The BenQ XL2730Z is a 27 inch display with 1440p resolution (1440 x 2560 pixels) and support for HDMI, D-Sub, DVI and DisplayPort.
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 Great brightness
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 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.
Pro Good color gamut volume
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 Support for AMD FreeSync
This display has FreeSync technology built-in and works extremely well with recent FreeSync-supported AMD videocards. Thanks to the FreeSync technology, the monitor and the GPU will communicate with each other and the refresh rate will automatically adjust according to the amount of frames the GPU can produce. This eliminates screen tearing and stuttering and ensures a smooth gaming experience.
Pro Fast response time
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.
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.