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BenQ Unleashes XL2720Z Gaming Display

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BenQ has announced its new 27" gaming monitor with motion blur reduction technology and low-blue light technology.

BenQ has launched a new gaming monitor, and while it does share some newer features from the manufacturer that we've already seen on previous models, it is bigger, and we all know that bigger is better!

The monitor, which will carry the model name XL2720Z, is a 27-inch 'professional gaming monitor.' It has a number of features to make BenQ give it this name, including its GROM (Gaming Refresh Optimization Management), flicker-free technology, as well as low blue light tech and motion blur reduction technology. Along with the monitor BenQ ships its S Switch, which is a sort of control interface that can be clipped onto the side of the screen's base and used to access profiles on-the-fly.

"The new XL2720Z and the industry-leading features that it comes with is a true and proud manifesto of our vision of professional gaming at its best and of our actions taken to realize that vision," said Peter Chen, General Manager of BenQ's Technology Product Center. "Motion Blur Reduction may yet to be [sic] a new concept to the gaming world, but no doubt it is the best-to-date perfection of LCD displays in gaming action. Gamers will find the clear difference we aim to deliver in game play clarity and fluidity once they get their hands on the XL2720Z."

The monitor has a TN panel with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, and has adjustable refresh rates from 100 Hz to 144 Hz. Other specifications include a 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 300 cd/m² brightness, and a 72 percent color gamut. Due to the 144 Hz refresh rate, the screen also has a gray-to-gray response time of just 1 ms.

Connectivity is handled by HDMI, DVI, VGA, and warmly welcomed, DisplayPort 1.2. Other connectivity includes a USB hub and an audio jack.

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    xyriin , November 5, 2013 7:03 AM
    While I love my 2560x1440 IPS panels, IPS panels aren't gaming panels period unless you're a casual gamer. 120Hz+ panels are not for casual gamers, they are competitive level gaming panels. BenQ and Asus choose TN panels for their gaming panels because they offer superior performance in response time and delay.

    Furthermore, 120Hz+ at 2560x1440 requires massive GPU power and competitive gamers require the best FPS possible which at the current time defaults to 1920x1080 and 120Hz+.

    If you're in here posting about wanting an IPS gaming panel with 120Hz+ and 2560x1440 you simply have no grasp on the technology or the applications of said technology for specific needs.

    If you need the color quality of IPS and also need a competitive gaming monitor you need to buy a speedy TN panel and get second IPS panel for everything other than the competitive gaming.
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    bboysil , November 5, 2013 5:38 AM
    "Due to the 144 Hz refresh rate, the screen also has a gray-to-gray response time of just 1 ms." What does the refresh rate have to do with the gray to gray response time?
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    outlw6669 , November 5, 2013 5:48 AM
    Yay, another overpriced 1080p TN monitor.
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    darson , November 5, 2013 6:19 AM
    1920x1080. Really? In this day and age for a gaming monitor?
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    NotYetRated , November 5, 2013 6:22 AM
    I own a different model of gaming monitor. Yes, it too is a TN panel. But I could not care less about extreme color accuracy when it comes to gaming.

    The thing looks good, but most importantly, it performs great. I do not think we will be seeing any gaming monitors with such low response time and input lag on an IPS monitors. They inherently cannot hit such numbers at this time.
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    therealduckofdeath , November 5, 2013 6:25 AM
    A typical IPS display has a response time at 8 ms, that means it can just about refresh fast enough to display a 120Hz signal. If you would input a higher frequency signal the output will just become blurred. That is the connection between refresh rate and response time.
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    Lmah , November 5, 2013 6:54 AM
    Waiting for 2560x1440 LED-IPS 120hz, getting tired of seeing these 1920x1080 TN panels. 1920x1080 is really getting old, I've already owned enough 1080 monitors and will not be buying another. I want higher pixel density.
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    xyriin , November 5, 2013 7:03 AM
    While I love my 2560x1440 IPS panels, IPS panels aren't gaming panels period unless you're a casual gamer. 120Hz+ panels are not for casual gamers, they are competitive level gaming panels. BenQ and Asus choose TN panels for their gaming panels because they offer superior performance in response time and delay.

    Furthermore, 120Hz+ at 2560x1440 requires massive GPU power and competitive gamers require the best FPS possible which at the current time defaults to 1920x1080 and 120Hz+.

    If you're in here posting about wanting an IPS gaming panel with 120Hz+ and 2560x1440 you simply have no grasp on the technology or the applications of said technology for specific needs.

    If you need the color quality of IPS and also need a competitive gaming monitor you need to buy a speedy TN panel and get second IPS panel for everything other than the competitive gaming.
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    omnimodis78 , November 5, 2013 7:22 AM
    @xyriin - You wrote out, nearly verbatim, what I was thinking! I never think that anybody is wrong about wanting the latest and the greatest, but to think that ONLY because it's new and great, it should now become the standard is so amateurish.
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    DarkSable , November 5, 2013 8:49 AM
    Two points.

    1) You aren't going to get an IPS panel that can do what you're begging for except for a very lot of money... and even then it'll be akin to the overclocked korean catleaps that used to be everywhere, that looked awful when put next to an actual 120Hz monitor.

    2) You do realize that not all IPS panels are beautiful and not all TN panels are awful, right? If you haven't seen one of BenQ's high end TN panels, don't diss them. They can often have better color than lower-grade IPS panels, and have AMAZING blacks.
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    glenster , November 5, 2013 8:51 AM
    Qnix QX2710 or Eizo Foris FG2421
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    stoogie , November 5, 2013 9:59 AM
    Crossover 27q 120hz oc'd even more S-IPS 2560x1440 or even catleap equiv, greensum ebay google it.
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    supermag24 , November 5, 2013 10:00 AM
    They have IPS screens with a response time of 5 ms, which isn't too shabby and is probably just fast enough to game competitively. AOC, ASUS, LG, ACER and a couple oher companies all make monitors like this. Even though the downside is they run at 60 Hz. You cant have your cake and eat it too!!
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    stoogie , November 5, 2013 10:01 AM
    they only cheap out on the backlight, and use gloss screen instead DarkSable, the picture is identical to apples 27" displays
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    DarkSable , November 5, 2013 10:06 AM
    Quote:
    they only cheap out on the backlight, and use gloss screen instead DarkSable, the picture is identical to apples 27" displays


    ...wait, what?
    I'm confused. You must not be talking about the BenQs, but rather cheap IPS panels?

    They aren't all identical to apple's displays; Samsung OEM panels are going to vary from HP OEM panels, ect... and each manufacturer does have various qualities of screen produced.
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    Vigilence , November 5, 2013 10:56 AM
    Great, now deliver a 120Hz IPS display and we can all be happy.
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    Jonjolt , November 5, 2013 11:11 AM
    TN is better for gaming currently you are not going to find "gaming" and "IPS" in the same product, Yeah and those cheap IPS displays have manufacturing defects they are not the same.
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    ubercake , November 5, 2013 11:50 AM
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    I stopped reading at "The monitor has a TN panel...". NO THANKS!!! BENQ, are you listening to the consumers??? I didn't think so! WE WANT A 120Hz 2ms 27-inch S-IPS LED 2560 x 1440 gaming monitor and nothing less - PERIOD. GET ON IT NOW!


    I would add providing little to no input lag to the criteria list.

    But yeah... Who are they listening to? As gamers, we've already had 120Hz 1080p TN monitors with great contrast that are responsive, but leave us wanting resolution and color. We've had 2560x1600 60Hz IPS monitors with great color, great viewing angles and so-so contrast, but give us less responsiveness, noticeable input lag and more noticeable tearing.

    To which gamer(s) are they listening? Or are they going to just keep regurgitating ideas half a decade old while slapping a price tag on them?
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    hannibal , November 5, 2013 12:15 PM
    Yep there are better alternatives!
    http://www.flatpanelshd.com/review.php?subaction=showfull&id=1383107475

    This this is not real 240 Hz, but it is actually 120 Hz monitor, but it is much better than this Asus in here in anyway... VA-panel and reasonable good viewing angles... and still 1080p but still in very different gategory than this Asus.. Maybe next year we will see good gaming monitors in higher resolution?

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    cjbt , November 5, 2013 1:10 PM
    Those overclockable 1440p Korean LPS monitors are looking tempting. Seen some overclocked at 120hz
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    f-14 , November 5, 2013 1:27 PM
    yea! a new version of the discontinued viewsonic vx2739wm
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