Two other expert review sites both concluded that this PC screen was good. This PC display received an "Ulitmate" award from Hardware.info and it received an "Approved" award from HEXUS.net.
Good Expert Reviews
Based on five expert reviews from sites including pcgameshardware.de, Les Numeriques.com, prad.de and sofahelden.com the average expert rating of this Benq LCD screen is 88 out of 100. If all the PC screens that were released more than a year ago are ranked by average expert review score then this LCD screen is in the top 18%.
Benq Has Excellent Reviews for Its PC Displays
On average Benq medium monitors have excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all PC screens built by Benq.
One person concluded that the product was good value for money. Expert website Hardwarecanucks.com wrote in their review of the Benq XR3501 “It is obviously meant to target a segment of the gaming market which doesnt feel the need for potentially costly adaptive sync technologies yet want ultra high refresh rates”.
Has One Cable Included
The Benq XR3501 has a greater number of cables included than most PC displays that have been around for a similar time to it. The most commonly found cable included is AC, but this cable included is not found on this PC screen. The cables included AC|Audio (3.5mm)|HDMI are also found on this flatpanel monitor.
Fairly Wide Vertical Viewing Angle
The average vertical viewing angle of flatpanel monitors of a similar age and type to the XR3501 is 170°. The Benq XR3501 has one of the wider vertical viewing angles (178 degrees) amongst flatpanel monitors of this age.
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Fairly Wide Horizontal Viewing Angle
The horizontal viewing angles of PC monitors that came out more than a year ago range from 18° to 180°, and the average horizontal viewing angle is 170°. The Benq XR3501 has one of the wider horizontal viewing angles (178 degrees) amongst medium monitors of this age.
Two HDMI Ports
The Benq XR3501 is a two HDMI port PC monitor.
2560 X 1080 Graphics Resolution
The highest resolution of the Benq XR3501 is 2560 x 1080. That's 33% more resolution than the most common graphics resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). Across all medium monitors that have been available for around the same time as the XR3501 the best resolution is 3840 x 2160 and the worst is 720 x 400.
Quite Fast Response Time
The response times of PC monitors of this age and spec range from 1ms to 40ms. With a response time of only 4 milliseconds, the Benq XR3501 has one of the faster response times amongst medium monitors of this age.
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Not Good in Terms of Size
One Benq XR3501 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the Benq XR3501 was not heavy and bulky. Expert website Goldfries.com mentioned in their review “The monitor is really heavy and I”.
Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker
The Benq XR3501 does not have a built-in speaker, unlike most of the other PC monitors that are a comparable age to the XR3501.
Other LCD screens which also have a built-in speaker that you might want to look at include the Asus MG278Q[plb_3037824_price]; or the Philips BDM3270QP[plb_2997136_price].
Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
The Benq XR3501 does not have a built-in camera. Most of the other medium monitors that are a comparable age to the XR3501 also do not have a built-in camera.
Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader
The Benq XR3501 does not have an integrated card reader, although it is worth noting that most of the other PC monitors of this spec and age also do not have an integrated card reader.
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Not 3D Compatible
The Benq XR3501 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other flatpanel monitors of this age and spec are also not 3D compatible.
Not Cheap for an LCD Screen of This Age and Type
We think this LCD screen looks expensive for an LCD screen of this age and type. We checked 450 PC displays of this type and age and they range in price from £51 to £5,066.
High Running Costs
The XR3501 is one of the more expensive to run PC displays of a similar spec and age that we have assessed for 5 year running costs. Based on average energy prices and usage levels, we estimate the 5 year running cost of the XR3501 is £113.
The average weight of flatpanel monitors that have been around for a similar time to the XR3501 is 4.9kg, and the weights range from 2.3g to 79kg. At 11.1 kilograms, the Benq XR3501 is very heavy compared to most of the other medium monitors that are a similar age to the XR3501.
The width of the Benq XR3501 of 853 millimeters is one of the widest amongst PC displays of a similar age and spec to the XR3501. The average width of PC displays of this type and age is 590mm.
If you don't mind having a wider width then you might want to consider the Acer XB280HK[plb_2431334_price] (658.7mm and cheaper).
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Released Over a Year Ago
It was over a year ago when this PC display was released.
LED Display Type
This flatpanel monitor has an LED display type, which is the most frequently found display type on medium monitors that have been around for around the same time as it.
Other PC monitors that have an LED Display currently available that you might want to look at include the Philips BDM3270QP[plb_2997136_price] which has a better Rating; or the Acer XB280HK[plb_2431334_price] which is cheaper.
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