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Review: BenQ XR3501

by Ryan Martin on 12 August 2015, 16:30

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Conclusion

...the XR3501 delivers an incredibly immersive and fluid gaming experience.

A large and curved ultrawide gaming monitor inevitably comes with a significant price premium. The BenQ XR3501 is an premium-grade product targeting a niche market. In North America the current price is around $1,000 whilst here in the UK it's approximately £700. For reference, LG's 34UC97 fetches around $1,100 and £750 in North America and the UK, respectively.

On the fluidity versus resolution continuum for gaming monitors the BenQ XR3501 is very much positioned at the fluidity end. UWQHD has been foregone to achieve a 144Hz refresh rate making BenQ's XR3501 the only 144Hz ultrawide monitor, that we know of, currently on the market. Other monitors are able to achieve a more balanced position between fluidity and resolution, such as Acer's XR341CK Predator, which means the BenQ XR3501 is more limited in its target audience.

BenQ could potentially increase the appeal of the XR3501 by deploying adaptive V-Sync technology, but as it stands the XR3501 delivers an incredibly immersive and fluid gaming experience, particularly for fans of racing simulators and any other games that benefit from an increased field of view. Prospective buyers of the BenQ XR3501 should note they are paying an early-adopter cost for the curved ultrawide panel though for any serious gamers the XR3501 is still a solid investment.

The Good
 
The Bad

144Hz refresh rate
Plethora of inputs
Vibrant, high-quality panel

 

No G-Sync or FreeSync
Steep pricing
Panel uniformity could be better

 

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it is time BENQ comes out with dual capability of Fsync and Gsync!
I stopped reading at “no compatibility for Freesync or G-sync”.

Such a let down… :(

The Acer XR341CK is still top dog, but 75Hz is not cool.

Someone must be able to make the perfect display?!
4k, ultrawide, IPS, Freesync / GSync screen please!
£700 for 1080?! Expensive even for a 1440 - and no Free-sync either…
and can I add we don't care about curved screens either so stop wasting R&D money on it and give us something we do want. Freesync and G-sync JMO