BenQ Zowie XL2411P Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Oct 09, 2019 at 09:29 am
BenQ Zowie XL2411P Picture
6.9
Mixed Usage
7.0
Office
7.7
Gaming
6.6
Multimedia
6.7
Media Creation
5.1
HDR Gaming
Size 24"
Resolution 1920x1080
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Pixel Type
TN
Variable Refresh Rate
No VRR

The BenQ Zowie XL2411P is a decent 24 inch, 1080p monitor with great gaming performance. It has an excellent response time, delivering clear motion with only a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It has outstanding low input lag, but unfortunately, it doesn't support any of the variable refresh rate technologies, like AMD's FreeSync. This monitor has good peak brightness and good reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue in a bright room. Unfortunately, it has terrible black uniformity, and like all TN monitors the image degrades when viewed at an angle.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed Usage

The BenQ Zowie XL2411P is a decent monitor for most uses. It's a great gaming monitor, with low input lag and a fast response time. The screen is a bit small, though, and the 1080p native resolution isn't great for multitasking in an office or for media creation. It doesn't support HDR, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, and it has terrible black uniformity.

Pros
  • Excellent response time.
  • Outstanding low input lag.
  • Good peak brightness and good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Terrible black uniformity.
  • Image degrades at an angle.
  • Doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like FreeSync.
7.0 Office

This is a decent monitor for office use. It has great ergonomics, so it's easy to place it in an ideal viewing position. It also has good reflection handling and good peak brightness, so glare shouldn't be an issue in a bright room. Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, and the screen is too small and too low resolution to multitask comfortably.

7.7 Gaming

The Zowie XL2411P is a great monitor for gaming. It has an excellent response time, resulting in clear motion with very little blur, and it has outstanding low input lag, for a responsive gaming experience. Unfortunately, it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies, and the 1080p resolution might disappoint some gamers.

6.6 Multimedia

Decent monitor for multimedia. It has outstanding low input lag, for a responsive experience, and good reflection handling. The 24 inch, 1080p screen might be too small for some people, though, and like all TN monitors the image degrades when viewed at an angle.

6.7 Media Creation

This is an okay monitor for media creation. It has great ergonomics, so you can easily place it in an ideal viewing position or turn it to share your screen, but unfortunately, the image degrades at an angle. The low resolution, relatively small screen isn't great for multitasking.

5.1 HDR Gaming
  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 7.0 Office
  • 7.7 Gaming
  • 6.6 Multimedia
  • 6.7 Media Creation
  • 5.1 HDR Gaming
  1. Update 6/26/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
7.9 lbs (3.6 kg)
Weight (with stand)
12.8 lbs (5.8 kg)
Design
Stand
Width
10.2" (25.9 cm)
Depth
7.0" (17.8 cm)

The stand is bulky, but supports the monitor well and there is very little wobble.

8.2
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape Yes, Clockwise
Swivel Range -45° to 45°
Tilt Range -20° to 5°

The Zowie XL2411P has great ergonomics, and the stand can easily be placed in the ideal viewing position or turned to share your screen with someone.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back is plain, with no quick release for the stand, and no RGB bias-lighting feature. There's a clip on the back of the stand for cable management, but it's pretty basic.

Design
Borders
Borders
1.0" (2.5 cm)

The borders are thicker than most 24 inch monitors we've tested. This isn't a great choice for a multi-display setup.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
6.8" (17.3 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.6" (6.6 cm)
6.5
Design
Build Quality

The BenQ Zowie XL2411P has decent build quality. The exterior panels are all made of plastic, and the plastic itself feels easily breakable.

Picture Quality
5.7
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
849 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

Like most TN monitors, the BenQ Zowie XL2411P has a disappointing contrast ratio. This causes blacks to look gray, and it's especially noticeable in a dark room.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

The Zowie XL2411P doesn't have a local dimming feature. The above video is provided for reference only.

7.9
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
325 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
371 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
373 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
374 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
374 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
375 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
371 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
372 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
374 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
374 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
375 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.001

Very good peak brightness. There shouldn't be any issues using this monitor in a bright room.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

6.0
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
32 °
Color Washout From Right
31 °
Color Shift From Left
24 °
Color Shift From Right
26 °
Brightness Loss From Left
44 °
Brightness Loss From Right
44 °
Black Level Raise From Left
27 °
Black Level Raise From Right
23 °
Gamma Shift From Left
20 °
Gamma Shift From Right
25 °

Like all TN monitors, the image degrades when viewed from the side. This shouldn't cause any issues for most people, though.

5.2
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
14 °
Color Washout From Above
40 °
Color Shift From Below
21 °
Color Shift From Above
70 °
Brightness Loss From Below
27 °
Brightness Loss From Above
34 °
Black Level Raise From Below
27 °
Black Level Raise From Above
52 °
Gamma Shift From Below
3 °
Gamma Shift From Above
4 °

Like all TN monitors, the image degrades when viewed from above or below. From below, the image inverts at wider angles, and at one point the display can't be seen at all.

7.3
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
7.339 %
50% DSE
0.127 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.562 %
5% DSE
0.083 %

Decent gray uniformity. There is some dirty screen effect in the center of the screen, but this shouldn't be very noticeable with most content. The top of the screen is noticeably darker due to the mediocre vertical viewing angle.

2.0
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
4.683 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Unfortunately, the Zowie XL2411P has terrible black uniformity. There is noticeable clouding in dark scenes, and this may be distracting in dark scenes in a dark room.

6.3
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard
Luminance
333 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
100
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
100-100-100
Gamma Setting
Mode 2
Color Temperature
6880 K
White Balance dE
3.99
Color dE
3.96
Gamma
2.50

Out of the box, the BenQ Zowie XL2411P has mediocre accuracy. There are some noticeable inaccuracies in most colors and in brighter shades of gray, and the color temperature is a bit cool. The biggest issue is gamma, which doesn't follow the sRGB target curve at all, so most scenes aren't displayed at the correct brightness.

8.7
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard
Luminance
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
12
Contrast Setting
47
RGB Controls
92-99-99
Gamma Setting
Mode 4
Color Temperature
6403 K
White Balance dE
0.73
Color dE
2.57
Gamma
2.16

After calibration, the Zowie XL2411P has much better accuracy, but there are still a few issues. It wasn't possible to completely correct the color inaccuracies, but gamma is much closer to the target curve, and the white balance is almost perfect.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.

8.5
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
95.4 %
Adobe RGB xy
73.7 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Standard
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Standard

s.RGB Picture Mode: Standard (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Standard

The Zowie XL2411P has an excellent SDR color gamut. It has nearly perfect coverage of the standard sRGB color gamut used by the majority of desktop content, but limited coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color gamut.

8.2
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
89.9 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
73.5 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Standard
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Standard

s.RGB Picture Mode: Standard
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Standard

Great SDR color volume. Due to the low contrast ratio, it can't display dark, saturated colors very well, and colors aren't quite as bright as pure white.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

The XL2411P can't display an HDR color gamut.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00 %

There are no signs of temporary image retention on this monitor, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast, static test image for 10 minutes. This can vary between units, though, so let us know in the discussions below if your unit shows signs of image retention.

8.3
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

Great gradient handling. As it can only display 8-bit colors, there is some noticeable 8-bit banding.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.003 %
Pixel Column Error
0.005 %

There is no noticeable color bleed on this monitor.

8.1
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.5 %
Indirect Reflections
3.3 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.2 %

Good reflection handling, similar to the ASUS VG248QE and the Acer GN246HL, so glare shouldn't be an issue in most rooms.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB
Motion
8.6
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Off
Rise / Fall Time
7.2 ms
Total Response Time
12.2 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.9 ms
Dark Total Response Time
7.9 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

Response Time AMA High
Response Time AMA Premium

The Zowie XL2411P has an excellent response time, resulting in clear motion with only a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects. The level of overdrive can be adjusted by changing the AMA setting. We recommend the 'Off' setting. 'High' has a noticeably faster response time, but there is significant overshoot in most transitions, and 'Premium' is even worse.

6.6
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
High
Rise / Fall Time
2.6 ms
Total Response Time
26.2 ms
Overshoot Error
11.7 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
1.9 ms
Dark Total Response Time
20.1 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
14.8 %
10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight is completely flicker-free, even at low brightness levels, which is great. There's an optional black frame insertion feature, known as Blur Reduction, and it's available even at low refresh rates, such as when gaming on a console.

9.0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
144 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
60 Hz
7.4
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC
No
VRR Maximum
N/A
VRR Minimum
No VRR
VRR Supported Connectors No VRR

The Zowie XL2411P has an excellent native refresh rate, but it doesn't support any of the variable refresh rate technologies, like AMD's FreeSync.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
4.4 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.4 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
N/A
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
7.8 ms

The Zowie XL2411P has outstanding low input lag, even at 60Hz. For the lowest lag possible, it's recommended to enable the Instant Mode setting from the 'Picture' menu.

7.1
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 2.1 MP
Pixel Density
92 PPI
Screen Diagonal 24.0 inches
Screen Area 247 sq inches

The low 1080p resolution and small screen isn't great for multitasking, but delivers a sharp enough image for gaming.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 1 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI 1 (DVI-D, dual link)
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB No
USB C No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply Internal
Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
No
Speakers
No
HDR10 No
Multiple Input Display