BenQ has always striven to check as many of the boxes as possible with every display it introduces. Recently, that goal has become tougher to reach now that G-Sync and FreeSync are available. BenQ’s XR3051 high contrast AMVA panel offers an amazing 2000R curved monitor and a 144Hz refresh rate along with some very unique attributes.
- Video Inputs: 2 x Display Port, 2 x HDMI
- Audio: 1 x 3.5mm input, 1 x 3.5mm output, 1 x headphone output
- USB: ✗
- Panel Dimensions: 33.6 x 19.6 x 8.1in 853 x 499 x 206mm
- Panel Type Backlight: AMVA / W-LED, edge array
- Screen Size & Aspect Ratio: 35in / 21:9
- Max Res & Refresh: 2560×1080 @ 144Hz
- Native Color Depth: 8-bit / sRGB
- Response Time: 4ms
- Brightness: 300cd/m2
- Speakers: ✗
- Panel Thickness: 2.2in / 55mm
- Bezel Width: .6-.9in / 14-23mm
- Weight: 24.5lbs / 11.1kg
- Warranty: Three years
Let’s check out that curve. The other curved displays we have seen sport a 3800R curvature, which means a radius of 3000 millimeters. To put it another way, if you wanted to completely encircle yourself with 3800R monitors, the screens would be 3.8 meters away from a seat placed at the center, and the circle would be 7.6 meters across. BenQ seeks to wrap the screen around more tightly with a curve of 2000R.
The XR3501 is by far the brightest ultra-wide display we have tested. It is a shame that with so much output BenQ hasn’t chosen to contain blur-reduction, because there is surely enough headroom for it. It is also significantly brighter than the BL3200PT.
The XR3501’s native gamut runs a bit over-saturated for all six colors. By lowering the brightness levels, BenQ has compensated somewhat but the resulting errors are all still visible to the naked eye. The XR3501 offers a little extra gamut volume. If you are engaged in color-critical tasks, you will have to calibrate your camera and printer to take advantage of the bonus. For gaming players nevertheless, it means the brightest scenes will be just a tad more colorful.
BenQ has created a unique product but a couple of omissions make the buying decision more difficult. Acute users will want G-Sync/Free-Sync and at least Q.H.D res. But others may be attracted to the extra tight curvature and the gorgeous AMVA panel. Ultimately, it is up to the buyer to decide which characterizes matter most.