The writers at Goldfries.com and Computerdiy.com.tw both thought that concluded that they would endorse this PC monitor and gave it their "Recommended" award.
The editors of two more expert review sites both thought that this Benq flatpanel monitor was good. HEXUS.net gave this flatpanel monitor an "Approved" award and Hardware.info gave it an "Ulitmate" award.
Expert Reviews Are Good
On average, based on five expert reviews from sites including pcgameshardware.de, Les Numeriques.com, prad.de and sofahelden.com this Benq PC display has an overall expert rating of 88 out of 100. If all the PC displays of a comparable spec and age are ranked by average expert review score then this medium monitor is in the top 19%.
Benq Has Excellent LCD Screen Reviews
Benq is one of the best PC display manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and users, and Benq also has excellent ratings for its medium monitors.
One Benq XR3501 owner who reviewed it wrote that it was good value for money. Hardwarecanucks.com said “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” in their review.
2560 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution
The most display resolution of the Benq XR3501 is 2560 x 1080 pixels. That's 33% more display resolution than a 1920 x 1080 pixels LCD screen, which is the most common display resolution. Across all LCD screens of this age and spec the display resolution ranges from 1366 x 768 pixels (worst) to 4096 x 2160 pixels (best).
Quite Wide Viewing Angle, Vertical
At 178 degrees, the Benq XR3501 has a fairly wide viewing angle, vertical compared to most of the other medium monitors that were launched more than a year ago. The viewing angle, verticals of flatpanel monitors of a comparable spec and age to the XR3501 range from 10° to 180°.
Very Wide Viewing Angle, Horizontal
Across all the similar spec PC screens that have been around for around the same time as the XR3501 the viewing angle, horizontals range from 18° to 180°, and the average viewing angle, horizontal is 170°. At 178 degrees, the Benq XR3501 has a very wide viewing angle, horizontal compared to most of the other medium monitors that were released one year ago.
Two HDMI Ports Quantitys
Most flatpanel monitors of a comparable spec and age to the XR3501 have between one and two HDMI ports quantitys, including the Benq XR3501 which has two HDMI ports quantitys.
2560 X 1080 Supported Graphics Resolutions
The Benq XR3501 has a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1080. That's 33% more resolution than the most common supported graphics resolutions of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). Across all similar spec PC monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the XR3501 the best resolution is 4096 x 2160 and the worst is 720 x 400.
Has Three Cables Includeds
The number of cables included found on the Benq XR3501 is more than most comparable spec LCD screens that were released around the same time as it. This PC display has an AC cables included, which is the most commonly found cables included found on flatpanel monitors of a similar spec and age to the XR3501. The cables includeds "Audio (3.5mm)" and "HDMI" are also found on this Benq flatpanel monitor.
8 Reasons Against
Not Good in Terms of Size
One customer said in their reviews that the product was not heavy and bulky. Two years ago Goldfries.com said “The monitor is really heavy and I”.
Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker(s)
Most PC screens that are a comparable age to the XR3501 do not have a built-in speaker(s). The Benq XR3501 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in speaker(s).
We compared this PC display to all the other PC monitors with a built-in speaker(s) and we think the Eizo FlexScan EV2750 (£650.53) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.
Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
Most medium monitors that have been on the market for more than a year do not have a built-in camera. The Benq XR3501 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in camera.
Does Not Have a Card Reader Integrated
Like most of the other medium monitors that have been around for a comparable time to the XR3501, the Benq XR3501 does not have a card reader integrated.
The Benq XR3501 is not 3D, although keep in mind that most of the other medium monitors that are a comparable age to the XR3501 are also not 3D.
We think this Benq LCD screen looks expensive compared to other PC monitors of a comparable age and spec. The price range of PC monitors of a comparable age and spec is from £55 to £4,022.
Running Costs Are High
The average running cost of the XR3501 is £180 over 8 years based on average energy prices and usage levels, which is in the most expensive 7% of all 555 LCD screens of a similar age and type.
Across all the PC screens of this age and spec the weights range from 2.6g to 79kg. At 11.1 kilograms, the Benq XR3501 is very heavy compared to most of the other medium monitors that have been available for a similar time to the XR3501.
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Running this PC monitor over 5 years will generate 0.89 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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