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Benq XL2730Z PC Monitor

PC Mag Editor's Choice avforums.com Recommended XSreviews.co.uk Editor's Choice pcgameware.co.uk Silver tomshardware.co.uk Editor Recommended
27" 12000000:1 LED 633.7mm Jan 2015
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Eleven Industry Awards

Expert review sites love this PC monitor and have given it eleven awards.

This flatpanel monitor was given an "Editor's Choice" award by PC Mag, Tomshardware.co.uk, Tomshardware.com, XSreviews.co.uk and Tomshw.it all of whom said that this Benq PC monitor was excellent.

The editors of Avforums.com and Tek.no both concluded that concluded that they would recommend this PC monitor and gave it their "Recommended" award.

This PC screen received a "Performance Award" from both Hardwareheaven.com and Xtremehardware.com, both of which said that this Benq flatpanel monitor performed well.

The reviewer at one other expert review site said that this medium monitor was great. Pcgameware.co.uk gave this flatpanel monitor a "Silver" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

Fifteen experts from sites including Trusted Reviews, PC Mag, pcauthority.com.au and XSreviews.co.uk have rated this PC screen on average 81%.

User Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 207 user reviews this PC screen has a superb average user rating.

Good Picture Quality

Some customers who purchased the Benq XL2730 agreed that it had good picture quality. Darren Sharpe wrote in his Benq XL2730 review “Picture quality is very good once set to preference” and gave the Benq XL2730 a rating of 5 stars. Avforums.com gave the Benq XL2730 a score of 4 stars and wrote “Good image quality for a TN panel”. Expert website Chip.com.my wrote “TThere are countless times when a gamer gets a powerful graphics card with the ability to play the most demanding games of today –”.

A number of people agreed that it had a good refresh rate. A few weeks ago Me wrote “High Resolution, fast refresh rate and a decent size” and scored it 5 stars. Radu said on Amazon “Freesync works fine, so does the refresh rate of 144 Hz”. Last year Xsreviews.co.uk mentioned on expert review site XSreviews.co.uk “You could get one with a crisp 2560 x 1440 resolution, or you could get one with a smooth 144 Hz refresh rate” in their review of this PC monitor.

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that the Benq XL2730 had good colour saturation. A few weeks ago Adam Kirby rated the Benq XL2730 5 stars and he said “Buy that £800+ monitor for a monitor that does the exact same thing just with a bit better colours and a response time that might almost match it” in his review of this PC monitor. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Amazing Monitor, good out the box setup and amazing colours once you tweak them to your liking, sturdy” in their review. Iggy said on Amazon “Fantastic screens, no glare from lights in room or sunlight which is good Colours are perfect, screen is easy on eyes”.

A number of Benq XL2730 owners thought the product had clear images. Daniel Mclean Fisher gave it a rating of 4 stars and he wrote in his review “In terms of picture clarity, this is better than my Samsung 48H6400 LED so this should give you an idea on how good the display is”. Dean Keegan said this year “Ups my game clarity is amazing” in his review of this PC monitor.

One Benq XL2730 owner wrote in their reviews that the product had a sharp image. Radu said “The increase in sharpness in noticeable” and scored it 4 stars. One customer reckoned that this PC monitor had a flickering image. Nelson Shingler said “Promises of 1ms response times, Flicker free pictures”.

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Good Technical Features

Ten people who purchased it thought it had good features. This year Ben Enos said “This monitor has some great gaming based features to allow for better performance as we mentioned”. Dave T wrote on Amazon “It features a handy headphone arm on the rear of the monitor” in his review of this PC monitor and scored the product 5 stars. Last year Trustedreviews.com gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and said in their review on expert review site Trusted Reviews “It's packed with features and combines the excellent FreeSync”.

Easy to Use

Several people said in their reviews that it was easy to use. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “The menus are intuitive and easy to navigate” in their review. Ben Enos wrote in his Benq XL2730 review on Amazon this month “They really do come in handy”. Ben Enos also mentioned “While I do primarily game on the PC these days, I still like to keep a Xbox 360 controller handy for racing games”.

A number of Benq XL2730 owners considered that the product was easy to use the menus. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “You can also save these settings as presets, which can be easily selected on a game-to-game (or even map-to-map) basis”. Amazon Customer also wrote “The default settings weren't nice at all I felt”. Lewis Boden mentioned in his review of the Benq XL2730 “Stand literally clicks together without any tools needed and it's default settings aren't awful like most”.

A number of customers said in their reviews that it was easy to setup. Amazon Customer wrote a few weeks ago “Very good, easy to setup, image is excellent”. Last year James H. mentioned “This is a great bit of kit, easy to setup” in his review. Lewis Boden mentioned on Amazon “Incredibly easily to set-up” in his review of the Benq XL2730 and gave this PC monitor a rating of 5 stars.

A number of people concluded that the product had a good experience. Miss A. Misauskaite wrote in her review of the Benq XL2730 “Best computer monitor ever! Superb quality and experience” and scored the product 5 stars. Expert review site Hardwareheaven.com said in their review of the Benq XL2730 “Last month AMD launched a new technology, FreeSync, which is designed to enhance the visual experience for gamers by solving long standing issues” . Expert website Straitstimes.com wrote in their review of the Benq XL2730 “Not only does it support AMD FreeSync for a smooth gaming experience (with a compatible AMD graphics card).” .

One person who reviewed this PC monitor reckoned that it was easy to assemble. Gadgetshow.channel5.com rated it 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this PC monitor “An easy to assemble stand and a remote control to help you fiddle thr”.

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Robust

A few people who purchased the Benq XL2730 concluded that it was well made. Amazon Customer rated it as very good and mentioned on Amazon “I use this monitor with an Xbox One for games such as Call Of Duty, Destiny, Metal Gear Solid and FIFA, I'm 100% satisfied with its performance”. Llmizah wrote on Amazon this month “Solid build quality Profile switcher is quick”. Radu gave this PC monitor a score of 4 stars and mentioned on Amazon last year “Can otherwise be noticed when displaying solid colors across the screen”.

Several customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was strong and durable. Daniel Mclean Fisher mentioned in his Benq XL2730 review on Amazon “Its feels very sturdy and I like the headphone hook at the back of the monitor”. Lewis Boden he said in his review of this PC monitor “It also features a handle that feels VERY sturdy”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that the Benq XL2730 was easy to damage or scratch. Lewis Boden said on Amazon “With a smaller bezel the screen would definitely be more easy to damage”.

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Good Connectivity

Several people who bought the product concluded that it was good in terms of HDMI connections. In October last year Chateau1984 gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review on Amazon “Full HDMI RGB PC Range”. Dave T said in his Benq XL2730 review a few weeks ago “This monitor has 2 HDMI inputs, 1 DVI” . Dave T also said “The settings are easy enough to navigate through, one of my favorite features about this monitor is HDMI auto switching”.

Several customers reckoned that it was good in terms of USB connections. Lewis Boden mentioned in his review of this PC monitor “Also features a usb hub with headphone” and gave it a very good review. Avforums.com said “Builtin USB 3.0 hub and audio inout”.

Some customers agreed that it was good in terms of connectivity. Chris said in his Benq XL2730 review on Amazon “Positives The stand is amazing High level of adjustment in height and tilt Great connectivity options, most monitors at this end only have DP”. In October last year Avforums.com mentioned “Excellent connectivity” in their review of the Benq XL2730 and scored it 80 out of 100.

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Nice Design

Several Benq XL2730 owners who reviewed this PC monitor concluded that it was smooth. Legionsd mentioned on Amazon “And it's really easy to install it! 2 k resolution is really smooth and caress eyes” in their review. Lewis Boden scored the Benq XL2730 very highly and he said on Amazon “If you can drive this display then you're going to have a great time with how smooth games are shown on it”. Llmizah gave the product a score of 5 stars and mentioned a few weeks ago “Smooth and timeless response times”.

Eight customers wrote in their reviews that the product was good looking. Amazon Customer mentioned “The 1440p resolution is beautiful and the 144hz compliments it very well”. Dave T said in his review “Fantastic, Good Looking Monitor With Some Handy Features” and scored it very highly. Dave T also mentioned “The stand is pretty nice and features cable management towards the back”.

One person said in their reviews that it was neat. Nelson Shingler wrote “Seemed sturdy enough, with the benfit of the cable tidy at the back, which pulls all cables behind the center of the monitor for easy cabling” in his review of the Benq XL2730.

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Good Product Quality

Several Benq XL2730 owners who bought it agreed that it was good quality. Amazon Customer scored the product 5 stars and wrote “The only downside is the quality of the speakers - they have a thin, tinny sound, severely lacking in bass” in their review of this PC monitor. Amazon Customer also wrote “Is of a high quality”. Chris wrote in his Benq XL2730 review “Because of the top notch quality stand and monitor bracket you can use it 99% safe in the knowledge the screen won't fall off” .

Benq Has Excellent PC Screen Reviews

Benq is one of the top rated PC screen manufacturers according to average user and expert reviews, and Benq also has excellent reviews for its medium monitors.

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A Best Selling PC Monitor

The XL2730 is a popular choice of flatpanel monitor according to sales data from Amazon.

Good Size

A number of Benq XL2730 owners who reviewed the Benq XL2730 concluded that it was a good height. In October last year Radu gave the Benq XL2730 a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this PC monitor “The monitor itself is easily adjustable in height, tilt and rotation to switch from a 16”. Thomas Douglas said in his Benq XL2730 review “It has height adjust so you can get the set-up just how you want it”.

One Benq XL2730 owner thought it was good physically. Sean said on Amazon “Plus I now have proper physical buttons on the monitor which makes adjusting settings a lot easier”.

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Acceptable Noise Level

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it was quiet. Last year Oliver Lewis mentioned “The sound from the speakers is quiet at max and also not great quality” and scored it very highly.

Good Support

One Benq XL2730 owner wrote in their reviews that the Benq XL2730 had good technical guidance. Ben Enos said on Amazon “It is these small details that really do help declare this a good monitor for console gamers” in his review.

Good Sound Quality

One person concluded that it had good sound quality.

LED Display Type

This LCD screen has an LED display type, which is typical of many medium monitors that have been available for around the same time as it.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative LCD screens that have an LED Display currently available including cheaper flatpanel monitors such as the Benq XL2420[plb_1453626_price], the DELL U2515H[plb_2680650_price], or the AOC Q2577PWQ[plb_3032056_price].

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Two HDMI Ports

The Benq XL2730 is a two HDMI port flatpanel monitor. Most of the other medium monitors that have been around for more than a year have between one and three HDMI ports.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

Across all the PC displays of a similar age and type to the XL2730 the display brightness range from 25 cd/m² to 1,700 cd/m², and the average display brightness is 280 cd/m². The Benq XL2730 has a quite bright display brightness (350 candellas per square meter) compared to most of the other PC displays that are a comparable age to the XL2730.

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2560 X 1440 Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution of the Benq XL2730 is 2560 x 1440. That's 78% more resolution than the most common graphics resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). Across all medium monitors that have been around for a similar time to the XL2730 the worst resolution is 720 x 400 and the best is 4096 x 2160.

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Quite Fast Response Time

Medium monitors that were released more than a year ago have response times of between 1ms and 40ms. When compared to other medium monitors that have been on the market for a similar time to the XL2730, the response time of the Benq XL2730 of only 1 millisecond is one of the fastest.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

The Benq XL2730 does not have a built-in speaker. Most of the other PC displays of a comparable age and spec to the XL2730 do have a built-in speaker.

We think you might also be interested in other PC displays which also have a built-in speaker including the AOC Q2577PWQ[plb_3032056_price] which is also cheaper.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

Like most of the other flatpanel monitors that have been available for a similar time to the XL2730, the Benq XL2730 does not have a built-in camera.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most medium monitors that are a similar age to the XL2730 are not 3D compatible. The Benq XL2730 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you want an LCD screen that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Benq XL2420[plb_1453626_price].

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Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader

Most PC screens of a comparable age and type to the XL2730 do not have an integrated card reader. The Benq XL2730 is no exception to this as it too does not have an integrated card reader.

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Only HD HD Type

This flatpanel monitor has a Full HD HD type, which is typical of many flatpanel monitors that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Only Has Four Cables Included

The Benq XL2730 has a greater number of cables included than most flatpanel monitors that came out more than a year ago. This LCD screen has an AC cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on PC screens that have been available for a similar time to the XL2730. The cables included "DisplayPort", "DVI" and "USB" are also found on this PC screen.

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Quite Narrow Vertical Viewing Angle

The average vertical viewing angle of similar spec PC displays that were launched around the same time as the XL2730 is 170°. The Benq XL2730 has one of the narrower vertical viewing angles (only 160 degrees) amongst PC screens of this age.

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Quite Narrow Horizontal Viewing Angle

The average horizontal viewing angle of flatpanel monitors of this age and type is 170°, and the horizontal viewing angles range from 18° to 180°. The Benq XL2730 has one of the narrower horizontal viewing angles (only 170 degrees) amongst PC monitors of this age.

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Heavy

The lightest flatpanel monitor of a comparable age and type to the XL2730 is 2.3g weight, the heaviest is 79kg, and the average weight is 5kg. With a weight of 7.5 kilograms, the Benq XL2730 is one of the heavier PC monitors of this type and age amongst LCD screens of this age.

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Quite High Power Consumption When Off

Across all the comparable spec PC screens that have been available for more than a year the power consumptions when off range from 0.005W to 350W. The Benq XL2730 has a very high power consumption when off (0.5 Watts) compared to most of the other medium monitors that were released one year ago.

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11 Awards

PC Mag Editor's Choice avforums.com Recommended XSreviews.co.uk Editor's Choice pcgameware.co.uk Silver tomshardware.co.uk Editor Recommended tomshardware.com Editor Recommended chip.com.my Outstanding hardwareheaven.com Performance Award tek.no Recommended tomshw.it Editor Recommended xtremehardware.com Performance Award

Expert Reviews

(30)
16 December 2015

Avforums.com

This 27-inch BenQ XLZ2730Z gaming monitor sits at the top of the manufacturers range and features a 27-inch screen with a WQHD (2,560x1,440) resolution. The XLZ2730Z also features a 144Hz refresh... Read more…

Great motion handling
Fairly low input lag
Accurate colours post calibration
Some useful features
Excellent connectivity
A couple of uniformity issues
Inaccurate in default picture modes
Expensive
Narrow viewing angles
300 more expensive than similar
28 October 2015

The BenQ XL2730Z is a well-designed monitor, perfectly suited for competitive gamers looking for an edge. 1440p and 144 Hz monitors make a lot of sense right now, and the XL2730Z distinguishes...

XSreviews.co.uk

23 September 2015

The 27-inch BenQ XL2730Z is a feature-rich gaming monitor offering stellar performance and AMD's FreeSync anti-tearing technology...

PC Mag

16 September 2015

Gamers will like this BenQ XL2730Z monitor. Not only does it support AMD FreeSync for a smooth gaming experience (with a compatible AMD graphics card), but also it has a number of features that... Read more…

19 August 2015

Google launches stylish OnHub routerBoston Dynamics let their dog bot and Atlas out of the lab!I have not only been privileged to get hands on with BenQ's new curved monitor but I was given one of...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 24 September 2015 by Applerule
Applerule would recommend the BenQ XL2730Z (Verified Purchase)

This is by far the best display I have ever had for personal use. I upgraded from an 8 year old Samsung TN panel to this one. I thought about going to IPS, but my wife has an IPS panel and I... Read more…

Reviewed 22 August 2016 by Alan R.
(Verified Purchase)

Great monitor works perfect...

Reviewed 15 August 2016 by Rod Rainleef
(Verified Purchase)

I was playing destiny's crucible and usually finishing around mid table or lower. Since buying this monitor I now finish 1st or 2nd quite regularly! Happy days!

Reviewed 11 August 2016 by Kate
(Verified Purchase)

Great gaming monitor x...

Reviewed 8 August 2016 by LegionSD

Received this Monitor today. Well, it's something. Huge screen (after 15.5 inch laptop,lol) is like window to a new world. Tons of calibrations variations. And it's really easy to install it! 2 k... Read more…

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