BenQ XR3501 Review – Entertainment Goodness

The BenQ XR3501 is one of the latest contenders within the curved monitor space. It stands apart from the competition in different important factors. To start, it avoids adaptive synching features such as the AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync technologies for a 144Hz operation. Furthermore, it makes changes towards the curve itself in order to make for a more immersive type of gaming experience.

BenQ XR3501 Review - Entertainment Goodness

The BenQ XR3501 Brings a More Immersive Entertainment Experience for Games, Video, and More

For the screen on the BenQ XR3501,  it has a 2,000R curvature. In comparison to other contenders within the same space, it is tighter than that of the Samsung S34E790C and the Asus ROG PG348Q. Therefore, the curve on this monitor is just a slice of a particularly smaller circle. This means that the panel will wrap around the user to a greater degree as that curve is more pronounced.

When using the monitor for games, that curvature is indeed a boon. After all, BenQ is particularly known for making monitors good for racing titles. However, this is not the only videogame genre that can benefit from the more pronounced curvature. First Person Shooters, Real-Time Strategy, and Multiplayer Online Battle Arena titles all look incredible with this curve.

While the tighter curve is a good move for playing various games, those who are used to staring at flat screens will find that it does take some getting used to. For instance, you can see the curvature screen on flat horizontal lines, and this is not something that is too visible on displays with a less pronounced curve or shape.

The XR3501 has a native resolution of 2,560 x 1,080 pixels, and that is lower than some of its rivals that sport a 3,440 x 1,440 resolution. This is an output that does garner mixed results. Furthermore, the display’s 79-pixel-per-inch rating is lower as compared to other 27-inch 1080p screens, therefore contrast levels are not as pleasing as others found within the same size and price class.

This also means that pixelation is rather rampant when looking at certain images and footage with the BenQ XR3501. This will be a huge impact for the fidelity of games and the amount of screen real-estate for work-related tasks. However, on the brighter side, the lower resolution makes for the possibility of more graphics cards to run more smoothly with this panel. Ultimately, this monitor is pretty good for games and entertainment, and perhaps not so much for everything else.


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