Date Joined: 03/16/16
Pros: My experience with this monitor after a week of ownership is that it is exactly what BenQ promised. It is a 4k monitor with built-in HDR support instead of software-driven HDR. You don't have to install anything to get HDR to work. Right out of the box it automatically detected if my games were HDR-capable and turned HDR on. I tested games like Metro Exodus, Assassins Creed Odyssey, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Jedi Fallen Order, and they all ran 4k rez with Ultra settings at 30-40 fps averages with HDR active on a GTX 1080 GPU and i7-770k CPU. Obviously if someone wants higher fps than they need a beefier rig or turn to quality settings down from Ultra. All-in-all I am very happy with this purchase and would recommend it to anyone who would be satisfied with the 60hz ceiling.
Cons: Many of the negative reviews I read across the web referred to issues which were not due to product defects, but were just buyers dinging BenQ for things BenQ never promised (like supplying every type of connection cable possible). Having said that, I did have to buy a Displayport 1.4 male to male cable because the DP to DP mini BenQ supplied did not fit my 3 year old GTX 1080 which did not have a mini DP port. However, I won't ding BenQ because they clearly described what cables came with the monitor. The only thing I don't like about the monitor is that the stand is not height-adjustable. Again, I refuse to ding BenQ for that because anyone who reads the specs before buying knows it is not height-adjustable. Instead of writing bad reviews because the monitor does not have features you want, just buy another brand that DOES have the features you want. That's the beauty of marketplace competition :-)
Overall Review: Nice features and competitively priced.
Pros: I purchased these because they showed up in so many of the "top 10" lists of reviews. I wanted great sound and extreme comfort and they really do sound and feel incredible.
Cons: My only complaint is that the "ambient monitoring" feature did not work for me. The only thing that happened when I pressed that button was that it muted the sound.
Overall Review: I would highly recommend this, it is a great value!
Pros: These have a great frequency response range. Some buyers have dinged them for the bass but compared to my SoundBlaster headphones which emphasize the bass response these sound just as good. The sound leakage some users complain about are only an issue if you are sitting in the same room with someone else. I do my gaming in a separate room but leave the door open for better ventilation and wife in the next room cannot hear anything. All in all, I think this is a great value for the money. They are extremely lightweight with comfortable ear pads. Seem to have a very durable design.
Cons: The cord is a little shorter than I am used to but since it has a plug on both ends it can easily be swapped for something longer if needed. My only real complaint: several users mentioned they fit well over large heads. I have a large head and found the "spring-tension" pressure against my ears (I also wear glasses) to start becoming noticeable after only a few minutes of use. Since I bought these in order to have a good backup set in case I broke my SoundBlaster set I will be keep using my SBs because they are larger and can be worn for hours without discomfort. However, if you have an average-sized noggin, I would highly recommend this Phillips set because they are very lightweight and sound great!
Pros: I previously rated it four eggs due to not being able to connect an HDMI cable to the Asus GTX 1080 and dinged the order for not including a DVI adaptor. I subsequently found the problem was my HDMI plug was damaged, which was why it would not work. Since that was the only complaint I thought was worth downgrading it I wanted to give it five eggs. An excellent system for a hard-to-beat price!
Cons: Thumb screws were tightened to tight, had to use pliers to remove side panel.
Overall Review: I was concerned about the CPU being fan-cooled, but I have had zero issues with it running hot. I loop stress-tested it in DX12 using 3DMark Timespy, Superposition by Unigine and CPU temp stayed near 60C. I am a gamer and play VERY graphically-intensive games like Battlefield 1, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, No Man's Sky, Mass Effect Andromeda, and the stock cooling fan handles it quite well. Don't pass up this bargain because it is not water-cooled. And if you just have to have water-cooled, use some of the money saved and buy an after-market cooler, you will still come out ahead :-)