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BenQ ZOWIE XL2546S with 240Hz Full HD TN panel

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An increasing number of high refresh rate models include IPS or VA panels to enhance colour performance. For users where every edge in pixel responsiveness is critical, though, there’s still no substitute for TN panels for a fluid experience at very high refresh rates. The BenQ XL2546S is built for speed, with its 240Hz panel coming in TN flavour. Aesthetics are similar to other recent additions to the series. A matte black plastic single-stage bezel surrounds the screen, reasonably slender without a substantial visible panel border. The stand neck and base include powder-coated metal, black plastic and red plastic elements. There are detachable and adjustable ‘Shield’ wings included at the sides, to potentially reduce glare and make it more difficult for those sitting beside you seeing your screen content. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by an intuitive ‘S-Switch’ OSD controller, which can be placed in a recessed area to the right of the stand base when not in use. Pressable buttons are included as an alternative control method, facing towards towards the right of the bottom bezel.

A shielded screen

A 24.5″ AUO TN panel is used, with 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution and a 240Hz refresh rate. Adaptive-Sync is supported, including AMD FreeSync with a 48 – 240Hz variable refresh rate range (plus LFC). The monitor includes a medium matte anti-glare screen surface, for effective glare handling, and has a specified 1000:1 static contrast ratio and 8-bit colour support (6-bit + FRC). A flicker-free backlight is included, with an ~sRGB colour gamut and 320 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. A 0.5ms grey to grey response time is specified, which as usual should be treated with some healthy skepticism. The monitor includes ‘DyAc+’ (Dynamic Accuracy Plus), a strobe backlight setting which minimises perceived blur. As usual this can’t be used at the same time as Adaptive-Sync and requires the frame rate to match the refresh rate exactly for respectable performance. The included stand offers full ergonomic flexibility and can be removed using a quick-release mechanism to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. Most of the ports face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2a and DVI-DL. At the left side, if viewed from the front, there is a retractable headphone hook, 2 USB ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5mm microphone jack.

Good practicality

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. According to a Facebook comment from a company rep, a May to June 2020 release is being targeted for a similar price to the current ‘non-S’ model (~$500 USD or £420). The monitor is listed for under £400 in the UK and ~$500 in the US.

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