Benq Starts Shipping XL-Z Series Monitors Aimed at FPS Gamers

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Obsidian

From Benq's own web site (prices from Amazon):
XL2720Z - 1920 x 1080 - TN - 72% color gamut == $510
XL2420Z - 1920 x 1080 - TN - 72% color gamut == $370
XL2411Z - 1920 x 1080 - TN - 72% color gamut == $310

The 1440 stat in the video is a terrible mistake or a horrible lie.

TN panels for $310 to $510, no G-Sync, a 27-inch monitor with fewer pixels than my 24-inch Dell IPS (and the Dell is still cheaper than this thing). Fails all around for this release Benq. The tech community isn't all that forgiving, but at least they're fast at forgetting. Pull out all the fancy-pants marketing lingo you can regurgitate; it still doesn't make this product suck less given the price point.

Perhaps they'll take a cue from companies like Gibson (guitars) and the MSRP is just there to make someone feel like they are getting a deal when the "sale" price is going to be 50% of that listed price all the time?

If someone wants to get our attention, it's time to remove the bezel and wrap the edge in an ultra-thin layer of gorilla glass. Edge to edge there should be no more than 1/8 of an inch between screens that are next to one another. Sadly innovation skipped computer displays and went into TVs and mobile devices. Kind of pathetic, including this attempt.

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LatiosXT

The sad part isn't that innovation is going to areas we don't want. The sad part is the market isn't in areas we're in.

The reason why there isn't going to be any thin bezel displays for desktops any time soon? There really isn't much of a market for them. Most desktop users are businesses who care less about the bezel thickness. Most consumers are fine with either a laptop, tablet, or their phone. And if it's not those three, then chances are they're gushing over the AIO's.

Honestly I'm more upset that OLED hasn't made a desktop monitor appearance. Instead, if I want an OLED display, either I'm stuck with getting a phone which defeats the purpose of wanting a display, or I get a $6000 TV.

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Obsidian

I'm not too heartbroken about OLED's absence in the computer monitor market. Although I understand your point. The screens are gorgeous in phones, but they are still relatively expensive. I realize that larger-scale manufacturing of larger OLED displays may bring down the price to consumers. I just think maybe the time has passed for reasonably-priced 24-inch and up OLED displays. Perhaps it should come to market? I don't see a lot of other mind-blowing screen technology coming up. It all seems very iterative and revisionist at this point; improvements on existing technology.

My commentary had more to do with resolution. I have been holding out hope for a reasonably-priced monitor with more than 1920x1200 pixels. To pair that with, a graphics card that can move pixels on three high-resolution displays for a reasonable price would be a bonus. No sense having a triple-monitor 4096×2160 set up if I need 2+ chained $1000 graphics cards and a dedicated home power circuit to push current games on them.

IPS is the only way I'll go at this point. TN panels may as well not exist to me. I'm lucky to be able to afford the price differential between the two technologies, but I understand the appeal of the TN displays, they are 'pretty good' but they still aren't that great.

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The Mac

With OLED unfortunately, its going to work like LCD did.

TVs have to drive the economies of scale before they will be profitable/afordable for desktop use.

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LatiosXT

I think LCDs were primarily PC driven than TV driven, since they were necessary for laptops.

In any case, it doesn't have to be a monitor, why not just a more reasonable 30" OLED TV? Why does it have to be small or huge?

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The Mac

True, laptop LCDs were first, but they were super low res and poor quality until TVs got the price points down.

a better question might be, why arent OLEDs in laptops yet?

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Rift2

I got a 24" MLG BenQ with zero flicker coming FED EX today can't wait to try a zero flicker monitor with 1 MS. Been using ASUS strictly since 2011.

IPS vs: TN doesn't bother me as much as features IPS is too dark in some games anyway.

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StormTroopinOnEisly

The prices for the Xl2420Z and xl2720Z are $399 and $499 respectively,

please correct this information Max.PC Staff.

The xl2420Z is now upgraded with V2 firmware which only comes on models from the official benq usa shop as of now, international shops will be receiving the updated models soon. contact your regions support for availability

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The Mac

Ben-Q rep?

$500 is still way too much for a 27" 1080p. Especially considering its TN.

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Bdiddytampa

They are TN panels? not IPS? ... uhhhh

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dbqfan

Wow - way to expensive for a 1080p.

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Owl_Eyes_Alpha

No G-Sync? I am out.

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NASzi

Not Paying over 500 for a 1080p Monitor, why aren't they concentrating on 1440P monitors at a reasonable price point?

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The Mac

looks like 1440p to me.

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draconis123

Not according to their site it isn't.

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The Mac

weird, the snapshot of the video above clearly says 1440p

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NASzi

you're correct it does but when you look into the monitor on their website, it says 1080. i Think the snapshot is just a generic advertising snapshop for BenQ and not a specific one for these monitors, if you watch the video they are advertising some other products.

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vrmlbasic

Tragically.

1080 is done at this point. It is sad that TV makers are the ones leading the higher resolution charge and not the PC market.

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Carlidan

I'm guessing people didn't read the title. It is meant for FPS players. And to most FPS players the 144hz is the most important thing as it's helps improve frames per second on screen.

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LatiosXT

Except ASUS makes a 144Hz monitor for much less.

And honestly, I do feel like a lot of this "Gamer" oriented crap is just snake oil. But then again I don't really give two cents about if my mouse has a 1200DPI or my monitor has the fastest response time or whatever.

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Carlidan

But it does help in First Person Shooter games. I play FPS games and I cant attest it does help.