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BenQ Goes Ultra-Fast With 0.5ms Zowie XL2746S Gaming Monitor

(Image credit: BenQ / Zowie)

Zowie, BenQ's brand of gaming and e-sports products, has just unveiled the ridiculously fast XL2746S (opens in new tab) 240 Hz gaming monitor, as spotted by PC Watch (opens in new tab)

This display doesn't come with an IPS (opens in new tab)panel or high-contrast VA (opens in new tab) one, but rather a classic TN panel that allows it to hit the quoted 0.5 ms response time and eSports-ready refresh rate. The panel itself measures 27 inches diagonally and has 1080p (opens in new tab) resolution. That isn't a high resolution, but keep in mind that at 240 Hz, you'll be pushing just as many pixels as a 4K gaming monitor (opens in new tab) at 60 Hz.  

Being a gaming display, the Zowie XL2746S also arrives with FreeSync (opens in new tab), though the AMD Adaptive-Sync's minimum refresh rate is unknown.

(Image credit: BenQ / Zowie)

The build of the display itself is quite unique. The XL2746S comes with two light-blocking shields on the left and right sides, a full-adjustment stand, along with a hub that has USB ports, audio connectors and all the expected display input connections. That includes DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0 and DVI. There's even a control hub to quickly switch between different display profiles.

(Image credit: BenQ)

As far as image quality goes, the TN panel doesn't offer much beyond its gaming credentials. Static contrast is the ordinary 1,000:1, and the product page doesn't specify sRGB color space coverage. Peak brightness, however, is 320 nits.

The monitor is currently selling for $649 (opens in new tab) to about $680 (opens in new tab)

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.