BenQ RD280U 4K monitor for coding and programming with B.I. Gen2

BenQ has announced the best monitor for coding and programming: RD280U. Benq programmer monitor has a 28-inch IPS panel with a 3:2 aspect ratio, which is rarely found in desktop monitors. It also supports a dedicated monitor coding mode. 

Best monitor for coding and programming BenQ RD280U 4K

The BenQ RD series was specially developed for programmers and offers a series of unusual features. Firstly, BenQ has placed a series of buttons directly on the front, making them particularly easy to reach, while the accompanying Windows app also allows most functions to be accessed via keyboard shortcuts.

Besides brightness and color settings, the menu also offers a coding mode, optimized for light or dark backgrounds. This mode highlights colors often used for syntax-related sections of code during programming and adjusts the contrast and colors to be more pleasing to the eye.

The screen automatically adjusts its white balance based on the time of day to minimize blue light emission, particularly at night. Additionally, the RD280U features an optimized aspect ratio of 3:2 for programmers, achieving 4K resolution.

The 4K monitor for coding includes a USB-C port with 90 watts of power delivery and supports multi-streaming, allowing you to connect a second monitor directly to the first and then link both to a PC with a cable.

Price and availability

The Benq programmer monitor RD280U is available now on at $599.99 and for £599. It would be the best monitor for coding and programming under $600 with a 4K IPS display and dedicated coding mode.

Updated on June 3, 2024: the Benq RD280UA is available now on at $629.99 and for £599.

You should also read our BenQ Zowie XL2546X review, it introduces significant upgrades in design and technology features. 

Best monitor for coding and programming BenQ RD280U 4K

BenQ RD280U specifications

  • Display: 28.2-inch IPS panel, Fine Coated Panel
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2560 (4K)
  • Brightness: 350 nits (typ.) / 400 nits (peak)(HDR)
  • Viewing Angle (L/R) (CR>=10): 178°/178°
  • Response Time: 5 ms (GtG)
  • Contrast Ratio: 1200:1
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Color Gamut: 95% P3
  • Aspect Ratio: 3:2
  • Display Colors: 1.07 billion colors
  • Pixel Per Density: 164 PPI
  • Color Temperature: Bluish, Normal, Reddish, User Define
  • Color Mode: Cinema, Coding – Dark Theme, Coding – Light Theme, ePaper, HDR, M-Book, sRGB, User
  • Featuers: HDR10, VESA DisplayHDR 400, Gamma (1.8 – 2.6), HDCP 2.2, AMA, Flicker-free, Brightness Intelligence Gen2, Low Blue Light Plus, Color Weakness, ePaper, Eye Reminder, Night Hours Protection, KVM Switch, FW update by USB, MoonHalo, Display Pilot 2
  • Ports: 1x HDMI (v2.0), 1x DisplayPort (v1.4), 1x USB C(PowerDelivery 90W, DisplayPort Alt Mode, Data), 1x USB Type-B upstream (USB 3.2 Gen 1, 5 Gbps, data only), 3x USB Type-A downstream (USB 3.2 Gen 1, 5 Gbps, power charging 4.5W), 1x USB Type-C downstream (USB 3.2 Gen 1, 5 Gbps, power charging 7.5W), 1x Headphone Jack
  • Audio: 2W x2 Speakers
  • Stand: Tilt (-5˚ – 20˚), Swivel (15˚/ 15˚), Height Adj. (110 mm)
  • VESA Mount: 100×100 mm
  • Dimensions: 474.3 – 587.3×610.4×244.5 mm (with stand)
  • Weight: 10.4 kg / 23 lbs (with stand)

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