Blog: BenQ ZOWIE ZONE - A Complete eSport Setup

January 14th, 2017 21:45
BenQ ZOWIE invited us to their hometown Taipei, Taiwan, for the launch of a secret and completely new eSport system. We didn’t know what to expect except it might be a physically large and very different product from anything else on the market, we were not disappointed.

BenQ presented the ZOWIE ZONE: “A complete eSports experience”. It’s basically everything you need for a comfortable and convenient gaming session. It’s a height adjustable table that comes equipped with a PC that provides stable gaming performance and an incredible smooth gaming monitor mounted on a flexible arm. The setup also comes with the same sound quality and adjustments as their external ZOWIE VITAL audio system.

It’s all integrated into the table, in addition to adjustment buttons and different ports located around the tables four corners. At the top left corner, you will find two AC sockets (one for EU edition) and four USB 3.0 ports – optimal for phone-chargers and external storage solutions. In the top right corner, you can connect speakers, a keyboard and a mouse.

At the bottom left you can adjust volume, select sound output and connect your headset. The final corner includes the power button, height adjustable buttons and the UI settings button.

When pressing the UI button, an on-screen user- friendly interface allows you to adjust the display and audio functions in game. The UI takes input from mouse/keyboard, which makes it much more convenient to adjust.

It’s also equipped with an insanely solid cup/bottle holder and phone stand.

Watch the complete launch video below.

ZONE is not going to be sold including gaming gear like mousepad, mouse, keyboard and headset, but I’m sure ZOWIE won’t mind if you buy the gear from them as well. It’s worth mentioning that they don’t have a keyboard or headset on the market right now – That might change soon if you look closely at the gear in the ZONE launch video.

ZOWIE is focusing on individual preferences with ZONE, and every gamer has their own personal preferences when it comes to gaming gear. They do however introduce some new and convenient customization options with the ZONE. The table and arm gives an incredible amount of flexibility to easily let any gamer adjust the setup to their exact preferences. If you want the monitor extremely close to your face and the keyboard and mousepad under the screen, it’s a possibility now. If you want the bottom of the monitor to touch the tables surface with the keyboard up close to it, then that’s also one of many new setups made possible by the flexible arm.

ZOWIE had prepared examples of the ZONE for all of us to try after the presentation. We even had time to play some CS:GO and Overwatch on it. And it ran both games very smooth. It never dropped below 300 FPS in CS:GO or below 250 FPS in Overwatch. The system was running Windows 7 with ZOWIE’s custom software installed, including the new integrated adjustment UI. They have also optimized the system to prioritize any active game to ensure a lag-free and smooth game experience.

It felt like it was built with high quality components. The height adjustable engines run very smooth and silently. Everything is very well integrated, and It clearly improves the overall experience that everything is designed and build as a complete system by the same people. Including turning the system on with a button below your right hand and quickly adjusting the monitor and sound settings with the use of the mouse and keyboard.

The whole thing weighs 85 kg and measures 1218x734 mm, and it goes from 759 to 1409 mm in height. You can therefore also use it as a standing desk if needed, you are however going to have a tough time carrying it to LAN events. We don’t know when it will be released or what you can expect to pay for a literally complete gaming setup like this. Their plan is to make it available for eSport centers and events to begin with. You should in the meantime be able to see and try it at BenQ ZOWIE sponsored events around the world.

Sweden fearl3ss2 
2017-01-14 21:53
2017-01-14 21:54
Intended for esport centres, events and netcafes it seems.
2017-01-14 22:13
Sunde | 
Denmark Cabbi_OP 
But we could somehow buy it right ?
2017-01-14 22:16
2017-01-15 00:25
Sunde | 
Denmark Cabbi_OP 
Sad, this is a dream setup for me on the first look :'(
2017-01-15 00:32
Austria DR!FT 
theres always a way to buy stuff like this, if u just have enough money...
2017-01-16 15:00
If u have money ofc u can buy it. Just azk nixon
2017-01-15 02:15
You can buy anything if you have enough money man.
2017-01-16 05:14
Ofc you can buy it. Lol.
2017-01-15 09:39
Turkey vortex1g 
dude he just ask price.
2017-01-14 22:29
Denmark nalleB 
"We don’t know when it will be released or what you can expect to pay for a literally complete gaming setup like this." Maybe try read OP
2017-01-15 00:25
2017-01-14 21:57
now all need gaming desk :D
2017-01-14 21:58
looks nice. shame it won't be affordable. will be $1k+. bcuz Zowie. monitor arm thing is pretty sweet. wish it had those swivelling arm things for bookshelf speakers. like the old ikea jerker.
2017-01-14 22:16
CIS Ansoro 
u wanted to say $4k+. bcuz Zowie
2017-01-15 09:08
i didn't even register that it was one of those plug in electric tables. so yeah easily much more than $1k+. with furniture you can charge anything. i don't think it will ever get a general release though because the market will be so small for a table that costs more than most pcs.
2017-01-15 15:56
1mpala | 
Ukraine he-he  
like monitor arm wasn't invented 100 years ago.. and RC for height adjustment is just like one in hospital beds/furniture for disabled people, like for those who can't use their own hands once a year to mount the table but everything combined seems to be good for public gaming places or esport events, where are many people, each with different preferences, so fast adjustment with RC kinda useful so it's indeed not for personal use
2017-01-16 06:16
monitor arms a still fookin expensive
2017-01-17 10:48
NA power sockets
2017-01-14 22:07
Sweden 1nc0g 
those walls on the side of the table would just become annoying
2017-01-14 23:39
Poland Vams 
2017-01-15 00:22
this is awesome ! all tournaments should have this ! with a keychecker and a mousecam with ingame POV so we can bust the hackers !
2017-01-15 00:29
fuq , i would pay alot for this ! i really need this in my life
2017-01-15 00:30
NiKo | 
Austria Phil_1337 
Looks crazy !!
2017-01-15 00:36
Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
Yeah, around the world it will cost like US$ 3000,00, in Brazil, only R$ 950.000,00 ¬¬
2017-01-18 06:23
NiKo | 
Austria Phil_1337 
wtf is R$ ??
2017-01-18 13:15
lol those walls on the desk will bruise my hands. More like an anti-esports package.
2017-01-15 00:39
300 fps in d2 tunnel xD it wouldn't even have 100 on nuke they cant fool me brah
2017-01-15 01:11
Finland Niilo22 
hello martin. your friend said he give me monitor in 50 year when he die can i get this table when hltv shuts down? -niilo22
2017-01-15 02:11
You are assuming that I got to take a 85 kg table home with me on the plane from Taiwan to Denmark? ;)
2017-01-15 10:03
Finland Niilo22 
yes why not did hltv not buy you private airplane?
2017-01-15 12:41
Nope, that would require that there where big money in eSport media. Maybe in a different dimension. ;)
2017-01-16 12:14
Finland Niilo22 
hltv richest media organization becuz csgo bet adddons
2017-01-16 12:10
Denmark RandomDane 
Do you've any idea how/when this is purchasable? :D
2017-01-15 19:36
Nope, especially not for consumers. But I think eSport centers might be able to order it from March.
2017-01-16 12:05
Denmark RandomDane 
:/ - I just want the table :(
2017-01-16 12:35
I don't understand, why can't you just buy any adjustable table in your local area?
2017-01-18 09:45
Denmark RandomDane 
I cannot find a table which suits my requirements, so I've planned to make one by myself. it just has to get better in the weather. =D
2017-01-18 11:59
that's a good idea mate
2017-01-18 13:09
Denmark RandomDane 
I will wait for it to be like 10+ celcius first. :D
2017-01-18 13:09
enough with these sell-outs already
2017-01-15 03:42
Andorra |Borowcy 
2017-01-15 06:16
How is it a sell-out?
2017-01-15 18:06
Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
HAHA how is this NOT a sell-out? ''BenQ ZOWIE invited us to their hometown Taipei, Taiwan, for the launch of a secret and completely new eSport system...'' Why do you think Zowie invited an HLTV representative to Taiwan? Just to show him their new product? If you do think like this, you're very naïve my friend. Zowie showed them the product, paid a price, and bought an advertisement here on HTLV, it is 'disguised' as an innocent blog, but it's still an advertisement. But the product is good, so props to HLTV!
2017-01-18 06:29
It is not a sell-out, because they are shown a new product and they tell us about it - it is very relevant for us to know that this kind of thing is happening. A sell-out would be shameless advertising about how good the product is, even if it is not good. This is more of a report than an advertisement, because it is not possible to buy the product as of yet. Do not call me naive "my friend", I just do not consider this blog a sell-out.
2017-01-18 15:53
this is fucking dope but sad that we cant buy it :(
2017-01-15 05:03
my 15 year old table with wodden chair from the 80's > this
2017-01-15 06:12
Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
2017-01-18 06:29
not wide enough
2017-01-15 09:29
I feel like this is the next step to make players more stable environment when playing tournaments. If the desk include electromotors it should have executable settings to speed up things on big stage. And this is not sci-fi because I saw electronic adjustable tables even in Ikea so somebody should make this possible in this field.
2017-01-15 09:35
They go to all those lengths. Just fix the bloody side buttons on the EC2-a. The most popular CS:GO mouse!
2017-01-15 10:10
looks cool but will be expensive af
2017-01-15 12:58
I personally do not get the sense of those sideblades. You often see Pros actually take out their left elbow cause how they hold their keyboard, wouldn't that sideblade be disturbing?
2017-01-15 13:05
You can make your own setup like this for 500$ (included monitor)
2017-01-15 13:05
whats the point of advertising it if we cant buy it
2017-01-15 14:37
showing off
2017-01-15 15:22
reaLy | 
Austria reaLy8D 
awesome thing
2017-01-15 15:57
You can't afford this item..
2017-01-15 18:09
nice but needs more drawers and maybe some wood for style. also those sideblades of the desk look straight up dangerous.
2017-01-15 19:49
Yeah and add toilet aswell and u will sit like this all day long :).... Pure bs :)
2017-01-15 19:52
If it was for tournament settings I would like a mounted camera to capture hand/finger movement so we don't have any more flusha incidents.
2017-01-15 20:00
But what if I have ugly hands?
2017-01-15 23:18
Russia Drinkins 
but i dont wanna watch seized incidents! edit: sorry bra, wrong reply. Idk how to help u tho. Use big tattoos
2017-01-16 01:25
Looks an good product.
2017-01-16 01:31
i like you english
2017-01-16 10:55
China zhoQueeN 
virgin dreams (my dream)
2017-01-16 10:57
Would like to see pc specs
2017-01-16 11:02
really cool :)
2017-01-16 15:28
2017-01-16 20:03
RpK | 
France hltvuser1 
Would be better without those edges
2017-01-17 10:57
I think i'm gonna stay with my desk made of a bench and 4 sticks, not gonna spend a fucking 500$ for some fucking buttons on my desk
2017-01-17 11:01
this is a full computer, not just a table; also you cannot buy it, it is not for sale to end users.
2017-01-18 12:11
2017-01-18 12:32
is there a complete computer in this table? if yes, what's the specs?
2017-01-17 15:54
good question! anyone got a datasheet ?
2017-01-18 12:03
Portugal maf1aFoxfan 
Can i trade my intire house for this set up ?
2017-01-18 12:37
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