BenQ DesignVue PD3205U monitor review

You get a lot for your money with the budget BenQ PD3205U even though it’s one of its most affordable 4K monitors

5 Star Rating
BenQ PD3205U review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The price is the a big attraction of the BenQ PD3205U, especially for a 32-inch 4K UHD display. But it also delivers a lot for the money, especially in terms of its outstanding color accuracy and panel uniformity. For many photographers, making videos is likely to be a higher priority than making prints, in which case the PD3205U is even more of a value-for-money all-rounder.


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    Great value for money

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    Outstanding color accuracy


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    No built-in color calibration

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    Doesn't offer wider Adobe RGB color space

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Not so very long ago, buying a photo-editing monitor represented a significant investment and the choice of models was quite limited. Now you’re spoiled for choice mainly due to the efforts of BenQ, LG and Samsung.

BenQ has been particularly targeting photographers with its earlier QHD models and now various 4K resolution offerings in the most-used screen sizes of 27 and 32 inches. The PD3205U delivers 4K and a 32-inch screen at a very affordable price, achieved by paring down the feature set compared to the BenQ PD3220U, although it still has quite a lot in common with this model.

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Paul Burrows

Paul has been writing about cameras, photography and photographers for 40 years. He joined Australian Camera as an editorial assistant in 1982, subsequently becoming the magazine’s technical editor, and has been editor since 1998. He is also the editor of sister publication ProPhoto, a position he has held since 1989. In 2011, Paul was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute Of Australian Photography (AIPP) in recognition of his long-term contribution to the Australian photo industry. Outside of his magazine work, he is the editor of the Contemporary Photographers: Australia series of monographs which document the lives of Australia’s most important photographers.