do using multiple monitors before.
In addition to this, the colour accuracy and level of detail experienced thanks to its HDR10 and 100% sRGB support was unlike anything that I’ve ever seen before, letting me see the game’s that I’m developing in the game engine in a whole new light and level of detail.
By utilising this new level of detail and colour accuracy, I was able to get a better view of what the consumer will see as the end product of my design work in the game engine without having to do guess work and overcompensate with colours or lighting for video game scenes.
Specialized Display Modes
The PDQ designer monitor range offers a variety of different viewing modes to aid with a variety of different design tasks such as the animation mode, an area which is often problematic for designers working with intricate details in dark images, animation mode enhances the brightness of dark areas without overexposing bright regisions.
CAD Mode which offers superior contract for lines and shapes in technical illustrations, this mode accentuates the finest details to produce incredible display performances in CAD and other design software.
Lastly you have a darkroom mode, which adjusts the image brightness and contrast for superb clarity and shape details. This mode creates the optimal setting for work in darkened post processing environments.
Changing between these three modes couldn’t be easier, you can take advantage of the included programmable hotkey puck to very quickly switch between different modes with a single key press.
This monitor is incredibly powerful and offers a variety of IO options which was perfect as a developer with a studio littered with multiple cables. You can checkout the full tech specs using the link in the description but the specifications that are of main interest to developers include:
31.5” 3840×2160 IPS Panel
100% of the sRGB range
1.07 Display Colours
5MS Response time
Build in USB hub with USB3.1 support
DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.x0, Thunderbolt 3
So who is it for?
The BenQ designer monitors aren’t cheap, they’re definitely not something that I would recommend to people just starting out in game development. As an indie developer I have to be able to justify every purchase I make by the value that it adds to my work.
The designer range of BenQ monitors is something that adds value to my workflow through use of the productivity and quality improvement features as a digital creative who makes a full time living doing design work.
I would happily recommend it to any game developer that is looking to polish their game or take their designs to the next game.I hope you guys have enjoyed this review, if you want to checkout the BenQ PD3220U monitor you can do so using the link provided.
I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank BenQ for sending this out to us, allowing us to make the move to 4k content for our community.
Anyway guys that is everything for today, as usual… Stay awesome… keep creating…
Your boy Virtus, signing out!