The BenQ XL2730Z is a 1440p (1440 x 2560 pixels) resolution monitor with support for HDMI, VGA and DisplayPort.
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Pro Comes with handy remote
Included in the box is the S Switch, a small circular remote that connects to your monitor via USB. You can easily adjust settings of the XL2730Z on the fly without having to use an onscreen display.
Pro Fast response time, perfect for gaming
With a response time of just 1ms, the XL2730Z is one of the fastest monitors on the market. In terms of a full Black to White transition - the most intensive response time scenario - speed was measured at 7ms, which is considered the best possible result for TN-based gaming monitors. Ideal for fast-paced gaming situations such as first person shooters.
Pro Good color gamut volume, good for occasional graphical work
The BenQ XL2730Z manages to achieve a higher than average color gamut volume compared to other, similarly priced TN monitors. Over 71% of the Adobe RGB color gamut can be viewed, while sRGB range is measured at 103.59%.
Pro Fast 144Hz refresh rate, ideal for fast-paced action
The BenQ XL2730Z features a very fast refresh rate of 144Hz, or 144 times per second. This allows for extremely fluent gameplay and is a major improvement over regular 60Hz displays.
Pro Eliminates flickering
The monitor uses ZeroFlicker technology to eliminate flickering in intensive gaming situations which reduces eye fatigue.
Pro Easily adjustable stand
You can easily adjust the height of the monitor, and you can also rotate it and switch between landscape and portrait mode.
Pro Handy retractable hook for headphones
The monitor features a special hook on the back of the display to store a headset, keeping it out of the view and saving desk space.
Pro Sharper than Full HD thanks to 1440p resolution
The BenQ XL2730Z uses a sharp 1440p resolution which is a noticeable improvement over Full HD in terms of desktop size and in-game image quality. Compared to Full HD, there are 1.7 times more pixels displayed on the screen. This screen measures at 108 pixels per inch (ppi), while a Full HD resolution would result in a noticeably less sharp 82 ppi.
Pro Extremely bright
When measuring the maximum brightness of the display, the BenQ XL2730Z performs very well. Maximum white luminance is measured at 351 cd/m², which is above average for displays in this price range. Where the XL2730Z excells however is black luminance (minimum brightness), where a result of 0.14 cd/m² is achieved on maximum intensity.
Pro Effective blur reduction technology
BenQ uses its own blur reduction technology to sharpen images of games using excessive motion blur by using backlight flickering to make fast-paced games appear sharper.
Pro Excellent black/white screen uniformity
In terms of black and white screen uniformity, the panel used in the XL2730Z performs excellently. The average black level deviation is 5.63%, which is better than similarly priced TN-panels. The same uniformity test was taken for white level results, with similar results. The XL2730Z performs very well with a deviation that is not noticeable to the naked eye - only a signficantly higher priced IPS display outperforms the XL2730Z.
Con Bad vertical viewing angles
The viewing angles of the BenQ XL2730Z aren't great, especially when viewing the screen on a vertical plane. In photographs of the display taken at a 45° vertical angle, color shifting and severe loss of brightness can clearly be seen.
Con No built-in speakers, other audio device necessary
There are no small speakers built-in for normal use, seperate speakers or headphones are necessary.
With a price tag of $509, the BenQ XL2730Z doesn't come cheap - even for a 1440p monitor.