Zowie is dedicated to the development of professional esports equipment. If you’re in the esports scene, you will definitely come across Zowie’s monitors and mice. So what makes the Zowie esports monitor stands out from the rest of the gaming monitors? Let’s find out.
Today what we have in the studio is the brand new BenQ Zowie XL2566K esports monitor. Like its predecessor, the XL2546K, the new model features a 24.5-inch TN panel with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. What has been upgraded is the support up to 360Hz refresh rate. This is their flagship model that offers unparalleled smoothness and response for competitive players. Whether you’re a professional or a serious amateur, there are many customisable features to help you perform to the best of your abilities.
Smoother Motion & Sharper Images
First and foremost, motion clarity is one of the key strengths of a BenQ Zowie monitor. This is achieved through their proprietary DyAc or DyAc+ technology to reduce motion blur seen in an LCD panel. Due to the way how an LCD produces an image, each pixel becomes visible when a light beam passes through the liquid crystal layer. During the intense gaming session, continuously moving object on the screen means the liquid crystals are unable to close quickly enough resulting in the previous image still being visible and we call that motion blur.
And no, this is not the same as the software motion blur in the game graphic settings. This is a hardware limitation that ultimately affects your viewing experience and decision-making. That’s why esports players hate motion blur.
We have seen plenty of development of low-latency and higher refresh rate IPS panels, however, that doesn’t really solve the motion blur issue. This is why CRT monitors still exist in some use cases as CRT creates images with electron beam tracking that does not leave behind an afterimage.
Hence Dynamic Accuracy comes into play as it simulates CRT’s effect by using the backlight control technique. The backlight is turned off in between each frame so that it eliminates the motion blur. Technically this is mimicking how CRT is beaming electrons at a different location at each frame. Hence Dynamic Accuracy is able to provide clearer moving images, especially in FPS games without even touching the game settings.
Black eQualizer is a colour engine technology which only alters the gamma of black and grey shades of colour to increase visibility. It will not affect “normal” areas so there won’t be overexposed spots on the screen. The feature works pretty well, especially for games with lots of darker areas, such as CSGO.
For those who are confused about why is this monitor getting a TN film panel instead of IPS, the short answer is superior response time. Due to the design of TN panels, their main advantage is speed, making them much more responsive than IPS. While there are plenty of IPS monitors marketed as ultra-fast panels, most of the time they are showing you the best-case scenarios. For esports, what you need is a consistent fast response time. Combining TN and DyAc+, the end result is more apparent and sharper outlines of moving images. That will help you focus on the objects and cursors in the game.
Of course, while it is still true that IPS panels have superior colour reproduction and viewing angles, modern TN panels have improved a lot. However, if you’re a competitive player looking to grind that ranking points, colour reproduction is a small sacrifice to achieve a competitive advantage over your opponents.
If you’re interested to learn more about monitor panel specifications, Engadget has a brilliant video talking about how TN panels are faster and many other monitor specs explanations.
Esports Oriented Ergonomic Stand
The new monitor base is designed to take up less space while maintaining the monitor’s stability. Players can move the mousepad closer to the monitor or place a larger mousepad for a wider movement area.
The stand has various ergonomic adjustments including height, pivot, swivel and tilt.
They’re all marked so that players can quickly set up their monitor to their liking whenever they’re travelling with the monitor for boot camps and competitions. A faster setup means more time for warm-ups and training.
Besides, the package also includes BenQ’s Shield which is mounted to both sides of the monitor to reduce distraction.
The connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 inputs, DisplayPort 1.4, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The S-Switch is the best feature you can find on a Zowie XL-K series monitor. It is designed to easily access the monitor’s settings menu.
Depending on the game scenario, players can save up to 3 profiles and switch on the fly with a single button press. You don’t need any driver for this feature as all the profiles are saved onboard.
Tips to Achieve 360Hz
Make sure your Windows display settings are set to 360Hz:
- Right Click on Windows Desktop
- Select Display Settings
- Select “Advanced Display Settings”
- Make sure the refresh rate is 360Hz.
Depending on your GPU model, you might need to adjust the game’s graphical settings to achieve 360 frames per second (FPS).
Make sure to go into each individual game and adjust the rendering quality so that you can maximise the FPS output. Please keep in mind that reducing the graphical settings will reduce the GPU workload but increase the demand for CPU processing power.
BenQ Zowie’s dedication to the highly competitive esports scene is what sets their product apart from the rest of the gaming-oriented peripherals in the market. While this is a niche market, however, you can’t deny there are more players looking to play competitively hence these types of equipment are becoming an essential tool for them.
If you’re interested to learn more about the monitor, the links are available below: