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BenQ XR3501 Curved Gaming Monitor Review

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Rating: 7.5.

Everybody loves nice curves, or at least BenQ is hoping they do with the XR3501. This 35in-diagonal screen boasts a 2,560 x 1,080 resolution and 2000R curvature. This, and the 21:9 aspect ratio, provide an expansive display that will stretch your peripheral vision.

The primary beneficiary of this immersion is meant to be gaming. The BenQ XR3501 boasts a top 144Hz refresh, although no overclock is available. The pixel response is also 12ms with a 4ms GtG, which isn’t quite what you want from a gaming panel. Here, 1ms is much more attractive. There are some specific gaming presets in the OSD menu, however.

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The BenQ XR3501 uses AMVA technology, which is an Advanced version of Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment, which itself is a development of Vertical Alignment technology. This sits somewhere between the mainstream TN and more premium IPS technologies. The primary benefit of AMVA (and MVA) is improved viewing angles, and the XR3501 boasts 178 degrees in both vertical and horizontal directions.

Another key benefit of AMVA technology is contrast, and the XR3501 has a 2,000:1 ratio specification, which is beyond what most TN or IPS panels can muster. The overall maximum level of brightness is 300cd/m2, however, which is just middling.

There’s a decent range of ports, including for audio, but with the significant exception of a USB hub. For a price approaching £600, however, this isn’t a cheap screen. So read on to find out if the BenQ XR3501‘s abilities are well rounded, or if it’s a bit of a curve-ball.

Specification:
Screen size: 35-inch, 21:9 aspect
Native resolution: 2,560 x 1,080
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Panel type: AMVA
Contrast ratio: 2000:1 (typical)
Brightness: 300cd/m2
Response time: 12ms, 4ms Green-to-Green
Display inputs: DisplayPort 1.2, mini DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI 1.4
USB hub: No
Tilt: Yes
Raise: No
Swivel: No
Other: Headphone jack, audio input jack
Retail Price: ~£600 (inc. VAT)

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