BenQ Zowie XL2540 (25 inch) 240hz 1ms Response Time Gaming Full HD LED TN Panel Monitor with Dual HDMI, Display Port, USB 3.0 & Free sync AMD Gaming Mode
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- Native 240Hz refresh rate delivers smoothest ever gameplay experience
- Shield helps you focus on the game by blocking out distractions
- Built-in black equalizer technology brightens dark scenes without over-exposing the bright areas
- The effortless one-finger height adjustable stand provides personalized viewing angles
- Switch allows you to easily access settings
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Native 240Hz Refresh Rate - Smoothness Evolution Catch every detail of motion and enjoy the most fluid gameplay by BenQ ZOWIE native 240Hz refresh rate monitor, which ensures a flawless view of fast-motion consistently at all time. (Please make sure the PC performance is up to par to fully activate 240Hz) Recommended Video Card Requirement: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 or better AMD Radeon RX 480 or better Strive for Perfection XL-series features the premiere monitors for PC s-Sports, fine-tuned to guarantee the smoothest and responsive experience, and the clearest images to arm you for competition. Shield - Help You Focus On The Game Shield - reveal the way to be concentrated in games. The adjustable angle and removable design allows Shield to adopt various environments according to preference. Just focus on winning the game. Spot Hidden Enemies Never fall victim to some cowardly camper in a dark corner again. Black eQualizer increases the visibility in dark scenes without overexposing the bright areas. Optimize Gaming Precision Color Vibrance gives you the flexibility to get the color performance. With 20 levels of Color Vibrance settings, you can get specific viewing requirements and preferences for all types of gameplay. Easily Access Settings for Different Scenarios Different usage scenarios require different display settings. The S Switch is designed for easy access to settings and switching between saved modes and different inputs. Whether you are watching, reading, surfing, gaming or connecting with multiple monitors, switching between the presets and different monitors, or navigating among menus is as simple as 1-2-3. Game Modes for Enhanced Gaming Experience Every game has its own optimal settings. We’ve outfitted every XL-series monitor with several settings. You can easily switch to these game modes with the touch of a hot key.
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240 hz refresh rate: The monitor is the world's first native 240 hz monitor which basically means that the number of images that are displayed on the screen changes 240 times every second. That's almost 100 frames faster than the current industry standard of 144 hz. While the difference between 144 hz and 240 hz may not be as drastic as the difference between 60 hz and 144 hz, it is still quite obvious and makes the game very very smooth. It's amazing!
The Shield: The side flaps on the monitor are one of those things that you miss once they are taken away from you. You can play without them for your life and you may never feel there is something missing. However, once you play with them and then remove them, you realize what a value-add they are. They block out all other information in the background that your eyes may be catching subconsciously.
S-Switch: After customizing the S-Switch and saving my preferred display settings on the 3 profiles, I am able to quickly switch between settings while switching games. For ex. I have saved my CSGO setting on profile 1 which gives me more brightness and contrast and Overwatch settings on profile 2 which are more color vibrant. Every time I switch games, my display settings only require one button press.
Other features: The monitor is height adjustable with one finger and the build quality is solid and robust. There are markings at the bottom of the neck and at the back for me to remember the height and rotation at which I play. The Black eQualizer tech makes dark areas beautifully more visible without flashing too much brightness in my eyes.
Conclusion: The monitor is a masterpiece by BenQ ZOWIE designed with great attention to detail and with focus on the requirements of a professional gamer. I absolutely love it and would recommend to anyone looking for a gaming monitor in this price range. I hope 240 hz becomes an industry standard soon.
- 240hz gives super smooth gameplay
- The S-Switch a very handy and portable. You can carry it around with you and your settings are always available.
- Other features such as Black eQualizer and color vibrance really enhance the gameplay experience though they take some time to set up
- Supports AMD FreeSync
- The monitor is expensive but that is expected as it is a pioneering technology. Maybe price will fall as newer models come out
- Shields are a good to have feature, nothing exceptional
Starting off with the set up, its relatively easy than most monitors as all I had to do was to put in a tool-free screw which was already in place. The monitor uses a click lock to secure it to the stand ( Hello LAN parties xD ). Next up is the movement and height adjustment - pivot,swivel,tilt or just adjust the height ! This monitor has got everything and another nifty feature is that height adjustment can be done with a single finger only.
Now onto the main thing that really matters - refresh rate. I tested whatever 240hz monitors were available in the market and nothing was as good this on paper as well as hands-on. Some other features that are worthy as advertised were -
* S-Switch - Besides playing CS, I am a tryhard at Overwatch and I use a whole different display setting for it. So switching from one profile to another is relatively made easier by this S-Switch. I have 3 profiles, 2 for gaming and the 3rd for Netflix and Chill xD.
* Shields - Remove this flap once and you start missing it. It keeps me filtered from the whole world and I actually have heard some scoldings for this only but its worth it.
* Black eQualizer - I hardly value any software stuff installed on the monitor coz I rely on all the hardware the thing has got but this one feature is a bliss. It brightens darkened areas without making you squint and go blind. In short, its a camper's worst nightmare.
Coming to the pricing, I don't think you can find a 240hz monitor at this budget except this and that too of professional grade.
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Coming from the Asus PG279q in 1440p, I can tell you confidently that while gaming FPS games, Battlefield, Pubg and a little CSGO, I can hardly tell the difference between 1080 and 1440 in terms of the color dynamics (more on this later). The most amazing part of this experience for me has been the speed of the monitor. This is what separates the two.
While in a fight with the Zowie, you can see EVERYTHING without screen shaking because of the Dyac, Black equalizer, and AMA. The monitor processes movement and light better than the Asus in FPS gaming. It is also noticeably smoother than the Asus in FPS gaming. There is no blur or latency. Missing out on kills because 20 people are running around spamming grenades in battlefield doesn't happen. I have gotten kills with this monitor that I was not getting with the Asus. In Pubg as well, you will see everything especially enemies in windows and in shadows. Your reaction times and performance are going to improve.
I spent about two weeks trying to get the color combination correct to make this monitor replicate what I have been seeing in 1440p and I totally did it (or came extremely close). I actually disconnected the Zowie and played on the Asus for one night, then when back to the Zowie and found the settings that make it look as good. Getting the color settings correct is totally do-able. Don't fret if you are dissapointed with what you see out of the box. You will have to tweek it. If you have been living in the 1440p world, you'll be able reproduce the joy you found when you made your first 1440p purchase.
I played Arkham Knight and Fallout 4 to test the graphics and the Zowie is nearly as amazing in 1080. The Asus PG279q is an amazing monitor that I love, still use, and can't be pried from my hands. But for FPS gaming, the Zowie is the go to.
There have been people on the fence as I was, especially those who use 1440p g-sync monitors and play FPS games. Don't be. You will be happy and astonished at what this monitor will do for your FPS performance. Don't get me wrong, I love the PG279q and I can FPS game on that thing all day long and I still love it, but the Zowie is just snappier. It has made me a better player because I can see enemies much better. It's important also to have a system that can drive the monitor too. I am running a 6700k,1080ti, 32 ram.
As an additional bonus, here are my color settings that allow me to see brilliant color and experience astonishing speed in all situations while gaming the BenQ Zowie XL2546
Nvidia Control Panel:
Digital vibrance 85
Vertical sync: off
Power management mode: prefer maximum performance
BenQ Zowie Settings:
Black equalizer 6
Color Vibrance 6
Low blue light off
Instant mode on
Color temp: bluish
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Moving from 60hz to 144hz was night and day difference. I bought my BenQ 2730 144hz monitor about a year ago. I've played on It 3-4 times a week for 2-3 hours at a time. It really made a difference in my performance in game as well as my ability to enjoy the game more. I can never go back to a 60hz.
Moving from 144hz to 240hz was hard to justify for a while. I've researched it a lot and wanted to know if people really could tell a difference. Most people said they visually cannot see a difference, but they do notice a difference in their performance in game. I've found that to be true. It is hard to see a difference visually from 144hz to 240hz, but I definitely have improved in game. I've increased my competitive rating a whole rank from platinum to diamond. And I have been stuck in platinum since the game released in 2016. If you really want to feel the difference between 240hz and 144hz the best thing to do is play at 240hz for a week. Then go back to 144hz to see if you can handle it. If you compare 240hz and 144hz switching back and forth for a few minutes apart you won't tell much of a difference. You don't know what you have until it is taken away from you. Which is why it is much easier to tell a difference if you played at 240hz for a good amount of time then tried to go back to a slower refresh rate.
In OW getting point blank headshots on Genji and Tracer have never been easier. Those two characters thrive and moving fast around you so you can't easily see them. Which is near impossible to do on a 60hz monitor for sure. At 240hz I have no problem following their faces and poking them in the face with an arrow. I am a Hanzo main in Overwatch and that will explain why I was stuck in plat forever to most of you fellow OW players, but Hanzo is a character that relies on accuracy a lot and these high refresh rate monitors help a ton if you are trying to become more accurate. If you are a Winston, Brigitte, or Symmetra main you are fine going back to a tube monitor at 30hz. Your performance won't change. Lol jk, but seriously... This monitor is the best for any FPS out there.
My one complaint is the tradeoffs of moving to a 240hz monitor. It's just the nature of current technology and it is nothing the brand can change. The main one being resolution. Yes I like games in higher res. They are prettier, but for gaming this monitor is totally worth it. The downside is if you do any type of work on your computer 1080p resolution makes it feel like you have no screen space on your computer to multi-task. I know 1080p was a normal standard for a long time, but I have been spoiled by 2K and 4K monitors at work where I can have many windows open and visible without overlapping eachother. My solution for now is to buy a second cheap 1080P or 2K monitor for multi-tasking. Whenever 2K monitors can reach 240hz or even 4K at 240hz I will definitely buy those. Of course when they do release they probably won't get back down to the $500 price range for years. $500 is probably the absolute max I would spend on a monitor.
I play on a GTX 1080 TI. I can almost completely max out the graphics settings and still get 240 fps at 1080p. If I don't want fps dips I have to reduce shadow and lighting quality settings. Of course most pros or serious players play on the lowest settings possible to reduce input lag and to hide effects in game that would otherwise impede your view, so you don't need the highest end graphics card to get 240 FPS on low settings in Overwatch. You could also reduce render scale to 75% to help increase FPS if you don't have the best GPU. I think a GTX 1070 is probably the best fit for this monitor or the AMD equivalent GPU. On a 1060 you might have to reduce render scale to get at least 240 FPS. To put this into perspective compared to a high res monitor. A 4K monitor has 8,294,400 pixels and most of 4K monitors are at 60Hz, meaning they will show 8,294,400 pixels 60 times per second. That is 497,664,000 changing pixels per second. A 1080p or HD monitor has 2,073,600 pixels. An HD monitor displaying at 240Hz means it is displaying 2,073,600 changing pixels 240 times per second. That gives the same result as 497,664,000 changing pixels per second just like the 4K monitor. If you have a 4K monitor or 4K TV to plug your computer into. You can trying playing a game on your 4K display on the lowest settings. If you get at least 60 FPS at 4K on your computer then it can fully utilize this 1080p monitor at 240 FPS. If it doesn't you might want to upgrade your GPU first before buying this monitor.
I've also seen some people complain about the stock color...... Just change the picture mode to standard. For some reason it comes sent on a weird picture setting. Probably should change that up BenQ.
Another thing is that I'm a huge fan of simple looking, yet clean products. This monitor is exactly that. No fancy bs. Just clean and straight business.
I fully recommend this monitor if you're looking for a future proof monitor as of now. I couldn't care less about 4k gaming. Give me 1080p and those delicious frames.