BenQ XL2735 144Hz 2560 x 1440 gaming monitor
As far as gaming monitors go, the BenQ XL2730Z has proven to be quite a capable beast. The BenQ XL2735 is a tweaked version of this, now coming under the company’s ZOWIE gaming brand. Aesthetically there are a few minor changes – from the front, you will notice the addition of a ‘shield’. This is essentially very similar to the calibration hood that some monitors designed for colour-critical work may come with. In this case, it’s designed to minimise glare from light sources to the side of the monitor that could otherwise impede the gaming performance. Touch-sensitive OSD (On Screen Display) controls are included to the bottom right and there is an ‘S-Switch Arc’ wired remote for intuitive OSD navigation. This now has an internal memory function, which means presets are associated with the S-Switch itself and can be ‘transferred’ to other monitors of the same model. The stand offers full ergonomic flexibility; height, swivel, tilt and pivot (rotation into portrait). There are also markers to help you work out the adjustments you’ve made and easily set things up according to your preferences. A small retractable headphone hook is also included on the left side of the monitor.
The panel used is the same (or at least very similar) to that used on the XL2730Z; a 27” AUO TN (Twisted Nematic) panel with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. Unlike its predecessor, this model does not support AMD FreeSync. We will confirm this with BenQ shortly. Typical maximum brightness is 350 cd/m² whilst this monitor has the usual 170° horizontal and 160° viewing angles associated with the panel type. The backlight is flicker-free WLED (DC dimming rather than PWM). A medium matte anti-glare screen surface is employed and 8-bit colour is supported without dithering. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified (take with salt) and we expect AMA (Advanced Motion Acceleration) or a ‘new’ ZOWIE alternative setting of this nature to feature.
One of the new technologies touted for this model is ‘DyAc’ (Dynamic Accuracy), which would appear to be some sort of strobe backlight technology. This is likely a refined version of ‘Blur Reduction’ as seen on various XL series models previously. Some familiar features make a return, including ‘Color Vibrance’ which allows users to artificially decrease or increase saturation levels. ‘Low Blue Light’ settings are again found whilst ‘Black eQualizer’ also makes its less welcome return. This enhances visibility in dark scenes at the expense of accuracy by selectively modifying the gamma curve of the monitor. We’re quite sure this feature can be disabled entirely if desired, as per the XL2730Z. The rear of the monitor appears much like its predecessor, with the ZOWIE logo included near the top of the screen’s rear. The inputs and outputs are identical except that the (largely redundant) VGA port has been dropped. There is Dual-Link DVI, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, DP 1.2a (with Adaptive-Sync, presumably) and a 3.5mm microphone jack. A further 3.5mm microphone jack, 3.5mm headphone jack and 2 USB 3.0 ports are included at the left side of the monitor. The included stand can be removed using a quick release button to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting.
Further information can be found on the ZOWIE microsite.This model is now available – we will look to review it if the demand is there.