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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.