BenQ Zowie XL2540

One aimed at es­ports gamers.

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To be up­front, the BenQ XL2540 is not for ev­ery­day gamers. It’s not even for most hard­core gamers. In­stead, it to­tally aimed at com­pet­i­tive gamers, or those who want to push their high-speed gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as far as pos­si­ble. The mon­i­tor is packed with fea­tures not seen else­where, in­clud­ing the mon­ster 240Hz re­fresh rate. The screen it­self is a 24.5-inch TN panel, sport­ing a not-so-ex­cit­ing 1,920 x 1,080 res­o­lu­tion. But com­bined with the 1ms re­sponse time and FreeSync sup­port, the BenQ gives a unique ex­pe­ri­ence.

As far as TN pan­els go, the BenQ per­forms pretty well, with vi­brant colours, not ter­ri­ble view­ing an­gles and even back­light­ing. While the mon­i­tor sup­ports FreeSync, the idea is that you will al­ways be run­ning at +240fps when us­ing it. BenQ even warn users on the web­site — the XL2540 is a screen that needs a pow­er­ful gam­ing PC to push it to its lim­its. Of course, in use, screens with a lower re­fresh rate can’t com­pare, and we are still go­ing through with­drawal symp­toms. The mon­i­tor of­fers a de­cent ar­ray of in­puts, in­clud­ing two HDMI ports, DVI, Dis­playPort and USB.

The BenQ has been tweaked to suit pro gamers, with fea­tures such as a black equaliser to help show en­e­mies in dark lo­ca­tions, fold out blin­ders, to block un­wanted dis­trac­tions, a pop-out holder for your head­set and a fully ad­justable stand.

The XL2540 also comes with the S-Switch — a lit­tle don­gle that makes it quick to swap be­tween in­puts or saved con­fig­u­ra­tions.

Ver­dict

A mon­i­tor with­out com­pare for pro gamers, but overkill for al­most every­one else.

$679 | WWW.ZOWIE.BENQ.COM Panel: 24.5-inch TN; Res­o­lu­tion: 1,920 x 1,080; Re­fresh rate: 240Hz with AMD FreeSync

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