Originally Posted by Jodiuh
Also, the TE set me back $270. The Z is $400. So...is it $130 better?
Depends on whether LightBoost is important to you.
If you need a brighter and more colorful "LightBoost", then $130 is important.
But if you don't use LightBoost or BENQ Blur Reduction, then it's not important.
BENQ Blur Reduction Version 2 (in XL2420Z V2 and XL2720Z V2) has better colors than LightBoost
without a color tint, and with Strobe Utility can be brighter than LightBoost=100% or can be clearer than LightBoost=10%. Double image issue is mostly gone in V2 after recalibration via Strobe Utility.
There are some good testimonials, including:
Originally Posted by LogicElite
Being one of the first to receive this screen (public release), pre-orderer on dec-2013 and delivered on the first January week. I was unsatisfied for a 500$ monitor.. and when I noticed the poor motion blur reduction configuration and results I was very close to return this screen.Stock V1:
Very Dark strobing (can't even play some game since the screen was too dark.. like BF4...);
Poor color (using the ICC profile on the BenQ cd..);
Lots of crosstalk.What I've done:
Ordered the MSTAR unit and flashed from V1 to V2 with the support and procedure from chief (thanks again mate);
Installed the BlurBusters Strobe Utility;
Installed the ICC profile from TFTcentral DB;
Made the custom resolution (120hz and set the total vertical pixel to 1350);
Configured Strobe Utilty for my game while the game was running on the other monitor (would love to have the ability to save and manage custom profiles and maybe a future integration with BenQ Display Pilot.. who knows...
And can strobe even in 60hz, my games now using strobing and they have brightness how high I wish and REAL-TIME control;
Less crosstalk since is now controlled as I WISH by the utility;
Very nice color (close from my other monitor - Dell UltraSharp U2412M)
Everything that I gamer or an enthusiast would expect from a monitor!
seriously, with Strobe Utility, it's like a totally new screen!
Some info on BENQ's website, if you own a Z-series and want to get it upgraded to V2 for free by BENQ: http://info.benq.us/blog/benq-america-corp-announces-xl-z-series-gaming-monitor-firmware-update-and-support-for-authorized-third-party-software-utilities
Of course, if you don't have a Z-series, make sure you buy one with V2 firmware already preinstalled. Then you're all ready.TL;DR: If you are a LightBoost user, the Z-Series Version 2 is a much better monitor.Edited by mdrejhon - 3/22/14 at 12:17pm