• Display Size: 24.5-inch
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Connectivity: DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort
  • Refresh Rate: 240Hz
  • Others: 1x headphone jack, 1x mic jack
  • Dimensions: 445~515 x 570 x 226mm
  • Weight: 7.5kg
  • Pros:
  • 240Hz
  • Ergonomic stand
  • Cons:
  • None

Smoother Than The Eye Can See

The world of e-Sports is constantly growing, and as the community grows so will the players. Players are expected to win and to do that they’ll need every bit of help they can get. BenQ has been a brand that has been on the frontlines of e-Sports, whether it’s PC gaming like CS:GO, or console gaming like Street Fighter, they have been there to provide the best experience to casual and professional gamers alike.

The release of their latest line of monitors targets professional e-Sports gaming and with it, BenQ has introduced gamers to 240Hz gameplay. Using the BenQ ZOWIE XL2540, you can expect to have buttery smooth gaming. Together with a response time of 1ms, it’s not only smooth but also fast. For our testing, we used both CS:GO and Overwatch as our benchmarks for real life performance. Using FRAPS we made sure CS:GO was running at 240Hz and indeed we instantly noticed how smooth the game was.

On Overwatch we also noticed the same increase in fluidity. The smoothness and fluidity of monitor definitely upped the fun factor of the games. We could feel the impact of having high refresh rates within minutes of playing. But refresh rates aren’t the only thing the XL2540 has, it also has a Black eQualizer feature allowing you to have better vision in darker areas across games. It also sports our personal favourite Flicker-Free and Low Blue Light technologies. Important features for us and especially for gamers who spend hours practicing their skills and strategies.

The XL2540 also comes with a height adjustable stand that allows you to tilt and pivot the monitor freely. It’s an important feature to have in our opinion, because if a monitor is too low or too high, it can have a negative effect on gamers. Increased chance of neck strain or bad posture, are some of the things that could happen. Besides all that, the monitor has additional features like the headphone holder, audio jacks for your headphone and microphone, as well as USB ports. We have absolutely no complaints about its connectivity. The XL2540 has everything a modern PC would need, DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, the works!

CHIP CONCLUDE: For those who want the best, the XL2540 is without a doubt a monitor built to provide the best gaming experience.

(previously published in issue March 2017)