The BenQ Zowie XL2730’s overall appearance is inherent of the XL range’s sleek looks. For some, it may seem a bit too chaste, but the company is focusing the design on a minimal and less distracting aspect. After all, users are meant to keep their eyes glued to the screen instead of unnecessary bling. The cabinet has a clean matte-black finish that is straightforward and refined. It’s an ideal texture for this type of product since adjusting the stature of the display may become regular for some users as it does not attract fingerprints and is grippy.
There’s nothing particularly revolutionary about the technology used by BenQ. Like most gaming screens, this is a TN panel, so the image stats are de rigueur. The typical brightness is 350cd/m2 and contrast 1000:1. There’s a claimed 72 per cent of the NTSC gamut. Adaptive Sync is available as well, providing variable frequency to match what your graphics card can deliver, so long as it supports this standard.
This latest monitor aims to offer better high refresh rates and no lag display to ensure an ultra-smooth performance. This is essential for the First-Person Shooters (FPS) like the Fallout 4 and Overwatch. It seems that this monitor reflects the feedback from the professional eSports teams, evident in the form of matte, dark-gray bezel for reducing glare by absorbing reflection. Currently, it is in use by professional E-sports leagues and tournaments, worldwide. In short, it is an E-sports monitor for the PC competitors.
The 2560×1440 TN panel,having 1ms response time and 144Hz refresh rate, delivers crisp and sharp details although not as detailed as on a 4K display. There might be a bit grainy look but it is negligible from a considerable distance. After tweaking, the response time might increase up to 3ms but that is still speedy, as the human eyes can hardly recognize the difference. So, the monitor performs superbly even if you compare it with the similarly priced equivalents, such as the ASUS PG278Q.
Built for high-intensity games, the OSD comes with the Color Vibrance option to improve saturation without affecting the sRGB color space. In simple terms, you enjoy richer colors.
The XL2730 comes standard with the XL series stand. Even if the stand is one of the least noticed features in a product, the included mechanism is one of the best-designed in the market. Featuring a smaller footprint that it’s predecessor, the base is made of aluminum alloy. Despite being smaller, it provides a solid footing for the screen since it has some weight to it. On the surface, it has a circular indent to hold the S-Switch Arc, but if you aren’t using the remote you can use it for coins, keys or other small stuff you keep on your desk.
The neck and mount are one of our favorite inclusions in this package. The contraption allows an excellent range of articulation for most uses. The screen can tilt, swivel and rise quickly, even with the lift of only your fingers.
Screen size: 27-inch, 16:9 aspect
Native resolution: 2,560 x 1,440
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Panel type: TN
Contrast ratio: 1000:1 (typical)
Response time: 1ms
Display inputs: 2 x HDMI (one HDMI 2.0 only), DisplayPort 1.2a, DVI-DL, D-Sub
USB hub: Yes
Other: Headphone jack, microphone jack
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