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BenQ XL2730Z Black-Red 27
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs I don't think I would spend as much for this again, especially after having two dead pixels. 09/02/2016

This review is from: BenQ XL2730Z Black-Red 27" 1ms (GTG) WQHD Widescreen 2560 x 1440 LED Backlight TN Panel Adaptive-Sync (Free Sync), Auto Game Modes, Ergonomic Professional Gaming Monitor

Pros: It's as the product description says:
-has AMD freesync capability
-The monitor has plenty of bells and whistles
-External USB hub
-sizable bezel for those who like "borders" on their monitors as opposed to those who like "flush" ones
-1 MS response time makes input lag MUCH less noticeable

Cons: -The monitor came with two dead pixels which appeared after one year of use
-The monitor has a weird "sparkly" look to it which may be hard to explain -- It's almost like its really glossy looking, but I can't make heads or tails of how to describe it. I have two other older monitors sitting beside it and they don't have that look to them.

Other Thoughts: I would probably look into other brands and not worry about "freesync" this or "Gsync" that. I have an Nvidia graphics card and plan to go to AMD, but I feel like the sync features are just gimmicks. I paid 500 dollars for a monitor that came with one dead pixel and had another go out. Not quality at all, if you ask me.

WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast, lots of storage, name brand.

Cons: Not very durable, plastic is brittle. Broke the SATA connector off with not much force after trying to get the drive out of my case. The entire polycarbonate L piece snapped off. (Instead of using vinyl they use polycarbonate. A quick google will show results that the problem is widespread.)

As it turns out Western Digital is not accepting RMAs for broken Sata connector ports. IT'S A PIECE OF PLASTIC??? How hard is it to replace that?

WD customer support will not admit they skimped out on the plastic durability on the product. Meanwhile I am going to try and salvage the drive using superglue and my wits.

Other Thoughts: $130 dollar purchase dead within a year because of poor cost cutting measures by Western Digital.

EVGA SuperClocked w/ ACX Cooling 02G-P4-2774-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week


It runs everything on ultra that I throw at it. Quieter than my GTX 570 and consumes less power/produces less heat.

I ran benchmarks using MSI Kombuster and got 78 FPS on the combined one @ 1080p.

Overall happy with this purchase

Cons: none.


BRENDAN M.'s Profile

Display Name: BRENDAN M.

Date Joined: 03/23/07

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 09/02/10
  • Last Review: 09/02/16
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