The new BenQ XL2730Z is an exceptional 27″ 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor with great image quality and suitable for the high-end gamer. On top of the feature list is the support for AMD’s FreeSync technology, which allows you to synchronize your monitors refresh rate with the FPS that your GPU outputs, resulting in a tear-free smooth gameplay. On top of that, the 1ms response time (GtG) and a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz, allows you to get the most out of your games. The screen is a TN panel though, so don’t expect great viewing angles and color representation, as you would see with a monitor with IPS panel. A TN panel is sufficient though, if you are primarily using the monitor for gaming and not tasks like photo design or other work that require high color accurary. You’re almost certainly not going to need great viewing angles, as you’re going to look straight in to the monitor and not from the sides.
The BenQ XL2730Z also features a remote control, blur-reduction mode (BenQ Blur Reduction) and 2560x1440p resolution.
The price tag on this monitor isn’t low, so you shouldn’t really buy this monitor unless you really need a very low input lag. The ASUS MG279Q is a much better choice, as it has IPS panel and is cheaper. It’s not released everywhere yet, so we recommend that you wait for this monitor to be released if you want a 1440p 27″ FreeSync monitor with IPS panel. We will post a new story on our website as soon as it becomes available in the US. The ASUS MG279Q has a bigger input lag though, which is a limitation of how IPS panels work, but it’s far more superior than this monitor. Be sure to check out our monthly updated monitor buyer’s guide for the best current monitor recommendations based on your needs.
If you decide to buy this monitor, then we recommend that you change the monitor settings right away on the OSD menu. Based on some testing we did, these are the best options, we believe:
Standard mode and turn all extra features off
Choose user defined color temperature (100 on all settings)
Also be sure to enjoy the motion blur reduction mode that the monitor offers. It will significantly reduce motion blur on games and eliminate so-called ghosting effects.
You can buy this monitor for around $750 on Amazon.com.