The world of ultra wide monitors is a narrow one – in contrast to what they could offer. They are some of the most versatile displays you could get due to their wide aspect ratio, able to boost productivity and immersion at the same time.
Now what we have here is Bezel’s foray into the 21:9 segment, the 25GX2710X. This is a 25 incher IPS display with a resolution of 2560×1080 – featuring a street price of 9,701 Pesos at Lazada and Shopee. A budget oriented ultra wide panel indeed but will it impress? Let’s find out on this review.
|Adaptive Sync||AMD FreeSync|
|Panel Type||IPS (LG)|
|Response Time||14ms (GtG)|
|Display Options||1x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0|
|Audio||1x 3.5mm (Audio-out)|
Packaging and Accessories
Bezel had the 25GX2710X packed inside a not so official packaging of sort. Meaning it doesn’t come with the usual box art nor internal padding. Regardless, the monitor and the bundle were delivered safely. The product should come with the following items inside:
- Bezel 25GX2710X
- 100-240V power adapter
Bundles are alright – Bezel even added an extra DP cable in tow. Nothing to scrutinize here.
Design, Layout and Build Quality
Out of the box, the Bezel 25GX2710X looks utilitarian. Branding is minimal too or non existent rather with an all black design. Build quality appears to be top of the line even for its price due to its all metal construct. That said, the thing weighs in at 5.65 kilograms. That’s pretty heavy for its size.
An anti-glare coating is used on top of the LG made IPS panel. This makes it a good display to use on almost any lighting scenarios. Now, while the frame is technically borderless, the panel itself isn’t like many others; yet it is so obvious with a thickness of 8mm at best.
The back panel is simple with a protrusion for the VESA mount, I/O and power. This panel is also made out of metal so in an event of a zombie apocalypse, might as well use it as a blunt force weapon.
Ergonomics is excellent as usual from the guys at Bezel. The monitor could tilt, swivel pivot and is even height adjustable – something that this monitor really need for a desirable portrait mode.
Display options are decent with a single HDMI 2.0 and a single DisplayPort 1.4. Audio output on the other hand is a courtesy of a single 3.5mm jack. We also got a USB port here but that’s most likely used for the firmware and nothing else.
Like many Bezel monitors, the power is external – which is unfortunate to say at the very least. It takes your usual C13 power cord though so that’s a plus over the less common C5 connectors (I’m looking at you, ASUS).
OSD and Navigation
OSD is simple and easy to navigate. Although I must say, the buttons could be shorter. One of the buttons on my unit actually wobbles like a joystick. This is due to the way my unit has been packed and handled (personally) – again, our unit is a sample without the official packaging.
The main menu is sectioned in six parts. Down below is the Brightness menu, housing the usual settings you’d see from the said menu. It is worthy to note that compared to other monitors, the 25GX2710X doesn’t come with presets. It comes with a simple HDR mode though.
Next up is the Color Temperature menu. This is also pretty straight forward. Temperature could be set to cool, warm and user which is by default comes with R = 50, G = 50 and B = 50. If you want to adjust the hue, you have to play with these settings.
Last but not the least, we have the Miscellaneous menu. Usual stuff here too but with the inclusion of FreeSync. I can’t seem to make it work on my unit and it is also not stated that it does work on the specifications. Edit: Adaptive Sync works with both AMD and Nvidia graphics. Make sure to use the DP port for maximum compatibility.
The OSD is pretty simple – in contrast with let’s say the Bezel 27HX280 or even the 27HX270. Less is more? Maybe not this time.
Test Setup and Methodology
Our test setup relies on the Blur Busters TestUFO Motion Tests and the Data Color Spyder5ELITE Display Calibration System. The cameras used throughout the review for the motion artifact and high speed assessments are the Fujifilm XE-1 and the Nikon 1 J1.
|Default Test System Specifications|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5 3600|
|Motherboard||ASUS ROG STRIX B550-I Gaming|
|Cooler||AMD Wraith Stealth V2|
|Memory||ADATA Premier 2666MHz 16GB|
|GPU||ASUS ROG Strix RX 570 4GB|
|Storage||Plextor M9PE NVME 512GB|
|Case||Mechanical Library JXK-K3|
|PSU||Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 650W|
|OS||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit|
Target for calibration is a 2.2 Gamma value, with a White Point at 6500K and a Brightness value set at 120 cd/m2. Calibrated values are then analyzed with the Spyder5ELITE Display Analysis tool. Do note that Dynamic Contrast Ratio and other extra features built within the OSD are disabled during the tests. The following OSD values are selected for the display calibration.
|Temperature||User (R50, G50, B50)|
The Color Gamut test evaluates the color space coverage of the display panel from industry standards such as sRGB and AdobeRGB. Higher percentage is better.
Color coverage is pretty decent, good even – at least for sRGB. AdobeRGB is rated at 82%, DCI-P3 on the other hand is about 84% covered, while NTSC is rated at 77%.
Tone response is where we check the display panel’s Gamma and presets if there are any. We then compare the results with the industry standard Gamma level at 2.2. Closer to this value is better.
Gamma level is spot on at 2.2 which is nice since you cannot actually adjust it at the OSD.
The test here will shows us an overview on how the display performs at its maximum brightness level. This is measured in nits or candela per square meter (cd/m2). Higher is better.
Peak brightness is rated at 261.6 nits. This is higher than the manufacturer rated typical brightness of 250 nits. Pretty nice.
Static contrast ratio is also tested. The test here will shows us how the display performs at its maximum contrast level measured in luminance ratio. Higher is better.
Contrast ratio on the other hand is about 600:1. Not the best and certainly leaning onto the least performing panels on the bench.
This test shows us an overview of the display panel’s screen uniformity at maximum brightness level. The closer this value to 0, the better the quality of the panel.
Screen uniformity also took a hit with a 2.18 Delta-E value. Hot spots here are the lower area of the panel – which we will discuss later on the backlight bleed section of this review.
The color accuracy test shows how different basic color hues are reproduced by the display panel. These color tones corresponds with the Datacolor SpyderCheckr. Lower Delta-E values are better.
Now as for color accuracy based on the SpyderCHECKR’s 48 patch color benchmark, the 25GX2710X comes in at 5th place with a 0.76 Delta-E value. This is a good output, considering all the “decency” we got from the other tests.
The power consumption is checked with a power meter. Measurements are taken at maximum brightness and contrast levels.
Power consumption is about 39.5W at maximum brightness level. Respectable, given the monitor’s peak brightness and real estate. Calibrated, this ultra wide display consumes 23.2W of power.
Button to Pixel Input Lag
Our Button to Pixel Input Lag result is the combination of latency from the point of input, processing and display output. To quantify the display panel input lag, we utilized Quake 3 Arena as our main shooter. The game is set at the panel’s native resolution with the FPS locked at 500. We check how much delay in milliseconds it took the monitor to output the signal via a 1200 FPS high-speed camera with ~0.83ms of accuracy.
9.7ms total system response isn’t exactly fast but it is not slow either. Still, this is a 60Hz display so you are still limited to its refresh rate regardless.
Motion Clarity: MPRT
Motion Picture Response Time (MPRT) is the numbered approach to demonstrate the level of perceived motion blur on a display. Basically, a lower persistence value indicates less motion blur. Refresh rate and the sampling method plays a major part here whereas a higher refresh rate nominally features better display persistence values.
These results are references to check out the theoretical MPRT values of a display. Head over to our Pursuit Camera test for the visual representation of the actual values.
Motion Clarity: Pursuit Camera
Setting up a pursuit camera courtesy of Blur Busters allows us to a great extent, perceive the actual motion clarity of the display. Using such method also allows us to check out motion artifacts including ghosting, inverse ghosting and blurring. This pursuit camera test is a peer-reviewed invention.
This kind of motion blur is something you should expect from a 60Hz display. Nothing breathtaking here – nor game breaking either.
Back light Bleed
Back light Bleed is the phenomenon where back lighting from a display leaks. This is prevalent with displays where LEDs used to light the panel are situated at the edges of the display. Testing the back light of the display is conducted on a dim room, simulating the recognizable amount of bleed for such scenario.
Back-light bleed is noticeable at the lower edges of the display. This is the infamous IPS glow which is a normal issue with older IPS panels.
Viewing angles are also tested to check out how the display panel performs at different positions or eye levels. This should be helpful if you are looking for a panel that could be used on multi-monitor setups.
Viewing angles are good in general. Horizontal viewing angles are great, while vertical angles will net you mixed yet still decent results.
Frame Skipping is the phenomenon where dropped frames and missing refreshes occur due to ineffective refresh rate overclocking. We are are utilizing the Blur Busters Frame Skipping Checker to test if there is any. If your display exhibits such issues, it should be perceptually similar to in-game frame skipping.
Frame skipping’s not an issue with this display. Heck, you may even overclock this to 75Hz with no issue.
Software, Lighting and Special Features
As for special features, the monitor’s ultra wide nature is the feature itself along with its ergonomic design. This monitor might be smaller than your usual 24″ display height wise but the resolution makes up for it – optimal for short or even small desk spaces where multi-tasking with a single display is a must. 21:9 is just awesome for productivity.
I could see this display as a viable option for portrait mode as well – maybe as a second display for programming, word processing or even some of the most mundane stuff you could imagine. Of course, two of these will fare well with a top-bottom dual landscape setup as well.
Of course, gaming is absolutely excellent as well – as long as you don’t intend to play 100% competitively that is. You could try – maybe even dominate, but 60Hz just won’t cut it for the likes of me (middle aged try hard gamer). Immersion is what’s more important with this unit though with a 21:9 aspect ratio – apt for ultra wide supporting titles and movies. Gosh I wish it has a better contrast ratio but damn at this price, I aint even mad.
The Bezel 25GX2710X is hard to spell, but don’t underestimate its prowess that lies within its ultra wide aspect ratio and price point. This is something I would recommend for those who are looking to maximize productivity, immersion and stream their content – without breaking the bank.
Other noteworthy figures here are the 100% sRGB color coverage, its top notching SpyderCHECKR results, the single yet accurate tone response and the peak brightness output. It’s also the most metal out of any monitors I have tested. Practically a weapon – shield even.
Of course, it’s not all praise and worship. The monitor comes with a rather low contrast ratio, screen uniformity is not so great (no thanks to IPS glow) and it’s just 60Hz which is a bummer personally.
In closing, the Bezel 25GX2710X Ultrawide Monitor still a pretty good buy regardless of the cons. This is Bezel’s first foray into the ultra wide segment and they managed to nail the most important stuff. A true value for money under the $200 USD segment.
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Bezel 25GX2710X Ultrawide Monitor
The Bezel 25GX2710X Ultrawide Monitor still a pretty good buy regardless of the cons. This is Bezel’s first foray into the ultra wide segment and they managed to nail the most important stuff. A true value for money under the $200 USD segment.