BenQ Zowie XL2566K review

Nothing but the grind

₹ 52,500

Zowie's line of products is hyperfocused on eSports gaming and for competitive gaming enthusiasts. This means the technology sitting inside this 24.5in FullHD display is placed there to run the fastest and smoothest and be an asset for eSports gamers for winning, and winning only.

So if you're thinking that BenQ sells a 4K HDMI 2.1 monitor for the same amount as this then you're definitely not the target audience. But if you're drooling over its 360Hz refresh rate and 0.5ms response time then this is the smoothest of the lot.


The XL2566K has a few neat tricks. Starting with the panel itself. It's undoubtedly the fastest panel we've tested for video games. Yes, this is a TN panel but the image quality is clear and crisp thanks to the DyAc+ and the ridiculously fast response time of 0.5ms.

Games like CS:GO, Overwatch 2 and Valorant benefit greatly from the Zowie XL2566K. Every shot feels precise and accurate. The image quality is crisp thanks to the DyAc+ which is unique to Zowie monitors to reduce motion blur. Fast-paced shooters like Apex Legends have visible sharper image quality and less motion blur and ghosting while moving and shooting.

Our reference PC with Nvidia RTX 4090 was apt to drive the 360FPS on CS:GO and get really high FPS to actually enjoy this eSports gaming monitor. So make sure you have a beefy PC!


You get an S Switch, side shields and a dust cover in the box. All of these are quite useful for pro gaming although you can live without them too. The S Switch is particularly great at toggling between display presets. There’s also something called ‘Setting to Share’. A software feature that lets you save and import video profiles from friends easily. Although it doesn’t work with the S Switch to save display settings and colour settings together. 

This is a TN panel and with that come really bad viewing angles and colour inaccuracy. However, if you sit bang in the centre, the colours are not bad. The colours will require some amount of tweaking for non-gaming tasks. However, the tilt and swivel adjustments are plenty. It’s also properly designed for eSports gamers with a handlebar built right into the spine of the monitor and a headphone holder too. There’s even a slider to mark your height settings if you ever pack it and take it to a tournament.


There are high refresh rate IPS displays in the market now but those IPS displays don't come close to the Zowie in terms of response time, image clarity and motion blur. The DyAc+ is truly a great feature to have for eSports gaming. Obviously, your mileage may vary depending on how nitpicky you're but if competitive gaming is your call, the Zowie stands as a very useful tool for your competitive gaming journey.

Stuff Says

One of the fastest gaming monitors only sits well on top of an eSports player's desktop
Good stuff
Bad stuff
  1. Fastest gaming monitor around

  1. Crispy image quality for shooter games

  1. Great features for competitive gaming

  1. DyAc+ is truly good

  1. No G-Sync or FreeSync

  1. Very pricey

  1. S Switch could be more intuitive

Accessories: S Switch, Shield, DP 1.4 (1.8m), HDMI 2.0 (1.8m), Dust cover, power cable
Display: 24.5in, TN panel, 1920 x 1080 @ 360Hz
Ports: HDMI 2.0 x2, DP 1.4, headphone jack