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Easy to Use
A few Benq XL2730 owners considered that it was easy to use. Last year Amazon Customer rated it 99 out of 100 and said on Amazon “The menus are intuitive and easy to navigate”. In August Ben Enos said “They really do come in handy”. Ben Enos also said “While I do primarily game on the PC these days, I still like to keep a Xbox 360 controller handy for racing games”.
A number of customers who purchased it wrote that it was easy to use the menus. Amazon Customer rated it 5 stars and said in August last year “You can also save these settings as presets, which can be easily selected on a game-to-game (or even map-to-map) basis” in their Benq XL2730 review. Amazon Customer also said “The default settings weren't nice at all I felt”. Dave T said on Amazon in the same month “The settings are easy enough to navigate through, one of my favorite features about this monitor is HDMI auto switching” in his review of the Benq XL2730.
Four Benq XL2730 reviewers considered that it was easy to setup. Amazon Customer mentioned “Very good, easy to setup, image is excellent” in their review of this PC monitors. James H. mentioned on Amazon “This is a great bit of kit, easy to setup” in his review of this PC monitors. Lewis Boden said “Incredibly easily to set-up”.
Three Benq XL2730 reviewers who reviewed this PC monitors considered that it had a good experience. Miss A. Misauskaite rated it 99 out of 100 and she said this month “Best computer monitor ever! Superb quality and experience”. Expert review site Hardwareheaven.com mentioned in August last year “Last month AMD launched a new technology, FreeSync, which is designed to enhance the visual experience for gamers by solving long standing issues”. Last year expert website Straitstimes.com said “Not only does it support AMD FreeSync for a smooth gaming experience (with a compatible AMD graphics card).” and rated it 80 out of 100.
One Benq XL2730 owner wrote in their reviews that this PC monitors was easy to assemble. In August last year expert review site Gadgetshow.channel5.com rated this PC monitors 4 stars and mentioned “An easy to assemble stand and a remote control to help you fiddle thr”.
A few customers concluded that it was smooth. Legionsd rated it 99 out of 100 and said “And it's really easy to install it! 2 k resolution is really smooth and caress eyes” in their Benq XL2730 review. Lewis Boden said on Amazon “If you can drive this display then you're going to have a great time with how smooth games are shown on it” in his review of this PC monitors. A few weeks ago Llmizah said on Amazon “Smooth and timeless response times”.
Some customers said in their reviews that this PC monitors was good looking. Amazon Customer said in their review on Amazon “The 1440p resolution is beautiful and the 144hz compliments it very well” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. This year Dave T said on Amazon “Fantastic, Good Looking Monitor With Some Handy Features”. Dave T also said “The stand is pretty nice and features cable management towards the back”.
One Benq XL2730 reviewer said in their reviews that it was neat. Nelson Shingler said on Amazon “Seemed sturdy enough, with the benfit of the cable tidy at the back, which pulls all cables behind the center of the monitor for easy cabling” in his Benq XL2730 review and rated it 5 stars.
Good Product Quality
A number of Benq XL2730 reviewers who purchased the Benq XL2730 wrote that it was good quality. Amazon Customer wrote in their review on Amazon “The only downside is the quality of the speakers - they have a thin, tinny sound, severely lacking in bass” and rated the Benq XL2730 99 out of 100. Amazon Customer also mentioned “Is of a high quality”. In August last year Chris gave it a rating of 4 stars and he said in his Benq XL2730 review on Amazon “Because of the top notch quality stand and monitor bracket you can use it 99% safe in the knowledge the screen won't fall off”.
A few Benq XL2730 owners who bought the Benq XL2730 agreed that it was well made. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “I use this monitor with an Xbox One for games such as Call Of Duty, Destiny, Metal Gear Solid and FIFA, I'm 100% satisfied with its performance”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “The build is solid and is of a high quality”. Llmizah mentioned in their review of this PC monitors on Amazon a few weeks ago “Solid build quality Profile switcher is quick”.
Some customers mentioned in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Daniel Mclean Fisher mentioned in his review of this PC monitors “Its feels very sturdy and I like the headphone hook at the back of the monitor”. Lewis Boden said on Amazon “It also features a handle that feels VERY sturdy”. Nelson Shingler said on Amazon “It connected easily and seemed sturdy enough, with the benfit of the cable tidy at the back, which pulls all cables behind the center of the monitor for easy cabling” in his Benq XL2730 review.
One person who reviewed this PC monitors considered that it was easy to damage or scratch. Lewis Boden wrote on Amazon “With a smaller bezel the screen would definitely be more easy to damage”.
Good Picture Quality
A few customers who reviewed this PC monitors considered that it had good picture quality. Darren Sharpe said “Picture quality is very good once set to preference” in his review. Avforums.com said “Great image quality” in their Benq XL2730 review. Avforums.com also said “Good image quality for a TN panel”.
Several customers who bought the Benq XL2730 thought it had a good refresh rate. Me wrote in their review of the Benq XL2730 “High Resolution, fast refresh rate and a decent size”. Radu wrote “Freesync works fine, so does the refresh rate of 144 Hz” in their Benq XL2730 review. Xsreviews.co.uk wrote on XSreviews.co.uk “You could get one with a crisp 2560 x 1440 resolution, or you could get one with a smooth 144 Hz refresh rate” in their review of the Benq XL2730.
Three people who bought it thought it had good colour saturation. Adam Kirby scored it 5 stars and he mentioned this year “Buy that £800+ monitor for a monitor that does the exact same thing just with a bit better colours and a response time that might almost match it”. This month Amazon Customer wrote in their Benq XL2730 review on Amazon “Amazing Monitor, good out the box setup and amazing colours once you tweak them to your liking, sturdy” and gave it a rating of 99 out of 100. Iggy mentioned “Fantastic screens, no glare from lights in room or sunlight which is good Colours are perfect, screen is easy on eyes”.
Two Benq XL2730 reviewers who purchased the Benq XL2730 thought it had clear images. Daniel Mclean Fisher wrote “In terms of picture clarity, this is better than my Samsung 48H6400 LED so this should give you an idea on how good the display is”. In August this year Dean Keegan said on Amazon “Ups my game clarity is amazing” in his review of the Benq XL2730 and scored it 99 out of 100.
One person mentioned in their reviews that it had a sharp image. Radu wrote “The increase in sharpness in noticeable” and rated it 80 out of 100. One customer said in their reviews that the product had a flickering image. Nelson Shingler wrote in his review “Promises of 1ms response times, Flicker free pictures” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.
Good Technical Features
A number of Benq XL2730 owners agreed that it had good features. Ben Enos wrote in August this year “This monitor has some great gaming based features to allow for better performance as we mentioned” and gave the Benq XL2730 a score of 4 stars. Dave T mentioned “Fantastic, Good Looking Monitor With Some Handy Features” in his review of this PC monitors. Dave T also wrote “It features a handy headphone arm on the rear of the monitor”.
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A few Benq XL2730 owners said in their reviews that the Benq XL2730 was good in terms of HDMI connections. Chateau1984 wrote on Amazon “Full HDMI RGB PC Range” and rated this PC monitors 80 out of 100. Dave T scored it 99 out of 100 and he wrote on Amazon a few weeks ago “This monitor has 2 HDMI inputs, 1 DVI”. Dave T also mentioned “The settings are easy enough to navigate through, one of my favorite features about this monitor is HDMI auto switching”.
A few Benq XL2730 owners agreed that the product was good in terms of USB connections. Lewis Boden mentioned in his review on Amazon “Also features a usb hub with headphone”. Avforums.com wrote in their review of the Benq XL2730 “Builtin USB 3.0 hub and audio inout”.
Several Benq XL2730 reviewers who reviewed the product mentioned that it was good in terms of connectivity. Chris wrote “Positives The stand is amazing High level of adjustment in height and tilt Great connectivity options, most monitors at this end only have DP” and rated it 4 stars. Last year Avforums.com mentioned “Excellent connectivity” in their review of the Benq XL2730.
Several people who reviewed it said that it was good value for money. Amazon Customer rated this PC monitors 5 stars and said on Amazon in August “Got it for 30 or 33% off and was definately worth the money, great upgrade for decent pricetag”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “Great gaming monitor for an amazing price”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “Amazing value, particularly compared to a TV”.
Some customers reckoned that it was a bargain for the price. Andrew Mcdonald - Techteamgb said on Amazon “Besides the cheap plastic headphone hanger on the back, there really isn't much difference between this” in his Benq XL2730 review but despite that gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. Last year Thomas Douglas scored it 99 out of 100 and he said in his review of the Benq XL2730 on Amazon “While it is far from cheap it really does justify the price tag”. In August last year Avforums.com mentioned in their review “Pull out headphone stand is cheaply made”.
Two customers considered that this PC monitors was cheap. Darren Sharpe said in August last year “For the price can't go wrong as console is 60fps so no need to buy an expensive one as this does the job”. Llmizah mentioned on Amazon “Fortune favours the bold”.
Eleven Industry Awards
Flatpanel monitor experts love this PC display, and have given it several awards.
The editors of five expert review sites all thought that this medium monitor was excellent and gave it their highest award. This PC display received an "Editor Recommended" award from Tomshardware.com, Tomshardware.co.uk and Tomshw.it and PC Mag and XSreviews.co.uk both gave it an "Editor's Choice" award.
Based on 8,803 expert and user reviews, Benq has excellent reviews for its PC screens. Benq also has excellent reviews specifically for its medium monitors compared to other manufacturers.
Across all LCD screens, the XL2730 is one the top selling products currently available.
Several Benq XL2730 reviewers thought the product was a good height. Chris wrote “Positives The stand is amazing High level of adjustment in height and tilt Great connectivity options, most monitors at this end only have DP”. Radu wrote in their review of this PC monitors on Amazon “The monitor itself is easily adjustable in height, tilt and rotation to switch from a 16” and gave the product a score of 4 stars. Last year Thomas Douglas wrote on Amazon “It has height adjust so you can get the set-up just how you want it”.
One person who purchased the product wrote that it was good physically. Sean wrote on Amazon “Plus I now have proper physical buttons on the monitor which makes adjusting settings a lot easier” in his review and gave it a rating of 5 stars.
Acceptable Noise Level
One Benq XL2730 owner who reviewed it considered that it was quiet. Oliver Lewis mentioned in August last year “The sound from the speakers is quiet at max and also not great quality” and scored it 5 stars.
One Benq XL2730 reviewer who bought it concluded that it had good technical guidance. This year Ben Enos wrote on Amazon “It is these small details that really do help declare this a good monitor for console gamers” in his review of the Benq XL2730.
Good Sound Quality
One customer who reviewed the Benq XL2730 reckoned that it had good sound quality. In August last year Amazon Customer mentioned in their Benq XL2730 review on Amazon “The only downside is the quality of the speakers - they have a thin, tinny sound, severely lacking in bass” and gave this PC monitors a rating of 5 stars.
Excellent User Reviews
On average, XL2730 owners rated this LCD screen as terrific.
Has One Cable Included
The Benq XL2730 has a greater number of cables included than most medium monitors that have been around for more than a year. The most commonly found cable included is AC, but this cable included is not found on this PC screen. The cables included AC|DisplayPort|DVI|USB are also found on this PC display.
Two HDMI Ports
The Benq XL2730 is a two HDMI port PC screen. Most of the other medium monitors that have been around for a comparable time to the XL2730 have between one and three HDMI ports.
Quite Bright Display Brightness
The dimmest display brightness of PC displays of this spec and age is 25 cd/m² and the brightest is 1,700 cd/m². At 350 candellas per square meter, the Benq XL2730 has a fairly bright display brightness compared to most of the other PC monitors of this spec and age.
2560 X 1440 Graphics Resolution
The Benq XL2730 has a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1440. That's 78% more resolution than a 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) PC monitor, which is the most frequently found resolution. Across all comparable spec PC monitors that have been available for a similar time to the XL2730 the worst resolution is 720 x 400 and the best is 3840 x 2160.
Fairly Big Viewable Width
The Benq XL2730 has a fairly big viewable width (596.74 millimeters) compared to most of the other PC displays of this age and spec. PC displays of this age and type have viewable widths of between 280mm and 880mm, and the average viewable width is 530mm.
Quite High Maximum Height Adjustment
The Benq XL2730 has a quite high maximum height adjustment (140 millimeters) compared to most of the other medium monitors that came out more than a year ago. Comparable spec LCD screens that have been on the market for around the same time as the XL2730 have maximum height adjustments of between 17mm and 510mm, and the average maximum height adjustment is 130mm.
Very Fast Response Time
Across all the medium monitors that have been around for a comparable time to the XL2730 the response times range from 1ms to 40ms. With a response time of only 1 millisecond, the Benq XL2730 has one of the faster response times amongst comparable spec flatpanel monitors of this age.
15 Reasons Against
Price Has Recently Increased by £79.00
In the last 57 days the XL2730 has increased in price by £79.00.
Only Three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports
The Benq XL2730 is a three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port PC monitor. Most of the other LCD screens of this age and spec have between one and five USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.
Only Two USB Type-A Downstream Ports
The Benq XL2730 is a two USB Type-A downstream port PC screen.
Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker
The Benq XL2730 does not have a built-in speaker, unlike most of the other LCD screens of a similar age and spec to the XL2730.
It is worth also looking at alternative PC screens which also have a built-in speaker including the Philips BDM4065UC (£1,599.98).
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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
Most medium monitors that have been available for more than a year do not have a built-in camera. The Benq XL2730 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in camera.
Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader
Like most of the other comparable spec PC monitors that are a similar age to the XL2730, the Benq XL2730 does not have an integrated card reader.
Not 3D Compatible
Most flatpanel monitors of a similar spec and age to the XL2730 are not 3D compatible. The Benq XL2730 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.
Expensive Compared to Other Flatpanel Monitors of a Similar Type and Age
The price range of flatpanel monitors of a similar type and age is from £51 to £5,066. We thought that this LCD screen looks expensive for a PC screen of a similar age and type.
Running Costs Are High
The XL2730 is one of the more expensive to run flatpanel monitors of this type and age that we have analysed for 5 year running costs. Based on typical energy prices, we estimate the 5 year running cost of the XL2730 is £105.
Only HD HD Type
This flatpanel monitor has a Full HD HD type, which is typical of many PC displays that have been around for more than a year.
Only 1000:1 Typical Contrast Ratio
This LCD screen has a 1000:1 typical contrast ratio, which is typical of many PC displays that have been available for more than a year.
Quite Narrow Vertical Viewing Angle
The vertical viewing angles of medium monitors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XL2730 range from 10° to 180°. The Benq XL2730 has a fairly narrow vertical viewing angle (only 160 degrees) compared to most of the other similar spec LCD screens that were released one year ago.
Quite Narrow Horizontal Viewing Angle
The Benq XL2730 has one of the narrower horizontal viewing angles (only 170 degrees) amongst similar spec PC displays of this age. The average horizontal viewing angle of medium monitors that were launched around the same time as the XL2730 is 170°.
The Benq XL2730 is quite heavy (7.5 kilograms) compared to most of the other PC monitors that came out around the same time as the XL2730. The weights of PC monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the XL2730 range from 2.3g to 79kg, and the average weight is 4.9kg.
Fairly High Power Consumption When Off
The average power consumption when off of medium monitors that were released around the same time as the XL2730 is 0.36W, and the power consumptions when off range from 0.0005W to 1.2W. The Benq XL2730 has a fairly high power consumption when off (0.5 Watts) compared to most of the other similar spec PC displays that have been available for around the same time as the XL2730.
4 Other reasons to consider the Benq XL2730
Released Over a Year Ago
This medium monitor has been on the market for over a year.
LED Display Type
This PC screen has an LED display type, which is typical of many medium monitors that have been on the market for more than a year.
There are a number of other LCD screens that have an LED Display currently available that you might also want to consider including a cheaper LCD screen such as the Benq XR3501 (£580.01) or you might consider a higher scoring LCD screen such as the Philips BDM3270QP (£383.14).
12000000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
The Benq XL2730 has a maximum contrast ratio of 12000000:1. That's over two times the contrast ratio of the most common dynamic contrast ratio of 5000000:1.
If you would prefer a PC display with a higher contrast ratio then you might want to look at the Philips BDM3270QP (£383.14) (50000000:1 and higher rated) or the Philips BDM4065UC (£1,599.98) (50000000:1 and cheaper).
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With a width of 633.7 millimeters, the Benq XL2730 has a relatively standard width compared to most of the other medium monitors that have been on the market for more than a year.
Flatpanel monitors with a wider width that might also be worth looking at include the DELL U3415W (£503.91) (824.7mm).
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