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Benq Zowie XL2546K Review

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Top critics lauded the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K and recommended it for gaming, work, and general use. They praised its FreeSync technology and 240Hz refresh rate, which is similar to the Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx. However, reviewers criticized its low contrast ratio and small screen size.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K is a mid-range Full HD gaming monitor released in September 2020, promising flawless motion handling to gamers and movie lovers. This unit has an outstanding 240Hz refresh rate, settings itself apart among the best gaming monitors available today. A suite of motion-optimization features, including FreeSync tech, G-SYNC compatibility, and super-fast 4.6 ms response times offer responsive performance during games. This monitor also has a low input lag. With a 25-inch screen and 1080p resolution, this device is also ideal for office use. Explore the features of the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K and see how it stacks up against the top computer monitors on the market.

Consensus

our Verdict

Analysts were pleased with the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K, mentioning that it’s a good choice for gaming. They appreciated the ultra-low 2.3 ms input lag and super-high 240Hz refresh rate and they observed that it offers better motion handling than this BenQ 24-inch IPS monitor. The BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K also supports variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, reducing stuttering scenes during gaming and video playback. Experts at Tom’s Hardware mentioned that the small 25-inch screen and 1080p resolution will favor office and general use. In addition to built-in FreeSync support, this unit is compatible with G-SYNC and tests revealed that it counters screen tearing during fast-paced scenes. Reviewers from RTINGS noted that it provides clear text and recommended it for office use. Unlike IPS devices such as the Dell Alienware AW2720HF however, this BenQ monitor suffers from washed-out imagery at wide viewing angles. Reviewers also discovered that it has a low contrast ratio and is therefore not very suited to gaming and movie playback in dark spaces.

ReasonS to Buy

  • 240Hz refresh rate
  • Outstanding response time
  • Low input lag
  • Ergonomic stand
  • Lacks HDR tech

Reason to Avoid

  • Narrow viewing angles
  • Mediocre 820:1 contrast ratio
  • Small screen is not immersive

Benq Zowie XL2546K Specs

Display TypeLED
HDMI Inputs3
HDR Formatn/a
Max Resolution1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypePanel TypeTN
Refresh Rate240 Hz
Response TimeResponse Time1 ms
Screen size24.5"
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyAMD FreeSync Premium

All Specs

Test Results

Brightness (nits)324.7867
Contrast Ratio (as ratio, x:1)913.6
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 xy)0
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 uv)0
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB Coverage xy)76.9
Color Gamut % (sRGB Coverage xy)98.1
Color Gamut % (Rec. 2020 Coverage xy)0
Color Gamut % (Rec. 709 Coverage xy)0
Input Lag (ms)18.2
Response Time (ms)3.65
Reflections % (Total Reflections)5.2
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Left)33
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Right)36
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Above)60
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Below)11

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Market Context

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K is a mid-range Full HD gaming monitor released in September 2020, promising flawless motion handling to gamers and movie lovers. This…

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K is a mid-range Full HD gaming monitor released in September 2020, promising flawless motion handling to gamers and movie lovers. This unit has an outstanding 240Hz refresh rate, settings itself apart among the best gaming monitors available today. A suite of motion-optimization features, including FreeSync tech, G-SYNC compatibility, and super-fast 4.6 ms response times offer responsive performance during games. This monitor also has a low input lag. With a 25-inch screen and 1080p resolution, this device is also ideal for office use. Explore the features of the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K and see how it stacks up against the top computer monitors on the market.

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K has a better response time and wider SDR color gamut, resulting in better gaming performance and more vibrant colors compared to…

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K has a better response time and wider SDR color gamut, resulting in better gaming performance and more vibrant colors compared to the BenQ ZOWIE XL2540.

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K trails the HDR-equipped ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM in most respects. The ASUS device boasts a better contrast ratio, higher 295 peak…

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K trails the HDR-equipped ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM in most respects. The ASUS device boasts a better contrast ratio, higher 295 peak brightness, more ergonomic stand, and wider viewing angles.

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K has slightly slower response times, narrower viewing angles, and a dimmer screen than the Dell Alienware AW2521HF. On the other hand,…

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K has slightly slower response times, narrower viewing angles, and a dimmer screen than the Dell Alienware AW2521HF. On the other hand, the BenQ monitor has a Black Frame Insertion feature, which is lacking on the Dell model.

Display Type

LED

HDMI Inputs

3

HDR Format

n/a

Max Resolution

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Panel Type

TN

Refresh Rate

240 Hz

Response Time

1 ms

Screen size

24.5"

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Score Card

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Expert Score

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Customer Score

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103.4

    Category Trust Rating

    75
    The XL2546K boasts an impressive refresh rate for games that can take advantage of it,… Read More

    By:

    Samuel Breton
  • Tom’s Hardware
    92.08

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    The BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K is an excellent gaming monitor. It has an exceptionally low input… Read More

    By:

    Charlie Noon
  • Techradar
    64.71

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    The BenQ Zowie XL2546K leaves out HDR and extended color but has DyAc+, which is… Read More

    By:

    Aleksha McLoughlin
  • WePC
    76.93

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    When it comes to the old-school monitor technology that competitive FPS gamers like, this represents… Read More

    By:

    Christian Eberle
  • Gamesradar
    47.56

    Category Trust Rating

    60
    If you’re the sort of person that only plays competitive titles and is looking for… Read More

    By:

    Nick Ross