We first reviewed a BenQ gaming monitor earlier in the year called the RL2450H – it was a budget concious model that still delivers on the gaming front by offering adjustable settings and BenQ’s black eQualizer technology without breaking the bank. Now we return with it’s older brother, the XL2420T which I’ve put through the paces in the last few weeks to see if it’s worth the extra money.
The Important Things
- Screen Size: 24″
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Contrast: 1000:1
- DCR: 12M:1
- Panel Type: TN
- Response Time: 5ms, 2m GTG
- Input: D-sub / DVI-DL(Dual Link) / HDMI x 2 / DP 1.2 / Headphone Jack
- Street Price: $399~
As per usual, the BenQ gaming monitors sports the usual red and black colour combination out of the box. The XL2420T comes with a fully adjustable stand which is expected in a monitor priced in the mid-level premium range. The stand is height and tilt (up/down) (left/right) adjustable plus it can be turned from portrait to landscape mode. The stand itself is well-built and sturdy which prevents the monitor from accidentally falling over.
Not only is the stand adjustable, it does sport some nifty features like a column for cable management through the middle port and a headset cradle on the back of the screen. The top of the stand also features a handle for easier transportation if needed.
The XL2420T packs a whole of heap of connectivity options just to have all the bases covered from DVI to DisplayPort. VGA is also included for those living in the past plus dual HDMI for anyone thinking of setting up possibly a console (or another PC) on the side. Whatever you have, the XL2420T has you covered in this area.
One of the more unique add-on for the XL2420T is the S Switch. The S Switch is a controller that attaches directly to the monitor. It allows users to navigate the display settings of the monitor and customize without any hesitation. There is also 3 profile buttons on the S Switch where you can store your desired settings and switch with ease. The S Switch definitely eliminates the annoyance of using on-screen buttons which potentially is the cause for gaming rage.
While the S Switch makes tweaking settings easier, BenQ has also made the panel buttons capacitive which in turn is excellent as well for navigation but overall the S Switch will get the most use.
When it comes to professional gamers or just hardcore gaming enthusiasts like me – tweaking of settings becomes a primary feature of above anything else. The XL2420T packs a whole heap of options to tweak the monitor to your preferred settings. There’s a variety of pre-configured options in the menus as well (which I assume BenQ has tweaked to what they expected in that mode) some of these include a FPS and Photo mode. The XL2420T also allows you to download ‘Game Modes’ which are basically pre-configured settings by professional gamers so you can basically use the monitor the same way as them. A cool feature for those interested but for me, I was happy with how I’ve set it up.
FPS gamers, more than likely Counter Strike players will use the aspect ratio options included. While I don’t mind widescreen gaming, it’s good to see BenQ catering for the FPS players who enjoy playing at lower resolutions.
As a premium monitor, the XL2420T can output at 120Hz and in 3D. Since the monitor doesn’t come with the 3D addition, I won’t be covering that aspect. However playing in 120Hz standard is a plus one in my books. Standard monitors and the budget RL2450H outputs at 60Hz while the XL2420T doubles it providing incredible smoothness in frames. While most people would argue about the point that our eyes can only see a max number of frames, its obvious they haven’t had a go at a 120Hz monitor.
In Counter Strike, the movement of enemies in game are extremely smooth – you’ll have a higher chance of slamming a headshot. Transitions between weapons and environments are so smooth, it’s a whole new playing level of video games. It’s almost legally cheating giving you that level in detail.
The signature Black eQualizer makes a return with the XL2420T giving gamers another edge in competitive gaming. As featured in the RL2450H, the feature allows users higher visible clarity in darkened areas of the levels when this mode is activated without bloating contrast of the lighter areas which ultimately gives enemies no places to hide.
The only downsides I’ve found with the XL2420T is the limited viewing angles and lack of ‘quality’ of the images on screen. Apart from gaming, I tend to use photoshop heaps and I’ve found the details lacking in this department when compared to an IPS monitor. As its more focused on gaming however, you can let this issue slide. It’s built for gaming performance not photo editing.
Overall the the XL2420T prevails providing all aspect of what competitive or enthusiasts gamers want in their displays. The Black eQualizer makes a comeback providing that extra detail in shooter games and the 120Hz pushes out incredible smoothness on screen. For a good price point below $400, the BenQ XL2420T is an incredible option for performance gamers.
Thanks to BenQ Australia for providing this monitor for review.