BenQ 31.5" EX3203R 16:9 Curved 144 Hz FreeSync 2 HDR LCD Monitor

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BenQ 31.5" EX3203R 16:9 Curved 144 Hz FreeSync 2 HDR LCD Monitor
Key Features
  • Vertical Alignment (VA) Technology
  • HDMI | DisplayPort | USB Type-C
  • 2560 x 1440 Resolution
  • 3000:1 Static Contrast Ratio
The 31.5" EX3203R 16:9 Curved 144 Hz FreeSync 2 HDR LCD Monitor from BenQ features an expansive 31.5" VA (Vertical Alignment) panel with a 1800R curvature that wraps around your field of view for a more immersive viewing experience. It has a 2560 x 1440 resolution for crisp and clear details and a 3000:1 static ratio for enhanced color depth and definition. Additionally, it has a 400 cd/m² brightness rating for HDR 400 support that can provide you with vivid colors. For gamers, this monitor supports AMD's FreeSync 2 and has a 144 Hz refresh rate, ideal for fast-paces games such as FPS or racing games. Connect it to your system via HDMI, DisplayPort, or USB Type-C and tilt it to your preferred viewing angle. It supports VESA-mounting as well; however, you will need to buy a separate proprietary mounting kit.
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BenQ EX3203R Overview

The 31.5" EX3203R 16:9 Curved 144 Hz FreeSync 2 HDR LCD Monitor from BenQ features an expansive 31.5" VA (Vertical Alignment) panel with a 1800R curvature that wraps around your field of view for a more immersive viewing experience. It has a 2560 x 1440 resolution for crisp and clear details and a 3000:1 static ratio for enhanced color depth and definition. Additionally, it has a 400 cd/m² brightness rating for HDR 400 support that can provide you with vivid colors. For gamers, this monitor supports AMD's FreeSync 2 and has a 144 Hz refresh rate, ideal for fast-paces games such as FPS or racing games. Connect it to your system via HDMI, DisplayPort, or USB Type-C and tilt it to your preferred viewing angle. It supports VESA-mounting as well; however, you will need to buy a separate proprietary mounting kit.

General Features
VESA Certified Display HDR 400
The EX3203R has a 400 cd/m² brightness rating, adhering to HDR 400 requirements. Moreover, by combining HDR and Brightness Intelligence Plus mode, this monitor can provide you with detailed images, even in dark environments.
FreeSync 2
Like its previous version, AMD's FreeSync 2 technology syncs the display's refresh rate with your graphics card's frame rate output to reduce screen tearing and stuttering. The second version adds HDR support, so you can enjoy better details with smooth gameplay.
Brightness Intelligence Plus Technology
Brightness Intelligence Plus Technology helps to reduce eye strain in any environment by detecting ambient brightness and color temperature, and adjusting the display as needed.
Low Blue Light Technology
BenQ's Low Blue Light Technology helps to reduce blue light emissions, which can cause eye fatigue and irritation over extended viewing sessions. It includes four presets including: Multimedia, Web-surfing, Office, and Reading.
ZeroFlicker
ZeroFlicker reduces flickering at all brightness levels to reduce eye fatigue and improve user-comfort.

BenQ EX3203R Specs

Display
Display Size
31.5"
Panel Type
VA LCD
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Resolution
2560 x 1440
Maximum Brightness
400 nits / cd/m2
Contrast Ratio
3000:1
Dynamic Contrast Ratio
20,000,000:1
Response Time
4 ms (GtG)
Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Variable Refresh Technology
FreeSync
Bit Depth / Color Support
8-Bit (16.7 Million Colors)
Color Gamut
90% DCI-P3
100% Rec. 709
Viewing Angle (H x V)
178 x 178°
Screen Area
27.45 x 15.44" / 697.34 x 392.26 mm
Curvature
1800R
Pixels Per Inch (ppi)
93 ppi
USB Power Delivery
10 W
Built-In Speakers
No
Supported Languages
Arabic
Croatian
Czech
Dutch
English
French
Hungarian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Simplified Chinese
Spanish
Swedish
Traditional Chinese
Environmental
AC Input Power
100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Power Adapter Type
External
Height Adjustment
2.36" / 60 mm
Rotation Adjustment
No
Swivel Adjustment
No
Lock Slot
Yes, Kensington
Packaging Info
Package Weight
29.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
34 x 25.6 x 11.8"

BenQ EX3203R Reviews

A Pure Eyeball Joyride!

By Jeffrey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-25

After doing copious research on this model, I took the plunge and have zero regrets! Clean design which will appease most gamers and professionals alike. Two HDMI, one Display Port (it was a full-sized cable, not the mini to full as per reviewers and in-box notes, which was nice). It's huge, but not heavy. It weighs about 5 pounds more than my 22 inch Viewsonic I retired for this. One note, if you have a semi-strong Rx for your glasses you will see a weird effect at the curved edge that makes it look offset/3D relative to the rest of the screen. Great value, stellar quality and more proof as to why BenQ continues to dominate the market!

Bad font rendering

By Itay
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-23

The monitor is good for gaming but not so great for anything else. I had 2 issues with it: 1. There's no VESA mount compatibility. The advertised adapter is not manufactured for a long time and nowhere to be found. This is misleading information from the company. 2. Font rendering is just bad. During games it's unnoticeable, with a dark theme it's also hard to tell, but open a bold black on white document and there's very annoying distortion in text. Although I liked it as a gaming monitor I am looking to sell it due to these two issues. 3. It's worth noting that BenQ support was useless not only for not providing solutions, but just getting to talk to someone (even in email) was very hard. B&H was good - shipment was fast, chat support was great. my only reservation is that shipping cost is not refunded if returned (like Amazon does) which is why I will try to sell it instead of return.

Great monitor - easy checkout

By Scott
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-27

I live this monitor and I love B&H! This was my first time ordering from them and won’t be my last!

G-Sync Compatible with VESA cable and CRU software

By Chris
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-05-29

First, the colors are decent, but reds in low quality streaming can look terrible, and will ghost/smear. Not really an issue with a high quality Blu-ray rip, for comparison. Will have to adjust if you're watching a streaming show or low quality file. Other than that, the colors go up to 10bit with the 120hz refresh rate setting. 8bit with the 144hz setting. I can't verify that FreeSync 2 works well on this because I'm using it with an Nvidia product (GTX 1070). In order to get G-Sync Compatibility to work in the Nvidia Control panel (verified with Nvidia's G-Sync Pendulum Demo), I needed to both use a Club3D VESA certified DisplayPort cable and use CRU (Custom Resolution Software, free) to place the low end of Hz at 48Hz. The VESA certified cable made the black screening go away as scenes transition in games (GPU throttling up and down) while moving the minimum Hz from 20Hz to 48Hz made the Pendulum Demo work. I believe the 20Hz shows up in CRU because of the Low Framerate Compensation (LFC) which may or may not be a FreeSync 2 exclusive (I can't remember). Either way, LFC is effectively off to get G-Sync Compatibility to work. No big deal because you shouldn't be using a high refresh rate panel that is 1440p with a low end video card to begin with. Below a GTX 1070 or Vega 56 would be more ideally matched with a 1080p high refresh rate panel. The Curve took all of 30 seconds to get used to. It's quite natural and very cinematic when sitting closer (my heads is about 30 inches from the screen most of the time). Though you'll either need to use the auto-brightness feature or bring the brightness down, manually, in order to sit close. This is a bright monitor. I would not recommend a curved screen for something like AutoCAD, or the like, however due to the, well, curvature and the need for straight looking lines. Keep in mind that this curve benefits the lower quality VA panel when compared to viewing angles of an IPS screen. Speaking of brightness, like virtually all HDR panels for computers... well, we're not there yet. This is HDR400 which basically is not even worth considering. I didn't buy this for HDR400, and I'm glad I did not need HDR for anything because between how it looks when its both on in Windows 10 (build 1809) and in the monitor's settings, its completely unusable in Windows and pointless in games that support HDR. The illumination is not enough at the 400 spec so games look washed out and grey'ish. The nicer 10bit coloring does all games I've tried much better service. All of them. Dynamic range just feels lost on this low quality HDR experience like a badly blown own HDR picture job. Terrible. Windows HDR on the desktop is a battle of compromises between the feature and usability. Text never looks good. Never. Also, trying to use HDR for JUST games is a chore, too, as you need to enable it in both Windows and the monitor, then disable it again when you're done, again, in both places. Not worth it. Overall, I'm very happy with this monitor. Not a single dead pixel in my example, either. I just take one star off for how bad HDR is on this, and because it should never have been a feature on this monitor to begin with.

Gaming, Great. Streaming Video, Not So Much.

By Chris
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-04-15

Let me get this out of the way, this works with the G-Sync Compatible feature of Nvidia drivers. But, and this is a big but, you absolutely need to get a VESA Certified DisplayPort cable otherwise youll get black-screeing during much transitioning in games. That said, you still ALSO need to use CRU (Custom Resolution Utility, search Google) to change the minimum variable refresh rate back up to something like 48hz (it reads out default as 20hz... but probably becasue of LFC?), otherwise youll not get the Nvidia setting under Nvidia Control Panel 3. Display Specific Settings Enable settings for the selected display model. That last part IS G-Sync compatibility. To recap, VESA Certified cable for black-screen fixing, and CRU for enabling G-Sync compatibility. Regarding G-Sync compatibility actually working, though, Ive only had a chance to try out Nvidias own Pendulum demo and one game (below in the HDR section). Nvidias demo works, but the game Im currently playing did not, and I had to enable Nvidias Fastsync feature, too, for that specific game (then I just went ahead and limited the FPS to just below the max screen Hz) to get rid of tearing.  The HDR is only HDR400, and Ive only tried it in game (Divinity Original Sin 2) with, well, mixed results. But that is the nature of HDR in Windows and Windows Gaming. I prefer it off, else Id have gotten a more higher end HDR1000 compliant display model. YMMV. Also, whether I have Freesync 2 in the Monitors OSD set to Normal (144hz, 8bit color) or Premium (120hz, 10bit color), I get a lot of issues with the color Red in low quality streaming. Watching Sabrina on Netflix has been a terrible viewing experience (even in the Edge browsers native 1080p) as vibrant reds just smear all over the place. This may be more due to higher refreshrate than 60hz, but, again, YMMV. Direct Blu-Ray rips and my own compression of them shows none of this Red color issue, though. Overall, this is a very nice display. I would have preferred it closer to the $450 mark than the $550 mark, but I do not regret buying it. Its a joy to watch a good (quality compression) video in the very cinematic curvature of the screen (which is quite a pleasant curve I might add, and not at all jarring). Also, the monitor is large enough that I dont need to deal with needing an arm for it like I did with my previous 25 screen. Which is good as I read online that getting BenQs VESA mount adapter is a real bother.

Exceptional image quality and color accuracy

By Donald
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-09-29

I needed a larger monitor for two purposes: (1) multiple applications open side by side with high resolution for clarity, and (2) photographic editing. This monitor impresses from the moment you turn it on with exceptional brightness and clarity. There are many adjustments available to tailor it to your specific needs including auto-brightness and color adjustments. I haven't begun to tap its full potential. I'm currently using the HDMI interface while awaiting a the new computer with displayport connections and an NVidea P2000 graphics card, so it will only get better. Buy with confidence.

Great monitor I got 2

By Jeffrey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-22

These monitors work great and look awesome, not sure what the negative reviews were about this is the Best monitor I’ve seen I even bought two for both offices. Order with confidence!

Horrible bleed & screen/clouds

By Lucas
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-01

I received this monitor, the design was really nice and I turned it on to see the entire screen was covered with these cloud like marks. this isn’t necessarily backlight bleed but it also has a large amount of this issue as well. Because of this, all dark room content looks awful, I also got this monitor because I thought it would look good in a dark room, due to its va/ 3000:1 contrast ratio panel but it couldn’t be farther from the truth. The panel does get bright and colors are somewhat accurate but if your looking for a monitor that doesn’t have quality control issue, do not get this.

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does this monitor work with macbook pro 2018? ...

does this monitor work with macbook pro 2018? purchased monitors in the past that theoretically *should* work but never did due to resolution (flickering, refreshing, etc.)
Asked by: evelyn
Monitors are agnostic, therefore this monitor is fully compatible with a 2018 MacBook Pro.
Answered by: Michael
Date published: 2020-03-25

Will this monitor work in countries that use 240v ...

Will this monitor work in countries that use 240v instead of 120v or will I have to get a stepdown transformer for it?
Asked by: Samuel
Yes, this monitor would support AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2019-07-10

Will the USb-C connection support power delivery ...

Will the USb-C connection support power delivery as well? If so, at what wattage?
Asked by: Isa
Yes but only at 10 W.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2020-06-10

I really want this monitor, but from all the ...

I really want this monitor, but from all the reading I have done I am going to have to have someone 3d print a vesa adapter because the company that benq had making them went out of business and they never bothered to find another one. I downloaded the file and to have it 3d printed via an online service is going to cost me $100.00. Its this still the situation with the vesa adapters for this monitor?
Asked by: Robert
I would not suggest using a 3D printed mount. The part number for the mount would be 5j.le710.001. At this time this is not something we would carry.
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2020-02-12

is this display port 1.4 or 1.2?

is this display port 1.4 or 1.2?
Asked by: Nick
It's DisplayPort 1.4. In order to utilize the 144Hz refresh rate you must use DP.
Answered by: Jay
Date published: 2020-11-05

does this monitor has integrated speakers?

does this monitor has integrated speakers?
Asked by: Hardik
This monitor does not have any speakers.
Answered by: Nilson
Date published: 2019-11-06

question

Does the USB-C connection have enough bandwidth to drive 2560 x 1440 at 144Hz?
Asked by: Chris
Hey Chris, yes and no.Yes, this USB-C will run the higher resolutions however, you will need to seek out an adaptor or use an alternate cable for 144hz (DVI-DL or display port 1.2)I've personally never seen an adaptor work at higher refresh rates than 60hz.Hope this helps!Sean.
Answered by: BenQ Expert
Date published: 2020-08-26
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