We take a look at the new member of the series where we previously reviewed the BenQ Zowie XL2546K: Zowie XL2540K. BenQ’s XL-K series gaming monitor comes with a 24.5-inch panel and differs from the BenQ Zowie XL2546K in basically not offering DyAc support.
BenQ’s series for Esports games includes models with a high screen refresh rate. The BenQ Zowie XL2540K continues this tradition, offering a 240 Hz screen refresh rate. Today, 144 Hz refresh rate has become the lower limit for players, while a 240 Hz refresh rate is of great importance, especially for Esports players. The higher the screen refresh rate, the more linear the opponents players see, especially in online competitive games, making it easier to aim and react.
The “screen refresh rate” affects the monitor’s feeling of speed, that is, its fluency under your hand. The most important technical value that ensures that the image in front of your eyes is clear, not blurry, is the pixel response time. A refresh rate of 240 Hz indicates that the monitor can draw at 240 frames per second. While aiming with the mouse, you will feel serious differences between 60-75-120-144 and 240 Hz speeds.
BenQ used a 24.5-inch TN panel on the Zowie XL2540K. TN panels stand out because they are faster and smoother than other panel types. BenQ’s aim here is to offer a fast monitor, especially for Esports players. This panel, which offers a 240 Hz screen refresh rate, can be said to be 1 ms and below, although BenQ does not give any value. However, it should be noted that the monitor has AMD FreeSync Premium support.
Screen brightness is also very important for a monitor. Gamers often use their screens at high brightness to be able to perceive objects on the screen more clearly. The BenQ Zowie XL2540K model offers a brightness value of 320 cd/m². This is a high value especially for TN panels.
The disadvantage of TN panels compared to IPS and IPS-derived panels (such as VA), which we are seeing more and more today, is the viewing angle. However, the Zowie XL2540K seems to avoid this problem with its 170-degree viewing angle. The vertical viewing angle of the monitor is 160 degrees. It should also be noted that the monitor offers 1000:1 contrast and 8 (6 bit + FRC) bit color depth.
We can say that BenQ Zowie XL2540K is a sufficient monitor in terms of video input and output ports. The monitor has 3 HDMI 2.0 and 1 DisplayPort 1.2 ports on it. In addition, there is a port where you can get a 3.5mm audio output and a Kensington lock slot that you can use to provide security. In addition, there is another port on the monitor called mini-USB for remote connection. However, as we mentioned, this port is only used to provide the control connection.
BenQ has also included console support in the Zowie XL2540K model in order to comply with the new standards in monitors. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, one of today’s current game consoles, have 120 Hz refresh rate support. The BenQ Zowie XL2540K also fully offers this support, giving gamers an additional option. By connecting computers and game consoles at the same time, users can switch between devices by switching resources at any time.
The BenQ Zowie XL2540K model comes with some improvements over the previous generations. BenQ especially highlighted the booth and the booth floor among these improvements. As you know, esports players are sitting close to the monitor and therefore the space they will use for the keyboard and mouse is narrowed. BenQ reflected the lesson learned from previous generations well in the Zowie XL2540K model and stated that it now offers users more space.
However, the BenQ Zowie XL2540K’s stand now offers more angles and more room for movement. In other words, users can move their monitors more easily according to the sitting height and table height.
Zowie XL2540K also stands out with its new OSD menu. The renewed OSD menu is now more easily controlled with the optional 5-button control (S Switch). The redesigned interface provides a faster menu, making it easier to quickly access FPS settings or to easily reach the setting you want.
Zowie XL2540K has a very useful feature called “Shareable XL Settings”. Thanks to this feature, players can save their monitor settings and share them with their friends, or download the settings of professional players who share their own settings and quickly install them on their own monitor.
Footballist Esports team, sponsored by Zowie, uses monitors from the XL-K family. Users can download the settings used by Futbolist players and use them on their own monitors thanks to the “Shareable XL Settings” feature. In addition, users can access the settings of world-famous CS:GO players who have appeared in PGL from this address.
The BenQ Zowie XL2540K is a monitor focused entirely on the gaming experience. For this reason, there are many features for players. BenQ highlights the feature it calls Black eQualizer from these features. Black eQualizer aims to provide players with a clearer field of view by making dark areas and dark objects in games more prominent. In addition, with game modes that can be selected according to game types, users do not have to manually adjust more accurate settings.
Other highlights of the monitor include Adaptive-Sync, Blue Light Filter, Flicker-free and BenQ Color Vibrance.