The BenQ ZOWIE XL2730 is an accomplished gaming monitor with few significant flaws. The image quality is good out of the box, and can be calibrated to a superb level. The range of options for gamers is extensive, giving plenty of control over how image quality is balanced against response as well as the ability to pick out detail in shadows.
Then there’s the 144Hz refresh and Adaptive Sync. The latter may not be quite as enticing for NVIDIA owners as G-Sync, but at least it works across adapters from AMD as well as NVIDIA. Unless you’re after refresh overclocking, the specification is lacking very little for a TN gaming screen. Little touches like the headphone bracket and external S switch Arc controller will add to the joy of ownership, and only the slight paucity of USB 3 downstream ports blots the copy book.
The price of the ZOWIE XL2730 might be a little higher than some other 27in 2,560 x 1,440 gaming screens with a similar specification, in particular AOC’s AGON AG271QX. But colour fidelity is better with the BenQ, and the price delta is not huge.
It’s actually a tough call between these two because they are so very close in specification. Both are great gaming screens for the money, but the BenQ just has a little more to offer for those times when you’re not gaming, with more non-gaming presets and better colour fidelity.
The BenQ ZOWIE XL2730 is available on Amazon UK for £460 inc vat.
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- Great colour fidelity, particularly when calibrated
- 144Hz refresh.
- Lots of settings to improve performance for gaming.
- Adaptive Sync.
- S switch Arc external control device.
- Slightly pricier than competition.
- Only two downstream ports on USB hub.
Kitguru Says: The BenQ ZOWIE XL2730 combines great image quality with tons of features for gamers, including 144Hz refresh and Adaptive Sync.