Those looking for the smoothest possible PC gaming experience will be pleased to learn that BenQ has announced a new monitor with true 240Hz support.
Whereas previous monitors have used a combination of 120Hz and black frame insertion to create a 240Hz refresh rate (240 frames per second), the new XL2540 from BenQ will display true 240Hz moving images.
Of course, you’ll need a PC that can run games at that rate, which is probably why BenQ is marketing the XL2540 as an e-sports monitor.
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But it’s nice to see this kind of innovation starting to trickle through. The only other monitor with true 240Hz capacity is Asus’ PG258Q.
So, what else does the XL2540 offer? Well, it’s a 24.5-inch monitor that comes with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and is bades on a TN LCD panel with a 1ms response time.
There doesn’t seem to be any G-Sync or FreeSync adaptive refresh rate support, but you can hook up the monitor to your PC through a DisplayPort, DVI, or HDMI connection.
There’s also three USB ports and a headphone jack, while the stand allows you to swivel, tilt, and pivot the XL2540, as well as adjust the height.
And if you’re looking to block out the outside world as much as possible during your gaming exploits, the included shielding panels should ensure none of that pesky ambient light interferes with the picture.
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BenQ has also included an ‘S switch’, which basically allows users to assign particular picture modes to physical buttons.
The company will be showing off the new monitor at Dream Hack Winter in Sweden from November 24–25, with pre-orders going live in late November.
US customers will pay $500 for the XL2540 but unfortunately, there’s no confirmed release date as of this moment – stay tuned for more in the near future, though.
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