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BenQ Zowie XL2540 monitor delivers a consistent 240Hz refresh rate

Taiwanese hardware manufacturer BenQ is rolling out a new Zowie-branded gaming monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate, which the company touts as a definitive display solution for esports fanatics.

Boasting advanced features like personalized viewing angles, adjustable color vibrance, and focus-boosting blinders, the Zowie XL2540 is available for pre-order ahead of a worldwide release later this month.

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BenQ has released a lineup of professional gaming monitors in the months following its purchase of the Zowie esports brand. The XL2540 is one of the few monitors on the market today with support for a 240Hz refresh rate, and BenQ leverages its feature set in a pitch aimed squarely at esports competitors and professional gamers.

“From its inception, Zowie has been dedicated to the development of esports equipment to enable competitive gamers to play to the best of their abilities,” BenQ stated. “As the latest addition to the XL series for PC esports, XL2540 introduces increased smoothness in-game and its native 240Hz refresh rate can be fully activated to deliver different levels of gameplay experience when the computer generates over 240 frames per second (fps). And as such, people looking for the monitor should make sure their PC performance is up to par.”

Along with offering a superior refresh rate, the XL2540’s physical build is designed to be quickly reconfigured on the fly to achieve optimal viewing angles. The monitor features an attached S Switch that allows players to quickly swap between multiple display presets, while a height-adjustable stand can be tweaked during gameplay using a one-touch switch.

The XL2540 also brings a series of unconventional features to the table, including a set of optional blinders that are attached to the sides of the monitor, eliminating nearby distractions. Distraction-free gaming is a particular focus for the display, as BenQ notes that the LCD frame surrounding the monitor itself is equipped with a nonreflective surface, reducing the amount of visual noise players frequently see around the edges and corners of most displays.

BenQ notes that players can get a hands-on experience with the XL2540 at the upcoming DreamHack Winter festival and showcase, which will kick off on November 24 in Sweden. The XL2540 is available for pre-order at a suggested retail price of $500.