BenQ XL2546

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These mon­i­tors are all pow­er­houses, but the XL2546 pushes things fur­ther. As well as its 240Hz re­fresh rate, this is the only dis­play to of­fer a mo­tion blur-re­duc­ing back­light strob­ing mode that also runs at 240Hz.

The re­sult is the pin­na­cle of gam­ing per­for­mance. You sim­ply can’t get a more re­spon­sive, clear­erlook­ing im­age than with this dis­play. The re­turns in terms of real-world re­sults are di­min­ish­ing, but if you sim­ply have to have the best, this is it.

What’s more, you get a few other ex­tras, too. There are side wings that help block out any other dis­trac­tions, and there’s a wired re­mote that lets you switch mon­i­tor modes at the touch of a but­ton.

A fully ar­tic­u­lated stand, am­ple se­lec­tion of con­nec­tiv­ity—in­clud­ing side USB and head­phone ports—and even a pop-out head­phone stand fur­ther sweeten the deal.

Un­for­tu­nately, there are two key down­sides. One is the high price—es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing this dis­play doesn’t have G-Sync—and the other is im­age qual­ity. Out of the box, it’s down­right aw­ful, with in­ac­cu­rate col­ors and very low con­trast. Switch to the stan­dard pic­ture mode and it does im­prove, but still isn’t as good as some of the other dis­plays here. 85%

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