BENQ ZOWIE XL2540
BenQ Zowie has embedded deep into esports on the strength of its peripherals, and their XL2540 monitor has the same audience in mind. It touts the same native 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time of its peers but packages thoughtful accessories for the competitive gamer.
For a 24.5-inch monitor, the XL2540 appears larger than it is thanks to the detachable shields framing either side. They’re designed to cut glare, reflections, and any flashes of light or movement that lie within peripheral vision — a bigger concern at events than at home. Nonetheless, it does help to pull focus towards the game or movie on-screen, bumping up the immersion factor.
Similarly, the XL2540 is mounted on a stand designed for events, with a solid top handle that doesn’t leave the monitor rattling. The stand allows smooth adjustments to height, tilt, and swivel, with printed markers in place to serve as guides or future references. The stand’s base also comes with a circular recess meant for the included S-Switch, an accessory to quickly switch monitor profiles or inputs.
For input, the XL2540 accepts the requisite DisplayPort 1.2 alongside HDMI 2.0 and DVI-DL. Other ports include four USB 3.0, three of which are downstream for peripherals; you’ll find two of them along the monitor’s left edge, together with the microphone and headphone ports, as well as a pop-out headset hanger. There’s even a slot for a Kensington lock.
When gaming, this monitor doesn’t disappoint. It delivers on the promised 240Hz, alongside what they call an Advanced Motion Accelerator (AMA) for a smooth and blur-free experience. It held up just as well as the Asus in shooters, racers, and fighters, though it did require more leg-work when it come to movies. While outof-the-box calibration did take longer on the XL2540, the final result didn’t raise any eyebrows.
That being said, BenQ Zowie oﬀers users plenty of room to tweak and customize to their liking. There are physical buttons on the back of the monitor to set-up contrast and brightness basics, as well as features such as color vibrancy, black equalizer, or blue light filter. Three of the eight available presets are customizable too, and you’ll have quick access to all three via the S-Switch.
The XL2540 exudes confidence in an esports context but not much else, making this monitor an especially niche product in an already uncommon line-up.
A sturdy carrying handle tops the
stand for easy transportation – one
hand still needs to support the
monitor, but the handle makes
things less cumbersome.
Rather than reaching for the
monitor’s physical buttons, the
S-Switch provides quick access to
monitor profiles and input toggles.
AT A GLANCE
DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI
USB 3.0 (×2),