Benq Zowie XL2735 en XL2540 review: gaming monsters

For demanding gamers and e-sports


Brightness and contrast

If you skipped the previous page: the amount of gaming monitors that we tested with our new test method is limited. The method for response times and input lag has been the same for quite some time, which means that you will see significantly more models in the graphs. 

In terms of image quality we limit ourselves to the most important things for the Benq Zowie XL2735 (purple) and the Zowie XL2540 (green) – these are not monitors that you purchase to primarily edit photos, which means we will not go into a lot of detail about the colour quality.

To start off with the maximum brightness, both monitors are able to produce more than enough light. The XL2540 is simply blinding at maximum brightness.

More important for the nocturnal gamer is the minimum brightness of white in the dark. The XL2735 produces quite a lot at 75 cd/m², while the XL2540 is a little more modest at 52 cd/m². They cannot reach the levels of the AOC AG271QX. An important note about the XL2735: the anti-motion blur technique is impossible to combine with the anti-flicker technology. At frequencies higher than 100Hz there is flickering, although most people will not notice this. If you are sensitive to this with other monitors, the chance you will notice it with this model is definitely there.

The brightness of black at a decent brightness of white at 150 cd/m² is solid for both models and are not all that different from each other – and the competitors. The Samsung (of which a review will follow shortly) obviously performs the best here with its va-panel.

We also see this with the most challenging contrast test, the monitors with tn-panels are outperformed by the va-panels, although we still see excellent contrast values with the XL2735 and the XL2540.



two products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

BenQ Zowie XL2540

24.5 inch, 1920x1080, 90 ppi, TN, AMD FreeSync, 240 Hz, DVI input, HDMI input, DisplayPort input, 1 ms, 400 cd/m², 1000 : 1

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Avg. £428.99
1 shop, no stock

BenQ Zowie XL2735

27 inch, 2560x1440, 109 ppi, TN, 144 Hz, DVI input, HDMI input, DisplayPort input, 1 ms, 270 cd/m², 1000 : 1

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Avg. £469.99
4 shops, 3x stock

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