BenQ EX3501R Ultrawide HDR Monitor Review: How Big is Too Big?

MakeUseOf | 12/6/2018 | Joe Coburn
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Our verdict of the BenQ EX3501R:

With absolutely unbelievable performance, and a totally bonkers 35 inch screen, the only bad thing about the EX3501R is the price.

BenQ - EX3501R - Insane - Monitor - Type-C

BenQ’s EX3501R is an insane, 21:9, 35-inch, curved ultrawide monitor. Sporting USB Type-C, HDR, 100Hz refresh rate, and a 3440 x 1440 pixel resolution, let’s see if it’s worth the $899 price tag.

Thanks to BenQ, we’ve got one of these stunning EX3501R monitors to giveaway! All you have to do is enter our contest at the end of this review.

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May also be available from: B&H ($799).

May also be available from: B&H ($799).

EX3501R - Something - Brother - BenQ - EX3203R

The EX3501R is something of a bigger brother to BenQ’s EX3203R. While there are many similarities between the two models, the EX3501R is far bigger, but can’t run at such a high refresh rate as the EX3203R.

Let’s dig into the specification:

Panel - % - SRGB - VA - Panel

It’s only an 8-bit panel, but it does cover 100% of sRGB. The VA panel is LED backlit and supports viewing angles of 178 degrees.

On the back, you’ll find an abundance of ports. These are:

USB - Type-C - Port - Power - Delivery

This USB Type-C port supports 10W of power delivery. In real-world usage terms, this is enough to power a MacBook Pro or other laptop, but not enough to charge the battery. The included power brick is rather bulky, but it’s easy enough to hide away behind your desk.

Inside the box, you get several different cables: HDMI, mini DisplayPort to full-size DisplayPort, and a USB Type-C. To take full advantage of the (not quite) 4K resolution, along with HDR, ensure you use the included cables or your own high-quality HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.4 cables. This USB Type-C cable is only 1M long, so to use this monitor with anything other than a laptop position nearby, you’ll need to buy a longer cable. This is a minor frustration, as BenQ could...
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