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Hey guys,
Long time lurker, wanting to give back a little to the community.
I've had my monitor now for a few days and I can honestly say right now I feel ripped off for its 699.00 price tag.

The anti-glare coating is really poor and mild lights produce reflective annoyances.

The picture is not nearly as clear as my Acer XB271hu that I got rid of. That was because I didn't like it as much for FPS games, which I can say this is a big upgrade from.

There is a CLEAR ghosting issue with certain parts of the monitor sitting on a desktop.
i.e.
If I move the mouse in a constant fashion towards the top of the screen, it looks fairly good and fluid, no trailing mouse cursor. Move to the bottom of the screen and it looks like you have mouse trails turned on. Not what I expect from a 700 dollar panel with this new DyAC tech.

Games look very fluid, with the unfortunate fact that tearing seems to be combatting the DyAC tech in Overwatch at least.

Viewing angles are actually pretty good for a TN panel. UFO blurbuster test looks amazingly sharp.

My consensus right now, save yourself 200 bucks and buy a XL2730 or better yet, another brand altogether. I have a certified displayport cable coming just in case there is an issue with the included OEM but I'm not confident about that.

It's not that the monitor is bad by any means but I probably would of picked up a Benq Xl2730 or an Asus PG278q for less.
post #2 of 78
That's not ghosting. That's strobe crosstalk. You are getting frame data from either the next or previous frame. You can move this around by changing the "Area" value in the monitor's OSD blur reduction section, or changing it in the service menu.

You can also edit the vertical total in a custom resolution and change the vertical total from 1449 to 1849 (this is not confirmed to work but you can test it on this site: http://www.testufo.com/#test=photo&photo=alien-invasion.png&pps=960&pursuit=0&height=-1

If you want to test the custom resolution, download ToastyX Custom resolution utility, create a "LCD Automatic" 120hz or 100hz timing, then change it to manual, and change the "Vertical Total" from 1449 to 1849. Before doing this, make sure you are at 60hz or 144hz first, that way if you get an "out of range" error, you can cancel the resolution change, make the vertical total lower then try again.

this "trick" worked on the original Z series 1080p monitors but did NOT work on the XL2730Z. Changing the vertical total on the 1080p monitors from the default (1133-1144) to 1500 would reduce Strobe Crosstalk by about 33%, a pretty big amount.

The max vertical total on 1440p monitors is higher, so you can go up to 1849.
Edited by Falkentyne - 9/30/16 at 10:45pm
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I'm 100% in agreement with you on this. Strobe should be adjusted for less crosstalk where the ground should be in relation to your perspective. The clouds in the sky can mesh all day, no issue whatsoever.
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There is no blur reduction in the XL2735 OSD I can find.

I'll have to mess around with the custom resolutions tomorrow and see if I can figure that out.
post #5 of 78
The blur reduction settings are called AREA (Strobe phase) and INTENSITY (persistence).

if they are not in the OSD you can get them in the service menu.


http://forums.blurbusters.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2467

use the XL2720z code to unlock the service menu.

The service menu is this
20160901_221647.jpg

The factory menu (this is different) is this
20160901_221833.jpg
Edited by Falkentyne - 9/30/16 at 11:18pm
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Why is this monitor so expensive? I see it going for $700-$800, which seems kind of ridiculous for a 1440p TN panel. Figured a large part of the price would be because of G-Sync, but it's a Freesync display. These also only come with 2 year warranty. I don't understand. Is the inflation for the improved overdrive they cleverly branded as some marketing BS, DyAC?
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This monitor doesn't support freesync, does it?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Falkentyne View Post

This monitor doesn't support freesync, does it?

I would assume it does if it didn't have G-Sync. Would be even more laughable if this had no dynamic syncing for refresh rate/frame rate.

Edit: You are right.

"The monitor works at 144 Hz of refresh rate without using NVIDIA’s G-Sync or AMD’s FreeSync technology. Instead the BenQ Zowie XL2735 uses the company’s DyAC technology, which supposedly makes the displayed images even better."

http://www.hitechreview.com/it-products/monitors/benq-zowie-xl2735-is-a-gaming-monitor/55786/
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I would assume it does if it didn't have G-Sync. Would be even more laughable if this had no dynamic syncing for refresh rate/frame rate.
Why? BenQ is the best in strobe settings. There is no competition to this line of displays. There was one, now there is two.
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post #10 of 78
If this supported 60hz SINGLE STROBE, I would buy it and dump the firmware and see if you XL2730Z users could crossflash the firmware (you would NEED a backup and an ISP flasher in case it bricks it), but Luckbad said it's double strobing at 60hz and 85hz frown.gif And there's no single strobe override switch....

This device can dump and flash the firmware. I already ordered one of these today:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/free-shipping-RT809F-LCD-ISP-programmer-with-7-adapters-sop8-test-clip-ICSP-board-ISP-cable/32282316644.html

Now if this thing can upgrade Gsync monitors without you guys having to mail them in for fixing....
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