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BenQ XL2720Z 144Hz Full HD 27-inch LED Gaming Monitor Review

By: Trace Hagan | Monitors in Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 14, 2014 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: BenQ

We appreciate the support provided by Corsair and ASUS in building our test system. Without their support, our job would be much more difficult.

 

 

On-Screen Display

 

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In the video below, we walk you through the various OSD menus.

 

 

 

Power Consumption

 

Power consumption is measured at the wall with a blank Word document open and the monitor on as bright as it can go.

 

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The BenQ XL2720Z sits in the middle of the pack, behind the ASUS PB2870 4K monitor and its chief rival, the AOC G2460PQU. The monitor consumes 25 watts when at full brightness. It will be interesting to see how its efficiency compares to that of the AOC G2460PQU.

 

 

Brightness

 

We use a LX1010B light meter to measure brightness in Lux. The monitor is placed in the center of the screen on a blank Word document with the monitor at full brightness.

 

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As you can see in the chart above, the XL2720Z is the second brightest monitor we've had the pleasure of testing. Coming in at 427 lux, the only brighter monitor is its main competitor, which produced 541 lux of light.

 

 

Lux-per-Watt

 

We use this as a way to measure a monitor's efficiency. It is simply the monitor's brightness divided by its power draw.

 

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The BenQ XL2720Z again sits in the middle of the pack with a Lux-per-Watt rating of 17.1. The AOC, which was brighter and consumed more energy, came in just above the XL2720Z at 18 Lux-per-Watt.

 

The difference in power usage at full brightness is 5 watts, but we doubt you'd use the G2460PQU at full brightness. The slight decrease in efficiency is likely due to the monitor being three inches larger than the G2460PQU.

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