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The BenQ Zowie XL2746S is an esports monitor with a 0.5ms response time

By Hoots the Owl - on 6 Mar 2020, 12:38am

The BenQ Zowie XL2746S is an esports monitor with a 0.5ms response time

Note: This article originally mentioned the monitor is capable of a native response time of 0.5ms grey-to-grey timing achieved without overdriving, but BenQ has since clarified it is with overdrive. The article has been updated with further details.

BenQ Zowie XL2746S

BenQ has launched the Zowie XL2746S monitor in Singapore, and it's targeting it right at esports pros and anyone else who obsesses over refresh rates and response times. The Zowie XL2746S is a 27-inch screen with a 240Hz refresh rate and blistering fast 0.5ms response time, so it's shaping up to be a good choice for those who play games that require quick reactions and pinpoint accuracy, such as CS:GO.

The monitor doesn't look all that different from previous Zowie monitors like the smaller XL2546, and it also comes with wings at the sides to block out distractions. I don't see these making much of a difference if you use your monitor at home, but they could come in handy at tournament venues where players have to contend with eager audiences and camera flashes.

In addition, the XL2746S supports DyAc+, short for Dynamic Accuracy, and it's BenQ's technology for reducing eye-tracking motion blur. DyAc+ is a newer version of the tech that incorporates additional panel optimisations, and it focuses on recoil control. According to the company, it'll let you see the position of your crosshair and hit markers more clearly, and make vigorous actions like spraying your rifle less blur.

BenQ says this is also the first "true" 0.5ms grey-to-grey (GtG) response time TN panel on the market. It's nonetheless achieved with overdriving the panel that can introduce a minor amount of motion blur or ghosting. The panel's native GtG response time is nonetheless a respectable 3ms, and is factory-configured to ship at a minor overdrive of 1ms response time through the Advanced Motion Accelerator (AMA) setting. Previous generation panels had a native GtG response time of 5ms native, and AMA options presented 3ms and 1ms options.

BenQ Zowie XL2746S

Finally, the 240Hz refresh rate should ensure that everything feels buttery-smooth and super responsive, but you'll require hardware that can output a consistent 240FPS or more to really take full advantage of it. However, seeing as this is a 1,920 x 1,080-pixel screen, that's not entirely out of question for the more powerful graphics cards on the market.

Display inputs include one dual-link DVI, one HDMI 2.0, one HDMI 1.4, and one DisplayPort 1.2 port, which is a really good selection that will work with the vast majority of cards out there now.

The XL2746S is available to buy now at S$999 on Lazada.

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