BenQ ZOWIE 240Hz 24.5inch e-Sports Monitors
As with all the Zowie monitors, they are aimed firmly at the competitive eSports market making them a relatively niche product but non-the-less well worth the look if you are in to games like CS:GO.
The BenQ Zowie XL2540 boasts a number of features designed to help gamers one of which is the Shield, two adjustable flaps on the side of the monitor that are there to help concentration and focus. Not sure how much it will actually assist but, when you are as bad as I am, I am willing to try anything to improve my game! Where I can see them helping is in competitive matches with the flaps blanking out the audience and studio lighting etc that could distract while playing.
BenQ have also included their Black eQualizer which is designed to increase the visibility in Dark areas without over exposing the bright areas which will improve your odds against the shadow camper! This has been widely adopted by other eSports monitors now as competitive gamers have cited it as a must to help give them the edge and to highlight opponents trying to hide in the dark corners of maps!
There are 20 levels of colour vibrancy settings helping you get the right viewing experience in all game types. To make it even easier to get your viewing options set how you want them there is a handy display control that allows you to program custom presets for different uses and even changing monitors for a multi-monitor setup. Handy!
All of BenQ’s XL range of monitors have been outfitted with several settings linked to hotkeys so you can switch between game modes easily. With the BenQ Zowie XL2540 it comes with a handy S-Switch to quickly and easily switch between 3 custom profiles and access the menu.
BenQ are really setting this at the serious competitive gamer with LCD frame on all of the XL range being specially designed to reduce light reflection from the screen. It’s these subtle tweaks that go to show just how much effort BenQ go to give their gamers the edge and shows why you will often see their monitors being used at tournaments.
So on to the raw specs of the BenQ Zowie XL2540 ;
As mentioned it is a 24.5 inch LCD Screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It has a Max. Resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 240Hz using either a HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort connection. They do recommned that you need atleast a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 or better / AMD Radeon RX 480 or better in order to benefit from the 240Hz.
The panel is a TN and boasts a 1ms (Grey to Grey) response time. So yes, the colours aren’t going to be the most vibrant and stand out but as mentioned this monitor is geared totally and 100% at competitive gamers who are after high refresh rates and a low response time. That low response time is only going to come from a TN panel. If you want the prettiest picture possible, are in to any form of content creation or photo editing then you need to look elsewhere, ideally for an IPS panel monitor like this!
As far as connections go you have the option to connect via DVI-DL, HDMI (x2) or DPI.2. If you really need it there is a headphone and mic jack too! USB support of x3 Downstream and x1 upstream is also there.
In terms of your precious desk space, the BenQ Zowie XL2540 , at full stand height comes in at 515.43 x 569.94 x 226.40mm so what you would expect from a 24’ monitor. It can swivel 45* left and right and has a tilt of -5* to +20*. The height adjustment range is 140mm and it can be adjusted with one finger!
It is Flicker Free but has neither G-Sync nor Freesync which is usual for Zowie monitors.
So what’s my take on it? Well I have had a BenQ XL2411T for a good few years and like their monitors. What I will say is the BenQ Zowie XL2540, like my current one, does not have a slim frame so no real chance of having multi screen gaming with it without huge seams. BenQ definitely go for function over form
There does appear to be a hole in the stand to assist with cable management but it isn’t very high and if the screen is lifted it will expose the cables.
The overall aesthetic design of BenQ’s monitors has changed little and this won’t look hugely dissimilar to your 5 year old BenQ but function over form is the usual play with them. You won’t find any fancy RGB or flashes of colour in the design. I am, however, sure if you were to pick up one of these you would not be disappointed with the view.
Want one for yourself? You can find it here (with free delivery if you have Amazon Prime).
So right at the start of the article I mentioned two 240Hz monitors yet have only refered to the BenQ Zowie XL2540. The second monitor, BenQ Zowie XL2546, is identical to the aforementioned but for two difference! The first is the price with it being a tad more expensive and the second, which is the reason for the added cost, is that the BenQ Zowie XL2546 comes with BenQ Zowie’s exclusive DyAc™ Technology, which they claim gives “Dynamic Accuracy” by maintaining clarity during moments of vigorous movement while doing things like spraying of weapons. This will allow you to adjust for recoil more accurately. This is another innovative technology designed at giving the competitive edge in those crucial moments during your CS:GO and Quake tournaments. No doubt something other eSports brands will try to emulate.
If you have the extra pennies to afford the DyAc™ Technology, you can get a XL2546 here!
Let me know below what you think. I am all ears!