BenQ monitor

It's all in how you look at it, at least, BenQ hopes that old saw holds true with the release of their BL2710PT, what they're calling the "first wide quad high-definition monitor designed for 3D printing, computer-aided design, and computer-aided manufacturing applications."

Featuring an AHVA panel which enables 178-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles, the BL2710PT's resolution brings 77 percent more working space to users. They say that's ideal for designing, planning, and printing 3D prototypes.

The monitor, which displays graphics at 1920x1080 in full HD and enables higher pixels per inch for a sharper, more precise viewing experience, offers special mode settings for various applications.

In the monitor's CAD/CAM mode, users will find a special color map for popular CAD programs which makes small details in wireframes more visible, and used in conjunction with the monitor's Display Pilot software, users can change color settings automatically based on those specific applications.

"BenQ's BL2710PT puts users at the forefront of innovation by catering to the precise design demands of 3D print technology," says Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ.

To aid workflows, the monitor's Auto-Pivot function dynamically rotates and partitions content with a single click. The company says that eliminates the need to change computer settings manually.

Another handy feature? A pair of USB 3.0 ports which transfer files nearly four times faster than the traditional USB 2.0 interfaces.

Additional features:

  • Automatic Eye-Protect Sensor: Detects ambient light levels and automatically adjusts monitor brightness throughout the day for optimized clarity and comfort. Perfect for designers who have large windows in their offices.
  • Height Adjustment Stand: Allows users to find the best viewing angle for personal use or screen sharing with an extensive range of monitor adjustments such as height, tilt, pivot, and swivel.
  • Reading Mode: Recreates the comfortable experience of reading books by adjusting the monitor's color temperature and brightness levels as well as balancing contrast ratio and sharpness to simulate the look of real paper.
  • Optional Smart Reminder: Reminds users to take a break at predefined time intervals.

"With rich color accuracy and the consistency needed to perform critical design tasks, the BL2710PT is the world's first monitor purpose-built for CAD/CAM software apps – including PTC, SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Maya, and more," says Wudek. "As a result, architects, engineers, and other CAD/CAM professionals are fully equipped to harness the unlimited possibilities of 3D printing with advanced features geared toward optimized usability, productivity, and viewing comfort."

The BenQ BL2710PT retails for $699.