BenQ Zowie XL2546 is certainly one of the most common monitors with professional gamers. It is an awesome gaming monitor with a refresh rate of 240Hz that pays attention to performance more than gimmicks and appealing looks, and that seriously won several competitive players.
Currently, the upgraded version of this great and extraordinary monitor in the form of the XL2546K. Besides an entirely new design and lots of intense, exciting features like the ability to share directly and download monitor settings through files, it possesses an improved panel.
BenQ Zowie XL2546 Design
Regardless that the BenQ Zowie XL2546K was majorly all about function more than form, it’s not unattractive due to the red color accents interrupting the uniform black, plastic chassis. The screen turns about 45º left and 45º right from the base to allow competitive gamers to select the incremental rotation degree without trial and error rapidly. Even at the rear, there are embossed increments to enable for likewise ample adjustments to tilt about -5º to +23º and height 15.5cm. The latter provides a slider for assistance with alignment.
It also rotates 90º, which won’t aid the performance but enables accessing the rear-ports much easier. A red, plastic-lined, cable-tidy hole in the stand allows an iota of cable management and two ‘shield’ panels attached to the sides to help make combat ambient intense and serve as a sight-screen for distracting backgrounds.
The monitor’s bezel is not too thin at 13mm. Hence, it’s not wonderful for tiling. The small-footprint base strongly holds the screen. While behind the screen, BenQ included a fold-down hook for you to hang your headset at the top left.
The OSD can be operated with a proper intuitive mini-joystick and the buttons placed on the rear on the right, but there’s also an innovative ‘S-Switch’ wired remote that makes settings very easy to access. The most significant aspect of this is a multi-directional scroller button that can insistently bring up an OSD display that gives access to the main menu while informing you about how the settings are set. The multi-faceted button makes navigating through menus and changing settings simple and easy.
BenQ Zowie XL2546 Features
A TN panel with a 240Hz refresh rate will help cut out blurring and ghosting with fast-moving images. BenQ’s Zowie brand monitors include its custom-made Dynamic Acceleration technology, which appears in the XL2546K in its most recent DyAc+ iteration. It can only work by switching the backlight between frames to clear the decks of every remaining image left in the LCD crystals before showing the next image. It’s a technology that has been seen formerly on Samsung TVs, where it introduced a frustrating hyperrealism effect that changes characters in a scene into (distracting) actors during a set.
Nevertheless, it made live sports look natural and generally incredible. The XL2546K is a fast gaming monitor, and the effect is developed to remove ghosting and make all the 240 images per second look as smooth and as clearly as possible irrespective of how fast and insane the action on screen is.
The + in DyAc+ means to advance in this generation of the technology: to also hasten improvements, there isn’t any halving in brightness which blighted the former generation.
Certainly, synchronizing a backlight with a 240Hz display needs some important technology, so it’s essential to note that this gaming monitor is not compatible with either FreeSync or G-Sync, the dynamic-frame rate image-enhancement technologies from AMD and Nvidia. This is debatably unimportant, as you don’t have to synchronize choppy framerates with monitor frequencies (to produce a clearer image) when running old and competitive games at a regular bazillion fps.
The technology is an important aspect monitor and so doesn’t strongly impact upon input lag. BenQ stated that for amateur console players, “DyAc/DyAc+ is an independent feature designed into the monitor that can work well on any PC or console, but DyAc/DyAc+ would be active if the input content is 100Hz or above.”
Another powerful beneficial feature is an app called “Setting to Share.” This gives gamers the ability to save, export easily, and share their settings so that they don’t have to go through a menu making lots of adjustments to sharpness, color temperature, saturation, brightness. And other countless settings that the XL2546K lets you fiddle with any time you change a game or a new player sits down. The monitor can store about three user set-ups, but the app enables you to export and delete any of them.
BenQ Zowie XL2546 Connectivity
The BenQ Zowie XL2546K possesses a DisplayPort 1.2, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and three HDMI 2.0 ports. It also has a DisplayPort cable in the box.
The XL2546K doesn’t only look much better than the XL2546, although most people may disagree. However, it is slimmer with a smaller base, letting you easily accomplish your perfect ‘tryhard gaming position.’ The new panel makes the monitor look awesome, with top-notch color representation and many customization options. It is surely still a TN panel, so the viewing angles aren’t extraordinary, and it may never live up to some bigger tier IPS monitors. Nevertheless, these are tradeoffs competitive gamers would humbly accept to receive that perfectly smooth 240Hz refresh rate.
Well, one of the more interesting features is the ability to share your monitor settings quickly and easily. Currently, this all feels a bit restricted. Although it’s a new product, we sincerely hope that BenQ Zowie presses into this and gets several professionals and regular users to share their configs.
If you need a competitive gaming monitor, this is an awesome option, and it’s undoubtedly one of the best monitors you can buy presently.