BenQ Zowie XL2546 24.5 Inch 240Hz FHD (1080p) Gaming Monitor for Esports, 1ms reaction time, Dynamic Accuracy (DyAC), Color Vibrance, Black Equalizer, Shield, S-Switch, Height Adjustable Stand
If you’re in the market for a gaming monitor, you’ve probably come across a whole bunch of them at multiple price points. However, if you’re looking for a monitor that brings a ton of features, and comes in at a competitive price point, the BenQ Zowie XL2546 is probably one you would’ve seen. So, if you’re planning on buying this gaming monitor, and are doing your due diligence before making a purchase such as this, I mean, it’s priced at Rs. 35,690, we have you covered. Here is our review of the BenQ Zowie XL2546 gaming monitor.
Product Specification of BenQ Zowie XL2546 :
- Exclusive Dynamic Accuracy technology that provides remarkable clarity during fast motion gameplay.
- Lightning-fast 240 Hz refresh rate performance for a smooth gaming experience.
- True 1ms Response Time (GTG) to eliminate ghosting and lag, providing the optimal gaming experience.
- Exclusive Color Vibrance and Black eQualizer technology to enhance visual clarity and customized color settings, giving players the advantage on the battlefield.
- Removable Shield that helps players focus on the game by blocking outside distractions paired with S-Switch that allows players to navigate the menu, save custom display profiles, and change monitor settings in a moment with the press of a button.
- Multiple connectivity options featuring DisplayPort, Dual-Link DVI-D, HDMI, and Headphone/Microphone Jack input.
- Full height, tilt, pivot and swivel adjustment with VESA Compatibility: 100mm x 100mm for improved ergonomics.
BenQ Zowie XL2546 Design and Build
The Zowie XL2546 looks like most other expensive gaming monitors at first blush. It has a thick build to accommodate the plethora of ports, and things like the built-in headphone hanger, it doesn’t do a lot to hide its bulk, and it looks slightly intimidating, especially if you’re using it at work, like I am, and you’re surrounded by sleeker-looking monitors.
One of those design aesthetics is the black and red color combination used throughout this monitor and its stand (which is included, by the way), but even so, BenQ doesn’t overdo it, and it looks nice and adds not only a splash of color, but also some character to the setup. Then there’s the height marker running along the side of the stand. It goes all the way from 0 to 14cm and comes with a small plastic marker so you can remember what height adjustment you prefer for gaming (and/or work). The stand also comes with tilt degrees marked on it, and the base has a set of markers to identify when the monitor is perfectly straight towards you.
There are relatively big bezels here though, which isn’t really something I personally like, but BenQ claims that it’s helpful to make gamers focus on the game without getting distracted by their surroundings — something that’s also done by the included shields that attach to the sides here. That said, these aren’t massive bezels, especially when put in perspective to the size of the display itself, and after an hour or so of using the monitor, you don’t really notice them anymore unless you’re hunting for the buttons on the bottom right to adjust a setting on the display.
BenQ Zowie XL2546 Display and Picture Quality
This is a relatively difficult section to describe, because even though this monitor is aimed at gamers, I also used it as my daily display for work, and in those situations, this doesn’t seem to be the best display out there. Especially if you’re coming from a higher resolution laptop, such as my usual daily driver 2017 MacBook Pro with its 13-inch Retina display.
Still, since this is a gaming monitor, I’ll treat it as such, and not dock points for flaws that are really only visible when using this is a non-gaming display.
So this here is a 240Hz panel with a response time of 1ms and those are specs you would expect from a display priced at Rs. 35,690. Does that make a big difference to games? Kind of. Does it make a big difference in daily usage — definitely As long as your laptop or PC has a GPU that’s capable of driving 240Hz displays (and most modern GPUs will do), everything on this panel is pretty frikkin awesome. The animations are smooth, scrolling is a treat, and gaming is smooth and responsive. It’s all pretty great.
When I did connect the display to my MacBook Pro for general office-related work, I had to set the color profile to fix the otherwise washed-out colors that the monitor defaulted to. However, that’s something I’ve noticed happen with a lot of displays so it’s not really something I’d attribute to this monitor itself. Other than that though, the Zowie XL2546 may be a pretty solid display.
BenQ Zowie XL2546 Ports and Connectivity
The Zowie XL2546 comes with a plentiful selection of ports on both the side, and below rock bottom lip of the display. There’s quite a lot of stuff here, but mostly what you’ll be concerned with are the HDMI ports, and the USB 3.0 ports on the side.
There are 2 HDMI ports, one of which is an HDMI 1.4 port, and another an HDMI 2.0. There’s a DisplayPort, a DVI slot, a headphone jack, mic-in, USB-3.0 ports, and even a headphone hanger, which isn’t strictly a port, but it’s a handy addition to the monitor, so you can easily store your headphones when you’re done gaming, and pick them back up when you’re ready for more rounds of your favorite game.
BenQ Zowie XL2546 S Switch
The Zowie XL2546 also has an additional accessory. Called the S Switch, this circular set of, well, switches, comes with 3 custom keys that you simply can program to quickly change the display settings on the monitor. You can simply change the settings to whatever you want, then press and hold on the 1,2, or 3 buttons on the S Switch for 3 seconds, and the setting will be saved. From there on out, you can simply press the button to switch display settings of the monitor to your liking, so you can create a setting that suitable to games like PUBG, one for something like watching movies, and yet another one for casual usage, and quickly switch between the three with just the push of a button.
I didn’t use this very often, but it was helpful to quickly be able to switch settings from game-mode, to something more suited for finishing off articles on the website. Plus, the base for the Zowie XL2546 comes with a dedicated place where you can keep the S Switch — that’s definitely a good touch, and, if you’re not using the S Switch, like I wasn’t, you can use that place on the base to keep your drinks, which is also pretty handy.
BenQ Zowie XL2546 Pros and Cons
The Zowie XL2546 definitely looks like a pretty solid gaming monitor, but as the age old adage goes, there are two sides to every coin, so let’s take a quick look at the good and the bad of this monitor.
- 240Hz refresh rate
- 1ms response time
- S Switch makes it easy to switch profiles
- Built-in headphone hanger
- Viewing angles are not good
- 1080p resolution seems a little low for a big, 25-inch display, especially when using it close up.
Worth the Money?
All things considered, the Zowie XL2546 may be a pretty good gaming monitor. It’s packed with features, it comes with a 240Hz refresh rate, and 1ms response time, it brings a nice, versatile stand that can let users set up their monitor any way they want and more. However, at Rs. 37,690, the drawbacks of the Zowie XL2546, especially the shabby viewing angles, sound more jarring than they otherwise would. As a purely gaming display, the Zowie XL2546 is good, but there are other options out there. There’s the Acer Predator XB272 which is priced at Rs. 39,990 and brings 240Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and a Full HD 27-inch display. There’s also the HP 27XQ, which brings a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and a 27-inch QHD display for Rs. 35,399.
There are others too, and all of this just goes to show that the Zowie XL2546 has tough competition in this segment, and other than the added features that it brings to the table, major brands like HP and Acer will definitely bring the fight to it, and personally, they feel like better choices