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Zowie xl2546k

Although many display manufacturers today are striving to permanently switch to IPS and VA technology, ZOWIE seems to be an exception, rather than choosing a sharp response, rather than a more immersive color and image quality.

The monitor we are evaluating in today's article is ZOWIE XL2546K, which is a redesigned version of XL2546. It is one of ZOWIE's flagship 24.5-inch products, equipped with AUO TN panel, 1080p screen resolution and 240 Hz refresh rate. It provides adaptive synchronization support in the form of AMD's advanced FreeSync, ranging from 48 to 240 Hz, respectively. Like all TN panels, the colors on this particular display are not too exciting, they only provide 8-bit color (6-bit dithering + FRC) in a limited sRGB color space. Other features of the

XL2546K include DyAc+ (Dynamic Accurate Enhancement), low-impact light, black equalizer, and beautifully designed detachable protective cover to help immersion and focus.

As always, we will test the ZOWIE XL2546K in several different test scenarios to understand how it compares in terms of build quality, color accuracy, image quality and overall game performance.

So there are still many things to experience, let's not waste time sneaking into them!

Refresh rate

240 Hz

Response time

0.5 ms-Minimum response time

Screen size

24.5 "


1920 x 1080

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1920 x 1080

aspect ratio

16: 9

panel type



320 cd/m2 4 4 4 RC 4 4 RC 04 4 4 RC 04 4 4 4 RC 04 4 4 4 4 4 RC 4 4 4 4 4 RC 04)

Viewing angle

170° / 160°

Color gamut

99% sRGB, 77obe RGB

Backlight technology


panel cover


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571 x 443 x 200 mm, with bracket


3 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x 3.5 mm audio output


fast refresh at 240 Hz

BenQ eye care package

external shield includes

high Sensitive TN panel

large ergonomics

good response time

cute flaps


normal contrast

angles visual leaves are not ideal

points color is unpredictable

ZOWIE XL2546K mounted in a black / In the red box, the display and its many functions are displayed on the outside. In the box, users will find the monitor removed from the stand and various accessories listed below. The

display is installed in a thick layer of protective polystyrene foam and is separated from the rest of the display to ensure that it will not be damaged during transportation. The display is very easy to assemble, no tools are required, and the assembly time is short.

The following is a complete list of accessories included with the XL2546K:

Refresh rate


Response time

0.5ms-Minimum response time

Screen size

24.5 inches


x 1484 Buy detailed specifications Amazon 1484 Buy let's take a closer look at this The build quality, design and mechanical features of this display.

BenQ maintains the beauty of XL2546K similar to the previous iteration, choosing the basic appearance, without the whimsy you might find in the custom game panel. You will not find gorgeous colors or bright RGB on this monitor. It is a simple design that puts performance above style, which I personally appreciate.

XL2546K is undoubtedly more biased towards home/office users, bringing a boxy design featuring matte gray color to the desktop. There are some red flashes in the design, most noticeable in the cable management bracket, but nothing too exciting. The

stand base continues the square theme, providing sufficient stability for the monitor in a fierce gaming environment. When glare becomes an issue, two dockable flip panels (called protective covers) can be used. Although they can only be used in certain locations, they actually provide excellent coverage when sunlight shines from the side. There is a handle on the top of the

stand, which allows you to transfer the display from one event to another with limited problems. Over the years the BenQ

has taken a hit in the build quality department, but they seem to have hit this head with this special panel. Since this monitor appears to be designed for LAN-like scenarios, it's good to know that build quality has been prioritized. The

display itself felt rock solid. The plastic used for this screen is very strong and can withstand one or two impacts without causing any internal or external damage. The mount feels very sturdy and keeps the panel stable even in the worst conditions. It takes a bit of force to reposition the mount, but it's a good thing. It just cemented my confidence in the build quality of this monitor. The

handle is attached to the metal inside the mount, making it feel rock solid again. The single-stage plastic frame is also very sturdy, providing additional support for the panel itself.

Take a look at the panel cladding XL2546K is equipped with anti-glare coating, which can excellently reduce the effects of natural and artificial light sources. Although direct sunlight may be a problem, the included protective cover is perfect for adding another layer of protection during gaming.

In other words, XL2546K does leave some fingerprint marks during transportation. Although this is not an important factor for some people, it can be annoying and very obvious during the day.

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2.0 option is available. In addition, there is a DisplayPort 1.2 and 3.5mm audio jack on the back.

Finally, we have the OSD (On Screen Display). Finally, the folks at BenQ have switched to the joystick method, eliminating the multi-button method we saw on previous models.

In OSD, users have many customization options to choose from, including DyAc+, black equalizer, low blue light mode and a large number of presets to meet their exact viewing needs.

To navigate the OSD, users can use the 5-way joystick or the Sswitch controller that comes with the panel. Use the Sswitch controller to save three unique presets for custom games and situations. All presets as well as brightness, contrast, sharpness and overall intensity can be changed through the OSD.

Excellent colors and excellent image quality are the two main factors that help create an immersive gaming experience. Since the XL2546K is a gaming monitor, we will conduct some color-related tests to see how it compares with some of the major competitors in the market. In other words, it is worth mentioning that the color accuracy provided by the TN panel is not as accurate as the IPS alternative, so it will be interesting to see how it works.

The results are as follows.

As always, we performed an initial test on the XL2546K with an "out of the box" configuration, for this monitor; the color is preset to FPS and the brightness is set to "88". It can be seen from the results that ZOWIE does not perform well when testing with the sRGB color spectrum. We see a white point of 6819K and a black depth of 0.1334, both of which are acceptable. The contrast is slightly lower than the advertised 1000:1 (898:1), and the gamma value is 1.94. However, the least impressive is the average deltaE of 4.93, which is clearly visible to the human eye.

After this, we did a quick test using more natural (standard) color presets, and the results were better, but not much. Although the white point and black depth are similar to the FPS default values, the contrast ratio is much better (996:1). We have seen a considerable increase in the average deltaE of the standard preset, but if you want to work with color accuracy on the side, it is still far below what you need.

We quickly calibrate the standard preset (using user color temperature) to check the accuracy of the XL2546K. For best results, we change the RGB value to 96/100/93 and run the calibration. After

calibration, XL2546K is much more accurate than factory settings. The white point is a bit low (6366K), and the depth of black is similar to the previous reading. The contrast took a hit, dropping to 813:1, but the average deltaE dropped significantly, with an average of 1.23. The maximum deltaE is 5.24, which is still one of the most inaccurate monitors that I have had the privilege of testing. However, considering the user pool (hardcore competitive gamers), we won't discount the XL2546K too much.

Panel Uniformity is a test we run to verify the brightness and color uniformity of the entire screen. During this test, the central square was used as the reference space. Then test every two squares to see how different it is from the reference value.

In an ideal world, we want each square to be green, which means that it does not exceed the difference threshold; we can set it at the beginning of the test.

Note: Results will vary from panel to panel. The

ZOWIE XL2546K really performed well in this particular test. As can be seen in the figure above, most of the squares have a green score (the deviation from the reference square is less than 10 °).

Like most LCD monitors, the corners are slightly worse than the center quadrant of the 3 × 3 grid; there is nothing to worry about, and it really isn't that obvious in today's everyday use.

In addition to color, one of the main disadvantages of using TN panels is the viewing angle. They are not cool. Viewing the monitor from an angle of about 30 degrees will cause a color shift, and it will only get worse as you progress. Although you can use this monitor for cooperative games, it is really not the most forgiving.

refresh rate


response time

0.5 ms-shortest response time

screen size

24.5 "


1920 x 1080

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monitor will provide calibration measurements as part of monitor calibration. The following is the color gamut test result:

According to the display specifications, the XL2546K we received provides 77% of the DCIP3 color spectrum. This is roughly equivalent to 96% of the sRGB space and 71 obe RGB.

While this isn't the best we've seen, it's by no means the worst, especially when you compare it to other TN panels. Having said that, I still wouldn't recommend this monitor to anyone who wants to work accurately in the sRGB color space.

We finished the color accuracy and image quality test by checking the maximum brightness, minimum brightness and 120 candlepower points on this panel. The result is as follows:

For those who want to use our calibrated color profile, they can find a link below where they can download the zip file. With the

's excellent color accuracy and image quality, it's time to test this monitor in a variety of different gaming scenarios. It seems that the XL2546K is tailored for serious gamers and should work well in this particular department. Also, now that we've calibrated the monitor, it will be interesting to see how the improved color reproduction works in various single-player games.

Remember to set the refresh rate to 240Hz in Windows and manipulate the DyAc + function to

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