Tech Review Tuesday: BenQ Zowie XL2540 vs Alienware 25
Posted 1st May 2018 By: Derpina    2051 Views
Esports News – One of the most important factors in video games is the visual interpretation of what’s happening. A good gaming keyboard or mouse sends in the functions and commands you want your character to do, but the best gaming monitor should give you the clearest translation and best image quality of these games. That’s why one must understand that gaming equipment is a package, a keyboard should be equally great as a mouse and a monitor should be as good as a headset.
This week on Tipify gaming equipment series, we have chosen two of the best gaming monitors in 2018 to match your keyboard, mouse, and headset. We guarantee that these two will meet your budget and expectations, but the final choice is still yours to give. Meet BenQ Zowie XL2540 and Alienware 25, and take note of their screen sizes, refresh rates, color support, contrast ratios, viewing angles, and other special features.
BenQ Zowie XL2540
This 24-inch monitor is what every professional gamer needs. With a retail price of $444 USD at Amazon and Newegg, you won’t believe that the BenQ Zowie XL2540 has an NTSC 72% color support, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 70/160 viewing angle, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, and 400 cd/m2 brightness. But the biggest selling point of this monitor is the 240Hz refresh rate, much higher compared to the usual 100Hz or 144Hhz by gaming monitor standards. Speedy games like Overwatch, CS:GO, and Dota 2 can be played without hassle. Design-wise, the BenQ Zowie XL2540 has a singular focus, and it would be more prominent if you use the wing-like panels on the edges of the screen. The simplicity of the design favors the preferences of professional gamers and for their benefit, it comes with a circular control pod called “S Switch” that lets the user quickly switch between inputs. Players can swap between three configurations and use the negative spaces for different games.
The only problem with the BenQ Zowie XL2540 is the 24-inch screen size. Most 1080p monitors with a screen this small cost less than $444 USD and many similar monitors are priced relatively cheaper. If you think about it, you’ll be paying for the fast refresh rate and the “S Switch” rather than the screen size; hence, you’ll be choosing quality over size.
Alienware’s solid reputation in the industry originally comes from their laptops as the company is a subsidiary of Dell. But this time, they tap into the world of gaming monitors and released
the Alienware 25. From 458.99 to $479.99 USD, you can buy one at Amazon, Newegg, and other reputable gaming equipment stores. It has a 24.5 inch screen size, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, SRGB 119% color support, 170/160 viewing angle, and 400 cd/m2 brightness. At first glance, the monitor grabs your attention with its sleek black and silver design. It won’t be mistaken as an office monitor because of its height and impressively thin screen. The entire front is only occupied by the display and nothing more, the various ports are hidden away along the underside of the monitor.
Similar to the BenQ Zowie XL2540, the Alienware 25 also showcases a 240 Hz refresh rate. The Achilles’ heel is its viewing angles—when the monitor is viewed from other perspectives, the color, and vibrancy of the graphics fade. This means that in order to see the highest-quality of the graphics, you must view it in a head-on angle.