The XL2420T is a high-performance gaming monitor suited for competitive FPS game play. Co-developed with Counter-Strike legends, the 24" 120Hz LED monitor gives gamers a competitive edge with features including the Black eQualizer, S Switch, FPS Mode, Smart Scaling, Display Mode, 3D capability, 2ms GTG, HDMI and 12M:1 dynamic contrast ratio.
Product Color: Black-Red
Panel Type: LED / TN
Aspect Ratio: 24"W / 16:9
Resolution: (max.) 1920×1080
Display Area: (mm) 531.36×298.89
Pixel Pitch: (mm) 0.276
Brightness: (typ.) 350 cd/m2
Contrast: (typ.) 1000:1
Contrast Ratio: (typ.) 12M:1
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
Response Time: 2ms
Benq first made their appearance back in 2001, BenQ are responsible for many devices such as televisions, projectors, cameras, mobile phones and finally monitors. We’re going to take a look at their XL2420T gamer focused monitor and see how it does against the competition.
The BenQ XL2420T has been mostly constructed using a black plastic matte bezel, while this surface type might not look shiny it’s much better because glossy surfaces are finger print magnets. Again the base has been constructed from plastic but it’s supported by a metal layer on the inside to ensure stability. The base design allows you to adjust the height, tilt, swivel and pivot a feature not seen on many gaming monitors but a welcome one.
Like with most monitors the input connectors are located at the back hidden from view, here is a list of the input connectors available, 1 DVI, 1 VGA, 2 HDMI, 1 display port and finally 3 USB ports. It’s not very often that monitors have USB ports and with the ever increasing amount of devices that we own today the USB ports on your computer soon get used up so a few extra don’t hurt. BenQ have also included a USB device which can be used to switch your monitor through different colour profiles quickly. Looking at the menus the following settings are available, brightness, contrast, sharpness, gamma, colour, temperature, hue, saturation, black equalizer, AMA and instant mode.
There are also some preset picture settings available which are Standard, Movie, Photo, sRGB, Eco, FPS1, FPS1, RTS and Gamer1, 2 and 3. The BenQ XL2420T is also a NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 compatible monitor which supports NVIDIA’s 3D lightBoost technology.
Although it’s made mostly from plastic, the XL2420T doesn’t feel cheap. A few hints of red help the monitor to look stylish and better suited for a gamer rather than someone sitting in an office. Like I mentioned before BenQ have included a remote control to switch between screen settings. The remote has three buttons which are your profiles. When you do switch profiles however the screen goes blank for roughly one second which is just long enough to get you killed so profiles are best changed between games.
An example setup would be to have one profile for Counter-Strike maybe brighter colours to help you deal with the dark areas and then if you were to switch to another game like The Witcher 2 you may want to use darker setting to suit the games atmosphere.
The BenQ XL2420T makes use of having a 120Hz refresh rate and while this is nothing new dedicated gamers notice that higher refresh rates reduce the amount of motion blur. Playing fast-paced games on an 120Hz monitor is a great way to play and if you go from playing on a 120Hz monitor to a 60Hz monitor the differences are clearly visible, both animations and mouse movements are much smoother and both add up to a better experience.
The BenQ XL2420T isn’t perfect there are a few problems due to the limitations of TN panel technology. When viewed from certain angles image quality is reduced dramatically, this is more apparent when looking down at the screen.
The XL2420T makes use of their Advanced Motion Accelerator technology which helps reduce the response time, monitors are measured by counting the amount of time it takes for the display to change from one colour to another but this isn’t an accurate test because in everyday use there won’t be a situation where your monitor is only required to change from one colour to another there for the actual response time is much slower than the number you see on the packaging. AMA technology is designed to increase the twisting speed of the liquid crystals that build up the picture you see, they do this by increasing the voltage. The end result is a response time closer to what you see on the packaging during everyday use.
The BenQ XL2420T is an impressive monitor, it’s stylish and it’s one of the rare few gaming monitors that not only allows for height adjustments but for many other screen adjustments like tilt. The remote for changing profiles isn’t quite as useful as it seems since changing your profile while in game isn’t really an option. The smoothness of a 120Hz is a noticeable improvement and once you’ve tried gaming at 120Hz you’ll find it hard to return to using a 60Hz monitor. Currently retailing for ~£280 at CCL, the BenQ XL2420T is a safe choice giving you piece of mind that you have invested in an excellent monitor.
|Low Response Time|
|Excellent For Gaming|