The design of the BenQ Mobiuz monitor is rather sober. The side gaming is visible on the foot with a touch of orange-red. The finishes are very good and the matte plastic seems of good quality. One of the particularities of the Mobiuz EX3410R lies in its brightness sensor on the front, which automatically adjusts the brightness and color temperature according to the ambient light. This sensor works very well, even if it has an impact on the quality of the colors, and in particular their temperature.
The BenQ EX3410R offers height adjustment of only 10 cm and tilt between -5 and +15°. The foot is also rotatable over ±15°. However, there is no portrait orientation – a rare and almost useless feature on a widescreen monitor.
The central foot is quite imposing (55 x 27 cm). Fortunately, its Y-shaped design frees up quite a bit of desk space.
The back is neat. The matte gray plastic is of good quality and a change from the black plastic found on most monitors. The downward-facing connectors are hidden by a cover. At the base of the foot, there is a basic cable management system that allows them to be grouped in the same place.
Like any monitor gaming self-respecting, the Mobiuz EX3410R has the right to its share of RGB diodes (red, green and blue) allowing the customization of the lighting at the back of the screen. You can choose the color and the effect (fixed, flashing, spectrum, scenario, etc.).
The connection consists of two HDMI 2.0 inputs, a DisplayPort 1.2, a headphone output and two USB 3.0 ports. It also features two 2 W speakers and a 5 W subwoofer, the quality of which is quite good for once, enough in any case for the difference to be very clearly noticed with the other speakers usually installed on monitors.
To change the settings, this BenQ monitor uses a handy clickable joystick as well as two separate buttons: one for choosing the source, the other for turning on the screen. The menus are clear, readable and responsive. The monitor is also supplied with a very useful remote control to change the source remotely or even to adjust the volume.
The BenQ Mobiuz EX3410R is quite comfortable on our 120 x 80 cm desk. The 27cm leg depth isn’t too much of a problem on an 80cm deep desk, but it will still take up a lot of space on a shallower desk. The Ultra Wide Quad HD definition of 3440 x 1440 px is still as pleasant to use, whether for office tasks with a comfortable workspace or for games where this definition remains manageable for modern graphics cards. The resolution is average (110 pixels per inch), but sufficient with a distance of at least 60 cm. It is still necessary to provide a powerful card to correctly exploit this definition while taking advantage of the native refresh rate of 144 Hz.
Colors and contrast
By default, the Mobiuz EX3410R displays fairly mediocre image quality, especially in terms of color temperature which peaks at 8150 K; which causes a rendering that is much too cold, pulling towards the blue. The medium gamma (measured at 2.5) is also gimmicky, resulting in underexposed grays. With a delta E greater than 3, the colors also cannot be considered faithful to those sent by the source. Fortunately, the sRGB mode makes it possible to find a perfect calibration. The temperature and gamma curves find averages (7100 K and 2.2) in phase with the reference values (6500 K and 2.2) while being stable over the entire spectrum. With an average delta E of 2, the colors are finally considered faithful. After calibration, the rendering is impeccable: the average delta E drops to 1.1 and no shade exceeds 3. The average color temperature goes to 6560 K and the gamma is still perfect. You can download the color profile in ICC format by clicking on this link.
This monitor displays excellent contrast. Black brightness down to 0.05 cd/m² results in a contrast ratio of over 3000:1. The Mobiuz does not do as well as the best VA monitors, such as the MSI Optix MAG271CR, the Philips BDM4037UW or the Huawei MateView GT 34, whose contrast exceeds 4000:1, but it displays a significantly higher contrast than the monitors equipped of an IPS panel. The blacks thus remain deep, even in a dark room.
The average difference in brightness homogeneity is measured at 9% over the entire 34-inch panel. Note in passing that the model we tested was not affected by any phenomenon of clouding.
This screen does not use pulse width modulation (PWM or “Pulse Width Modulation“) to manage the LEDs of the backlight system, which allows the brightness to be reduced without risking a flickering effect — which would cause eye fatigue and headaches for people who are sensitive to it. This feature is commonly called flicker free. It also includes a blue light reduction mode via software setting.
It manages FreeSync and G-Sync between 48 and 144 Hz and therefore works best when the graphics card sends between 48 and 144 frames per second. Between 20 and 47 Hz, it uses the LFC (Low Frame Compensation) system which quadruples, triples or doubles the number of images displayed in order to maintain a feeling of fluidity. At 20 frames per second, for example, the monitor operates at 80Hz and quadruples the number of frames. At 30 frames, it operates at 90 Hz. It only uses CFL between 53 and 144 Hz. The supported range is therefore very wide and covers all uses. We will still recommend a high-performance graphics card (such as the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti or the Radeon RX 6700 XT) in order to take advantage of the native Ultra Wide Quad HD definition and a very high frame rate. In all cases, the fluidity is there and the image does not suffer from tearing problems (tearing) or jerks (microstuttering).
We measured the afterglow time at 5 ms with theoverdrive (here called AMA) on 2. A slight ghosting remains present, but no reverse ghosting — which appears with setting 3. The Mobiuz EX3410R competes with the most reactive Samsung monitors on the market such as the Odyssey G7 27 or the 49G9 with an afterglow time limited to 4.5 ms. It is therefore suitable for all players, even the most demanding and competitive. The display delay is measured at 11.7 ms at 60 Hz, a very low value which results in an almost zero lag between the action performed with the mouse or keyboard and its impact on the screen.
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