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BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v2.0
Reviewed Jun 17, 2024 at 01:31 pm
BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X Picture
7.0
PC Gaming
4.5
Console Gaming
7.2
Office
5.9
Editing
3.0
Brightness
8.2
Response Time
2.6
HDR Picture
7.2
SDR Picture
6.9
Color Accuracy

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X is a 24-inch, 1080p esports gaming monitor with a TN panel. It has a high 540Hz refresh rate, competing with the ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP, and it sits above the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546X in the ZOWIE gaming monitor lineup. It has FreeSync VRR and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing, and DyAc 2, which is a backlight strobing feature meant to reduce persistence blur. It's also compatible with ZOWIE's proprietary XL Setting to Share software so you can share your picture settings with friends and teammates. Lastly, it comes with three HDMI 2.1 ports and a DisplayPort 1.4 input.

Our Verdict

7.0 PC Gaming

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X is decent for PC gaming. It provides great pure gaming performance at its max refresh rate of 540Hz thanks to its incredibly fast response time, low input lag, and VRR support, but it has VRR flicker with changing frame rates. Unfortunately, it has more motion blur at lower refresh rates, and the input lag also increases at 60Hz. It also has limited picture quality due to its low contrast, which makes blacks look gray, and it doesn't support HDR at all.

Pros
  • Incredibly fast response time at 540Hz.
  • 540Hz refresh rate.
  • Low input lag with 540Hz and 120Hz signals.
  • Supports all common types of VRR.
Cons
  • More blur and inverse ghosting at lower refresh rates.
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • No HDR support.
  • Noticeable VRR flicker with changing frame rates.
4.5 Console Gaming

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X is bad for console gaming. Although it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, it can't take full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, and it's limited to a 1080p resolution, so it doesn't deliver a ton of details. While it has a fast enough response time and low input at 120Hz, there's more inverse ghosting and higher input lag at 60Hz. Lastly, it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray, and it doesn't support HDR at all, so the picture quality is limited.

Pros
  • Low input lag with 540Hz and 120Hz signals.
Cons
  • More blur and inverse ghosting at lower refresh rates.
  • No HDR support.
  • Can't take full advantage of gaming consoles.
  • Input lag increases at 60Hz.
7.2 Office

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X is decent for office use. It gets bright enough to fight glare and also has good enough reflection handling if you want to use it in a room with a few lights around. It also has decent text clarity, but with a 24-inch screen size, there isn't a ton of space to multitask. Unfortunately, while it has impressive ergonomics, it has narrow viewing angles that make it more difficult to share the screen with someone next to you as the image washes out from the sides.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare in SDR.
  • Impressive ergonomics.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Limited 1080p resolution.
5.9 Editing

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X is disappointing for content creation. You need to calibrate it for accurate colors, and it doesn't support HDR at all. It also has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray in the dark, and it lacks a local dimming feature to further improve it. Its narrow viewing angles also make it more difficult to share your screen with someone next to you, but it has impressive ergonomics, so you can easily adjust it. On the plus side, it gets bright enough to fight glare in a well-lit room, and it has good reflection handling.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare in SDR.
  • Displays wide range of colors in SDR.
  • Impressive ergonomics.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Needs full calibration for accurate colors.
  • No HDR support.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Limited 1080p resolution.
3.0 Brightness

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X gets bright enough to fight glare in SDR, but it doesn't support HDR at all.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare in SDR.
Cons
8.2 Response Time

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X has a great response time. Motion is incredibly sharp at its max refresh rate thanks to its fast response time, but there's more blur and inverse ghosting at lower refresh rates.

Pros
  • Incredibly fast response time at 540Hz.
Cons
  • More blur and inverse ghosting at lower refresh rates.
2.6 HDR Picture

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X doesn't support HDR.

7.2 SDR Picture

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X has okay SDR picture quality. While it displays a wide range of colors, blacks look gray due to its low contrast ratio.

Pros
  • Displays wide range of colors in SDR.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
6.9 Color Accuracy

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X has alright color accuracy. Colors are oversaturated, so you need to calibrate it to get accurate colors. Luckily, the white balance, gamma, and color temperature are all good even before calibration.

Pros
  • Displays wide range of colors in SDR.
Cons
  • Needs full calibration for accurate colors.
  • 7.0 PC Gaming
  • 4.5 Console Gaming
  • 7.2 Office
  • 5.9 Editing

Performance Usages

  • 3.0 Brightness
  • 8.2 Response Time
  • 2.6 HDR Picture
  • 7.2 SDR Picture
  • 6.9 Color Accuracy
  1. Updated Jun 17, 2024: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 12, 2024: Early access published.
  3. Updated Jun 06, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated Jun 03, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated May 29, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 24-inch BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X, which is the only size available, and the results are only valid for this monitor. It's a higher-end model than the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546X, and you can see the differences between them below.

Model Size Resolution Panel Type Refresh Rate Ports
XL2586X 24.1" 1080p TN 540Hz 3x HDMI 2.1
1x DP 1.4
XL2546X 24.5" 1080p TN 240Hz 3x HDMI 2.0
1x DP 1.2

Our unit was manufactured in March 2024; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X is a good esports gaming monitor that performs best at its max refresh rate of 540Hz thanks to its fast response time, so motion looks sharp. Its DyAc 2 backlight strobing feature is also useful for reducing persistence blur. That said, it has more blur and higher input lag at lower refresh rates, so the ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP is the better choice if you want an esports gaming monitor with more consistent performance across a wide refresh rate range.

Make sure to also check out our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 24-25 inch monitors, and the best 1080p monitors.

ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP

The ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP and the BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X are competing esports gaming monitors. They have similar specs, but the main difference is that the ASUS has native G-SYNC support, which is great if you have an NVIDIA graphics card. Because of this, it has features you can only use with NVIDIA graphics cards, like NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer. The ASUS also has more consistent motion handling across its VRR range. They both have backlight strobing features; whereas the ULMB 2 on the ASUS is more customizable, the DyAc 2 feature on the BenQ works at a wider range of refresh rates.

BenQ ZOWIE XL2566K

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2566K and the BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X are similar esports gaming monitors. They each have a TN panel, and while the XL2586X has a higher refresh rate, the XL2566K has more consistent motion handling over its VRR range. However, the XL2586X is the better choice if you have an HDMI 2.1 graphics card because it supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.

BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K and the BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X are both esports gaming monitors with a TN panel. Choosing one over the other really comes down to the max refresh rate you want to game at as the XL2586X has a much higher refresh rate.

BenQ ZOWIE XL2546X

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X is a higher-end model than the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546X, with one key difference. The XL2586X has a higher refresh rate, and it also has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth so you can reach its max refresh rate with an HDMI 2.1 graphics card. Besides that, choosing one over the other really comes down to your budget and if you want the higher refresh rate or not.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved
No
Curve Radius
Not Curved

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X has a simple design with an all-gray body, and it comes with removable shields to help you keep focused on your game. Unlike most modern monitors, it has thick bezels and an old-school gaming feel. It also has a headphone hook that can recess back into the monitor.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is decent. Its all-plastic body feels good, and there aren't any obvious issues, but there's nothing that feels premium about it, either. The stand holds the display well without much wobble, but it requires some force to move the screen.

8.4
Design
Ergonomics
Min Height To Top Of Panel
13.5" (34.2 cm)
Height Adjustment
6.1" (15.5 cm)
Tilt Range
-35° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
No
Swivel Range
-45° to 45°
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

The ergonomics are impressive. You can easily adjust it, which is great if you need to place it in a comfortable position either for yourself or for a co-op gaming session. The stand also features a ruler for height adjustment, and it has a handle that makes the monitor easier to carry around. Lastly, there's a clip for cable management.

Design
Stand
Base Width
9.1" (23.2 cm)
Base Depth
8.1" (20.5 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
6.9" (17.5 cm)
Weight (With Display)
13.4 lbs (6.1 kg)

The thickness measurement is with the flaps closed, as you can see here, but they add 3.7" (9.5 cm) of thickness when opened in use. The base depth is with the monitor at its max height adjustment as it's further away from the edge of the base than at its minimum height adjustment, which has a base depth of 7.1 inches (18.0 cm).

Design
Display
Size
24"
Housing Width
22.7" (57.7 cm)
Housing Height
13.3" (33.8 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
3.0" (7.5 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
8.8 lbs (4.0 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.7" (1.9 cm)
Design
Controls

There's a joystick and two buttons to control the on-screen display directly on the monitor, and it also has an external S Switch controller that makes it easier to navigate the menu.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
Internal

  • HDMI cable
  • DisplayPort cable
  • S Switch controller
  • Power cable
  • User guides
  • 2x shielding hood (not pictured)

Picture Quality
6.5
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,339 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray next to bright highlights. Unfortunately it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve it either.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This monitor has no local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the monitor so you can compare the backlight performance with a monitor that has local dimming.

7.6
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
297 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
312 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
313 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
313 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
313 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
313 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
311 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
313 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
312 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
313 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
312 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000
Minimum Brightness
41 cd/m²

The SDR brightness is good. It gets bright enough to fight glare in a well-lit room, and it maintains its brightness extremely consistently across different content. These results are from after calibration with the brightness at its max in the 'Standard' Picture Mode.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
No Certification
Real Scene
N/A
Peak 2% Window
N/A
Peak 10% Window
N/A
Peak 25% Window
N/A
Peak 50% Window
N/A
Peak 100% Window
N/A
Sustained 2% Window
N/A
Sustained 10% Window
N/A
Sustained 25% Window
N/A
Sustained 50% Window
N/A
Sustained 100% Window
N/A
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
N/A

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

6.0
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
25°
Color Washout From Right
29°
Color Shift From Left
41°
Color Shift From Right
41°
Brightness Loss From Left
32°
Brightness Loss From Right
37°
Black Level Raise From Left
22°
Black Level Raise From Right
26°
Gamma Shift From Left
23°
Gamma Shift From Right
23°

The horizontal viewing angle is mediocre. The image quickly washes out from the sides, which is disappointing if you want to use it for co-op gaming.

4.9
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
12°
Color Washout From Above
41°
Color Shift From Below
20°
Color Shift From Above
59°
Brightness Loss From Below
23°
Brightness Loss From Above
34°
Black Level Raise From Below
18°
Black Level Raise From Above
35°
Gamma Shift From Below
Gamma Shift From Above

The vertical viewing angle is bad. The image washes out when viewed from above, and like any TN panel, it's inverted when viewed from below.

6.8
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
6.549%
50% DSE
0.165%

The gray uniformity is okay. While the top and bottom edges are brighter, the rest of the screen is fairly uniform.

6.7
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.520%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X has noticeable backlight bleed and blacks aren't deep, and there's no local dimming feature to further improve it.

6.2
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Standard
sRGB Gamut Area xy
141.0%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
1.92
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,342 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.24
Color dE (Avg.)
3.37
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Settings
100-100-100
Gamma Setting
Gamma 3
Brightness Setting
92
Measured Brightness
341 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The accuracy before calibration isn't bad. It doesn't have a dedicated sRGB mode, so colors are very oversaturated, but that's the biggest downside, as the white balance, color temperature, and gamma are close to their targets.

9.7
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Standard
sRGB Gamut Area xy
100.7%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.87
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,472 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.19
Color dE (Avg.)
0.39
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Settings
88-92-85
Gamma Setting
Gamma 3
Brightness Setting
22
Measured Brightness
101 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

The accuracy after calibration is fantastic. Colors aren't oversaturated, and you won't spot other inaccuracies with the naked eye.

9.7
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
100.0%
sRGB Picture Mode
Standard
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
91.8%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Standard

This monitor has a fantastic SDR color gamut. It displays all the colors in the common sRGB color space, and a wide range of colors in Adobe RGB. That said, it oversaturates reds and undersaturates greens in Adobe RGB.

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

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI-P3 Coverage ICtCp
N/A
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
10,000 cd/m² Rec. 2020 Coverage ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Pixel Type
TN
Subpixel Layout
RGB

The text clarity is decent. Enabling Windows ClearType (top photo) makes diagonal and curved lines bolder. These photos are in Windows 10, and you can also see them in Windows 11 with ClearType on and with ClearType off.

7.9
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.1%
Indirect Reflections
4.0%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.1%

The reflection handling is very good. The matte screen coating reduces glare by spreading reflections across the screen, but glare from strong light sources can be distracting.

8.2
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

The gradient handling is great. As it's limited to 8-bit signals, there's some banding in darker shades, but it isn't overly distracting.

Motion
9.0
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
540 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
540 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
540 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
540 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
N/A
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
N/A

Your graphics card needs to use Display Stream Compression (DSC) to reach the max refresh rate, including over HDMI, which has a max bandwidth of 32 Gbps.

Motion
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Compatible (Tested)
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
540 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
DisplayPort, HDMI

NVIDIAVRR MinVRR Max
DisplayPort<20Hz540Hz
HDMI<20Hz540Hz

AMDVRR MinVRR Max
DisplayPort<20Hz540Hz
HDMI<20Hz540Hz

On top of FreeSync VRR and G-SYNC compatibility, this monitor also supports HDMI Forum VRR.

7.7
Motion
VRR Motion Performance
Recommended VRR OD Setting
Custom13
Variable Overdrive Advertised
No
Avg. CAD
160
Best CAD
78
Worst CAD
272

Refresh RateCAD HeatmapRT ChartPursuit Photo
530HeatmapChartPhoto
500HeatmapChartPhoto
360HeatmapChartPhoto
240HeatmapChartPhoto
165HeatmapChartPhoto
144HeatmapChartPhoto
120HeatmapChartPhoto
100HeatmapChartPhoto
80HeatmapChartPhoto
60HeatmapChartPhoto

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X has good motion handling across its VRR range. There are a few different AMA overdrive settings, and setting the 'Custom' slider to '13' results in the best motion handling at most refresh rates. That said, there's more noticeable inverse ghosting at lower refresh rates.

7.9
Motion
Refresh Rate Compliance
Compliance @ Max Hz
38%
Compliance @ 120 FPS
65%
Compliance @ 60 FPS
81%

The refresh rate compliance is very good. Its response time is fast enough to make most of a color transition before the monitor draws the next frame at low refresh rates, but it's worse at high refresh rates.

9.2
Motion
CAD @ Max Refresh Rate
OD Transition Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Custom13
Avg. CAD
78
Best 10% CAD
23
Worst 10% CAD
122

Overdrive ModeCAD HeatmapRT ChartPursuit Photo
OffHeatmapChartPhoto
Custom 13HeatmapChartPhoto
HighHeatmapChartPhoto
PremiumHeatmapChartPhoto

The CAD at the max refresh rate of 540Hz is incredible. Fast-moving objects are extremely sharp when setting the 'Custom' overdrive setting to '13'. Setting it to 'High' also results in sharp motion, but there's a bit more inverse ghosting.

Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Custom13
First Response Time
2.7 ms
Total Response Time
3.5 ms
RGB Overshoot
2 RGB
Worst 10% First Response Time
4.6 ms
Worst 10% Total Response Time
8.4 ms
Worst 10% RGB Overshoot
18 RGB

Overdrive ModeFirst Response HeatmapTotal Response HeatmapRGB Overshoot Heatmap
OffHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
Custom 13HeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
HighHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
PremiumHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap

8.4
Motion
CAD @ 120Hz
OD Transition 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Premium
Avg. CAD
122
Best 10% CAD
23
Worst 10% CAD
204

Overdrive ModeCAD HeatmapRT ChartPursuit Photo
OffHeatmapChartPhoto
Custom 13HeatmapChartPhoto
HighHeatmapChartPhoto
PremiumHeatmapChartPhoto

The CAD at 120Hz is impressive, but there's more blur than at 540Hz. Unlike at the max refresh rate, the recommended overdrive setting is 'Premium' because it has the fastest total response time, and 'Custom 13' has inverse ghosting due to overshoot.

Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Premium
First Response Time
7.8 ms
Total Response Time
7.8 ms
RGB Overshoot
0 RGB
Worst 10% First Response Time
12.6 ms
Worst 10% Total Response Time
12.6 ms
Worst 10% RGB Overshoot
0 RGB

Overdrive ModeFirst Response HeatmapTotal Response HeatmapRGB Overshoot Heatmap
OffHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
Custom 13HeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
HighHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
PremiumHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap

8.3
Motion
CAD @ 60Hz
OD Transition 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
High
Avg. CAD
116
Best 10% CAD
23
Worst 10% CAD
250

Overdrive ModeCAD HeatmapRT ChartPursuit Photo
OffHeatmapChartPhoto
Custom 13HeatmapChartPhoto
HighHeatmapChartPhoto
PremiumHeatmapChartPhoto

The CAD at 60Hz is great. Even when sending a 60Hz signal the screen still refreshes at 120Hz, but it performs differently than with a 120Hz signal. Because of this, the overdrive settings also perform differently, as 'High' has the fastest total response time, but there's a bit of inverse ghosting.

Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
High
First Response Time
5.0 ms
Total Response Time
7.8 ms
RGB Overshoot
3 RGB
Worst 10% First Response Time
11.4 ms
Worst 10% Total Response Time
21.1 ms
Worst 10% RGB Overshoot
25 RGB

Overdrive ModeFirst Response HeatmapTotal Response HeatmapRGB Overshoot Heatmap
OffHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
Custom 13HeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
HighHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
PremiumHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Yes
Maximum Frequency
540 Hz
Minimum Frequency
120 Hz
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
332 cd/m²
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
332 cd/m²
Pulse Width Control
No
Pulse Phase Control
No
Pulse Amplitude Control
Yes
VRR At The Same Time
No

Refresh RateMotion Blur Photo
540HzPhoto
240HzPhoto
120HzPhoto
60HzPhoto

This monitor has a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur, called DyAc 2. It works best at its max refresh rate, as there's more image duplication at lower refresh rates. You can enable it as low as 60Hz, but it still flickers at 120Hz and there's even more duplication at 60Hz. Lastly, the color settings reset when using the feature, and the brightness changes, but you can adjust the brightness of the backlight. The photos above are with DyAc 2 set to 'High,' but it performs similarly with 'Premium' too.

6.3
Motion
VRR Flicker
Dark Gray Flicker
1.8 RGB
Middle Gray Flicker
3.0 RGB
Light Gray Flicker
2.2 RGB

Unfortunately, there's noticeable VRR flicker with changing frame rates. It's mostly distracting in dark scenes, and you can also notice it in dark areas of bright scenes. This can get bothersome, especially if you're sensitive to it, though it isn't a problem if your PC can maintain a consistent frame rate or if you disable VRR altogether.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight remains flicker-free at all brightness levels, which helps reduce eye strain if you're sensitive to flicker.

Inputs
9.2
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
1.7 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
5.1 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
20.2 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
1.8 ms

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2586X has low input lag for a responsive feel, especially when gaming at its max refresh rate. That said, it increases a lot more with 60Hz sources, which isn't ideal for playing reaction-based games.

5.7
Inputs
Resolution
Native Resolution
1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
2.1 MP
Pixel Density
91 PPI
1.9
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
3.2
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes

You need to enable the Xbox Series X|S's HDMI override setting to get a downscaled 1440p @ 60Hz signal, but that disables VRR.

Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
3 (HDMI 2.1)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
32Gbps (FRL 8x4)
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
1
3.5mm Audio In
No
HDR10
No
3.5mm Microphone In
No
Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
0
USB-A Rated Speed
No USB-A Ports
USB-B Upstream Port
No
USB-C Ports
0
USB-C Upstream
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Rated Speed
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Power Delivery
No USB-C Ports
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
No USB-C Ports
Thunderbolt
No

This monitor has a Mini USB port for the S Switch controller.

Inputs
macOS Compatibility

ConnectionHDMI 2.0HDMI 2.1USB-C to DP
Max Refresh Rate240Hz240Hz499Hz
VRR RangeN/A48-240Hz60-499Hz
HDRNoNoNo

This monitor works well with macOS, except for the fact that it doesn't support the monitor's max 540Hz refresh rate, even with VRR off. You can continue using the monitor if you're using a MacBook and close the lid, and windows return to their original position when reopening the lid, too.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
RGB Illumination
No
Multiple Input Display
No
KVM Switch
No

This monitor has a few additional features, including:

  • Black eQualizer: Adjusts the gamma to make it easier to spot dark details.
  • XL Setting to Share: Allows you to easily share monitor settings with others.
  • Low Blue Light: Decreases the blue light that the monitor emits to help with eye strain.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)