BenQ XR3501 Curved Gaming Monitor Review

Curved screen makes its way to computer gaming and BenQ brought curved screen gaming a notch higher by introducing one with a 2000R curve on the XR3501.

BenQ XR3501 Curved Gaming Monitor Review

Before we proceed, here’s a video that I made to showcase the XR3501.

The monitor is really heavy and I think what comes to everyone’s mind – how curved is the curve? Here it is from the bottom.

BenQ XR3501 Curved Gaming Monitor Review

The BenQ XR3501’s menu navigation buttons are placed at the bottom, they’re physical buttons and it has a power light indicator.

BenQ XR3501 Curved Gaming Monitor Review

The XR3501’s stand comes pre-attached and it’s not removable. The round opening at the back can be covered by using the cover piece that’s provided.

BenQ XR3501 Curved Gaming Monitor Review

As for the input ports, they’re really difficult to access, considering it’s quite covered by the monitor itself and not made any easier as the monitor has a limited angles to tilt. It’s a curved monitor so there’s no reason to make it vertically aligned.

BenQ XR3501 Curved Gaming Monitor Review

One thing I like about the XR3501 is that it comes with hooks to help with cable management.

BenQ XR3501 Curved Gaming Monitor Review

Here’s the product spec as taken from the official product page.

BenQ XR3501 Curved Gaming Monitor Review

User Experience

Besides the rather difficult attempt to connect the I/O cable to the port at the bottom, the monitor setup is very easy as it comes pre-assembled.

Gaming wise the XR3501 is truly revolutionary with its curve, I must say that it brought me a whole new experience in gaming. Personally I wouldn’t even consider this monitor for my art related work but when it comes to gaming, the XR3501 is one awesome beast as long as your game supports 21:9 aspect ratio.

Overall I’ve no complaints about the experience, good stuff indeed! You might want to check out my BenQ XL2430T for details on the 20-level Color Vibrance and Black eQualizer feature.

Here’s a video to showcase the gaming experience on this 21:9 monitor.

As for the power consumption, BenQ’s XR3501 drains about 52w from the wall socket.

The Verdict

The BenQ XR3501 Curved Gaming Monitor retails at RM 3,999 – I know some of you might have your jaw dropped by now but think about it this way, a 144Hz 1440P G-Sync monitor with TN panel costs almost RM 3,000 as well. The XR3501 comes with MUCH wider screen and a curved one, it still has 144Hz and the only thing it lacks is the G-Sync / Free-Sync support which is not exactly something everyone needs.

Overall, it’s a rock solid product from BenQ.

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