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Zowie by BenQ XL2730 WQHD

144Hz LED LCD e-Sports Gaming Monitor

Specs:

  • Size: 27″
  • Max Resolution: WQHD 2560×1440
  • Refresh: 144Hz
  • Response Time: 1ms (GtG)
Other

  • Reflective: No, Matte
  • USB: 2×3.0 on side
  • Connections: DP, HDMI, DVI, DSub
  • Extras: S Switch, Headphone+Mic ports

General Thoughts:

I love gaming at 1440, even Quake Live looks better. This monitor covers me for when I eventually upgrade my graphics card, but the my GeForce 1070 can handle 1440 gaming at high settings, getting about 145fps most of the time during play (in DOOM and Overwatch). It looks extremely smooth too, with very little ghosting according to that UFO Test. I went for 27″ this time because bigger screen means bigger targets, plus it’s just more immersive. I barely move my monitors and have the desk space, so there was no need to go for a 24″. Still, if you want to move it, it has a handle at the back, and it can rotate, tilt and swivel.

The monitor isn’t perfect, as I mentioned in the video, there are a few things that I think could be improved, but nothing serious, so I wouldn’t let them deter you. The main selling points on this are the resolution and refresh rate. Also you should know that using native resolution is better, so the pixels line up. 1080p looks blurry on QHD monitors. I’d say 1ms as well but according to what I’ve read and tested, there’s not much difference between 1ms and 5ms, not that I’ve seen yet anyway, I still need to do more testing.

The S Switch also makes menu navigation and profile switching a lot easier. The scroll wheel and the back button are great. I’ve set my profiles up for general use, gaming during the day and gaming at night. Below you will find the settings I use with the monitor. I’ll update them as I change them.

My Profile Settings
Profile 1 Profile 2 Profile 3
Black eQualizer 0 10 0
Blur Reduction Off Off Off
Color Vibrance 10 10 10
Low Blue Light 8 8 8
Brightness 85 75 100
Contrast 80 70 100
Sharpness 7 7 7
Gamma 5 5 5
Color Temp (R|G|B) 50|53|57 92|94|91 51|52|55
AMA High High High
Dynamic Contrast Off Off Off

Hope that helps! If you want to help support what I do, you can use these Amazon links to buy the monitor, from the US and UK:

BenQ Zowie XL2730

BenQ Zowie XL2730