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ISR reviews the BenQ XR3501 Ultra Wide Gaming Monitor

This Week Inside Sim Racing BenQ XR3501 Review

ISR reviews the BenQ XR3501 Ultra Wide Gaming Monitor

Followers of the “This Week Inside Sim Racing” live show will already know John Sabol from ISR is using three BenQ XR3501 ultra curve Gaming Monitors in his triple-screen racing rig.

A while back, John already reviewed the 35inch curved BenQ XR3501 Ultra Wide Gaming Monitors for use on a triple-screen racing rig, but it is apparent that many community members would like to know if this screen is also a recommended product when using it for a single screen racing setup. In this review, John also asks himself if this ultra-wide screen is a good replacement for a traditional 16:9 triple-screen setup. Let’s find out.

In John’s own words, ” It ticks nearly every box.  It’s big, which is nice when on a single monitor and looking to get a 1:1 ratio to the real world cockpit, ultra smooth at 144 Hz, lots of extra screen thanks to the 21:9 aspect ratio, big curve that brings the edges closer to you and great color thanks to the AMVA panel.”

Quality comes at a price. On average the BenQ XR3501 Ultra Wide is selling for $969.99 in the U.S, while Europeans will have to slash out around € 1.160. ( ed. We have seen prices as high as €1500. So do your homework before parting with your hard-earned cash.)

You can read the full product review at the Inside Sim Racing Website.

BenQ XR3501 Key Features:

  • 2000R Ultra Curve
  • 144Hz Refresh Rate
  • 21:9 Ultra Wide & High Resolution
  • 20-Level Color Vibrance
  • Black eQualizer
  • Flicker-free



Product ColorBlack / Glossy Black


Back Light UnitLED
LCD Size (inch)35″
Aspect Ratio21:9
Resolution (max.)2560×1080
Display Area(mm)819.84x 345.84
Pixel Pitch (mm)320.25 (per one triad) x 320.25
Brightness (typ)300
Native Contrast ( typ. )2000:1
Viewing Angle (L/R;U/D) (CR>=10)178/178
Vertical Refresh Rate144Hz
Response time4ms (GTG)
Display Colors16.7M (RGB 8bits)


Energy Star6

Audio Line In/Out

Headphone JackYes

Dimensions & Weight

CTN Dimensions (HxWxD mm)308 x 982 x 600
Dimensions(HxWxD mm)499 x 853 x 206
Net Weight (kg)11.1
Gross Weight (kg)15.9

Special Features

Color VibranceYes
Super ResolutionYes
Low Blue LightYes
Flicker-free TechnologyYes
Windows® 7 CompatibleYes
Windows® 8 CompatibleYes
Windows® 8.1 CompatibleYes
Windows® 10 CompatibleYes
VESA Wall Mounting100 mm x100mm , need transfer kit
Tilt (down/up)-5°~15°
Black eQualizerYes
Display ModeFull/ Aspect Ratio/1:1
Picture ModeStandard /Gamer1 /Gamer 2 /Gamer 3 /Movie /sRGB /Photo/Custom 1 /Custom 2

Included Accessories

Other AccessoriesPower cord for adapter (1.8m), HDMI 1.4 cable(1.8m), mDP to DP cable (1.8m) ,Audio Cable (1.8m) warranty card, QSG, CD


Power Supply (90~264 AC)Adapter
Power Consumption (On mode)<66W(Energy star level 46W)
Power Consumption (Power saving mode)<0.5W

BenQ XR3501 Ultra Wide Gaming Monitor