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New 27-inch BenQ XL2720T 120Hz and 3D Vision Ready Monitor

March 29th, 2013 · 10 Comments · General 3D News


BenQ has introduced their first 27-inch BenQ XL2720T 3D-capable gaming monitor supporting 120Hz refresh rate in that is compatible with Nvidia’s 3D Vision and supports 3D Lightboost technology (it seems that the display does not support 144Hz unlike the smaller 24-inch XL2411T). In fact the Asus VG278H and the BenQ might use the same LCD panel (not the VG278HE that supports 144Hz as BenQ’s display may not support 144Hz). The BenQ XL2720T is essentially a larger version of the smaller XL2420T model that the company offers that includes all of the extra features available in the 24-inch model, unlike the more stripped down BenQ XL2411T model. Have in mind that just like the case with the Asus VG278HE, the BenQ XL2720T also does not come with a built-in 3D Vision IR emitter or 3D glasses bundled, these monitors are 3D Vision-ready, but you need to buy the full 3D Vision kit separately if you want to use them in stereo 3D mode. And since a lot of non-stereoscopic 3D gamers have already shown a lot of interest in such monitors because of their high refresh rate and the ability to use the 3D Lightboost technology in 2D mode in order to eliminate the motion blur the market for 3D-ready monitors has grown a lot. In fact if we take a look back lately we’ve seen companies releasing 3D Vision-ready monitors without integrated IR emitters and bundled 3D glasses that are targeted as much to the normal gamers as they are to the stereo 3D gamers.

BenQ XL2720T Specifications:

Panel Size: 27-inches
Monitor Type: TN TFT-LCD with LED Backlight
3D Technology: Active 3D, 3D Vision Ready
Pixel Pitch: 0.311mm
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio (typ.): 1000:1, 12,000,000:1 (dynamic)
Response Time (typ.): 5ms, 1ms GTG
Viewing Angles: 170° (H) / 160° (V) @ C/R > 10
Input: D-sub, DL-DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, USB Hub
Power Consumption: On Mode 27W (typ.); Sleep (Standby) <0.5W Phys. Dimension (WxHxD): 548x642x273 mm Weight with stand: 7.5kg

The BenQ XL2720T monitor is starting to appear on the market in some countries, but unfortunately the availability is still quite scarce and it is hard to find. It is still not available in my region either and since the new and more expensive BenQ displays here are not always available in a timely manner I can only order it online from abroad in order to test it, so I’ve decided to try out something else along with you, the readers of the blog, and if it works out with the BenQ we can continue doing it so it can greatly help in having timely reviews of new 3D-capable hardware and to have much more hardware reviewed…

The BenQ XL2720T Monitor Review Fund has so far collected 12.63 Euro (2.7% of the Goal).

Here is a PayPal donation button that you can use to donate for the BenQ XL2720T Monitor Review Fund, we need to collect around $600 USD (~470 EUR) for the price of the monitor and I’ll cover the shipping (in Europe hardware is more expensive than in the US). So if 600 people donate $1 each (or 470 people 1 Euro each) I’ll be able to quickly order and test the BenQ XL2720T and after I finish someone who has donated for the monitor test fund will get to keep the monitor. Unfortunately due to the large size and weight of the displays only people in Europe will be able to participate in draw for the monitor, though anyone is welcome to help in donating for the monitor test fund. I’ll cover the shipping costs of the monitor to the person who is drawn to receive it and if he is in an EU member country he will not have to pay anything extra, for non-EU member countries in Europe there could be some customs tax, so have that in mind. Unfortunately calculating the shipping cost using different courier companies for overseas shipping to America or Asia for example gave frightening results – the shipping cost may end up more than what the monitor actually costs, so that is why only people in Europe will be able to participate in the draw for the monitor. So when donating for the BenQ XL2720T Monitor Review Fund make sure you note if you want to participate in the drawing of the test monitor as a prize after it has been tested and reviewed or not. Again everyone is welcome to donate to the fund for buying the monitor for a review, but only people that are from Europe will be able to participate in the draw giving them the chance for winning the monitor after the review is finished. There is no limit or requirement on the sum you can donate for the monitor test fund, so it is up to you to decide on the amount you are willing to donate and if you are willing to do it at all.

For more information about the 27-inch BenQ XL2720T 3D-ready gaming monitor…

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben // Mar 30, 2013 at 14:06

    Where did you read that this is 144Hz? Is that just an assumption as I don’t see this listed or mentioned anywhere else.

  • 2 Bloody // Mar 30, 2013 at 15:53

    BenQ does advertise this monitor officially as 120Hz capable, but that is due to the fact that it can work at up to 120Hz in stereo 3D mode only, although it should support 144Hz in 2D mode. They did the same with the XL2411T that also is advertised as 120Hz monitor, but also supports 144Hz in 2D mode.

  • 3 Danny // Mar 30, 2013 at 22:23

    One reason I stay with 24 is the 27 are the same 1920×1080 with a tad higher dot pitch. So far not one looks better stretched.

  • 4 denis // Mar 31, 2013 at 00:42

    guy please do input lag measurements when monitor in lightboost(3d mode) and when monitor in 144hz. will be great if measurments will be for all new 144hz monitors like benq xl2411t and asus 24″ 144hz model.

  • 5 stepsbarto // Mar 31, 2013 at 14:55

    hi guys,
    I have it here but i’m disappointed and will send it back.
    It has more or less the same level of ghosting as my acer hn274h (old generation).the strange thing is in some scenes there is none (e.g. skyrim loading screens with bright items on black background) and a lot during normal gameplay.I had preordered it and was really looking forward to it,but its not a big improvement if at all.
    And it has only 50(?),60,100 and 120Hz if i remember correctly .

  • 6 Bloody // Apr 1, 2013 at 10:59

    stepsbarto, can you please check that to see if it is up to 120 or 144Hz?

  • 7 stepsbarto // Apr 1, 2013 at 12:32

    hi bloody,
    … no 144Hz definitely …

  • 8 Bloody // Apr 1, 2013 at 16:57

    Thanks, so it seems that this is not using the same panel as the VG278HE, but more likely the one used by the older VG278H. Have you tried lowering the contrast in stereo 3D mode to see if it can help educe the ghosting/crosstalk as it does on the Asus?

  • 9 stepsbarto // Apr 1, 2013 at 22:35

    yes,i tried several lightboost and contrast combinations but no big difference…

  • 10 Morsho // Apr 6, 2013 at 14:20

    Why do BenQ not presenting their XL2411T in the XL/Gaming minisite:

    (And also, Why do NVIDIA not updating their list of sporting models in 3D Vision….:

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