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BenQ PD2500Q Review: A Photo Editing Specialist

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  • 2K QHD (2560×1440) High resolution: Bring out the finest details in your designs with superb clarity and depth of images
  • 100% colour accuracy: Individually factory-calibrated to 100% sRGB and Rec. 709 tandards
  • Technicolor colour certified for precise colour quality. Mac…

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Last updated on 24th October 2021 9:09 am

Introduction

Are you a designer, photographer, or gamer, searching for an effective monitor? Since these two work options revolve around color and clarity, it is not easy to find an affordable monitor with great resolution and clarity to offer. However, it is also not impossible. BenQ PD2500Q meets all the requirements and criteria for color-critical work at an affordable price.

What Is the BenQ PD2500Q?

This is a designer monitor with features, design, and functions aimed at professionals like designers, illustrators, and photographers. It has built-in modes designed to support photography and animations. Moreover, this monitor utilizes IPS technology. This technology ensures backlighting and regular color time. This 25-inch monitor has almost all the specs you require as an artist to display colors, clarity, and design. To help you understand more about this monitor, let’s dig deep into this wonderful creation.

Features

  • Screen size 25 inches
  • Panel IPS
  • Resolution 2560×1440
  • Refresh rate 60Hz
  • Response rate 4ms
  • Speakers 2x2W
  • Brightness 350cd/m
  • Colors 7 million
  • Contrast ratio 1000:1

When it comes to features, this monitor has a lot to offer. This monitor’s design focuses on better resolution and color clarity, and that can be proved with a high resolution of 2560×1440 and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. Moreover, it provides 350cd/m of maximum screen brightness, which is more than enough for better visibility.

If you work with SolidWorks, this monitor features some amazing supportive specs. PD2500Q has CAD/CAM picture preset feature. This feature enhances all the 3D lines and makes them more visible to all viewers. This makes your work easy and stress-free. Moreover, a built-in darkroom preset uses brightness technology to automatically adjust your screen ambiance according to your room’s light situation.

Furthermore, the animation preset makes all dark parts of your images visible for clarity and detailed analysis. With this feature, you can darken or lighten your image with the ten levels provided.

PD2500Q has an on-screen display. You can make many adjustments through this display. From color settings to gamma preset, you can adjust all essential elements according to your taste.

Design and Structure

This is a slim and sleek monitor and you will be surprised to notice the tiny detailing in its design and structure. This monitor has very thin bezels. For those who do not know, the bezel is the visible area that surrounds the screen. It is part of the display and its thin shape gives this monitor a chic and precise look.

PD2500Q comes with a complete matte-screen coating. This coating prevents all kinds of reflections. One of the main features of this monitor is its stand. This stand comes with versatile settings. You can adjust the height and direction of your monitor just the way you want.

Quality of Image

PD2500Q has Rec7009 color specs and can cover all of sRGB. This monitor comes with an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, huge color depth, a great static contrast ratio, and optimum peak brightness. This monitor comes with a 24-inch screen with QHD 2560×1440 resolution. With every inch, you get a high 117 pixels’ pixel density. All these features work together to give you a high-quality image with detailed clarity and visibility.

When it comes to image quality, we can easily conclude that PD2500Q is very consistent and precise with colors and its display.

Performance

When it comes to the purpose this monitor was built for in the first place, PD2500Q delivers exceptional performance and meets all expectations. We don’t want to brag, but this monitor has flawless performance, rarely visible in similar kinds of monitors. The backlight glow makes this monitor perfect as a distraction-free screen for professionals. The flicker-free screen and the very low light filter in the blue color prevent stress and headaches. You can stare at your screen for as long as you want but without any discomfort, tiredness, or fatigue.

Moreover, this monitor meets the standard 4ms response time of all gaming monitors. This response time is the need of gaming enthusiasts. The high resolution and color clarity makes all kinds of games attractive. Additionally, since the response time is perfect, you do not face ghosting issues in fast-paced games. So, if you are not a designer but a full-time gamer, PD2500Q serves your needs and requirements as well.

Connectivity Options

This monitor provides very reasonable and accessible connectivity. The connectivity features include DisplayPort 1.2, DisplayPort-Out with MST, mini-DisplayPort 1.2, and HDMI 1.4. This monitor also comes with a headphones jack and 2x2W speakers integrated. There is also a USB 3.1 hub. With so many connectivity options, you can use this monitor according to your gaming requirements.

Pricing

When it comes to pricing, the BenQ PD2500Q will leave you surprised. It is one of the most affordable monitors available in the market today. With such amazing structure, features and performance, it is hard to believe a monitor with such a reasonable price tag exists. Moreover, there are very few monitors that match the performance and price of PD2500Q. BenQ has made sure to make this monitor unique and valuable in all aspects.

Pros

  • PD2500Q is available at an unbeatable price.
  • It is factory-calibrated to promote nice color reproduction.
  • This monitor focuses on consistent and precise colors for better clarity.
  • The Brightness Intelligence Technology is a very rare feature and gives this monitor a performance edge over its competitors.
  • PD2500Q’s ergonomic design and adjustable stand make this monitor quite flexible for optimum usage.
  • The matte coating blocks unnecessary reflections on the screen.
  • With lots of connectivity options, you can enjoy all kinds of games on this monitor.
  • The slim and sleek design makes it a beautiful screen to own.

Cons

  • The USB ports’ placement is somewhat inconvenient.
  • It’s not very futureproof due to a lack of USB Type-C connectivity.

Verdict

Overall, BenQ PD2500Q is a flawless monitor, especially performance and design-wise. Also, since it is highly affordable, even amateur professionals can keep this in their workspaces. The rich color features, versatile connectivity options, and affordable price make this monitor one of the greatest gaming monitors of all time.

8.5Expert Score
  • 2K QHD (2560x1440) High resolution: Bring out the finest details in your designs with superb clarity and depth of images
  • 100% colour accuracy: Individually factory-calibrated to 100% sRGB and Rec. 709 tandards
  • Technicolor colour certified for precise colour quality. Mac...
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  • 2K QHD
  • sRGB

Specification: BenQ PD2500Q Review: A Photo Editing Specialist

Brand BenQ
Product Dimensions 57 x 24 x 53 cm, 7.2 Kilograms
Item model number PD2500Q
Manufacturer BenQ
Color Grey
Standing screen display size (Inches) 25
Screen Resolution 2560 X 1440
Resolution 2560 X 1440
Number of HDMI Ports 1
Voltage (Volts) 220
Wattage 21
Are Batteries Included No
Item Weight (kg) 7.2
2K QHD (2560x1440) High resolution Bring out the finest details in your designs with superb clarity and depth of images
100% colour accuracy Individually factory-calibrated to 100% sRGB and Rec. 709 tandards
Specialized designer modes Darkroom, CAD/CAM and animation modes customize display settings to enhance precision and productivity
Edge-to-edge ultra slim bezel design Maximize your workspace with minimal footprint, ideal for dual-monitor usage via DisplayPort daisy chaining

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  1. Andreas

    Ordered this monitor beginning of December, and I have been using it daily with a MacBook Pro 15” Early 2013 since then.I mostly use this monitor for photography (using lightroom and photoshop), some light 3D modelling and rendering (Maya w/arnold and renderman), and some video editing and motion graphics (After Effects, Premiere).Other than that, I also use it to watch youtube videos, movies and series, and it does that perfectly in my opinion.The Box contains everything you could ask for.A USB cable that connects the computer with the monitor’s USB hub, and exntending the connectivity of my laptop, an HDMI cable and a miniDP to DP cable. In addition to that it also includes a little hook which can be attached tothe back of the monitor to use as a headphone hook, where you can hung your headphones.The instructions were clear, as was the process itself. The monitor was ready for use within 5 mins.At first when i tried connecting my macbook to the monitor, with the miniDP to DP, it wouldn’t allow me to choose a resolution over 1080p, and at first that was a bit worrying. But after trying the HDMI cable, everything worked perfectly.The colours of the monitor are a bit different that what I can see on my Macbook screen, even with the pre-configured M-Book profile, which is supposed to replicate the way the macbook pro screen behaves, That is not an issue though, as I am now using the Benq primarily for any artistic work while I am at home, and most of my work is being done at home.I am using it as the main display, and I am using the macbook’s screen as a secondary display having tutorials or podcasts playing on that.The colours look great, and from what I have seen thus far, when I view something I edit on this monitor, on another screen, like my phone or a friends computer, the colours are much much closer than what I intended them to be, compared to when I was editing just on my laptop.That saves me from some unpleasant surprises that I had in the past, with some colours looking a bit different than what I was seeing on my own screen.The overall quality of the monitor is really top notch. It feels premium. The matte coating, for which I was a bit worried at first, because a lot of matte monitors that I have seen make the image look grainy. Thankfully that is not the case with this.I would say it’s not very very matte, which I prefer since I prefer glossy monitors (maybe because I am so used to my glossy display on the macbook).With that being said though, I find myself enjoying viewing a creating content on this monitor rather than the one on my macbook.Another plus is the integrated speakers, which even though they are not the best quality around, they are clear enough for me, and most certainly they are louder than what I already had.Some negative things about it in my opinion are the USB ports placements on the back side of the monitor, facing down. It makes it a bit difficult to plug something in without rotating the monitor and really trying to plug them in.The second con is the lack of USB C.Now I know that my current computer doesn’t have USB C, but since this monitor was released in 2017, it would be nice to be a bit more futureproof.The negatives though, which I don’t really consider dealbreakers at all, are far outweighed by all the good things I mentioned about it.Overall I believe this is a great 1440p monitor. I have no regrets purchasing this over the other monitors I was looking at purchasing like Dell U2518D, which I am sure is a good monitor as well.But for my needs, this Benq is just perfect.

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  2. Ben Rowe

    I pretty soon had to return this monitor due to my eyes hurting and also getting head aches which I have never experienced before with a monitor (and next to no other things either actually).I didn’t notice it to begin with or at least I didn’t think it was anything to do with the screen. But after doing several different activities on my PC, I began to realise just how over saturated and vibrant the colours looked. I take a lot of pictures on my cameras. Many colours simply don’t look like they did in reality on this monitor compared to my previous ones. I strongly disagree that this monitor has sRGB and Rec. 709 colour calibrated with 100% accuracy. This is their claim and I bet if it was tested with the right equipment, it would not be correct. From my impressions, this monitor does what many TV’s seem to. It makes colours pop and stand out but to me isn’t really suitable for standard PC use. Many TV’s have a PC setting on them to make they appear “normal” when used for this purpose as their standard setting just isn’t appropriate for PC use. I feel this monitor could have this problem, but I just can’t get it to look right.I spent over an hour trying to adjust the OSD and found that what some others had mentioned on amazon US reviews of this monitor is that turning the contrast right down to 10 or 15. This helps, but severely limits how bright the monitor can go. The contrast must be a bit on the extreme side on this monitor. Most monitors by default have it at around 70 – 75 by default and that usually seems right. This by default has it at 50 by default and looks like it is already set higher than my old monitor would when set to full. The whites and other bright colours, look incredibly bright, even when the monitor is on 30 brightness or below. Then when you view dark scenes, it is hard to distinguish the different shades. Something just doesn’t seem right about this to me. When playing games or watching films with dark scenes and you see a light on something, it just looks so intense that you can’t really identify things around it. This is the worst monitor I’ve come across in this aspect. There is just too great a difference between bright and dark scenes which I never thought could be a disadvantage until now.Turning the gamma up or down on the monitor doesn’t really help with this problem, however using Nvidia on my PC and turning the gamma down from 1.000 to 0.900 or around there makes it just about useable. Without this, I just find that text is very hard to read on a white background. My issue is very hard to describe, but it is clearly what this monitor is like and isn’t a fault with my specific one. It is a similar problem in a colourful game I play. there is sometimes text that you need to read that is not the most ideal colour or background (bright green text on a yellow background for example) but this monitor basically over exposes both colours that they almost merge and it just looks a total mess. I just can’t find a way to fix this.Even just simply watching the BBC news in the studio didn’t look right, the colours are unrealistic and the studio lights had significantly too much glare.Another issue is apparently the case with a great deal of monitors, but coming from a glossy monitor makes this more apparent, and it is especially bad on this. The colours are slightly warmer on the right side of the monitor than the left. When I look really closely at my old monitor which i have gone back to (Dell S2415H), this issue is there too, but hardly noticeable at all unless you put your head unrealistic close. The gloss finish on this monitor probably helps prevent it being noticeable though. With this BenQ monitor, playing a game with a night scene looks like it is a warm evening light on the right side with a brown tint, while more normal (grey / black) on the left. I’m nearly 3 feet away from the monitor which should be a reasonable distance, but this colour shift is such a distraction. Also very annoying for old footage (or photos) with a 4:3 aspect ratio as the two bars very clearly are a different shade unless you view the monitor from well over a metre away. In my opinion, if this monitor is used for editing, it will make many pictures appear warmer on the right, which I see as a major disadvantage. But I have to say, I’ve bought and returned 2 other 25 inch monitors with the same issue. It really doesn’t seem to be helped by the matte finish which appears to make the problem worse. I wish there were more glossy monitors about.As some others mentioned in the reviews here and on Amazon US, even a simple single colour background can have noticeable difference shades across it. A skype call for example while not using the web cam is simply deep blue. When viewing the centre of the screen at a realistic distance, the right of this blue image totally looses the blue and becomes grey. That is incredibly poor in my view. It is also very distracting using any program with a dark theme which is always my preference as you can always notice the brown tint towards the right. It just looks uneven.The only positives I can see about the picture of this monitor is that it is very good at highlighting faults with your images which will certainly have advantages if you are constantly editing them. But it doesn’t really highlight the image how it originally was captured which I see as a problem. If you manage to get a picture to look perfect on this monitor with editing software, it may help getting the best out of it when printing.I always thought of BenQ to be a budget brand, but the build quality exceeded my expectations with this in all but one area. It is very weighty and feels incredibly well built. Had I kept it, It will have been wall mounted, but I tested the stand and it is all very solid and stable. But there is one part of the monitor that I think is poorly built and it is a rather important part.The matte cover of the display is too soft and flexible. Unless you wipe it with extreme care to have 100% even pressure everywhere, you can actually see from the backlight on a black image where you have been with the cloth. This is nothing related to any water marks being left as there were none visible even with direct sunlight being on the monitor when off. I wondered what these marks were when gaming that was sort of in a zigzag pattern and it will have simply been where the microfibre cloth put the slightest bit of pressure on the screen making the backlight bleed in those areas far more apparent. How hard is it to make the cover of the display out of some tougher plastic? They managed to build everything else but this brilliantly. As I said, if you make a lot of effort to put totally even and gentle pressure on the screen when cleaning, you can remove this. I never touch screens myself, but I can easily see this screen getting spots of backlight bleed (possibly permanent) from where ever those end up pointing something out with their finger. With more and more devices becoming touch screen these days, you likely will get some more people touching PC monitors too, and this one will suffer badly from this over time if even carefully cleaning it causes issues. Of all the areas that there are, this is not a good one to cut costs.I’ll also add that others made a point about the LED being on the extreme side. I certainly agree. Dell always have very small and discrete power LEDs on their monitors. They also have an option in the OSD to turn it off. This is indeed ridiculously bright. Enough to partially illuminate your room as another reviewer points out. I don’t find this to me a major disadvantage. While I had it, I just put some black PVC tape over it. But it could certainly be an area they could improve for future models.Overall, I’m certainly not very impressed with this monitor for the price of it.

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