BenQ BL3201PT Designer Monitor Review

BenQ is famous for their gaming line-up of monitors, being the official monitors used in events like The International and Intel Extreme Masters. BenQ’s offerings does not stop there, after all being monitor experts they have models that cater to professionals, such as the BL3201PT.

BenQ BL3201PT Designer Monitor Review

The BL3201PT is their flagship designer model, not in the fashion sense but rather it’s for graphic designers aka professionals. The BL3201PT comes with IPS panel that has 100% SRGB coverage and it is a 4K UHD monitor.

Being a large monitor, the BenQ BL3201PT comes with a large sized and sturdy base.

BenQ BL3201PT Designer Monitor Review

The base is a mix of plastic surface with brushed metal-like finish, while on the underside you’ll see that the base is reinforced by a large metal plate and rubber feet.

BenQ BL3201PT Designer Monitor Review

The stand for the BenQ BL3201PT is also equally sturdy, made to handle the weight from the large panel.

BenQ BL3201PT Designer Monitor Review

Here’s the rear view of the monitor with the display panel in place.

BenQ BL3201PT Designer Monitor Review

The BenQ BL3201PT comes with 5-input – DisplayPort, Mini-DisplayPort, 2x HDMI and DVI.

BenQ BL3201PT Designer Monitor Review

Connectivity wise the monitor supports audio pass-through, 5x USB 3.0 and a card reader that supports SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro / MS Duo / MS-Pro Duo‎

BenQ BL3201PT Designer Monitor Review

Here’s where the other connection lies, they’re at the under-side of the panel.

BenQ BL3201PT Designer Monitor Review

Lastly, the BenQ BL3201PT comes with a switch for easy access to monitor profiles.

BenQ BL3201PT Designer Monitor Review

More details at the official product page.

User Experience

I love this monitor so much, I like how the colors are excellent out of the box and how it can be enhanced even further should you fine-tune it to your preference.

You see, in their gaming models like the XL and XR, the color saturation is very obvious out of the box. The red and green tones are somewhat exaggerated but this is not the case for the BL3201PT, it looks like what I see on my other IPS monitor.

The BL3201PT comes with speakers and they’re sufficiently loud and sounds quite good, just don’t expect it to rival your actual desktop speakers. For what it’s worth, this means you need not have additional speakers around when you have the BL3201PT, unless you have a preference of audio quality that can’t be delivered by it.

There are a few things I didn’t like about the BL3201PT, for example all the input port are on the right side. If you intend to put your machine on the left then cable has to be dragged all the way.

The BL3201PT can be quite annoying when you intend to change input source at power-up, the touch buttons does not respond and it takes quite a while before you are able to switch source.

Lastly, the power button blinks when it’s connected to power, it’s not ON yet but it’s blinking. I’ve had many occasions where I thought the monitor was ON as monitors generally do not have LED lit when OFF and blinking is usually when they ON but not detecting any connection.

The Verdict

The BenQ BL3201PT Designer Monitor retails at RM 4,069 – the price tag is steep but excellence do come at a price, you get a monitor with solid color accuracy, sturdy built, a host of digital input point, and comes with USB connectivity, SD Card reader and speaker.

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