Zowie XL2430 review: the ultimate 24-inch esports monitor

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This Zowie XL2430 monitor may only measure 24 inches, but it’s packed to the brim with BenQ’s* latest gaming features. It also operates at a high refresh rate, 144Hz, making it a good choice for fast-paced games. It’s pricey though, so let’s dig a little deeper, and see how this eSports-focused Zowie monitor measures up against the competition.

* Zowie is a brand owned by BenQ, hence the dual labelling.

Pros

  • High refresh rate for fluid gameplay
  • Tons of modes & gaming features
  • Easy adjustments via app or OSD controller
  • Excellent colour accuracy & 99% srGB
Cons

  • One OSD button stopped working
  • Expensive for a 24-inch monitor
  • No G-Sync or Freesync

Summary and score

The XL2430 is a modern marvel, cramming a ton of helpful gaming modes and features into a good-looking and compact 24-inch display. Everything seems well considered, and if you take the time to check out the many features on offer you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.

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BenQ Zowie XL2430 deals

$359.99
£337.37
EUR 399,99
CDN $469.98

Features

Here is the manufacturer’s list of features, with explanations in parentheses when necessary.

  • Motion blur reduction technology
  • Fast 1ms GtG response time
  • Gaming refresh optimisation management (100 / 120 / 144Hz)
  • 20-level colour vibrance setting
  • Black eQualizer Dynamic with automatic brightness adjustments
  • Game Mode Loader (download presets made by pro gamers)
  • Auto game mode setting
  • Game mode to go (save settings onto a USB drive or share online)
  • S Switch Arc (external controller with programmable buttons)
  • Display Pilot (software for making adjustments without using the OSD)
  • Angular, compact base that aligns perfectly to the desk
  • Refined metallic appeal (with ergonomic handle design)
  • Retractable metallic headphone hook
  • Low Blue Light & flicker free technology (for eye wellness)
  • Windows 8 / 8.1 compatibility (oh boy!)

Specifications

Display panel LED-backlit 24-inch TN
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate Up to 144Hz
Typical Brightness 350 cd/㎡
Typical Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angle 170° L/R, 160° U/D
Typical Response Time 1ms GtG
Colour Gamut 72% NTSC
USB 3.0 Hub 2x USB 3.0
VESA 100 x 100mm
Adjustability 90° pivot, 45° swivel, °25 tilt 140mm height adjustment
Ports 2x HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2 VGA, DVI-D, 2x 3.5mm
Dimensions 520 x 568 x 199
Net weight 6.8 kilograms

Design

The XL2430 is a pretty good-looking monitor, primarily coloured matte black but with a few red accents here and there. There’s a small BenQ logo below the panel, and a power button in the lower right corner. Further OSD controls lie above the power button, and are small and circular.

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The monitor’s metal stand is made from an aluminium alloy, which the BenQ site claims ‘sends off a sophisticated yet mysterious metallic appeal that conjures up the majesty of the game’. I’ll let that pass without further comment.

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One nice touch is the inclusion of markers along each avenue of adjustment. Take a note of these once you’re happy with your monitor’s position, and then you can quickly return to them later, e.g. when you arrive at a LAN party.

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On the left side of the monitor, you’ll find easily accessible USB and headset ports, although you’ll need to run more cables to your PC to make use of them.

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There’s also a handy headphone holder, which pops out when needed and hides itself away for travel.

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You’ll also note the red labels for each port, which make it easier than usual to get everything plugged in quickly — although a side mounting would be preferable.

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The monitor’s base has a nice red hole cut into it, through which your cables can be draped if you’re so inclined.

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There’s also a small dish for the stupidly-named ‘S Switch Arc’, a small puck-shaped OSD controller. This is for rapidly flitting around the OSD, changing settings and switching modes with abandon. If you don’t see the need to keep it out, you can always use the same space for keeping keys, coins and other desk detritus.

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Finally, the top of the monitor’s stand has a handle, making it easy to carry this monitor with just one hand — helpful, whether you’re making the long walk to the LAN from the car, or you just like moving your monitor around the house.

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We reckon it’s a good-looking and sensibly-designed monitor, so let’s put it to the test.

Benchmarks

As usual, we’re calibrating the monitor and then testing it using the Spyder4Elite colourimeter. Before the tests are performed, the monitor is reset to its normal factory settings, contrast is set to 50, brightness is set to 120 nits (cd/m2).