BenQ has officially launched its latest series of pro-gaming monitors, the XL-Z series in India. The monitors were unveiled at the Xtreme Gaming eSports Stadium in New Delhi on the 21st of May.
The XL-Z series is the refresh of the already popular XL series, BenQ’s previous flagship gaming monitors. The XL series has been synonymous with gamers in the pro-circuit, being seen in huge numbers at events such as the Dota International Championship.
BenQ touts the XL-Z series as being “Designed by Gamers, for Gamers” specially built by working closely with pro Counter Strike and StarCraft teams.
You thought 60 fps was good?
The refresh rate has been upped from 120Hz to 144Hz. That means you can run the game at 144 frames per second max, compared to the generic 60 frames. The difference in experience in the both modes is commendable, with games running at 144Hz looking silky smooth. This refresh rate also gets rid of ghosting and motion blur, which are common occurrences at 60 fps.
Mind you, in order to run games at 144 fps, you need a system that can handle that amount of raw processing. We suggest you check out our Hardware page to see what graphic cards can run games at such refresh rates. We’d recommend the ASUS R9 290 DirectCU II or the GeForce GTX 780Ti. If you’re willing to make some compromises in visual quality and lower your budget, the GTX 760 and 770 are good options. There are many other options, just hop on to our hardware page to spot them all.
Ditch your gaming eyewear
Another really interesting feature being introduced in the XL-Z series is “Low Blue Light” which reduces the blue spectrum considerably without compromising on the visual quality. The Blue Light is primely responsible for causing strain to the eyes during long gaming sessions. Most pro-gamers use specially designed eyewear that reduces blue light from monitors.
Other features are generic to gamers and have been carried over from the XL series, namely 1ms response time, black equaliser, flicker-free technology and smart scaling. The “S Switch” also seen in the XL series makes a return in XL-Z monitors. Support for Nvidia’s 3D Vision 2 is built in, obviously.
The XL-Z series comes in three variants, size being the differentiating factor. The 27″ model, XL2720Z carries an MRP of INR 37,500. XL2420Z and XL2411Z are available at INR 32,500 and 30,000 respectively.
Review coming soon
BenQ has promised us review units of the new series, so that we can take it for a spin. Stay tuned!