Joined on 11/27/05
3rd One is a Charm!
Pros: This monitor has it all for gamers! 1) 27" - This is the perfect size to enjoy games reclined or to be able to pick out the tiniest details in-game. Check. 2) 1440p - This is such a great improvement for a 27" screen. Everything, including objects in games, is noticeably better defined with higher resolution. Check. 3) 144hz - The hype IS REAL. Your average 60hz monitor belongs in an work office. You just have to see it to believe it. Don't listen to anyone who says that 60hz looks the same. It's a night and day difference. Check. 4) Blur-Reduction (note: not usable with Freesync) - Takes 144hz to the absolute next level of clarity. If you play CS:GO like me, Blur-Reduction seems imbalanced in the perfect way. Flick shots are made so much easier (must still practice). Check. 5) Blur-Reduction Intensity Slider - Completely removes any issue with low-brightness due to the Blur-Reduction monitor strobing. This seals the deal. Check. 6) PREMIUM AMA setting - This massively reduces the issue of seeing ghosting/crosstalk when Blur Reduction is on (and off). Normally, ghosting/crosstalk becomes much more revealed by strobing blur-reduction, but with PREMIUM AMA and Blur-Reduction, ghosting/crosstalk isn't even noticable in-game. Check. 7) Brightness slider - Can use decreased brightness for normal monitor usage. However, along with Blur-Reduction's intensity slider and the various gamma settings, the brightness slider can be increased to counter-balance Blur Reduction's natural decrease in brightness. Check. 8) Color Vibrance slider - Can increase to counter balance Blur-Reduction's natural decrease of color vibrance. Check. 8) Freesync (note: not usable with blur-reduction) - Firstly, understand that Blur-Reduction is useful for games like CS:GO, which rely on visual clarity while spinning in circles at twitch-speeds- and these games have to run at very high frame-rates for Blur-Reduction to work properly. Alternatively, Freesync improves the smoothness of more modern, hardware intensive games that run at a lower framerates (between 40-144ish) - forces Monitor's hz to dynamically == game FPS for a silky smooth gameplay experience, even at a low FPS. 9) Beautiful colors once calibrated. My favorite settings below.
Cons: 1) Out of the box color calibration is just wonky, with Black eQualizer way too high, and other odd color settings, but this is quickly and easily remedied using the color settings below - consider it an excuse to learn how to navigate the monitor's OSD. 2) Maybe it was my bad luck or maybe the BENQ quality control missed a couple of bad monitors, because I got two bad monitors before my 3rd one actually worked 3) This isn't really a problem with the monitor itself, however, I recommend a good computer to be able to enjoy 1440p resolution and decent frame rates.
Overall Review: My favorite color calibration (with blur-reducton OFF): Brightness: 75 Contrast: 50 Color Vibrance: 12 Gamma: 3 Black eQualizer: 0 Instant Mode: On Sharpness: 8 AMA: OFF Color Temp: Custom (R: 95,G: 95,B: 100) Blur Reduction: OFF My favorite color calibration For extremely high FPS gaming, like CS:GO (with blur-reduction ON): Brightness: 100 Contrast: 50 Color Vibrance: 15 Gamma: 1 Black eQualizer: 2 Instant Mode: On Sharpness: 8 AMA: PREMIUM Color Temp: Custom (R: 95,G: 95,B: 100) Blur-Reduction: ON - Intensity: 5 (Values 1-20; 5 my preference, lower value == brighter == supposedly less blur reduction, but every value appears equally blur-reduced to me) - Area: 10
Might be great if BENQ QA did their job
Pros: If yours works, it's simply the best competitive monitor for CS:GO. And the color reproduction looks great when calibrated properly.
Cons: - First XL2730Z I received had a weird issue with screen dimming randomly all the time. - Replacement XL2730Z has a dead pixel and dark spot in the middle of the screen. - I am a quite exceedingly disappointed with the effort its taken to get a working monitor.