BenQ Zowie XL2546 Review

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BenQ Zowie XL2546 Review

Serious gamers have known for a while now that a high refresh rate monitor is the way to go. When it comes to fast moving images you want to be able to follow the action fluidly and flawlessly. That’s why almost every pro player that we’ve analyzed uses a monitor capable of pushing at least 144Hz.

Zowie’s XL2546 is their ultimate gaming monitor; it makes no compromises, offers a stunning 240Hz refresh rate with a 1ms response time, and it comes with all the bells and whistles you could ever want if you’re a (pro) gamer, including Zowie’s proprietary DyAc technology, which promises to reduce blurring even further.

Is the XL2546 the endgame monitor for gamers? Is it worth your hard earned money? Is it worth the step up from 144Hz? Find out in our review.

BenQ Zowie XL2546
"Once you start getting used to it, it's really hard to go back to a 144Hz monitor." Scott "Custa" Kennedy on 240Hz monitors
BenQ XL2546 Review Monitor

BenQ Zowie XL 2546 - Initial Impressions

Zowie XL2546 Review Monitor


The first thing that’s noticeable is that the XL2546 is a very subtly designed monitor. As with all Zowie products you don’t get any screaming logos or alien looking construction; this thing wouldn’t be out of place in an office setting.

It’s not all for looks though. The base of the monitor is (while sturdy and well-built, don’t take this as a negative) relatively small, which allows you to place your mouse and keyboard super close to the monitor. That’s not really a thing that I do, but I know a lot of people who like to sit as close to their monitor as possible, and with some of the more outlandish designs out there that can be a bit of a problem.

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Included with the monitor is a DP cable, the S Switch (more on that later), two privacy shields, a power cable (duh) and a monitor cover. That last one is a nice touch. If you’re going away from your computer for a while or you have a monitor in a practice house or something like that you can just slip on the cover to protect it from dust and, God forbid, rain (since the cover is waterproof). The cover definitely isn’t the most beautiful thing in the world, but it does what it’s supposed to do.

On the left hand side of the monitor you’ve got two USB 3.0 ports, a mic and headphone jack, and a headphone hanger which you can pop out if you want to use it. The monitor is finished with a red Zowie logo towards the back and is VESA compatible.


  • Size: 24.5 inches
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Panel: TN
  • Refresh Rate: 240Hz
  • FreeSync or G-Sync: No, but DyAc
Input and Output

  • DVI-DL
  • HDMI x2
  • DPI1.2
  • Headphone Jack / Microphone Jack
  • 3x USB Downstream, 1x USB Upstream

Build and Operation

The XL2546 is all about enhancing your gaming experience, and that shows in multiple ways. One of these ways is the fantastically designed stand. In addition to being height adjustable the monitor can tilt, swivel and rotate. All of this is controlled via a mechanism that’s super easy to manipulate, making on the fly adjustments a breeze. Speaking of adjustments: the stand features markings on the important ‘adjustment points’, so if you’re sharing your monitor with other people or you have to pack it up to travel to a lan you can set it up just the way you like it within a couple of seconds, thanks to these markings.

The bezels on the monitor are quite thin and are designed so that there is no light reflection on the frame of the monitor. Supposedly that helps with concentration, but I have to say that I’ve rarely found myself bothered by the bezels on any screen.

The XL2546 also comes with two privacy shields. I personally don’t use them since my PC is in a room in my house without any distractions, but if you’re gaming in a ‘visually noisy’ environment (such as an event stage with a bunch of lights or a busy lan) I can imagine these two shields being a welcome addition. It’s much the same as with the headphone holder and the screen position markings; you might not find use for it personally, but if you need it, it’s there. Zowie really seems to have thought of every little detail when designing this monitor and seemingly small touches like these will go a long way for competitive gamers.

On the base there is a little indentation for the S Switch, which is a little controller that’s included with the monitor. You can save up to three profiles on this little thing, which will make switching between (for example) your productivity and your gaming settings an absolute breeze. In addition to that you can also use the S Switch to navigate the OSD.

Going through the settings of a monitor and setting everything up is usually an absolute nightmare for me. It’s a clunky and slow process, whereby I often manage to hit ‘exit’ or some other thing I didn’t mean to select. With the S Switch it’s a breeze to navigate the menus. It takes a very minimal amount of time (like 20 seconds) to get used to, but once you’re using the Switch to navigate the OSD you’ll want nothing else in the future.

To top it all off you can take your personal S Switch and plug it into any compatible Zowie monitor in order to quickly load your personal display settings. So if your gaming team or local lan has the same monitors as you have you can just take your S Switch, plug it in over there and be gaming on exactly the settings you’re used to at home with the press of just one button. Yet another amazing function that’s added to this product with esports in the back of the mind.

Image Quality & Settings

Obviously the most important aspect of a gaming monitor is the performance. Upon first booting the monitor you’ll be greeted with a slightly washed out image. This, however, is easily fixed by tweaking the settings though (which can be done super easily thanks to the aforementioned S Switch) and once you do you’ll find that, for a TN panel, the image is actually super nice.

You shouldn’t buy these monitors to get the most beautiful or accurate color representations (other technologies and monitor types are far more suited for that) but I was pleasantly surprised by the image I managed to get out of the XL2546 after a bit of tinkering. Prior to getting this display I used a BenQ XL 2411Z 144Hz monitor (and I’ve seen quite a bit of other high refresh rate monitors elsewhere) and it seems to me that the image on the XL2546 beats out other displays in this category quite handily on this front.

The viewing angles aren’t great and the image easily starts to change quite drastically once you move to the side or above or below the display, but that is of no issue to me. This is a gaming monitor, which means I’m using it when sitting directly in front of it, so viewing angles really won’t be a factor for this monitor’s intended user base. If you for some reason feel the need to slouch during a long gaming session or drastically change your position you can adapt the screen’s position super easily thanks to the great stand either way.

The XL2546 is a gaming monitor, which means it also comes packed with settings which will enhance your gaming experience and give you a competitive edge. One of these is the ‘Black eQualizer,’ which will work to light up darker areas in the game without overexposing the lighter areas, thus making it easier to spot that nasty camper sitting in a dark corner of the map.

Another neat built in feature is that you can change Color Vibrance in the monitor settings. A lot of CSGO pro players like to turn up the color vibrance in the game, since the default color palette of CSGO is kind of drab and grey-ish. Turning up the vibrance makes individual ‘pieces’ of the game stand out more and thus makes it easier for you to spot enemies and so on. This isn’t only useful in CSGO obviously, but it’s an example of a game where tinkering with the vibrance does have a real effect on your performance. It’s great that you can change the vibrance on the monitor as opposed to having to download or use software.

The monitor also comes with a Low Blue Light setting, which mutes the harsher (blue) colors in the spectrum. These are known to have an effect on sleep quality, so being able to set the screen to a warmer tone for late night sessions is definitely something that’s a nice addition. If you don’t want any of that stuff you can obviously also turn off Low Blue Light entirely.

Aside from these you’ve got the usual settings; brightness, contrast, color temperature.

BenQ Zowie Monitor

Ingame performance

I’ll answer a common question first: do I notice the difference between 144Hz and 240Hz? Yes I do. It’s definitely not as drastic as the difference between 60 and 144, but the difference is certainly there and noticeable. If your machine is capable of pushing 240 FPS you’ll definitely notice that the XL2546’s image is just so buttery smooth.

The XL2546 doesn’t have FreeSync or G-Sync like some of its brethren, but it does have Zowie’s proprietary DyAc technology, which is meant to remove performance limiting blur from your game even more. While it might sound like a gimmick at first, the difference really is there. I’ve been messing around in a few games, turning DyAc on or off, and with it turned on the game feels smoother. While I don’t think DyAc will make you a better player or anything like it the technology does work, and it’s nice to know that this isn’t some sort of marketing gimmick.

In particular, I was able to notice a clearer image while spraying in CS:GO and using weapons with 'screenshake' in other shooters like PUBG or Overwatch.

The input lag of the monitor was excellent in our testing and will ensure that the actions on your desk get translated to the game instantly. There is also no ghosting, flickering, smearing, or noticeable backlight bleed, which, combined with the XL2546’s ability to push 240 frames per second, makes this pretty much the perfect gaming display in my opinion.

Overwatch is my main (competitive) game and tracking a spastic Genji during an intense teamfight is made much easier on the XL2546 when compared to my old 144Hz monitor, and there’s definitely a world, nay a galaxy, of difference between a regular 60Hz monitor and the XL2546. Due to its super swift response time and superb gaming performance I could really feel myself being more comfortable with high paced games. Does that make me a better player? Probably not, but there is something to be said for the ability to smoothly track fast moving players or projectiles, and following the onscreen action during a hectic fight is definitely way easier on this 240Hz monitor.

All in all the Zowie XL2546 does what it sets out to do perfectly. As a gaming monitor its performance is way up there with the best of the best.

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Benq Zowie XL2546 Sidepanel

Conclusion & Recommendation

The BenQ Zowie XL2546 is, without a doubt, one of the best gaming monitors money can buy right now. From the careful attention to detail (the monitor position markings, the headphone holder, …) aimed at esports enthusiasts to the absolutely superb performance in games; the XL2546 is a complete package for anyone who wants to up their game with a rockstar monitor.

It still is a TN panel, so the image you get out of this product won’t be the most beautiful around, but that’s not the purpose of this monitor. If you want to improve your gaming experience you should definitely look at the XL2546.

The jump (and accompanying eye opening ‘wow’ feeling) from 144Hz to 240Hz isn’t as high as it is when you’re going from 60 to 144, but the difference is definitely there and I could notice that the games I was playing felt and played way smoother, partially thanks to Zowie’s DyAc technology, which for all intents and purposes works the way it’s advertised.

In short: in my opinion, the XL2546 is a beast of a monitor, aimed at and designed for Esports, and it hits the mark on almost all fronts. If you’ve got the money to spend and you want to get a top tier gaming monitor you cannot go wrong with this one.

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HI is the benq xl2411k also good ? Because i dont wanna spend more than 200 bucks


should i use limited or full RGB on this monitor?


BenQ Zowie XL 2546K or BenQ Zowie XL 2546 ? for R6


Xl2546 is better or Xl2546K version is better?


apparently the monitor doesn’t have a means of eliminating tearing / sttuter, wouldn’t tearing get in the way of action?, in a Review of the XL2546K version it appears as compatible with gsync, are the two monitors very different?


BenQ Zowie XL 2546 or ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM? for CSGO


What do you think about ozone 240hz?


Hey do you recommend the 24/25inch or the 27 version if you could choose either or

ProSettings | Max

I like 24/25 inches for gaming monitors. I don’t sit very far from my monitor so I don’t need a very large screen, and to me personally larger monitors can make it more difficult to get an ‘overview’ so I tend to trend towards the ‘standard’ 24/25 inches.


Is this a good choice for fortnite?

ProSettings | Max

Yes. It’s the second most used monitor in the Fortnite pro scene, and aside from that it’s a great performing 240Hz monitor so it’ll definitely be a good choice for a fast-paced shooter game such as Fortnite.


Is the monitor good for Warzone or What Can you recomend.

ProSettings | Max

It’s great for games like Warzone. If you don’t want or need G-Sync and what not this is one of the best no-nonsense gaming monitors on the market right now. Do note that Zowie has recently released an updated version (the XL2546K) so if you’re looking for this monitor you might want to check if your shop of choice has the new one in stock. Or maybe you can snag the regular XL2546 at a discount, that’d be great too!


I have the xl2546, I play warzone, would you know if there is any configuration to be made in windows or nvidia? is that I see very pixelated distant images in the game.
What’s more, with the same monitor on Xbox one x with that monitor I see it better than on pc.

ProSettings | Max


Unfortunately I don’t really know. I’d recommend making sure that the game is running at 1920×1080 on PC and perhaps raise some graphical settings to see if any of those are the culprit, but I’m not very familiar with Warzone so I don’t know if there’s any known issue with this.


Hello. I understand for CSGO is not really important to have Gsync etc but how about COD MW?
Also, can you tell me at which height is the center of the monitor when the stand is as its highest extension point?

ProSettings | Max

Whether or not G-Sync is important for you depends on your personal preferences to be honest. I don’t really tend to use it, even when I’m gaming on G-Sync compatible monitors but of course that’s just me.

I just measured it for you; at its highest the top part of the monitor is 53 centimeters from my desk. The bottom part is 20 centimeters from my desk. Hope that helps!


If I don’t play CSGO is it even worth getting this monitor?

ProSettings | Max

Well it obviously depends. If you’re not a competitive gamer you don’t have any need for this monitor, but if you play competitive games the increased display refresh rate means a world of difference.


Hi I need help, I want a 240hz monitor but there aren’t stores around here in my country that have a 240hz monitor of my choice. Which is the best between the alienware aw series, asus rog strix series and this BenQ. They’re all 240hz and they are all good for my setup, I play csgo,fortnite,pubg and racing games. I am not a professional player, i am just really good but i just cannot choose which of these monitors to take. My pc runs easily over 144fps with its rtx 2080 super. I just CAN’T choose which one because there aren’t many comparisons and I hope you can help me. Thanks

ProSettings | Max

I’m afraid I can’t truly help you here as I haven’t done any in-depth testing on these other monitors. What I can say to you is that the XL2546 is the most used gaming monitor across all of our analyzed games, and that it’s a fantastic gaming monitor for the games that you play. Sorry that I can’t be of more help, but I rather not give any unsubstantiated opinions about products that I haven’t been thoroughly introduced to.


Good Morning

this monitor has no gsync or freesync, what technology do they use similar for
screen tearing / sttuter?

in the manual does not show compatibility with video cards, does it have somewhere that shows?


It used BenQ’s DyAc technology. It should be compatible with all modern video cards as DyAc does not use any technology that’s limited to one brand or another.


Hello ProSettings!

What is AMA stands for and what it does?

ProSettings | Max

It stands for advanced motion accelerator, and it’s basically Zowie’s name for ‘overdrive’ which boosts the response time of the panel. Having it off can introduce ghosting, while setting it too high can introduce artifacts, so it’s really something that depends on what your preferences are. I personally have it on ‘high’ for most games that I play.


What are the exact settings of presetting fps1? Color settings and all

ProSettings | Max

Dyac Premium, Black EQ 12, Vibrance 10, Blue light 0, insta mode on, contrast 50, sharpness 7, gamma 2, color temp bluish, AMA high.


Hey i have a rtx 2060(non-super variant) with i5 9400f as my gaming rig for CS:GO , will this monitor , i.e, Zowie XL2546 good for this setup?

also 2) can i change refresh rate like from 240hz to 144hz in this monitor?

ProSettings | Max

Yes, you should definitely be able to run the game at over 240 frames per second with that rig. No you can’t change the refresh rate, but that’s not really necessary. It runs at above 144 Hz anyway, so anything that you put out above that is ‘bonus’ if you want to game at 144Hz, if that makes sense.


Today i buy XL2546
Which pros use DyAc?
Better to turn DyAc on or off?

ProSettings | Max

I always have DyAc on, no matter what game I’m playing. As for what pros use it; I can’t give you exact details as pros change their settings and setup all the time but I do know that a lot of pros use DyAc.

lil pumpy

I was have a laptop with no display port. Do you think I can run 144 hz though hdmi 2.0 or will it just stay at 60 hz

ProSettings | Max

I think that should work (don’t mirror the displays though, set the monitor as your main display) but I am not 100% sure on this. Of course your laptop needs to be able to push enough frames as well, but as long as it does that I see no reason why this shouldn’t work. But again: I’m not a 100% sure.


i heard that you can enable Freesync in the menus, if you disable DyAc before. is it true?
thank you in advance!

ProSettings | Max

Not ‘out of the box’ no. You might get the option to show up by messing around with the firmware and what not but we do not recommend this at all as it can turn your monitor into a brick. Aside from that you do not need FreeSync at framerates this high (or at least the results will be way less noticeable) so it’s not worth it if you ask me.


what can you say about screen tearing with the XL2546 monitor in games like apex legends where you dont have 240fps every time ? better to go with a 240hz gsync monitor for this game?

ProSettings | Max

I use the XL2546 as my main monitor and I play Apex pretty frequently with friends and I have never noticed screen tearing to be completely honest. I don’t get 240 fps either. If you’re super sensitive to screen tearing it’s always better to go with gsync obviously, just to be safe. But I have to say that I’ve never had any noticeable and annoying screen tear issues with a high refresh rate monitor.


hi ! , what the best input lag between The XL2546 vs ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q? the xl2540 have bigger input lag of the pg258q but i don’t now for the xl2546 thanks

ProSettings | Max

I haven’t personally tested the ASUS so I can’t really comment on that, however I was very impressed with the low input lag of the XL2546.


Firstly i am very interested with the specs of the XL2546, but currently im using Ryzen 7 2700 with Galax GTX1060 6gb gpu, mainly on fps game such as competitive Overwatch, then im curious these questions below :
1. will it really matter for Nvidia G-sync gpu in Freesync monitor ?
2. can it toped it with 220-240hz (native 144hz above) with gpu and cpu im using ?

Kindly thx for responds~

ProSettings | Max

Hi! To answer your first question; I don’t personally miss G-Sync on the XL2546 because tearing is a lot less noticeable at high framerates, but that’s of course a personal thing. The XL2546 also doesn’t feature Freesync, by the way. Might be worth pointing out. To answer your second question; it’ll depend on your ingame settings. I suggest going into Overwatch and turning on the FPS counter (it’s in settings) and experiment around with ingame settings to see if your rig can handle that framerate. Hopefully this answer helped!


Benq 2540 has blur reduction that works pretty much exactly like the dyac on the 2546 just with slightly worse lighting. You can access it thru the service menu and you can personalise it in intensity. Check more info regarding it on blurbusters website. So the 2540 is still a great 240 hz monitor and has the capabilities to do some really good blur reduction.

ProSettings | Max

Interesting, thank you for this information!

Alex Silva Soares

Hello friend, do you recommend to me: alienware aw2518hf 240 hz or benq zowie xl2536 144 hz? my focus is csgo and my pc get 300fps+ , my actualy monitor is 60 hz, and the alienware and this benq have the same price in my country, i cant get benq 240 because he is more cheaper 1k+ ;( so… help me xD

ProSettings | Max


I haven’t actually tested the Alienware monitor yet, but it seems to me that if your PC can handle 300+ fps it’s a good idea to opt for the 240Hz monitor, if they’re both the same price.


Which monitor has the lowest input lag ? Aw2518hf or benq xl2546?

ProSettings | Max

They’re both very, very similar. They hover around 5ms of actual input lag, with the BenQ perhaps being a tad bit (we’re talking half a millisecond here so it’s not noticeable at all) faster according to what I’ve read. I haven’t tested the AW personally though. I’d say there is no difference between the two on that front though; both have excellent response times.


Prosettings, I’m going with the XL2536, how is the input lag compared to the XL2546? ive searched and searched for the input lag on the XL2536 and I cannot find the specs on it. its like they don’t exist. do you have any information if they are the same or not?

ProSettings | Max

The (very low) input lag is the same on the BenQ XL2546 & BenQ XL2536. 🙂


Do any of the Fortnite pros use this screen?

ProSettings | Max

Yes, check out our Fortnite Pro Settings & Gear List to see the pros that use the BenQ Zowie XL2546:



on the s switch button ( input ), what its use for? i click it many times, nothing happen…

ProSettings | Max

Did you connect it properly? The BenQ S-Switch allows you to switch between monitor settings profiles quickly. 🙂


yep, i do connect it properly…only the scroll button and the number 1, 2, 3 is function. That “input” button no function.

ProSettings | Max

Button 1,2,3 are all you need to save & use saved profiles. 🙂


xl2546 or pg258q(g sync) for pubg ? noticed that streamers like shroud and just9n says that g sync is not needed ?

ProSettings | Max

You don’t need G-Sync for games like PUBG & CS:GO. You can’t go wrong with the BenQ XL2546. It’s one of the if not the best monitor on the market and the most used monitor by pros. 🙂


What’s better? 144hz with dyac or 240 hz without dyac?

Specifically the zowie xl 2536 dyac 144hz or the xl2546 240hz no dyac*

ProSettings | Max

The BenQ XL2540 is the better decision over the BenQ XL2536 in my opinion. If you want the best of both obviously the BenQ BenQ XL2546 is the way to go. 🙂


The benq xl2540 has blur reduction in the service menu that is basicly DYAC, just with slightly worse lighting. Def get that one over a 144hz, 2540 is excellent.


Can you post some recommend settings for the benq xl2546?

ProSettings | Max

Most pros prefer to use default settings of the BenQ XL2546. Example: coldzera. 🙂


Can u say what pro games use for settings? With dyac? some peeps say that dyac = more input lag. Do you have some good settings? thanks for help!

ProSettings | Max

All the pro players we have talked to use DyAc. If you want to have more information about DyAc read this:

Mohammed khaleelullah Shareef

Hi After Reading article now I’m Hassel-free to buy xl2546 monitor thanks to

Glad that you liked our BenQ Zowie XL2546 Review. 🙂


Thanks Pro. Do you think the 27 is too much screen for R6?

ProSettings | Max

As I said above in my opinion and also the pro players’ opinion the BenQ Zowie XL2546 has the perfect size as a 24.5″ monitor. 🙂


What’s a better monitor for R6? BenQ or ROG? I’m looking to grab a 27”. Good review.

ProSettings | Max

The BenQ XL2546 is the best monitor on the market for Esport titles like CS:GO, Rainbow Six and Overwatch. The BenQ XL2546 is 24.5″ which is the perfect size in my opinion. 🙂

martin poulsen

is 2546 better than 2540 i see alot ppl saying it’s alot darker? is it noticable?

ProSettings | Max

Yes, the BenQ XL2546 is better than the 2540 due to DyAc. I have used both and have not noticed any big difference in brightness. 🙂


Helpful and insightful review. This or the Asus ROG Swift PG258Q? I might go with the Asus solely because of the G-Sync.

ProSettings | Max

Thank you, glad you like our BenQ Zowie XL2546 Review. It depends on what games you play. If you play Esport titles like CS:GO and Overwatch I definitely suggest the BenQ Zowie XL2546. 🙂


nice review

ProSettings | Max

Thank you nori, glad you like our BenQ Zowie XL2546 Review. 🙂


There is linguage configuration on it.?

Sorry my english is very poor

ProSettings | Max

Yes, if you go to the settings option and then go -> system -> OSD settings -> language you’ll find a menu with languages.