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BenQ ZOWIE XL2735 27" 1440p 1ms(GTG) 144Hz eSports Gaming Monitor, DyAc, Black eQualizer, Color Vibrance, S-Switch, Shield, Height Adjustable, VESA Ready

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  • QHD/2K 2560x1440 Native Resolution
  • Dynamic Accuracy for increased smoothness during rapid movement
  • 144Hz Refresh Rate, 1ms(GTG) Response Time
  • S-Switch to easily adjust between game settings
  • Display Port, D-Sub, DVI-DL, HDMI Connectivity

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5/ 5
Great Monitor, Very Happy with It 7/4/2017 9:13:17 AM

Pros: -The build quality is exceptional. When you move it around and adjust it, it has a very solid feel and none of that plastic squeak
-The menu buttons are also much better quality than other monitors. Very satisfying click and responsive menus. Also, with 5 buttons, it is very easy to navigate the menus
-Ok now to Picture Quality, this is a TN Panel so its not going to be the best, deepest colors but for a tn panel, I am happy with the it after tweaking the settings
-The high refresh rate and low response time are valuable when playing fast paced games. This is the main reason you buy a monitor like this and this one delivers. I have a 1080 Ti and with that I could really get everything out of this monitor maxing out graphically intense games at 1440P 144Hz
-1440p may not sound like a lot more pixels than 1080p but on a 27in screen it is very noticeable and given the current performance of graphics cards, it's a resolution to go with
-The included displayport cable is a big plus
-USB 3.0 ports on the side is a nice bonus, and the headset hold it a good touch as well
-Lastly the packaging was fantastic. Really easy to unpack and get everything set up in minutes
-This is the first BenQ monitor I've owned and now I get why it has a good brand reputation. Personally, I like the more matte, serious, less flashy aesthetic. I tire of the shiny plastic and annoying colors other brands use on their monitors

Cons: -Out of the box, the colors and brightness were off so it needed some tinkering. Brightness was extremely high
-The side panel/shields are a total joke. Your nose would have to be touching the screen for them to actually block your peripheral vision
-I know BenQ claims to have it's own tech to help with screen tearing but FreeSync or G-Sync would help justify the price

Overall Review: -When I received it, the price was definitely high at $700 but now it is more reasonable. When you consider all the little things like the USB ports, and displayport cable and high build quality, it helps justify the still premium price. The rest of the price is for the BenQ brand.
-It comes with a cover in case you want to keep it from getting dusty

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5/ 5
Great monitor for Hardcore Gamers 2/28/2017 5:27:42 AM

Pros: I was so excited to get this to review. Out of the box you get the monitor, the awesome stand, the power cord, a pass-through USB 3.0 Cable, a DisplayPort cable (which is really surprising, the monitor uses DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity in-case you were interested), the settings switch, the shield side covers, an instruction booklet/CD and warranty guide. This having a DisplayPort cable out of the box really impressed me as most monitor manufacturers try and skimp out and just give you a VGA/DVI cable and call it a day even though their monitor supports other ports. Setup took less than 5 minutes to get the monitor attached to the stand and plug in everything, I left the shield side covers off mine because they distract me a bit, but they are nice to have if I ever get into e-sports. The 144Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time on this monitor makes the games nice and crisp. The settings switch is probably my favorite part about this monitor as I usually like to adjust the monitors settings depending on what I am doing. The highest resolution of the monitor is 2560 x 1440 which is very nice and adds a lot of room on your desktop. The USB 3.0 pass-through ports on the monitor are a nice touch as well as it allows you to easily connect external devices right then and there instead of having to search for one on the back of your computer. Also the monitor offers a headphone and mic jack to hookup your awesome gaming gear. The stand that the monitor sits on is a quality build that offers height adjustment and pivot of up to 90 degrees to allow you to easily connect the cables to the monitor as well as swivel the monitor left and right and tilt adjustment to get the exact precision of how you want to game. Of course if you want to use your own Vesa mount, you can still do so (100x100 mm).

Cons: There are only a few cons that I noticed with this monitor:
-The price: The price is a bit high for this monitor, but if you want what most e-sports venues are using at their events this is the price you'll need to pay.
-No G-Sync or Free-Sync: I am very surprised by this. Even though this monitor does support a very nice refresh rate and response time and BenQ's own techology that helps makes the games nice and crisp, you would think that for the price that one of these options would have been included.
- The default settings out of the box are horrible. You'll need to adjust them to your liking out of the box. Don't get concerned though as it is very easy to do.
-This is a TN panel and you aren't going to get as nice of colors as you would with an IPS or a VA panel, but remember this monitor is specifically made for gaming purposes and most IPS/VA panels don't support a refresh rate as high as this one.

Overall Review: I would highly recommend this monitor to my gaming brothers/sisters out there that want a nice gaming monitor for their setups. For anyone else that is looking to do just normal email/web surf/video watching, this isn't the monitor for you. For those who are content creators and deal with photoshop and video editing I would recommend to look at other monitors as well (mainly IPS and VA monitors). BenQ has always had a special place in my heart for their monitors just because of their build design and attention to detail of what they include with the monitor itself. This monitor is no different.

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5/ 5
Very High Quality 2/14/2017 1:40:42 PM

Pros: This monitor is a beast. It’s not every day I get a high quality product to review so this was a nice change. It may not look as nice as other gaming monitors but you can tell BenQ went purely for gaming quality. This feels more like a utilitarian piece of heavy duty equipment than a cool looking gaming device.

The first test I tried was ghosting. This monitor had surprisingly low ghosting. When trying the UFO test, I could not see any ghosting at all! I have another 2k 144Hz gaming monitor that has low ghosting too but this monitor made my jaw drop because of how smooth the moving images looked.

I tested this with a few games and it was a very smooth gaming experience. I didn’t notice any flaws with this in-game at all.

- Easy to navigate menus
- Has a handle making it easy to move
- Has a rotation indicator to show how far you turned it
- Nice size
- Standard 16:9 ratio (I’ve tried ultrawide monitors but didn’t like them)

Cons: The only thing I really missed was G-Sync since I go with Nvidia. It wasn’t that noticeable that I didn’t have it, but I could still see minor screen tearing if I looked for it.

Like I said in the pros, the look isn’t that cool but it gets the job done. It has a wide bezel and obvious buttons making it more utilitarian than flashy.

After plugging it in, the first thing I noticed was the poor default settings. Everything seemed washed out initially.

Although ghosting is close to none on this monitor against dark backgrounds, I noticed a bit of ghosting when it was the mouse cursor against a lighter background. It’s hard to tell if this was a monitor issue or something with the monitor, but either way, it still wasn’t bad.

Overall Review: This monitor was built for gaming performance. The only reason I’m not going to use this as my primary monitor is because it doesn’t have G-Sync. Besides that, I would highly recommend this. I was just looking for a good 2k monitor about 2 months ago and if I had known about this one, it would have been in 2nd place (once again, because it doesn't have G-Sync).

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4/ 5
Fantastic monitor but very expensive for what you get 2/7/2017 1:10:56 AM

Pros: Before you open the box you can tell from the packaging that this is a quality monitor. Construction is all around solid, and while it isn't the thinnest display out there, the heft actually makes it feel professional. I'll go over the nice exterior features first. On the left side, in addition to dual USB 3.0 ports and a headphone and mic jack, there is this cool headphone hook that pops in and out so it can be hidden when not in use. This is super cool and I haven't seen it anywhere else. It is super useful especially if your rig is under the desk or out of the way as you no longer need to run those ugly cables from there- I have mine connected to the monitor now and hanging off of it when I'm not using them. Second, the stand has these built in sliders that you can use to remember your height adjustment and swivel settings. Very simple feature that is super useful- how has someone not thought of this yet? Very useful since once you get your perfect position settings (very very important for ergonomics), you don't need to do it again if they get lost.

Naturally actual gaming performance is fantastic. If you've never experienced 144Hz refresh rates before- it is awesome. The human eye can most definitely perceive refresh rates past 60Hz- it's just that it's not as great of a difference as, say, 30Hz to 60Hz, but you can definitely feel it. Games feel completely different and way more immersive. It's one of those things where you didn't know you needed it, but once you tried it it's hard to go back. No amount of explaining can replace the experience though, so you have to just take my word for it and see for yourself. Resolution is also a nice upgrade from my old 27in 1080p monitor. At 27 inches the resolution difference is a lot more noticeable and 1440p is definitely superior. Colors are also fantastic with this monitor (once you set it up correctly, see cons)- this is the best I've seen considering this is a TN panel (basically, TN technology sacrifices color quality and viewing angle for responsiveness, as opposed to IPS, which has better colors and viewing angle but is less responsive).

Cons: Expensive. That is the single biggest con and (imho) the Achilles' heel of this monitor. Just a bit of background on what I am basing this off of- I am upgrading from a BenQ XL2720Z, which I got for less than half the price of this monitor. A quick summary: that monitor is 27in, 1080p with 144Hz refresh rate. The clearest difference between the two is the resolution. Otherwise, personally I think the monitors are very similar and you are not getting a whole lot considering you pay twice as much.

For the 700$ price tag (at time of writing) I'm pretty surprised that it does not support G-Sync or Freesync. Apparently the DyAc feature is BenQ's own blur/tearing reduction feature that is supposed to replace it, but there is not much description on what that feature actually does, and I could not find a clear answer searching online. The benefits of G-Sync or Freesync are very clear and obvious and while the performance of this monitor is fantastic I think those features could've made it better.

A very minor complaint: the colors are not set up very well out of the box and the presets did not seem to work very well in my home office environment. It took a bit of tuning with test patterns (available widely online) to make the monitor look good. I know a lot of monitors are like that but I could totally see novices just using a preset and sadly not getting the full potential of this great monitor. Be sure to set it up properly- if you are a techy I even recommend buying a color calibration tool (I have one and it has more than paid for itself for all the displays I've tuned).

Overall Review: Keep in mind that to get full 144Hz your graphics card needs to be rendering 144fps at 1440p. You may be surprised how taxing this is. I had a GTX 970 running Overwatch on 144fps no problem at 1080p but I definitely had to tweak some settings to maintain that at 1440p. On more graphics intensive games this difference will be even more noticeable.

Make no mistake you are paying for the brand name. Having the same monitor that you see esports pros using at tournaments comes at a price. In my opinion a lot of the features are kind of overkill (but I guess you expect overkill for a tip top of the line monitor). For example, the privacy flaps really are not that useful, especially since they block the left hand side ports and headphone hook when extended. I don't have mine installed. Similarly, the S-switch, which is basically a controller that can be used instead of the buttons on the monitor, is useful the first time when setting it up and then you will pretty much never use it again. Unless you're configuring tons of settings all the time, it's cleaner to just use the buttons. Just like the flaps, my S-switch is still in the box. I would gladly have traded some of these things for G-Sync or Freesync compatibility.

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5/ 5
Five Eggs for Serious Gamers. Less for posers. 2/5/2017 9:51:27 AM

Pros: I'm a poser. That said, this is a really cool monitor.

Superfast. Smother than jello on a doorknob.

There's a lot to talk about with this monitor. I think the first thing you will notice on unboxing is the build quality -- The stand is probably worth a c-note all on its own.

The back of the monitor has carbon-fiber look accents and really looks sharp. The stand adjusts up/down from about 2 inches off the desk to a little over 8 inches (bottom of the bezel to the desk surface). Swivel goes 45 degrees left and 45 degrees right, and rotate is clockwise up to 90 for portrait orientation. Monitor also tilts the typical +- 15 degrees. There are adjustable position reminders you can set once you find your favorite setting. The adjustments are well balanced -- and once moved, the monitor stays in place. There are no locking screws for position.

There are two USB3.0 ports on the left side along with headphone jacks (3.5 x 2) and a pull out "headset hook" where you can hang you headset. In order to make use of the USB ports, you need to connect the included USB 3.0 cable from the back of the monitor to your Computer. The headphone jacks make use of audio out from your DisplayPort or HDMI connections, but you'll need to connect a separate Mic cable from the back of the monitor to your audio card.

The left/right blinders can be installed if you like. Small rubber mounting hole covers maintain the clean look of monitor if you choose not to use the blinders (no gaping holes on the side of your monitor.)

27" is about the right size for a 2K monitor, given the current state of the Windows 10 world. A 4K monitor of this size would have pixels so small, standard windows settings would be too hard to read. At 1080P, a 27-inch monitor, while easy on the eyes, doesn't get you any additional working real estate over a 22 or 24-inch monitor. So, in my view, 27" / 2K is a perfect combo.

Although it’s possible to scale the UI in windows, several core windows programs are still not DPI aware and result in either blurry fonts, or other odd behaviors that drive me crazy. (MMC, remote desktop, etc.) Redmond needs to talk to Cupertino.

At 2K, without scaling the UI, there's a ton of working space on the screen and things are razor sharp. Nice.

The 144 hz refresh is noticeable right away, just try scrolling a web page or word document quickly in 144 vs 60 hz. For gaming, the idea is that 144 is fast enough that if your video card is rendering a game at higher than 60hz, you won't see screen tearing as the video refresh tries to keep up with the frame rate. Even better, it seems this monitor has motion interpolation ability (DynAc) to smooth perceived motion further. (I suspect this is similar to the technology some high refresh TV's have to smooth out sports motion, but I'm not sure, as there aren't any technical details available.) While its not clear technically how this works, the results were impressive with mid-high end video cards I tried.

Monitor settings can be saved in several presets -- e.g. one for general web surfing, one for watching video and one for gaming. The included adjustment pod "S switch" -- connected with a mini USB cable to the back of the monitor, and set into an indent in the base of the stand -- allows you to quickly switch between presets. It also makes a handy interface for setting up your various adjustments, rather than needing to push the buttons on the monitor bezel.

Another notable feature called "black eQualizer" is a bit like dbx dynamic audio range compression, but for video. If an area of the screen is very dark compared to the rest of the scene, the system dynamically lightens the area so you can see the detail that would otherwise be hidden in a dark area of the screen. Be sure to turn this down before evaluating the picture quality for movies and photo editing, but is very cool for gaming. The level is easily adjusted and the effect is very noticeable. It will comfort you in dark alleys. :)

Comes with nifty vinyl cover, with a slot in the top to grab the top of the stand for travel to the pro gaming circuit.

Cons: This model is pricier than the very similar Zowie 2730, which lacks the blinders and the DynAc motion smoothing technology (swapped, I think, for a simpler flicker free technology, although technical details are like hen's teeth), so you've got a decision to make.

This is a TN panel, so two immediate drawbacks are color shift when looking off angle and less saturated colors compared to IPS and VA panels. Keep in mind, BenQ chose this panel type specifically for eSports gaming. IPS panels just aren't this fast. If you don't agree they made the right choice here, you might not be a serious gamer.

Some folks may find that the color settings look poorly when they first fire up the monitor -- possibly because it it is set to show off advanced features like black eQualizer, which can make a standard desktop background look washed out. Once adjusted for various uses, the color is excellent to my eyes. This is definitely a monitor for someone willing to tweak.

A technical tuning guide would be welcomed. I suspect BenQ has thought though lots of the tweaking already, and without guidance, its difficult to know what you're fiddling with is going to help.

Overall Review: This is the first monitor that I've used that has "low blue light" adjustment, this appears to be a color temperature adjustment, intended to match indoor lighting, prevent macular degeneration, and the common cold. I guess we'll know in a few years if its science or snake oil. I can say I've bought into the color/night shift technology that Apple has baked into its latest gear as making it easier to fall asleep after checking your email late at night.

Note to BenQ – Monitor and Gamer geeks respond to accurate technical details. Both the manual and website are lacking in real technical information (What does DynAc actually do (nice video, though)? Does it do something different at 60hz vs 144hz? How does it behave under different frame rate/refresh rate combinations? Why is flicker free not included on this? (or is it?) Why is there no mention of free sync or g sync in the manual? Do I not need it with this monitor?). If you’re going to make a monitor for an ultra-specific use and charge lots of money, marketing fluff isn’t going to get you noticed…need more facts.

This is a hugely feature packed high quality monitor, aimed squarely at high speed gaming. That said, with proper adjustments it also makes a nice every day monitor. I'd watch for it to go on sale -- with a bit of a discount it could be a great deal. If you’ve got a rig that can feed high FPS video at 2K, you need this. If you want a great gaming monitor and speed is #1 with you, this big well-built baby is your huckleberry.

Posers might like it, too. Or maybe they just wont understand.

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