BenQ’s Mobiuz series of gaming monitors are a very good set of monitors that give you some of the best tech to get your game on with for the money. When I was approached by BenQ to take a look at the Mobiuz EX3410R, of course I jumped on it. This review however isn’t going to be some techie, scientific and overly complicated impression of a high end gaming monitor. I’m a gamer, all day everyday and this review is really about why this is such a great monitor to have as a gamer and a consumer of media if you’re looking for a good option to upgrade your setup at home.
MOBIUZ EX3410R DESIGN AND OVERALL LOOK
The Mobiuz EX3410R is a gorgeous monitor. One thing that BenQ always does incredibly well is design their monitors. They place a heavy emphasis on durability and function while not compromising sleek lines, and the overall aesthetic. They nailed it. Everything looks clean and uniform and the red accents perfectly compliment the design. Ease of use is also a plus with having this monitor.
The measurements on the MOBIUZ EX3410R come in at 20.9 by 31.3 by 10.6 inches and 21.7 pounds with the stand. Very lightweight and portable if you need to move this monitor around the house. If you choose to go VESA mount then this monitor is even lighter with a screen weight just under 16 lbs. This is easily one of the lightest widescreen monitors of this screen size I’ve ever dealt with.
The 1000R curvature is great with viewing angles as the curve is not too pronounced and it’s subtle. You can turn the monitor left or right and slide it up or down and get even better angles depending on how you like.
The MOBIUZ EX3410R comes with a handy remote control that handles all of the features of the monitor but if you choose you can easily get to the controls in the center right of the underside of the monitor. The buttons stick out and are super easy to get to and use. Looks and ease of use are what you get when you take this monitor out of the box and set it up.
The MOBIUZ EX3410R gives you everything you would expect from a gaming monitor nowadays in terms of ports, kind of. You have your Displayport, 2 HDMI ports but no HDMI 2.1 and two standard USB 3.0 ports but no type-C which is a bit baffling in 2022 but, not the worst thing in the world. When you consider how much you get with this monitor for the money BenQ is asking, you’ll be ok with some minor tradeoffs.
THIS MONITOR WORKS BEST FOR PC GAMING
Playing my PC games on this monitor has been up to this point an incredible experience. The games fill up my screen in stunning detail and beauty and even though I tend to never game in 4k resolution. For the sake of this article, I went all in. I played all my games in 4K or as close to 4K as my games allowed. Forza Horizon 5, Destiny 2, God of War, Psychonauts 2, Outriders, Redout 2, Gears 5 are all games that I’ve played that I thought would give me the best experience on a monitor like this.
PC gaming is where this monitor shines and you’ll notice it the most when you’re playing intense FPS games like COD, Halo or Destiny or high speed racers. I personally play those types of games and racers the most, so low input lag is of the utmost importance in those games. The input lag felt non-existent on this monitor. Forza Horizon 5 was kind of the litmus test I personally used for this monitor. I felt like that game put this monitor through its paces best especially when I was driving faster cars. With some other monitors I used I could feel that slight dip in reaction time.
You can use the functions on the monitor to change the mode that you can game in with presets. There’s a racing and FPS preset on the monitor that helps out a great deal if you’re playing those types of games.
Resolution was always sharp and crisp, gameplay was fluid, colors were good and surprisingly, the speakers really stand out when you get into your games. The speakers on the EX3410R are BY FAR the best sounding speakers I’ve ever experienced on a gaming monitor that are built in. That’s not an embellishment either. These speakers are some of the best, if not THE best on a gaming monitor right now. You most likely won’t need any headphones if you’re playing solo.
The total gaming experience on this monitor is so well done and it’s exactly what you should expect when you’re spending more than $500 on a gaming monitor.
WIDESCREEN PROBLEMS WITH CONSOLE GAMING
The Mobiuz EX3410R is a gaming monitor that plays any and all PC games with ease but all things aren’t equal when you’re gaming with your console. I do want to be clear that what I’m about to say is not a critique of BenQ or the MOBIUZ EX3410R but in fact a critique of widescreen panels as it pertains to console gaming. Console gaming is where this monitor points out the problems with widescreen panels as a whole. Playing my games on my PS5 and XBOX Series X was great on the EX3410R performance wise, it was just a visually stretched out experience and that’s mostly because most of the games that you’ll play on console don’t have specific settings for the aspect ratio that this monitor offers and you’ll see this when you want to play your games. It’s not at all a dealbreaking issue, it’s just an issue you’ll have to make an adjustment for and something you should keep in mind if you’re like me and you’re switching between console and PC gaming.
Aside from the widescreen issues, console gaming on this monitor is otherwise solid. The same great performance, super low input lag and the sound you get with your PC games crossover to the console experience. In that respect, it makes the console experience a whole lot better.
ENJOYING YOUR MEDIA
Gaming is one thing with the MOBIUZ EX3410R that you’ll be doing most of the time but a lot of times with gaming monitors we overlook the other aspects of a monitor of this type. Productivity and media are so important with any monitor at a certain price range because realistically, you’ll probably be on the internet and consuming media more so than anything else.
For a person such as myself who has been using this monitor now for about three weeks, this monitor does an exceptional job with your media, especially movies and videos in the 1440p and 2160p aspect ratio. Everything looked gorgeous on this screen if you got the right movie or show. Colors did look very good and the screen pops. The drawback would be that anything lower than the 1440p and 2160p resolution will be in letterbox but it’s a small tradeoff considering what you get when you watch your media in the right format. It’s a great experience.
HDR on the Mobiuz EX3410R is decent but it’s not necessarily the MOBIUZ EX3410R’s best feature. This monitor doesn’t get the brightest and the HDR as a result is like I said, just decent. With this being an HDR400 monitor it’s sufficient enough to give you decent blacks and good color in default, it’ll get a little better if you’re willing to do some tweaking. If you decide you don’t want to manually tweak the colors on this monitor then you can use the handy HDRi button on the bottom right hand side of the monitor. Once you enable it. The monitor recalibrates and gives you color enhancements, better detail and contrast which is a cool feature.
The BenQ Mobiuz EX3410R has some the best current gen tech and is most defintely future proof for the next few years. The spec sheet below is quite impressive. Take a look and see what you’re getting for the money you’ll spend on this monitor
- Display Size: 34 inches
- Curvature: 1000R
- Resolution: 3440 x 1440 pixels
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Peak Brightness: 400 nits (rated), 401.4 nits (tested)
- HDR Support: HDR10, VESA DisplayHDR 400
- Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
- Color Depth: 10-bit
- Pixel Response Time (GtG ): 2ms
- VRR Support: Yes, FreeSync Premium Pro
- Ports: 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 2 x USB 3.0
- Additional Features: 2.1-channel speakers, remote control, adjustable stand, VESA wall mount, ambient light sensor
THE BENQ MOBIUZ EX3410R IS WORTH EVERY PENNY
As always BenQ is giving you a top notch piece of equipment in the MOBIUZ EX3410R gaming monitor that looks great, is multifunctional and it won’t decimate your wallet. It’s super affordable without being cheap if you get where I’m coming from. That’s what BenQ does well and it’s why for me, on a personal level, it’s always been my go-to monitor for gaming and everything else.
Personal feelings aside, this monitor gives you a lot of bang for your buck. If you’re a widescreen fan, this monitor gives you that, If you like to enjoy multimedia, this monitor gives you that, and while you’re watching all that media, let me mention again, the speakers are unlike anything else out there. They’re the best in my view. Gaming on this monitor? That’s why you read this review, this monitor excels at it. Easily.
At just $629 as of this writing you can’t ask for much more than that and get it. Yes, the MOBIUZ EX3410R has some things you won’t love but the things you won’t love aren’t things you’ll hate, they’re just things you’ll wish were better. The HDR is the first thing that comes to mind, it’s not bad but if HDR is your thing, there are better options and that’s if I’m being real. This monitor doesn’t get super bright and is missing USB Type-C ports. While I see this as a tradeoff, it may mean something else to you. All things considered though. The MOBIUZ EX3410R is one of the best widescreen gaming monitors you can buy for the money. Period.
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