BenQ Zowie XL2735 E-Sports Gaming Monitor | Review

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The XL2735, PC, E-Sports Gaming monitor by BenQ Zowie would have to be one of the most anticipated releases for E-sports competitors around the globe, and for good reason. This monster 27”, 144 Hz LCD monitor is one of the most advanced in its price range and specifically designed for competitive gaming, Much like all of Zowie’s premium products. If you haven’t heard of this brand before, do you even E-sports bro? They happen to sponsor/supply most if not all the major E-sports events with their top of the range monitors and peripherals.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the success of these companies and how they came to work together, check out my chat with Enoch at PAXAUS 2016 here.

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My first “out of the box” impressions were all good, I liked the easy to adjust design; setting the monitor in place and putting it together was a breeze, great for the LAN competitor or people that tend to move their PC around a lot. It had a hefty weight to it, coming in at a gross weight of 12.5KG which due to its quality and sturdy design wasn’t much of a surprise. Aesthetically for a flat screen monitor it just looks so damn sexy, with its mean mixture of matt and gloss black with bold blood red trim. Overall this is a monitor you would be proud to set up on your desk and show off to your friends.

After plugging it into my PC I had a rude surprise, the washed out, over contrast image looked nothing like what I had come to expect from a monitor of this prices range. But after a few minutes of tweaking the built in settings with the handy little S Switch controller, I found my happy place, booted up Fallout 4 and was absolutely blown away by the depth and sharpness of the screen. I saved my settings and further adjusted them, the more I played around with it the better it got. My first impression was something along the lines of “oh really? I have to calibrate this thing myself?” but after getting it just right I felt a little more invested in the image I was looking at. I have used plug and play monitors in the past but they never seem to get it right anyway, you always find yourself altering the setting after a few hours regardless. Spending the time at the start, getting the image to look perfect was well worth my time and consequently this means I have the perfectly tailored experience.

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One of my favourite features would have to be the S-Switch, an external wired remote that sits in a small cut out in the base of the monitor, which allows you to save a few different profiles to the built-in memory so you can easily switch between them, making switching games an absolute synch. I don’t hold myself down to one genre and I’d bet most gamers don’t either, so if I wanted to switch from a game like Skyrim for example, to Diablo 3 or Master of Orion, I could have profiles saved for each genre of gaming. eg an FPS and a top-down RTS would benefit from having completely different profiles and it’s as easy and pressing a button.

The “Shield” or as I like to call them “blinkers” that you can opt to screw onto the sides of the XL2735 act as a sort of visor, blocking out distractions from behind the monitor, allowing you to focus in on the game and ignore you competitors banter. I personally feel like this feature would mainly benefit competitive gamers and not so much the relaxed “I’m just here for a good time” gamer but that’s what sets Zowie’s products aside from the rest, they tend to think of everything with the E-sports competitors in mind.

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Overall I highly rate this product as a premium range high-end monitor, if you are serious about making every millisecond count and having the sharpest image on the server, then the XL2735 is the monitor for you. Check out the video below for the unboxing and first impressions review.

 

LCD size 27”
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Max. Res 2560 x 1440 at 144Hz (HDMI 2.0, DP)
Display area (mm)‎ 596.74 x 335.66
Input/Output connector‎ DVI-DL / HDMI x2 / DP1.2 / headphone jack / mic jack
USB‎ Downstream x3 Upstream x1
Dimensions (HxWxD mm)‎ 559 x 633 x 226
Gross Weight 12.5

Want more specs? Visit Zowie here

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About: Simon Mawson

Simon Mawson (AKA Drdlokd Sp4rtn) Computer Science student at Adelaide University Blogger / Vlogger, Gaming YouTuber, and general techy guy! I am a PC gamer with a passion for Open world role-play games, and a love for fantasy universes like Halo, The Elder Scrolls, and Diablo.

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