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What’s the Difference Between HDR and HDRi?

HDRi elevates HDR to new levels of image quality.


This article explains the difference between HDR and BenQ proprietary technology, HDRi. Every time you turn around there are new features in technology, represented by some combination of letters and numbers, that you’re assured will improve your life. If you’re like me, you have three questions: Is this actually a big deal? Why? Do I need it? Let’s answer these questions and more about BenQ’s debut of HDRi technology for monitors.

Is HDRi a big deal?

Short answer, yes. HDRi tackles the viewing experience from both sides. Let’s start where you do—looking at a screen. I enjoy movies and games that keep me on the edge of my seat, unless I’m on the edge of my seat squinting to see who’s hiding in dark corners or what’s going on in the shadows. Fortunately, HDRi has us covered with custom modes for gaming and movies that elevate screen time from ordinary to extraordinary.

HDRi custom modes on BenQ Gaming and Entertainment computer monitors deliver the best images.

HDRi improves contrast for better detail, based on user content.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) is an established technique that enables monitors to display a broader range of color and contrast. This results in more vivid, realistic images. Details are more refined and images appear more accurate. Those shadows now reveal defined images instead of menacing blurs.

HDRi is an intelligent, adaptive technology that gives your display superpowers. Better color. Better contrast. Better clarity. All combined, better computer monitor experiences. This proprietary feature gets its edge from a barely noticeable sensor along the bottom of the display. That nearly invisible work horse is paying close attention to your surroundings while you’re paying close attention to your screen. This is where the “intelligent” part comes in. The sensor detects changes in ambient lighting in your surrounding and what’s on your screen and adjusts the image brightness, contrast, and color temperature to optimize it for your environment. To sum it up, images are clearer, with better color, and your eyes don’t have to strain to see them.

See? That’s a big deal.

The Eyes Have It

This is where we get to that other perspective. Let’s look at your eyes while they look at a monitor. Straining to accommodate changes in lighting, hard-to-see details, or unnatural colors and shading is a lot of work. This can lead to a variety of eye problems which can impede productivity and feel pretty awful.

Ailments that stem from computer use fall under the category of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). These problems run the gamut: headaches, blurred vision, eye strain, dry eyes, neck pain, and more. It’s no surprise that these problems lead to unpleasant, shortened sessions on your monitor that result in fatigue and frustration. Whether that worse experience is in homework, streaming, or gaming isn’t the point. The point is to eliminate the problem—even if the problem on your screen is caused, in part, by your environment.

You’ve probably noticed that changes in lighting around you impact the way your display looks. Maybe there’s a break in the clouds and suddenly your room is much brighter. Perhaps you’ve been playing or streaming for a bit and didn’t notice the sun going down. Either way, your monitor’s display is no longer suited to your environment. It’s possible you’ll observe this with your eyes. It’s more likely your eyes have noticed without you registering it. If only that could be fixed.

You guessed it. Enter HDRi.

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Why HDRi?

Just like cake tastes a lot better after you’ve blended and cooked the ingredients, the real magic happens when you view your improved content. An HDRi-equipped monitor customizes content to your space, your display, and your experience.

HDR raises brightness to show more detail. This, however, can wash out bright areas on your display. HDRi takes content and ambient lighting into consideration. By performing unique optimization for your content and your environment, HDRi delivers an ideal image. Colors are vivid, improved contrast assures much better detail, and you have the confidence of working on an intelligent display.

Here’s how that looks for you. Brighter and more clear. HDRi brightens dark regions on your display without overexposing bright areas, resulting in a more balanced image that is, you guessed it, easier on the eyes in two ways. First, the eye-care benefits we’ve discussed. Second, you can see. Everything. Gaming foes can’t hide in the dark. You won’t miss cinematic plot twists that unravel in shadows. It's like having an unfair advantage.

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An Unfair Advantage

While HDRi’s benefits span most types of computer use, it is invaluable for gaming. Think of the edge you have when you can see everything on your display in vivid detail, and your opponent can’t. Are you picturing it? There. Now you understand HDRi.

Like any new technology, seeing is believing. You can experience HDRi in any of these debut monitors: EX2780Q, EW2780Q, EW2780U, and EW3280U. Depending on how you use your monitor and how long your sessions last, HDRi might, or might not, be for you. Either way, you are now equipped to make a better, more informed decision.