Benq XL2720

At launch this was fan­tas­tic, but has since been out­classed by cheaper, younger com­pe­ti­tion.

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The Benq XL2720 is a bit long in the tooth now, hav­ing come onto the market back in 2014 pack­ing an, at the time, whop­ping 144Hz re­fresh rate at 1080p on a 27-inch TN panel. When the XL2720 hit the market, not only were its specs im­pres­sive, but it de­buted rel­a­tively unique fea­tures like Blur Re­duc­tion, in­put lag com­pen­sa­tion and more.

One very unique fea­ture is the S Switch. In­stead of fid­dling around the rear of the mon­i­tor with but­tons or a d-pad to ad­just set­tings, Benq’s S Switch is like a mini key­board that at­taches mag­net­i­cally to the base, where you can use a scroll wheel and pre­set but­tons to make rapid ad­just­ments via the OSD.

Be­ing a TN panel, con­trast will never be as good as VA panel, but the XL2720 puts up a good fight, demon­strat­ing strong black lev­els. Un­for­tu­nately, be­ing a TN panel, colour gamut is av­er­age, reach­ing 95% sRGB cov­er­age af­ter cal­i­bra­tion. The other weak­ness of a TN panel are view­ing an­gles. On a 27-inch dis­play, this be­comes ap­par­ently with even slight of­f­cen­tre view­ing.

In 2018, you can get the same 27-inch dis­play as the XL2720, but with 1440p res­o­lu­tion and an IPS panel with higher colour gamut, whilst re­tain­ing the pre­cious 144Hz re­fresh rate. This fact makes it dif­fi­cult to rec­om­mend. There are nice gamer-cen­tric tweaks like the S Switch, but con­sid­er­ing the rel­a­tively high price ($529) and poor colour gamut, there’s newer op­tions on the market now you should buy in­stead.


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