BenQ XR3501: When You Get What You Pay For

The BenQ XR3501 is part of the latest generation of really impressive BenQ monitors that have been reinventing the brand. This sweeping 35” panoramic has a super-wide field of view, and black eQualizer to brighten dark scenes without over-exposing lighter areas, helping gamers distinguish targets in the dark. More importantly, it features a 144hz refresh rate.  Basically, this is what a monitor looks like when it has all the bells and whistles.

This monitor was supposedly developed in collaboration with professional gamers, to reduce flickering regardless of the brightness settings. This greatly reduces eye fatigue that’s common during extended gaming sessions.

Blue light in particular is also known to lead to eye strain and fatigue, these monitors have adjustable low blue light settings that can help reduce this compared to
a conventional monitor without having a negative effect on visual acuity.

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20-level color vibrancy settings can help you choose the right color profile for the game you’re playing, whether it’s a bright and happy atmosphere or something dark and gritty. Game modes specific to car racing, CS:GO, and the Battlefield series. And like with so many other widescreen gaming monitors, this has picture in picture.

Specifications

35” Screen
LED Backlit
2560×1080 (2k) native resolution
144hz refresh rate
178/178 degree viewing angle
16.7 million display colors
300 cd/m2 brightness
2000:1 contrast ratio
4-12ms response time
21:9 aspect ratio
2000R curvature radius
2 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 miniDisplayPort
100 x100mm VESA mountable. 5-15 degree tilt
24.5 lbs
3 year warranty

Cons

No G-sync, no height adjustment, and VESA mount is sold separately.  To nitpick, it’s unfortunate the response time is 4-12ms, but those are standard values.

Conclusion

The price tag is heavy, but this is one of those cases where you get what you pay for. This is one of the few widescreen monitors that strikes a perfect balance between gaming features, like 144hz refresh rates, and a 21:9  widescreen aspect ratio. If you believe a display is an investment, then this is a worthy one to grab.