BenQ set to release 24.1-inch 540 Hz Full HD gaming monitor in May

Official render of the BenQ Zowie XL2586X monitor.
Official render of the BenQ Zowie XL2586X monitor. (Image credit: BenQ)

BenQ's Zowie sub-brand has been a long-time provider of monitors for eSports players. The latest announcement of a new Fast TN panel with a yet-newer version of DyAc should catch the eye of current and prospective eSports pros. The BenQ Zowie XL2586X is far from BenQ's first high refresh rate 24.1-inch Fast TN monitor, but it's their best so far since it's able to push a full 540 Hz with yet better motion clarity thanks to DyAc 2 — more on DyAc in a bit.

For now, let's examine the main specifications for the BenQ Zowie XL2586X, as available on BenQ's official page. The BenQ Zowie XL2586X will begin shipping on May 20th, and the current pre-order pricing is $999.99.

BenQ Zowie XL2586X Specifications

  • Monitor Size: 24.1 inches
  • Monitor Resolution and Estimated Pixels Per Inch (PPI): 1920 x 1080, roughly 91 PPI
  • Monitor Panel Type: Fast TN
  • Monitor Refresh Rate: 540 Hz
  • Monitor Response Time: .5 ms (G2G)
  • Monitor Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) Support: Yes, but not while DyAC is active
  • Monitor I/O: 3 HDMI 2.1 ports, 1 DisplayPort 1.4 port, 1 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Monitor Adjustment Support: Yes, includes height, swivel, and tilt adjustment
  • Other Monitor Features: DyAc 2

While DyAc (short for dynamic accuracy) seems like some ill-defined marketing speak, it refers to a hardware feature seen in BenQ displays that tangibly improves motion clarity, according to eSports pros and various testers. On the high end, it can be difficult to tell the difference between DyAc on and off—particularly on monitors that already have great refresh rate and pixel response time—but that difference is well-documented and should still matter to modern pros.

In any case, it seems that DyAc 2 (compared to the original and DyAc+ we've seen in prior BenQ monitors) further improves BenQ's motion clarity at these stupendously high refresh rates. The addition of a vivid color film (which supposedly boosts color performance by 35%—up to ~95% DCI-P3 coverage based on prior displays) also helps offset some of the visual losses that otherwise come with TN. 

Of course, OLED and Mini LED IPS monitors are still likely your best choices for pure image quality, but for eSports pros and gaming enthusiasts, CRT displays and BenQ TN panels aren't going anywhere. If "ball is life" for basketball fans and players, low display lag is life for competitive gamers everywhere, pro or not.

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  • brandonjclark
    At what point does this become a joke?

    The flicker fusion threshold for a typical human is around 24 fps.

    I understand that responsiveness, or the CHANCE to respond quicker might sell some monitors to a professional gamer, but at some point the public is going to realize that this is unsustainable, right?
  • oofdragon
    I don't know what is more of a clown here, the concept of "pro" gamers or of monitors for pro players. A kid seated in front of his PC all day is a "pro" if he pays to participate In a tournament now? And he has a edge over other "pros " of he's using a 540hz vs a 144hz? Lol please.. you could MAYBE tell which is which on a blind test if you went back and forth for like a hour, and even then your skill on both monitors would be the same. Now this crap TN panel, what a joke. Any 240hz OLED monitor will feel better than this 540hz TN, heck even a 144hz one. Why they waste their time on these crap panels for god sake, and even charging 1k for it!!!
  • Amdlova
    I'am still using a 75hz display with horrible screen lag... Gaming set to V-sync 60 frames per second...
    Only Fast screen I look its from the watts on the Wall. From 50w to 250w It's to damn fast!
  • PEnns
    Why are they still producing 24 inch screens is beyond me. And for an eye watering $999 too!

    The 24 is the new 18 inch monitor these days!
  • I
    ^ and a TN panel that's 1080p no less.

    They couldn't pay me to use it on my primary systems... maybe in the garage or kitchen I'd take one for free if I didn't already have spare 24" 1080p that I upgraded away from using over the years.