The BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K is the latest gaming monitor by BenQ, which would replace the previous rendition ZOWIE XL2546 model by way of enhanced features and definitive upgrades. According to BenQ, it is currently the company’s flagship model for the ZOWIE lineup and is the smoothest and clearest 24-inch monitor with the Fast Liquid Crystal technology.
Read on to find out about the ZOWIE XL2546K in detail.
Unboxing And Assembly
If there’s one thing we love about BenQ products, is that they take into account packaging of products (and their accessories) in a neat fashion while improving upon customer experience in unboxing them. The ZOWIE XL2546K is no exception. Assembling the base of the monitor is done very quickly and without the use of screwdriver. The base fits nicely to the neck and the locking mechanism as shown here secures the monitor from wobbly movements.
This gadget is no stranger to existing ZOWIE monitors and their users. It is a mini USB-powered controller called New S-switch. It allows you to switch between 3 profiles that record your preferred monitor settings on board the ZOWIE XL2546K. And yes, it pretty much helps navigating through the on-board settings intuitively.
These are called New Shields. If you hadn’t notice, ZOWIE monitors are flanked by these swiveling flaps, which supposedly helps increase performance by maximizing focus and blocking visual distractions and light glares. An upgrade this time for the ZOWIE XL2546K is the absence of screws, therefore it’s just an easy plug and play.
Going over the ports, the ZOWIE XL2546K has three HDMI2.0, one DP1.2 display port and a headphone jack. The mini-USB port is meant for the S Switch.
From the back, you have a somewhat rugged-looking monitor. The neck has a robust metal handle, which allows you to carry the entire monitor with ease. The buttons are situated at the bottom left from this angle while the top right of the back has a tuckable headphone/ headset holder.
In close-up, the buttons speak for themselves The joystick is for navigation while the numbered 1 and 2 buttons are meant for accessing recorded profiles quickly. The buttons are situated on the rear instead of on the front like its predecessor, in order to prevent further distraction from the actual visuals.
In terms of physicality, the height and rotating adjustments have very clear indicators. This allows you to adjust the orientation to your preference with ease. The button just below rotating mechanism allows you to easily pop the entire screen off from the neck, should you wish to attach it on a wall harness.
The headphone stand is an upgrade for its ability to be tucked back into the body of the monitor. If you’re worried that this is flimsy or fragile, then don’t. It’s built using metal and is very hardy. Of course, it’s meant for headphones and nothing else beyond the weight of a general headset.
The monitor can swivel and that is thanks to the all-new low profile base that we attached earlier on. As per the design concept, it has indicators, which can be quite helpful. But what we like is how smooth and effortless swiveling is on the ZOWIE XL2546K.
For ZOWIE loyal fans, the key to making a PC setup look great is to have complementing designs throughout your workspace. And the ZOWIE peripherals, like this mechanical keyboard, gaming mouse and mouse bungee all create a seamless-looking gaming setup. Now, let’s get back to the ZOWIE XL2546K.
The Test Begins
The full setup of the ZOWIE XL2546K really stands out as a gaming monitor. The matte finish of its screen dampens glares and reflections, which makes it ideal for playing demanding games.
As an FPS gamer, I do think that the ZOWIE XL2546K hits all the right notes with its features and specifications. Overwatch feels smoother overall compared to using standard gaming monitors. This is thanks to its high refresh rate of 240Hz when connected via DisplayPort.
Settings and On-board OS
In order to show you how the settings are represented, we revert back to HDMI, which is connected to our laptop instead for ease of access at our setup table. Here, the S Switch shines as the new on-board OSD menu’s controller and navigating through the features has never been easier. The S Switch is considered a standalone gadget as well, where you can store your own monitor settings as profiles and then plug it onto another ZOWIE monitor to access the same settings. Technically, it’s great for those active in eSports.
There are multiple modes to choose from but notice how DyAc+ (Dynamic Accuracy +) and Black eQualizer seems to be one of the top three settings on the forefront. Basically, what these two settings does is the reduction of blurs and tearing (via DyAc+) and increasing of overall visual brightness without compromising the blacks at all (via Black eQualizer). We will show you the difference in a bit.
Expanding the menu lets you have the full view of all the settings included in the OSD.
You’re also given ample color settings, which includes low blue light and the Black eQualizer.
And of course, system is where the general settings are situated and quite essential if you would like to reset all settings to default.
There are two DyAc+ settings, which are High and Premium. In our experience, we set it at premium all the time. We don’t see a reason to turn it off unless perhaps you’re off gaming for a long time and don’t really need “maximum accuracy” on your everyday and general browsing and work tasks.
With DyAc+ turned off, we noticed some blurs and tears occuring with the moving visuals. It’s not very apparent to the naked eye (and non-gamers) but the subtlety with DyAc+ turned on can be quite noticeable.
Here, DyAc+ is turned on at Premium level. And what we’re seeing is essentially less blurring and tearing on moving visuals. We’re sure that a lot of gamers would appreciate this very much.
Black eQualizer Differences
Black eQualizer is designed for hardcore gamers who understood the importance of controlling screen brightness to improve their aim and capturing elements on screen. And the feature is designed in such a way that it retains the blacks. Here’s how this scene looks like with Black eQualizer turned off at zero.
And here’s the same scene with Black eQualizer turned on to its maximum at 20. The scene is significantly brighter but notice how the black and shadowy regions maintain its color integrity.
On a warmer scene, having Black eQualizer at zero is as such.
Having Black eQualizer turned on brightens up all areas. Some shadowy regions are more pronounced but the blacks are still retained, creating a brighter but balanced scene.
All in all, the ZOWIE XL2546K is a full-featured monitor that has all the features a gamer needs to enjoy gaming visuals at its best. Having designed for maximum gaming experience. The 24.5-inch monitor is easily one of the better gaming monitors you can buy, in virtue of all that you will be getting in return.
But what about the general users? Even if you’re not a gamer, it is wise to invest in a monitor that will give you the best for years to come. Future-proofing is great no? But if you’re asking about whether you need all the steroids, well consider entertainment. The ZOWIE XL2546K is not only built for gaming but for all aspects in entertainment. Our answer would be, why not.
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