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Benq XL2730 PC Monitor

£399.97
27" 12000000:1 LED 633.7mm Feb 2015
Display Diagonal Contrast Ratio (dynamic) Display Width Release Date £166.65 Electricity cost over 5 years
Nine industry awards
Nice design
Good technical features
120 Reviews + 9 Awards
pcgameware.co.uk Silver PC Mag Editor's Choice tomshardware.com Editor Recommended tomshardware.co.uk Editor Recommended
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Reviews

Nine Industry Awards

PC display experts love this LCD screen and have given it nine awards.

The authors at four expert review sites all wrote that this flatpanel monitor was fantastic and gave it their highest award. Tomshardware.co.uk, Tomshardware.com and Tomshw.it all gave this LCD screen an "Editor Recommended" award and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from PC Mag.

The writers at review sites Hardwareheaven.com and Xtremehardware.com both wrote that this Benq PC monitor functioned well and gave it their "Performance Award".

Furthermore, this PC screen received a Pcgameware.co.uk "Silver" award and the author at website Tek.no gave it a "Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement.

This PC screen received an "Outstanding" award from Chip.com.my.

Good Expert Reviews

Based on eleven expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, PC Mag, pcauthority.com.au and straitstimes.com the average expert rating of this PC screen is 81%.

User Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 106 user reviews this LCD screen has an outstanding average user rating. 77 reviewers (80% of all reviewers) gave this PC monitor the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Excellent Brand

Based on 10,044 expert and owner reviews (including 862 verified purchases), Benq has excellent reviews for its PC displays. Benq also has excellent reviews specifically within its medium monitors range compared to other brands. 96% of those that bought a Benq flatpanel monitor would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Seven customers who purchased the product wrote that it had good features. Expert website Trustedreviews.com wrote “It's packed with features and combines the excellent FreeSync” and rated it 80 out of 100. Expert website Straitstimes.com rated the Benq XL2730 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Also it has a number of features that cater to gamers”. Dave T said on expert review site Amazon last year “Fantastic, Good Looking Monitor With Some Handy Features”.


Design

Nice Design

Eight people mentioned in their reviews that the Benq XL2730 was good looking. Expert review site Gadgetynews.com wrote “Google launches stylish OnHub routerBoston Dynamics let their dog bot”. Rol said on expert review site Amazon “Picture is beautiful” in their review of this PC monitor. Niall mentioned in their review of this PC monitor “Its a pretty nice, decent sized monitor” .

Eight people said that this PC monitor was smooth. Expert review site Straitstimes.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said “Not only does it support AMD FreeSync for a smooth gaming experience (with a compatible AMD graphics card).”. Mr. Algirdas Ivanascenko gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned on expert review site Amazon “Benq does very smooth work in gaming which my second ips monitor can't do it”. Mrribbish wrote “The response times for this thing is excellent and feels smooth” in their review of this PC monitor.

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Robust

Eight people wrote in their reviews that it was well made. Two years ago Radu said on expert website Amazon “Can otherwise be noticed when displaying solid colors across the screen” in their review of this PC monitor. Amazon Customer mentioned on expert review site Amazon last year “The build is solid and is of a high quality”. They also said “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” in their review.

Four owners mentioned in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Two years ago Lewis Boden mentioned in his review of this PC monitor on expert website Amazon “It also features a handle that feels VERY sturdy”. Nelson Shingler gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote “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 review of this PC monitor. Daniel Mclean Fisher said in his review of this PC monitor “Its feels very sturdy and I like the headphone hook at the back of the monitor”.

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Good Product Quality

Fourteen owners agreed that it was good quality. Expert review site Chip.com.my wrote “With high quality comes high prices as this device is not priced for those on a budget.(previously published in i”. Miss A. Misauskaite said on expert review site Amazon “Best computer monitor ever! Superb quality and experience” in her review of this PC monitor. Samuel Brackenridge Jones gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The difference is night and day, its a very high quality product which is well built”.

Easy to Use

Ten customers who reviewed it thought it was easy to use the menus. Lewis Boden wrote in his Benq XL2730 review two years ago “Stand literally clicks together without any tools needed and it's default settings aren't awful like most” . Sean mentioned “Plus I now have proper physical buttons on the monitor which makes adjusting settings a lot easier” in his review of this PC monitor. Nelson Shingler wrote in his review of this PC monitor on expert website Amazon “The On screen menu is easy to navigate” and rated this PC monitor 5 stars out of 5.

Seven owners who reviewed this PC monitor agreed that it was easy to use. In April last year Me mentioned “Excellent purchase that has reduced eye strain and made the PC a lot more enjoyable to use”. Nelson Shingler wrote on expert website Amazon “However, I opted to wall mount this monitor for ease of use, as I tend to swivel it often, as well as change the angle”. Ben Enos said in his review of this PC monitor in April last year “This monitor has some great gaming based features to allow for better performance as we mentioned and they really do come in handy” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

Four customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to setup. Lewis Boden wrote on expert review site Amazon “Incredibly easily to set-up”. Last year Amazon Customer mentioned on expert review site Amazon “Very good, easy to setup, image is excellent” in their review of this PC monitor and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. James H. said on expert review site Amazon “This is a great bit of kit, easy to setup”.

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was February 2015 when Benq released the XL2730.


Price

Price Has Gone Up by £131.67 (33%)

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Not Cheap

We checked 513 PC screens of a comparable age and spec and they range in price from £49 to £9,999. We think that this flatpanel monitor looks expensive compared to other PC screens of a comparable age and spec.

Reasonably Priced

Twelve owners who purchased the Benq XL2730 concluded that it was good value for money. Mr. R. J. Collins mentioned on expert review site Amazon “It makes this *perfect* and incredibly good value for money” in their review of this PC monitor. Llmizah said in their review of this PC monitor “Solid build quality Profile switcher is quick and efficient Cons Price?” and scored it 5 stars out of 5. Linh wrote in her review of this PC monitor on expert review site Amazon “Very good value for money”.

Eight owners wrote in their reviews that it was expensive. Expert website Hardwareheaven.com mentioned “The BenQ XL2730z is one of the more expensive FreeSync enabled displays” in their review of this PC monitor. Two years ago expert website Pcpowerplay.com.au said “Is still too expensive and limited in its current incarnation” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Also two years ago expert website Chip.com.my wrote in their review of this PC monitor “The BenQ XL2730Z is an amazing display unit which gives gamers the output needed for their expensive systems.”.

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Energy

Running Costs Are High

The XL2730 has an average 8 year running cost of £167 based on average energy prices and usage levels, which is in the most expensive 10% of all 1,092 PC screens of a comparable age and spec.


Ports & Interfaces

Has a Microphone in

The Benq XL2730 has a microphone in. Most of the other LCD screens of a comparable type and age to this LCD screen also have a microphone in.

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Two HDMI Ports

The Benq XL2730 is a two HDMI port PC monitor. Most of the other PC displays that have been available for more than two years have between one and three HDMI ports.

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Has a Headphone Out

The Benq XL2730 has a headphone out, as do most of the other LCD screens of this age and type.

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Certificates

Has an Energy Star Certified

The Benq XL2730 has an Energy Star certified, as do most of the other PC displays of this spec and age.

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Display

Has an HDCP

The Benq XL2730 has an HDCP, as do most of the other medium monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as this PC screen.

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Quite Narrow Viewing Angle, Vertical

With a viewing angle, vertical of only 160 degrees, the Benq XL2730 has one of the narrower viewing angles, vertical amongst PC screens of this age. The narrowest viewing angle, vertical of flatpanel monitors of this spec and age is 10°, the widest is 180°, and the average viewing angle, vertical is 170°.

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Quite Narrow Viewing Angle, Horizontal

The viewing angles, horizontal of medium monitors that came out around the same time as this PC display range from 18° to 1,800°, and the average viewing angle, horizontal is 170°. The Benq XL2730 has one of the narrower viewing angles, horizontal (only 170 degrees) amongst medium monitors of this age.

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Quite Fast Response Time

Flatpanel monitors that have been around for more than two years have response times of between 1ms and 40ms. The Benq XL2730 has one of the fastest response times (only 1 millisecond) amongst medium monitors of this age.

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Good Picture Quality

Three owners who reviewed it wrote that it had good picture quality. Expert website Chip.com.my wrote “TThere are countless times when a gamer gets a powerful graphics card with the ability to play the most demanding games of today –” in their Benq XL2730 review. Darren Sharpe mentioned in his review of this PC monitor “Picture quality is very good once set to preference” and scored it 5 stars out of 5.

Three customers who reviewed the product considered that it had good colour saturation. Amazon Customer wrote in their review of this PC monitor “Amazing Monitor, good out the box setup and amazing colours once you tweak them to your liking, sturdy”. Two years ago Iggy scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “Fantastic screens, no glare from lights in room or sunlight which is good Colours are perfect, screen is easy on eyes”.

Two people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good refresh rate. Me said “High Resolution, fast refresh rate and a decent size”. Two years ago Radu mentioned in their review of this PC monitor “Freesync works fine, so does the refresh rate of 144 Hz”.

Two owners who reviewed the product agreed that it had clear images. Dean Keegan mentioned in his review of this PC monitor on expert website Amazon last year “Ups my game clarity is amazing” and gave this PC monitor a score of 5 stars out of 5. Daniel Mclean Fisher scored it 4 stars out of 5 and he said on expert website Amazon two years ago “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”.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers benq monitor271692560x1440tn1mshdmidisplaypor, benq 2560x14401msdvi2xhdmidp, benq 9hlevlbqbe, acme xl2730z, benq xl2730z
Barcodes 00840046032647, 04718755056680, 04718755065453, 05054629843734

Benq XL2730 Review Sources

To prepare this Benq XL2730 review we compared this PC monitor to 3,052 other models. For each PC monitor that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 691,708 product attributes, 78,213 PC monitor reviews and 8,104,600 historical PC monitor prices from 203 PC monitor retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this PC monitor compared to the other models as well as any areas where this PC monitor is lacking.

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