It is very easy to put together, as you simply need to screw the stand onto the base and the monitor that is 100x100 VESA compliant will simply slide on top and it can be released with a single button.

 

In terms of aesthetics, it is very similar to the ZOWIE XL line and especially the ZOWIE XL2546, the 25’’ version, the only technical feature is that it does not include the Dynamic Accuracy technology (DyAc) feature. Otherwise, it has all the usual features of ZOWIE including picture presets, AMA for controlling pixel picture response time, response modes for reducing input lag, black equalizer for lighting up those dark areas and colour vibrance to help things pop. It is also flicker free and features low blue light technology.

 

 

We have always been fans of the design of ZOWIE as there is no importance given to alien design or flashy colours, the monitor has a simple matte black colour on the back and the ZOWIE logo in red. On-screen console is found on the lower bezel, in addition to the LED power button that can be disabled through the menu. ZOWIE also includes their infamous S Switch which allows for easy navigation of the on-screen display options. The XL2740 also offers full ergonomic adjustment including a 140mm of height adjustment , 45 degree of swivel and 90 degree of rotation to allow for landscape mode which can be really helpful it this comes your secondary monitor for streaming. It also comes with shield which are mainly designed to help with your vision. It also comes with a headphone hanger which can be popped up from the side panel. In terms of OCD features it has numbers/degrees on the base of the monitor and on the stand that will help you remember your correct preference for adjustment. In addition, the base is narrow enough to allow it to close with no issues of desk space. The monitor also comes with a cover which is a nice touch. If you are going away or if there is some dust, you can use it to cover the monitor.

 

Obviously the most important aspect of a gaming monitor is the performance. Upon first booting the monitor you’ll be able to tweak the seeting through the aforementioned S Switch, once the image settings are done, the image will look super nice, especially for a TN panel. It is however important to note that this is a high refresh gaming monitor, in other words, the objective is not to get an accurate color representation (if you are interested in this, you might need to choose an IPS panel which is far better at color display). Still, the XL2740 image is one of the best in this segment.

 

The viewing angles aren’t great and the image easily starts to change quite drastically once you move to the side or above or below the display, but that is of no issue to me. This is a gaming monitor, which means I’m using it when sitting directly in front of it, so viewing angles really won’t be a factor for this monitor’s intended user base. If you for some reason feel the need to slouch during a long gaming session or drastically change your position you can adapt the screen’s position super easily thanks to the great stand either way.

The XL2546 is a gaming monitor, which means it also comes packed with settings which will enhance your gaming experience and give you a competitive edge. One of these is the ‘Black eQualizer,’ which will work to light up darker areas in the game without overexposing the lighter areas, thus making it easier to spot that nasty camper sitting in a dark corner of the map.

Another neat built in feature is that you can change Color Vibrance in the monitor settings. A lot of CSGO pro players like to turn up the color vibrance in the game, since the default color palette of CSGO is kind of drab and grey-ish. Turning up the vibrance makes individual ‘pieces’ of the game stand out more and thus makes it easier for you to spot enemies and so on. This isn’t only useful in CSGO obviously, but it’s an example of a game where tinkering with the vibrance does have a real effect on your performance. It’s great that you can change the vibrance on the monitor as opposed to having to download or use software.

The monitor also comes with a Low Blue Light setting, which mutes the harsher (blue) colors in the spectrum. These are known to have an effect on sleep quality, so being able to set the screen to a warmer tone for late night sessions is definitely something that’s a nice addition. If you don’t want any of that stuff you can obviously also turn off Low Blue Light entirely. Aside from these you’ve got the usual settings; brightness, contrast, color temperature.