Currently, there are many brands of gaming monitor manufacturers competing to provide quality products to answer the needs of gamers. But only a handful are able to answer this need and succeed in creating professional gamers thanks to the gaming monitor products they use. Moreover, the esports industry is currently booming, especially in the first person shooter (FPS) genre.
Now there are many FPS games that are the center of attention for FPS gamers, because of the growing esports scene. Such as CS: GO, PUBG, Valorant, to Rainbow Six Siege. Gamers who already have good skills are not enough to be able to deliver to win the title. But also need supporting devices so that their skills can be seen optimally.
Speaking of devices, apart from a capable gaming PC, gamers who want to be serious about the FPS genre must also pay attention to the monitor used. Gamers who are serious about FPS games will definitely look for a gaming monitor that offers a high refresh rate and can consistently deliver the sharpness of every movement on the screen. Answering this, BenQ has launched a competitive gaming monitor product through the ZOWIE XL series.
ZOWIE is a brand that has been very well known by professional gamers or esports professionals for a long time. Where this brand has always create quality peripherals that are intend for advance to a professional level gamer. Until finally in 2015, BenQ acquired ZOWIE, even though the ZOWIE name itself is still use by BenQ and is dedicated as a new brand for esports or the professional gamer class.
Until now, BenQ ZOWIE products are well known among professional gamers. One of the most famous BenQ ZOWIE products is the XL series monitor. Where the BenQ ZOWIE XL series monitors have often appeared and become sponsors of various esports events.
Until now, BenQ ZOWIE continues to innovate to present XL series monitors, until a few months ago BenQ ZOWIE released the latest XL series, namely BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K. This monitor does have specifications designed for competitive gaming pro players. Keep in mind, this monitor is in the position of a pro player, so it has the qualifications that meet the needs of the pro player itself. So don’t be confuse with other monitors that use gaming frills to attract attention.
So what is the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K monitor that is the current BenQ ZOWIE flagship product? Before proceeding to the review, here is the specification information that you can see:
|Screen Size||24.5 inch|
|Panel Technology||Twisted Nematic (TN)|
|Fitur||DyAc+, Shield, S-Switch, Black eQualizer, Color Vibrance, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free|
Judging from the specifications above, maybe not all gamers will like it. Because this monitor resolution is fairly ordinary and not high resolution. However, take it easy, BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K is not design to spoil the eye from high-resolution details, but to spoil the eye so that it can see fast moving objects smoothly and with minimal flicker. Moreover, this monitor uses the Twisted Nematic (TN) panel which is already well known for bringing pro players to win several competitive esports tournaments at the international level.
Other advantages that stand out from the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K are the 240Hz refresh rate, 0.5ms response time, DyAc +, Black eQualizer, Color Vibrance, and additional Eye Care features such as Low Blue Light and Flicker-free to maintain eye comfort. These features play an important role in making it easier for pro players when dealing with fast game tempo.
Complete Sales Package
1X Power Cable;
1X Displayport Cable;
Warranty Book and User Manual.
BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K has a design that has undergone several changes so that it looks cooler than the previous series, namely the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546. This monitor returns with a matte black color with red accents on the holes on the base stand.
The dimensions of this monitor and the base stand are 57.1 x (44.29 – 52.12) x 20 cm. While the weight of the monitor with a stand is up to 6.2 kg. The screen of this monitor also has non-glare features. So that users don’t have to worry about being disturbed by light reflection from the side.
On the base stand, there is a monitor tilt angle gauge (right-left). Users can make various screen position adjustments for comfortable use of the BenQ-Zowie XL2546K monitor.
To meet user needs, the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K is height adjustable, ranging from 33 mm to 521 mm. In addition, this monitor can also be rotate (swivel) to the left or right, with a maximum angle of 45 °.
Don’t worry if the user’s posture is too high or too low, because this monitor can also be adjusted to look up with a maximum angle of 23 ° or to look down with a maximum angle of -5 °. In addition, users can also change the screen position to Pivot mode 90 °, or like a portrait position.
If users are tired of using a base stand, this BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K monitor also has a VESA mounting feature that allows you to attach it to a wall bracket or arm bracket.
Still on the back, you can find the monitor settings button, including;
1 power button (Equipped with LED Indicator light);
1 5-way joystick;
2 extra quick access menu buttons.
Unlike the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546 stand, whose base uses sturdy iron material, the XL2546K series has an iron stand which is now covered with plastic. There is also a hole for cable management, so that all cables plugged into the monitor can be drained into the hole and headed back.
For connectivity, the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K is quite complete with several ports, including:
AC Input Power
HDMI 2.0 ports 3x
DisplayPort port 1x
Micro USB (For S-Switch remote) 1x
3.5mm headphone jack 1x
There is also a security feature in the form of a Kensinton Lock which is usually used when in public places or as a display unit in a shop. One of the characteristics of the XL series from BenQ ZOWIE is the shield which is shaped like a wing, where the shield is attached to the right and left of the monitor.
The point is that users can focus more on seeing the monitor screen and are not distracted by other movements outside the monitor. Interestingly, unlike the XL2546 series which still uses bolts and requires a screwdriver to install it, the Shield on the XL2546K is very easy to install because it doesn’t use the bolt system anymore.
BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K Key Features
BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K has various excellent features that are not found on other gaming monitors, including physical features and features on the system. As for physical features, you will be spoiled with Shield features, remote S-Switch, VESA mounting, and height and tilt angle measurements.
Meanwhile, the system features DyAc +, Black eQualizer, Color Vibrance, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free, as well as AMD Freesync and G-Sync compatible. So in the following section, the author will describe some of these features.
DyAc + (Dynamic Accuracy)
DyAc + is a technology created by Zowie to reduce the blur effect that occurs in LCD technology. With this technology, the screen is claimed to reduce shocks in games and can help increase recoil control, such as in CSGO games.
The DyAc + (Dynamic Accuracy) feature on the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K also has two levels to choose, High and Premium. The author himself set DyAc + to Premium The result is amazing because it minimizes motion blur when an enemy or object is moving fast. So that the author can find out the opponent’s movements with great precision and consistency.
The BenQ-Zowie XL2546K supports Adaptive Sync AMD FreeSync. Interestingly, this monitor also supports G-Sync Compatible. To enable G-Sync Compatible, the monitor must be connected to DisplayPort.
Response Time 0.5 ms GtG
Gamers certainly need a screen with a very fast response time. This screen has a GTG 0.5 ms response time. With this feature it is able to eliminate the ghosting effect that occurs when playing games.
The S-Switch is a round device like a remote that connects to the micro USB port on the monitor. This feature functions as a quick access menu with 6 buttons and scroll to access the monitor menu more easily without having to go behind the monitor.
XL Setting To Share
This feature is use to save monitor settings profiles and then share them with teammates or friends. This feature is an application that can be download for free and can only be used on BenQ-Zowie XL Series monitor users.
Black eQualizer is useful for increasing the visibility of dark areas without making the entire field of view too bright. This allows you to be able to see objects more clearly and comfortably when you are in a less light area in the game.
This feature serves to adjust color and tone settings to a higher level to distinguish enemy targets in the game. By adjusting the Color Vibrance, users can increase the thickness of the colors so that they can more easily distinguish the colors that appear on the screen.
BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K also has an Eye Care feature which is divide into Low Blue Light and Flicker Free. Where both modes are useful for maintaining eye comfort even when playing games in the long run.
Experience of Use
The author got the opportunity from BenQ Indonesia to try out the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K directly and compare it with the previous BenQ ZOWIE XL2546 series. The author conducted several performance tests by activating all the features that are owned and running several popular FPS games, one of which is CS: GO and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
One of the features that I feel the most is the refresh-rate feature which reaches 240 Hz. As a result, when in a fast combat situation, the author does not feel any symptoms of image tearing and ghosting that create shadows when the enemy moves fast.
The interesting thing about the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K monitor is that there are 6 preset monitor settings that can be used as needed. Among them are FPS 1, FPS 2, FPS 3, Gamer 1, Gamer 2, and Gamer 3. The author himself feels more comfortable when using the FPS 2 preset, because it is not too bright and has good color accuracy.
In addition, the most noticeable feature is the Black Equalizer feature. This feature can lighten dark corners of the game, with 20 adjustable and adjustable levels of the Black Equalizer. This feature allows writers to be able to see objects or enemies in a dark or low light room. The author feels helped by this feature because he can see enemies well between the aisles in CS: GO.
Surely you are asking what is the power consumption of the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K? The author feels the power generated by this monitor feels quite low. Where when using it in some schemes. It is note that this monitor requires power ranging from 20 to 23 Watts. Of course the power consumption of this monitor depends on the preset mode used.
If you have a budget of Rp.9,900,000 million and aspire to become a pro player in the FPS game, BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K is definitely the right choice. This monitor has answered all the needs of pro players who want to compete in international competitive events. The best features are here to support the skills to play FPS games to make it even better. Starting from the high refresh rate at 240Hz, 0.5ms response time, to DyAc +. It really helps gamers to become champions in various FPS games.
In addition, BenQ ZOWIE also pays attention to health and pampers the eyes of its users with other features. Such as Black eQualizer, Color Vibrance, and Eye Care. As a result, the author himself who tried it immediately did not feel tired when staring at him for hours. Because this is the highest version. I can access the XL series monitor settings that are often use by international pro players through the XL Settings to Share feature. You can even share your monitor settings through this feature. Don’t worry if there is a sudden accidental damage. Because this monitor also has an official warranty of 3 years, you know!
Even though it is price at a pretty fantastic price, you won’t find what BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K offers on other gaming monitors. Although there are actually several other BenQ ZOWIE XL series variants that adjust to consumer budgets. Where you can see them in the following price lists and variants.