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BenQ 27-Inch WS LED Monitor 1920x1080 Resolution, 1000:1 Contrast, 16:9 Aspect Ratio, VGA DVI - XL2720Z (New ZOWIE Model Available)

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  • The XL2720Z demonstrates BenQ's true belief that "gaming is in the details" It has been co-developed with Counter-Strike pro gaming legends to bring you a gaming monitor like no other – from the attentive designs to the exceptional functions
  • With the precision and speed you would expect from a high-performance gaming monitor, you can now have a vantage point over your opponents in all your game play.
  • BenQ’s new Motion Blur Reduction technology further enhances an ultra-smooth, free-of-blur gaming experience, particularly for action-packed FPS games where every millisecond count.
  • Practice long hours with clear, comfortable vision or compete with top-notch vision condition with BenQ’s new Low Blue Light
  • BenQ manages to provide more than just the refresh rate feature for different resolutions to reach more levels of optimal refresh rates (100/120/144Hz) with Gaming Refresh rate Optimization Management (GROM)

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Size : 27" S Switch | Style: BenQ
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 64 x 54.6 cm ; 7 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 11 Kg
  • Item model number: XL2720Z
  • Date first available at Nov. 25 2013
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Size :27" S Switch  |  Style:BenQ

XL2720Z,27in LED Backlight,Black-Red,1920x1080,16:9,300 cd/m2,1000:1,5ms, 1ms (GtG),D-sub/ DVI-DL/ HDMIx2/ DP1.2/ headphone jack,Senseye 3, Zero Flicker,3-yearStandard Warranty

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RL2455HM RL2460HT XL2411Z XL2420Z XL2720Z GW2765HT
Monitor Size 24-inch 24-inch 24-inch 24-inch 27-inch 27-inch
Native Resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080 1920x1080 1920x1080 1920x1080 2560x1440
Refresh Rate 144Hz 144Hz 144Hz 144Hz 144Hz 75Hz
Response Time 1m (GTG) 1m (GTG) 1m (GTG) 1m (GTG) 1m (GTG) 4ms (GTG)
3D Ready
Input Connector D-sub, DVI, HDMIx2 D-sub, DVI, HDMIx2 D-sub, DVI-DL, HDMI D-sub, DVI-DL, HDMIx2, DP D-sub, DVI-DL, HDMIx2, DP D-sub, DVI-DL, DP, HDMI
Black eQualizer
S Switch
ZeroFlicker and Low Blue Light

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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect after calibration, a steal for $250! Feb. 12 2015
By Cameron - Published on
Style Name: BenQSize: 24" Verified Purchase
First off, let me just say that this monitor was almost sent back upon plugging it in because for some reason the default "FPS1" profile was selected and had terrible color, just absolutely horrendous. Do not let this fool you, however, the perfect settings are in there somewhere! With the disclaimer out of the way, on to the review!


1. After calibration and applying ICC profiles, the screen looks amazing even at 144hz, which is known to ruin color accuracy. Other than viewing angles, this monitor has deeper blacks and less distortion than my IPS display right next to it, granted it is a cheaper IPS from a couple years ago, but the point still stands. Compared to other TN panels, this one is by far the best I have experienced color wise, and while the viewing angles don't compare to IPS panels it is leagues ahead of comparably priced TN panels. Don't let these other reviews fool you, it took me all of about 10 minutes to find the right settings and apply the ICC profile, not worth even taking half an egg off. I used this link to get my colors just right and to get the ICC profile to work. Although I found that setting the Blue to 90 made things just a tad yellow for my taste, so I left it at 95.

2. This monitor uses the same panel and technology as its big brother the 2420G. The 2420G is twice the price of this monitor, and the only real difference is that the 2420G has G-sync. So for $250 you are essentially getting a $600 monitor without G-sync, what a steal!

3. The profiles on this monitor are very handy for switching between different games I play. Though I usually just leave it on my default calibrated setting 90+% of the time, I like having the option to quickly switch profiles without having to take too long.

4. For anyone worried that they won't be able to reach 144fps in games, do not worry about it! The entire windows experience in 144hz is mind blowing, everything is so smooth and crisp. Typing documents is a pleasure at 144hz, it is hard to describe how superb it looks unless you have seen it for yourself. When I slide windows over to my 60hz IPS panel, everything just seems so laggy and stuttery compared to this monitor. Even if you only hit 70 or 80 FPS in most games you will notice a difference, and the anti strobing effect makes it so I can use the monitor for longer without getting a headache. Explosions and color pop off the screen. Liquid moves at a more fluid and realistic pace making the immersion just that much better. Screen tearing is nearly non existant on this monitor, and I have only noticed it at all in Farcry 4, but that is mostly because Farcry 4 is not programmed very well.

5. The monitor itself is built very well. I prefer the look of this monitor over the other Benq models because it is less in your face with its minimalist design, and I like actual buttons instead of laggy capacitive buttons. The inlaid tray is great for keeping cell phones and the like, I actually have a wireless charging pad I set in there and it fits perfectly. It is awesome being able to rotate the monitor to easily access the ports on the bottom, I've never had such an easy time getting the DVI-D cable in. A DVI-D cable is included in the box, and it is required to get 144hz.


1. This monitor is bulky, and if you have a 24" monitor already be prepared for this thing to feel way bigger. The stand, while very sturdy and strong, is hard to adjust vertically because it is a locking mechanism versus the spring loaded version in the 2420G. I didn't need to adjust my monitor vertically at all, but if some does be warned it can be a bit tricky.

2. No G-sync on this monitor is not a problem for me, but for those that are looking to get G-sync in the future, be warned that this monitor cannot be upgraded to accept the G-sync. I personally think g-sync is a tad unecessary, especially when there is software out there that does nearly the same thing and it is free.

3. This monitor has an HDMI, VGA and DVI-D port only, no display port. This should be a non issue since the only reason to use display port is for g-sync or sound, but this monitor doesn't have speakers and it doesn't have g-sync so there shouldn't be any worries. The DVI-D cable that comes in the box is thick and robust, very well constructed.


This monitor is the best monitor you can buy for under $400 in my opinion. For $250, you get 90% of the software and features of another monitor that costs twice as much, a TN panel which has great color accuracy and viewing angles compared to others that cost more, a strong and sturdy build quality that is unmatched in this price point, and a gaming experience that will change the way you play. Older games that I haven't played in a while breathe new life playing at 144hz, and even demanding AAA titles feel more immersive with a boost in fluidity.

I would have paid atleast $100 more for this monitor and still been extremely satisfied, this thing is a steal. 10/10 would buy again (and probably will)!
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you'd usually have to pick between Image Quality and performance, but now you can get both. Feb. 5 2016
By Christopher - Published on
Style Name: BenQSize: 27" QHD Verified Purchase
Gaming Ladies and Gentlemen, I bet you all are looking for a very nice monitor to game on, isn't that right? I bet you've looked into Acer, LG, Dell, Samsung, Eizo and Asus Offerings, and I bet you want to improve your gaming experience without going bankrupt, am I right? Well, then keep reading. This is still expensive, but I can assure you that you wont be disappointing, just let me explain why.

I'm a hardcore gamer, and I want Blazing Fast reaction time, but that doesn't mean I want my image quality to be all grey and poor, I also like some eye candy, which is why I have a Fury X and an overclocked 5820K, now I know what you're thinking, eye candy on a TN, that's a good joke... Is it?

The BenQ XL2730Z is the 2nd Monitor to be released featuring a TRUE 8 Bits Color Depth Panel, making those colors really come to life, I've owned BenQ Monitors in the past, the good Old BenQ XL2420TE, and even when they were the fastest around I was always kind of disappointed by their color reproduction or image Quality after calibrated, but no more.

First I swapped to an Acer XG270HU which is probably the best Bang for the Buck TN in the market at such low prices, this monitor handily bested my XL2420TE in color reproduction thanks to its 6 Axis Saturation calibration tool integrated into the Monitor OSD, although both BenQ XL2420TE And the Acer XG270HU Were 6 Bits panels with FRC Dithering, which is no match for this new BenQ Beast.

the BenQ XL2730Z handily beats down its old predecessor and the XG270HU thanks to its TRUE 8 bit Panel not using this disgusting Dithering (I always hated it) to simulate more colors by vibrating the pixels at a really fast pace, some benchmarks also suggest that dithering can increase input lag a notch, so not having it is a plus, I also have an Acer XF270HU which is a High End IPS Piece of Garbage with Good Color reproduction (The problem with the XF270HU is that the OSD Is broken, many features don't work, but all in all its a beautiful display with great colors) comparing the XL2730Z with the XF270HU both calibrated its really hard to decide for a Winner regarding image quality, considering this BenQ is a TN Panel that's definitely incredible, not long ago TN panels were frowned upon because their "Poor and Horrible image quality", but after the BenQ XL2730Z not anymore.

Also, comparing the XL2730Z and the XF270HU is easy to pick a winner regarding Input lag and Motion Clarity, the Overdrive on the XF720HU is broken when using DisplaPort, and there's tons of Blur in moving images, the XL2730Z on the other hand have the best Motion Clarity I've ever seen when setting the overdrive to Premium, while only showing little overshoot artifacts.


1-) It is BenQ, you can expect High Quality Components, robust support, and working features, everything just works perfectly.

2-) This specimen have Blur Reduction integrated into the monitor, its like ULMB but better because you can use it with any GPU, regardless if it is Nvidia or AMD as it is made by BenQ and it can strobe at 144Hz! Amazing feature that wasn't found with Lightboost before, also you can control the clarity and intensity of the Strobing.

3-) Viewing Angles: Yes, this is a TN so it is bound to have poor viewing angles compared to an IPS Panel, but I must put this one into the "Pros" section because its got the best Viewing Angles of all TNs I have ever tried before, the side to side gamma shift is Minimal, although the vertical shift could improve a lot.

4-) No Glowing, As I said before, I also have an XF270HU and its IPS Glow is absolutely atrocious, don't get me started with its Backlight Bleed, this BenQ have no Glow whatsoever making dark scenes a pleasure to watch, not so much as a VA panel, but that's for another review I guess.

5-) No backlight Bleed, one of the main Problems with monitors like the XF270HU, Acer XB270HU, Or ASUS MG279Q is that they all exhibit general issues with backlight bleed, you just wont get a sample without Backlight Bleed, no matter how hard you try unless you're very Lucky, I resent my XF270HU 5 times without luck, every sample had even worse Bleed than the last, with this BenQ monitor my first sample was 100% free of Backlight bleed, I did have a Bright Pixel though, but this is a Non-Issue for me it is not noticeable even when searching for it, I only noticed it because I had a white screen testing white saturation levels on a 255 background.

6-) The stand is the highest Quality Stand I've every tried, period. Would not change it for any other VESA Stand ever, its got marks as to where you set your monitor Height from 0 to 15 and a little pointer to leave it on even if you take the screen out for whatever reason like going into a gaming tournament. It also have (for me a t least) a useless headset thingy, I don't use it because it tilt my screen like 0.5 of a Millimeter when hanging my headphone on it a little since my Heavy SennHeisers HD 700 weight too much, I'm just that Picky about my setup positioning.

7-) The OSD Controls and the looks for the monitor: Its beautiful and simple, both the OSD Controller and the Monitor.


With every single product there's a CON, there has to be, nothing is perfect, the things I hate will be listed from less to higher, the higher the number the more I hate it.

1-) The Headphone stand, this is gimmicky, doesn't feel solid and it tilts my screen like half a Millimeter, I would like BenQ to include something like a Screen Blocker as well, something that wont allow the screen to move at all at any direction.

2-) It doesn't have a Refresh Rate Checker, my cheaper Acer XG270HU can check the operating refresh rate of the monitor on the Fly, say I'm using freesync and my game is running at 50 FPS, then my monitor will be running at 50Hz, I can use the Refresh Rate checker to monitor the FPS I have In-Game or for research purpose.

3-) Why in seven heck did BenQ abandoned the magnetized OSD Controller? I find this one to be lacking with its little hole placement spot.

4-) I find it dumb that the Preset on Which this BenQ is set to when first turning it on is one of the Worst Looking presets ever made, Yes, I know this is a Gaming Monitor, and that people would like to have CS:Go, Starcraft and LoL presets, but many people just buy these montiors because its amazing, with color reproduction and blazing fast response time, some people must be put off by the horrible colors that resembles an old milenial TN, the only preset worth something is the Standard preset, that you later have to also calibrate.

5-) The Screen Anti Glare Coating: I just hate it, I HATE IT, I want a glossy Screen, I have controlled lightning in my work/Gaming Space, why do we need to have an Anti Glade Coating? IT MURDERS THE COLORS!, all the gaming monitors on the market have them, I wish companies would make two models of the same panel, one with Glossy and the other with Light AG Coating, nobody needs a medium coating like this one.


Alright, if you made it this far you're probably serious about buying this monitor, which means you have one being shipped to you right now or soon, first fo all you need to ignore all the crap presets included on this Monitor, go and set it right to Standard, I have mine configurated for vibrant colors without color clipping and while still being able to tell all the different grey shadows, feel free to use my configuration:


Blur Reduction: OFF

Black Equalizer: 0

Color Vibrance: 14 (You may be tempted to go higher, Don't, you'll start to see color clipping and lose details)

Low BlueLight: OFF (This is obviously situational)

Instant Mode: ON (This setting is responsible for the low Input Lag response, it bypass many processing paths on the monitor into a more direct approach.)

Auto Game Mode: OFF

Now, remember that the last setting of this section is "Save Settings" When you get out of the OSD the settings will be reseted if you don't choose to save the settings on "Save Settings" You can choose Gamer 1, Gamer 2 or Gamer 3 which you can access with the little Controller with the Keys 1, 2 and 3, the next section to calibrate is "PICTURE"

Picture Mode: that's the preset you're on right now, when you're finish you should be on gamer 1, which will become your calibrated standard preset

Brightness: 100 (Brightness also affects contrast, some people find a 100 Brightness to be too bright, personally I can't have it any lesser)

Contrast: 50. (Any higher and you lose details with our calibration settings)

Sharpness: 5 (Any higher and you get artificial sharpening around the edges not true Native Sharpness)

Gamma: 2 or 3 (See, we need to set it the closest to 2.2, with default gamma on Windows, but preset 2 and 3 are equally far away from 2.2, so I can safely say that this setting is taste based, I personally went with 3)

Color Temperature: RED: 95 - GREEN: 99 - BLUE: 100 (this one was hard to find the best calibration setting)

AMA: Premium (That is the highest Voltage Output to each pixel that makes them switch states super fast, this do create a little artifact called Overshoot which is noticeable in bright backgrounds, if you're annoyed by this use the High preset, which is a lot slower, but doesn't present any artifact.

Dynamical Contrast: Just turn this dang thing off

After you're finished with all this go to the System Category - Other Setting - Input Auto Switch and turn this setting off unless you're really using it to further save some Milliseconds of input lag.

108 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AS GOOD AS G-SYNC -Perfect after some simple Calibration - THIS compared to AOC, Asus, cer and Qnix! April 22 2015
By SSF - Published on
Style Name: BenQSize: 27" S Switch Verified Purchase
I just want to say that ordering a monitor like this is nerve racking when going through Amazon.

But my BenQ XL2720Z arrived in perfect condition, well packed and zero dead pixels. I am extremely happy with my monitor and it is honestly *ZERO DIFFERENCE* in performance than my G-Sync monitor. I do have an EVGAQ GTX 980 Superclocked ACX 2.0 on a monster rig.

I drove myself nuts comparing specs between Acer, AOC, Qnix, Asus and BenQ. Don't do what I did for a month and simply pull the trigger on this monitor. You will NOT regret it!

The color for a TN monitor is really quite exceptional. Anyone who wonders about color should see this monitor next to the Acer XB270H Abprz (with G-Sync) and you will know for certain you made the right purchase. Yes, the shades are lightr and not as rich as an IPS but for this level of depth for a TN minotir and the exceptional frame rates, you would be silly to pass on this one.

BenQ XL2720Z Calibration Settings (avoid ICC profiles and use the OSD) ***USING DISPLAYPORT***
Picture Mode; Standard
Brightness: 71
Contrast: 43
Color Temp User: Red 100, Green 98, Blue 96

Download Blur Busters Strobe Utility as well:

BenQ XL2720Z Calibration Settings (avoid ICC profiles and use the OSD) ***USING HDMI***
Picture Mode; Standard
Contrast: 40
Color Temp User: Red 100, Green 98, Blue 93
AMAL: High
Instant Mode: On
Sharpness: 5
Gamma: 3
Overscan: Off
Display Mode: Full
HDMI RGB PC Range: (16~235)
Smart Focus: Off
46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 144hz is a worthy upgrade July 30 2015
By John Lee - Published on
Style Name: BenQSize: 27" S Switch Verified Purchase
I've only had 60hz monitors, never really cared for 144hz because of people saying there is no difference. This BenQ monitor is awesome, I can tell a big difference when playing CS:GO and even normal desktop use. Everything is more fluid and smooth. Colors are great. One of the best upgrades for FPS gaming in my opinion.

Only thing I don't like is the touch buttons, sometimes they are unresponsive, I have to switch fingers sometimes to make it work lol.

I will never go back to 60hz.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Died after 4 months. March 11 2016
By Drizzle - Published on
Style Name: BenQSize: 27" QHD Verified Purchase
Update: Customer service was very on point when calling in regards to my issue. They were able to replace my monitor by the next week and sent me an entire package including all accessories and monitor stand.

Monitor was working fine for around 4 months, and then randomly died while browsing the web.Will update after dealing with their support team.

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