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BenQ XL2720T monitor

Campbell Simpson | April 18, 2013
BenQ’s new 27-inch, 120Hz monitor is the official screen of the Intel Extreme Masters

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If you're a gamer, BenQ wants your dollars. When we looked at the RL2450H, we liked its combination of decent image quality and low price tag. The new XL2720T is in a different league, though -- it's targeted at the gaming elite.

As the official screen of season 6 and 7 of the Intel Extreme Masters, the BenQ XL2720T is going to be in front of some of the biggest names in the e-sports world. BenQ says it has been developed with input from Counter-Strike pro-gaming legends, and on its specifications it looks like a perfect match for the most demanding twitch gamers out there.

The XL2720T has a 120Hz panel -- twice the refresh rate of regular ol' 60Hz screens, which are old hat in the gaming world now. BenQ claims a 1-millisecond refresh rate for the XL2720T, keeping any LCD ghosting or blurriness to an absolute minimum.

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The 27-inch, 1920x1080pixel panel of the BenQ XL2720T is LED back-lit, meaning better contrast and a brighter overall display. It's a TN panel, which is generally regarded as the best for gaming due to the lowest possible input and refresh rate lag.

One of the stand-out features of BenQ's new monitor is not on the monitor itself, but on the stand. The 'S Switch' on the Xl2720T's stand lets users switch near-instantly between three different image profiles, which can be set up specifically for uses like work, movies and gaming. The monitor's on-screen display is also more detailed and easier to use than previous models.

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The BenQ XL2720T will be available by the end of April, for a recommended retail price of $599.

 

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