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BenQ XL2410T review

John Archer

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Exceptionally little input lag
  • 3D-Ready
  • 120Hz support

Cons

  • Very limited viewing angles
  • Motion processing doesn?t work very well

Key Features

  • Co-developed with professional gamers
  • 24in, 1,920 x 1,080/Full HD
  • 3D-ready, 120Hz
  • Fully adjustable
  • Manufacturer: BenQ
  • Review Price: £260.16

Apparently, if you're, like, really into gaming and stuff, HeatoN and SpawN are a big deal. According to BenQ, these crazy guys "rocked the gaming world as the core of Ninjas in Pajamas and SK Gaming teams that created a legend with their many triumphs at Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) tournaments and the World Cyber Games (WCG)". Plus, apparently they're two of the best Counter-Strike players on the planet.

Why does all this borderline gibberish matter? Because messrs HeatoN and SpawN have put down their over-used joysticks for long enough to collaborate with BenQ on designing what's billed as the ultimate gaming monitor: the XL2410T.

For a monitor with such a 'cred' background, it has to be said that the XL2410T is rather plain to look at. It's essentially just a 24in 16:9 screen with a dull matt black bezel round it. The only time it gets cool is when you figure out that a) you can adjust the height of the neck of its stand over a surprisingly extensive range, and b) you can rotate the whole screen through 90 degrees to make it a long, vertical display instead of a widescreen one.

Also, oddly the XL2410T's flourish-free look somehow makes you feel more confident that BenQ has just focused its consultations with its gaming heroes on delivering the goods where it matters - picture quality - rather than wasting time with fancy bezel finishes that might in any case actually distract you from what you're playing.

The XL2410T is solid when it comes to connections. Naturally these include D-Sub PC and DVI, and HDMI is on hand for some console action.

It's when you look at the screen's specs that things start to become really interesting. The least surprising of its stats - given its game-focus - is its use of a fast-responding TN Film panel driven by the W-LED backlighting that's the current gaming-screen flavour of the month. What definitely does grab your attention, though, is the screen's combination of 120Hz capability, claimed grey-to-grey (G2G) response time of just 2ms, and a so-called Instant Mode for reducing input lag. These specs all fit perfectly with the sort of 'instant-response' requirements of a hardcore gamer, so let's hope they actually translate somewhat into onscreen reality.

rdsh

April 11, 2011, 1:17 pm

Sigh... yet another COMPUTER monitor with a TV resolution :-(

TechVegan

April 11, 2011, 4:03 pm

@rdsh:
I'm afraid 16:9 is pretty much standard for computers as well as laptops by now, so most new monitors/displays will sport this ratio. Unfortunately, nothing is likely to change this, so if you want more vertical resolution it might be time to start thinking of a 27in IPS. :(

supamario

April 11, 2011, 5:54 pm

@Ardjuna: yes, but unfortunately there's none in 120Hz yet.

TechVegan

April 11, 2011, 6:11 pm

@supamario:
I believe Panasonic do a professional 3D (120Hz) 25.5in, 1920 x 1200 IPS for a mere $9000 :)

supamario

April 11, 2011, 8:15 pm

@Ardjuna: Nice! I'll await your 3 monitor surround setup review then ;)

cliche

April 11, 2011, 8:50 pm

Yay - took me years of waiting to replace my Sony Trinitron behemoth of a CRT for Samsung 2233RZ with lowish input lag and 120hz refresh rate. Will look into this.
Can we have more input lag results please on TV's and monitors in the future ?

Chris

April 14, 2011, 9:56 pm

Out of interest, why wait so long? Did you like 3D so much that you kept your CRT around?

furikake

May 31, 2011, 11:29 pm

The Panasonic 3D monitor is not 120hz, it's just an IPS that uses polarized filter for the 3D effect instead of the shuttering, so it would be like watching a 3D movie in a 3D digital theater.

IPS 120Hz panels just doesn't exist yet.

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