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How Does HDRi Make My Gaming Station Better?

BenQ
2021/05/26
Image comparison on a gaming monitor screen to tell difference with HDR and without HDR

The joy of sitting down for deep, involved gaming sessions in one of your favourite corners of the world. Your gaming station. There’s your PC, and over yonder your consoles. Ease into a comfy gaming-minded seat that required weeks of research to find. As did the desk, which you now feel offers the comfort you demand while engaged in your favourite hobby.

Then just as you’re in the midst of imbuing yourself in one of the games you’re currently into, it gets late or early, the light changes in your gaming station area, and that HDR monitor once more doesn’t look quite right. Colours lose much of their vivid impact, details get lost in over or underexposure, and contrast similarly appears off, as does brightness.

That happens because the gaming monitor you chose for your gaming indulgence, while having good intentions, only offers plain, straightforward HDR. Whatever metadata the source delivers, your monitor displays without any awareness and regardless of all-important ambient lighting conditions.

But of course a better way of doing things exists. We call it BenQ HDRi Technology, and the “i” clearly stands for intelligence. 

Ambient Light Reactive HDR

HDRi technology involves a sensor embedded in the monitor, typically up front where relevant light changes register most prominently. The sensor maintains constant communication with the monitor’s processing core. You see, to have smart HDR you need a smart monitor. Basic models with low-grade computing capabilities can’t handle reactive HDR and leave your gaming station with simple metadata, just “spitting out” whatever they’re fed, as is.

Thanks to the presence of HDRi, smart monitors adjust HDR parameters based on conditions at your gaming station. HDRi works non-stop to retain optimal high dynamic range performance at all times of the day and with all external and internal light sources. Turn on a light? HDRi responds. Sunny and bright changes to overcast skies? HDRi compensates. The net result for you shines through with consistent HDR quality that doesn’t leave you wondering or your eyes watering due to strain. Plus, HDRi works with all major HDR formats – HDR10/HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG.

With HDR your games don’t look great one minute and flat the next. Why sacrifice the impact of improved graphics when there’s a way to keep their majesty irrespective of something as simple as ambient light levels? 

A gaming monitor screen showing HDR content on screen in the daytime with proper brightness
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Even Better Image Performance

BenQ HDRi technology also offers more saturated colours. This makes colours richer and more vivid. That's because the BenQ Color Engine allows each colour to be enhanced in depth and hue. Since your gaming station also doubles as your entertainment den and you probably love watching 4K movies and TV content on your monitor, HDRi comes pre-configured for cinematic HDR tuning (Cinema HDRi mode) and game HDR tuning (Game HDRi). The two work in slightly different ways using separate algorithms, designed by engineers to facilitate various content types. Games and movies/TV all employ HDR now, but a “dumb” monitor won’t know the difference and once more will settle for putting up metadata with no bespoke treatment.

HDRi prevents that potential problem by having gaming and cinematic modes so your major content types are covered and given the respect they deserve. 

A gaming monitor screen showing HDR content on screen in the the night time with proper brightness

High Speed Response Maintained

There’s no denying that any processing done to an image source adds latency caused by response time. As such, HDR and more so HDRi do contribute some lag. Though negligible and unnoticeable to most people, if you’re engaged in competitive multiplayer or esports events you can just turn HDRi off or switch to default HDR mode.

HDRi does wonders for story rich, graphically intricate single player titles as well as non-gaming content like movies and TV series mastered in HDR. But if you decide every millisecond counts then a few clicks in the OSD and HDRi turns off until needed again. Mind you, HDRi doesn’t add as much lag as heavy post processes like dynamic contrast, edge enhancement, smooth motion, and eco modes. But still, you’re in control of the experience.

By now HDR has become a staple of displays, especially as 4K changes into the default resolution of most screens. HDR and 4K go hand in hand but as you’ve probably noticed, improved images increasingly don’t come from more specs but rather from better specs. Not just pixels, better pixels. Not just HDR, but smart HDR. Don’t waste all the hard work you put into setting up your own gaming station. Make sure you get the best visuals possible. 

MOBIUZ Gaming Monitors: Challenge Accepted

Based on feedback from competitive gamers and esports pros while leveraging BenQ’s legacy of high performance gaming monitors, we’ve created MOBIUZ. What is MOBIUZ? It’s defying conventional thinking and creating a new generation of gaming monitors that make every pixel count better.

Current MOBIUZ gaming monitors include the EX2710 and EX2510, or 27” and 25” respectively. For view-changing curved displays, look at the EX3415R and EX3501R. With every MOBIUZ screen you get up to 144Hz with 1ms MPRT and FreeSync Premium for super responsive gameplay and sharp visuals. All on IPS panels that let colours come to life from wide angles as you get close to the action and see every detail, helped along by real HDR. To deliver superb gaming audio, MOBIUZ offers the power of treVolo sound with a 2.1-channel, twin speaker and subwoofer design.

MOBIUZ monitors meet the demands of gamers that want fast and accurate response with a high degree of visual fidelity. Check out the MOBIUZ lineup now

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