Benq Zowie XL2735 en XL2540 review: gaming monsters

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Colour quality

Even though the Benq Zowie XL2735 and the XL2540 are not monitors meant for image processing, it would still be nice if they offer a somewhat decent colour quality. After all, games find some use in – for example – sufficient saturation.

First, we take a look at the coverage of the sRGB colour space for both monitors and are not disappointed. They might use tn-panels, both models use very capable ones that offer enough saturation.

Secondly, we take a look at the colour temperature of white with the standard setting. Both the XL2735 as well as the XL2540 perform well here, getting close to 6500 K.

For the colour deviation according to the CIE2000 norm we keep to the simple colour- and grayscale deviation. If you want to know more about the standard deviation and the individual colours, you can find them on the products pages of the tested products. 

We see quite a colour deviation for both models, where the XL2735 is pretty severe at 5.65; at least the XL2540 is below 5. That said, the measurements were performed in the ‘standard’ setting – out-of-the-box both monitors are in a ‘gaming’ preset that has a lot bigger deviations.

The average grayscale deviation is not very small either for both models.

 

Details XL2735

First in ‘standard’ mode, following that the out-of-the-box FPS1-setting.

  • BenQ Zowie XL2735
  • BenQ Zowie XL2735
  • BenQ Zowie XL2735
  • BenQ Zowie XL2735
  • BenQ Zowie XL2735
  • BenQ Zowie XL2735

Details XL2540

  • BenQ Zowie XL2540
  • BenQ Zowie XL2540
  • BenQ Zowie XL2540

Gamma 

Note that the gamma for both monitors is way too low in the standard mode, meaning detail loss in lighter image parts can occur.

Detail gamma XL2735 (standard)

BenQ Zowie XL2735

Detail gamma XL2735 (fps 1)

BenQ Zowie XL2735

Detail gamma XL2540

BenQ Zowie XL2540

As stated before, you do not purchase these monitors for image processing. 


Compare

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

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

£428.99

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

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

£459.99

Avg. £469.99
4 shops, 3x stock

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