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Benq Zowie XL2730Z PC Monitor

£585.00
27" 12000000:1 LED 568mm Jun 2016
Display Diagonal Contrast Ratio (dynamic) Display Width Release Date £169.21 Electricity cost over 5 years
Fifteen industry awards
Acceptable noise level
Good environmental credentials
706 Reviews + 15 Awards
kitguru.net Worth Buying PC Mag Editor's Choice XSreviews.co.uk Editor's Choice avforums.com Recommended
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Reviews

Fifteen Industry Awards

Experts rave about this PC screen and have given it fifteen awards.

The experts at review websites PC Mag, Tomsguide.com, Tomshardware.co.uk, Tomshardware.com, XSreviews.co.uk and Tomshw.it all concluded that this LCD screen was fantastic and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

This PC screen received a "Recommended" award from both websites Avforums.com and Tek.no, both of which said that this medium monitor was good.

This LCD screen received a "Performance Award" from both websites Hardwareheaven.com and Xtremehardware.com, both of which decided that this Benq LCD screen functioned well.

The authors at two additional expert review sites both said that this PC screen was very good. Pcgameware.co.uk gave this PC display a "Silver" award and it received a "Silver Award" from Pctuning.tyden.cz.

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Good Expert Reviews

Based on twenty-one expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, PC Mag, straitstimes.com and Chip.de this PC display has an average expert rating of 83 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

People who bought this flatpanel monitor rated this PC monitor as fantastic on average. 496 reviewers (74% of all reviewers) gave this PC monitor the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 96% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others. Owners think this PC monitor is one of the better latest medium monitors.

Benq Has Excellent Reviews for Its LCD Screens

Based on 10,156 owner and expert reviews (including 868 verified purchases), Benq has excellent ratings for its PC displays. Benq also has excellent ratings specifically within its medium monitors range compared to other manufacturers. 96% of those that bought a Benq flatpanel monitor would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two customers wrote in their reviews that the product was quiet. Two years ago Rspez2 mentioned “Refrigerator makes a ton of noise, counter-top style not enough room, dish washer extremely quiet, nice but, hard to pull drawers out”. Oliver Lewis scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he mentioned “The sound from the speakers is quiet at max and also not great quality”.


Power

Good Environmental Credentials

Two customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was good in terms of power usage. Schuboy mentioned “Perfect Gas Range - just switched from an Electric Range and this one is far more superior for everything - including energy savings”. Three years ago Conway said in their review of this PC monitor “Easy operations and low cost and energy saver”.

Can Play Music Without Battery

One person who purchased the product considered that it had a good battery life. Three years ago Tomsguide.com mentioned “Can play music without battery” in their review of this PC monitor.


Weight & Dimensions

Heavy and Bulky

Three people who bought it concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Bestbuy.com wrote “Heavy duty grates” in their review of this PC monitor.

Jcriverhead wrote in their review of this PC monitor on Bestbuy.com “The grates are fairly heavy, so having 3 makes it easier to remove & clean”. Flame wrote “The grates are heavy duty” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

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Other

Released Eleven Months Ago

Benq released the Zowie XL2730Z in April 2017.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

Two customers concluded that it was good in terms of connectivity. Chris scored it 80 out of 100 and he wrote on Amazon.co.uk “Positives The stand is amazing High level of adjustment in height and tilt Great connectivity options, most monitors at this end only have DP”.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

Five people who reviewed it reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Bestbuy.com wrote in their review of this PC monitor three years ago “And the burners that help boil things faster is excellent”. Louis H. wrote “GO is VERY fluid now, just make sure you follow the instructions supplied in order to set things up for 144hz”. Two years ago Samsmom mentioned in their review of this PC monitor “I don't see instructions on how to clean that area in the manual”.


Multimedia

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Zowie XL2730Z does not have a built-in speaker(s), unlike most of the other medium monitors that were released around the same time as this PC monitor which have a built-in speaker(s).

We compared all the other PC displays which also have a built-in speaker(s) to this LCD screen and we think the Eizo EV2456 (£525.49), or the Asus MX34 (£683.68) which is also cheaper is also worth considering.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has a Built-In USB Hub

The Benq Zowie XL2730Z has a built-in USB hub, which is unusual. Most of the other medium monitors that have been on the market for a similar time to this flatpanel monitor do not have a built-in USB hub.

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Has a Microphone in

The Zowie XL2730Z has a microphone in, as do most of the other recently released similar spec PC monitors.

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Two HDMI Ports

The Benq Zowie XL2730Z is a two HDMI port LCD screen.

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Has a Headphone Out

The Benq Zowie XL2730Z has a headphone out, as do most of the other PC displays that were released in the last year.

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Energy

Running Costs Are High

The Zowie XL2730Z is one of the less economic to run recently released medium monitors that we have assessed for running costs. Based on average usage levels and energy prices, we estimate the Zowie XL2730Z will cost £170 over 8 years to run.


Certificates

Has an Energy Star Certified

The Zowie XL2730Z has an Energy Star certified, as do most of the other medium monitors that have been around for a comparable time to this flatpanel monitor.

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Packaging Content

Has Four Cables Included

The number of cables included found on the Benq Zowie XL2730Z is more than most latest PC screens. This LCD screen has an AC cables included, which is the most frequently found cables included found on comparable spec LCD screens that have been on the market for a similar time to this LCD screen. The cables included "DVI", "DisplayPort" and "USB" are also found on this PC display.

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Display

Has an HDCP

The Benq Zowie XL2730Z has an HDCP, as do most of the other medium monitors that were launched in the last 12 months.

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Quite Narrow Viewing Angle, Vertical

With a viewing angle, vertical of only 160 degrees, the Zowie XL2730Z has one of the narrower viewing angles, vertical amongst medium monitors of this age. The narrowest viewing angle, vertical of PC monitors that have been available for a similar time to this flatpanel monitor is 50°, the widest is 180°, and the average viewing angle, vertical is 170°.

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Quite Narrow Viewing Angle, Horizontal

With a viewing angle, horizontal of only 170 degrees, the Benq Zowie XL2730Z has a fairly narrow viewing angle, horizontal compared to most of the other PC displays that were launched around the same time as this PC display. Across all the medium monitors that came out around the same time as this flatpanel monitor the viewing angles, horizontal range from 65° to 180°, and the average viewing angle, horizontal is 170°.

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Very Fast Response Time

The Benq Zowie XL2730Z has one of the faster response times (only 1 millisecond) amongst medium monitors of this age. The average response time of latest medium monitors is 5.4ms.

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Price

Price Has Gone Up by £94.12 (16%)

There was a cheaper price of £490.88 at BT Business Direct 54 days ago.Our unique forecasting algorithm looks at historic price trends and predicts the most likely price change over the next 2 weeks. There is a 90% chance that the price will go back down. However the future is never certain and there remains a 10% chance that the price will actually go up further.

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Not Cheap

The price range of latest similar spec flatpanel monitors is from £49 to £1,299. We think that this medium monitor looks expensive compared to other latest similar spec flatpanel monitors.

Unprecedented Value for Money

Ninety people mentioned in their reviews that the Benq Zowie XL2730Z was good value for money. Three years ago Tomsguide.com mentioned “Unprecedented value for money” in their review of this PC monitor. Last year Newegg.com gave the product a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this PC monitor “Slightly lower price than comparable models by other name brands”. Bestbuy.com scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this PC monitor three years ago “Good price for a excellent oven”.

Twelve customers who purchased it thought it was expensive. Chip.com.my said 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.”. Expert review site Pcpowerplay.com.au said “Is still too expensive and limited in its current incarnation”. Expert review site Hardwareheaven.com said in their review of this PC monitor “The BenQ XL2730z is one of the more expensive FreeSync enabled displays”.

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Features

Some Useful Features

Fourty-six customers who bought it agreed that it had good features. Avforums.com wrote “Some useful features” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Tomsguide.com gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote three years ago “Zahlreiche Features wie Glcksspiel” in their review of this PC monitor. Trusted Reviews mentioned in their review of this PC monitor two years ago “Loads of useful extra features”.


Design

S Switch Arc External Control Device

Eighty-two customers who bought the Benq Zowie XL2730Z considered that it was easy to use. Tomsguide.com wrote “S switch Arc external control device”. Bestbuy.com mentioned two years ago “Touch control panel” in their review of this PC monitor. Expert website Kitguru.net gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in April this year “The range of options for gamers is extensive, giving plenty of control over how image qu”.

Twenty-five owners who reviewed it thought it was easy to use the menus. Tomsguide.com mentioned “Lots of settings to improve performance for gaming” in their review of this PC monitor and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Last year Newegg.com wrote “Controler dongle realy helps navigaming throu the screen menu” in their review of this PC monitor and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Bestbuy.com wrote “Control puck makes navigating the settings menu much easier than most setups”.

Eight customers who bought it considered that it was easy to setup. Bestbuy.com wrote “Easy To Set Up”. Bestbuybc wrote in their review of this PC monitor on Bestbuy.com three years ago “The oven is digitally simple to setup and pre-heat”. Lewis Boden wrote “Incredibly easily to set-up” in his review of this PC monitor.

Three customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was easy to assemble. Bestbuy.com wrote “Easy to assemble (snaps into stand, one thumb screw”. Expert review site Gadgetshow.channel5.com wrote two years ago “An easy to assemble stand and a remote control to help you fiddle thr” and scored the product 4 stars out of 5.

Two people who reviewed it said that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Tomsguide.com wrote “Comfortable fit”. Two years ago Jon Staffs said “This is an excellent monitor, I set it up to a comfortable viewing setting then decided to compare my settings to those given in Mr Collins review”.

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Beautiful Display

Seventy-one owners who reviewed this PC monitor agreed that it was good looking. Avforums.com rated the product 80 out of 100 and mentioned two years ago “Beautiful display” in their review of this PC monitor. Three years ago Tomsguide.com said “Beautifully fettled gameplay” and gave the product a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Gadgetynews.com wrote in their review of the Benq Zowie XL2730Z “Google launches stylish OnHub routerBoston Dynamics let their dog bot”.

Seventeen owners reckoned that it was smooth. Bestbuy.com said “There are many factors that come into play, when it comes to smooth game play”. Straitstimes.com said “Not only does it support AMD FreeSync for a smooth gaming experience (with a compatible AMD graphics card).” in their review of this PC monitor. Expert website Xsreviews.co.uk said in their review of this PC monitor two years ago “You could get one with a crisp 2560 x 1440 resolution, or you could get one with a smooth 144 Hz refresh rate” .

Fifteen owners who reviewed it thought it was well designed. Tomsguide.com said “Rejlt uppdaterad grafik, brutalt mycket innehll, ljuvlig design, trffsker humor, suvernt levelsystem, bra musik, genomarbetad spelkontroll” in their review of this PC monitor. Bestbuy.com gave the product a score of a maximum of 5 stars and said “Design and ease of use” in their review of this PC monitor. Bestbuy.com also mentioned “Performance and design” in their review.

Four customers agreed that this PC monitor was neat. Poloj11 wrote on Bestbuy.com “Efficient, great price, & neat”. Nosleep8467 mentioned in their review of this PC monitor “The grill in the middle on top of the stove is neat” . Chef17 mentioned in their review of this PC monitor three years ago “Exterior looks very neat and clean” .

Two owners who reviewed the product considered that it was ugly. B0ught4thefam said on Bestbuy.com “The oil splashes makes the stainless steel look ugly which makes me go ocd”. Sam M. said in his review of this PC monitor “If i had to complain about one thing its the ugly thick bezel on the Benq compared to the Asus”.

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Good Build Quality

Fourty-nine owners who purchased this PC monitor reckoned that it was good quality. Avforums.com said two years ago “Great image quality”. Tomshardware.co.uk mentioned “144Hz refresh rate Blurreduction Build quality FreeSync Gamingoriented features Image accuracy QHD resolution SSwitch OSD controller” in their review of this PC monitor. Two years ago Trusted Reviews said in their review of this PC monitor “Good image quality for a TN panel” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5.

Good Build Quality

Twenty-eight people who reviewed the product agreed that it was well made. Bestbuy.com said “Build quality of this display is amazing”. Newegg.com said “Excellent build quality”. Xsreviews.co.uk gave the Benq Zowie XL2730Z a score of a maximum of 5 stars and said “The XL2730Z distinguishes itself with solid performance and practical extra features”.

Thirteen owners who reviewed it considered that it was strong and durable. Tomsguide.com said “Attractiv, sturdy design”. Bestbuy.com wrote “Stand is absolutely robust and very functional, especially when compared to many other monitors” in their review of this PC monitor. Bestbuy.com also mentioned “The stand is sturdy the tilt” in their review.

Two owners thought it was easy to damage or scratch. Dana H. wrote in his review of this PC monitor on Newegg.com two years ago “Have heard a few bad things about Newegg & the fact that I received a box that had the factory seal broken & contained a faulty unit makes me wonder” yet he only gave this PC monitor a rating of 40 out of 100. Lewis Boden mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “At least if you hit this thing it isn't going to damage th”.

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Good Sound Quality

One person said in their reviews that the product had good sound quality. Amazon Customer said on Amazon.co.uk “The only downside is the quality of the speakers - they have a thin, tinny sound, severely lacking in bass”.

144Hz Refresh Rate Blurreduction Build Quality FreeSync Gamingoriented Features Image Accuracy QHD Resolution SSwitch OSD Controller

Nine owners agreed that it had a good refresh rate. Newegg.com said in their review of this PC monitor last year “Lightning fast refresh rate” and gave the product a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Three years ago Bestbuy.com gave the product a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their Benq Zowie XL2730Z review “Seeing 144Hz refresh rate in person is almost as much of a game-changer as moving to SSD's for the first time.”. Avforums.com mentioned “The XLZ2730Z also features a 144Hz refresh rate, VESA Standard Adaptive-Sync technology”.

Eight owners said that it had good picture quality. Two years ago expert review site Chip.com.my said in their review of this PC monitor “TThere are countless times when a gamer gets a powerful graphics card with the ability to play the most demanding games of today –”. Expert review site Kitguru.net said “The image quality is good out of the box”. J. C. Mckitten wrote on Amazon.co.uk “Very low input lag and picture quality is great 5*”.

Five people who reviewed the product concluded that it had clear images. Newegg.com mentioned “Great Clarity, beautiful colors” and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars. Bestbuy.com said “GO, which rely on visual clarity while spinning in circles at twitch-speeds-”. Bestbuy.com also mentioned “Not usable with Freesync) - Takes 144hz to the absolute next level of clarity” in their review.

Five customers who reviewed it wrote that it had a flickering image. Bestbuy.com wrote “Flicker free (see other thoughts” and gave the product a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Yelena K. said “Get rid of flickering at full res” in her review of this PC monitor and gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars. Timothy S. wrote “The monitor uses flicker free screen dimming.”.

Three customers said in their reviews that the product had image ghosting. Three years ago Bestbuy.com mentioned “Absolutely no ghosting or tearing showed up in my testing at 144fps”. Bestbuy.com also wrote “AMA (Advanced Motion Accelerator) settings reduceeliminate ghosting” in their review. Bestbuy.com also wrote “Have not noticed any ghosting” in their review.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 04718755065453

Benq Zowie XL2730Z Review Sources

To prepare this Benq Zowie XL2730Z review we compared this PC monitor to 3,037 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 687,538 product attributes, 78,627 PC monitor reviews and 7,443,100 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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