BenQ XL2420T

8/4/2012 11:40:09 AM

Monitors designed specifically for gamers are rare, which is odd considering that gamers have only a few requirements: fast response times and refresh rates, and decent contrast. BenQ's new XL2420T covers all these bases. It has an overdrive circuit called Instant Mode that’s designed to reduce response times, it supports 120Hz refresh rates, and it claims a contrast ratio of up to 12 million to one.

Description: BenQ XL2420T

The XL2420T's contrast is good for a TN panel, but IPS panels have a wider color palette and can therefore display finer gradations of color to improve contrast. The XL2420T also has a Dynamic Contrast option, but we left it turned off because it produced distracting changes in luminosity.

Overdrive is a method of sending more voltage to each LCD cell in order to force it to change state more quickly and therefore improve response times. TN panels already have great response times, and the human eye cant detect anything below 10ms, which makes it pointless on the XL2420T.

Its 120Hz refresh rate is impressive, however. In Crysis, everything seemed far smoother. Unfortunately, images display a sheen that smacks of over processing.

The XL2420T's menu system is complex, but we liked the remote control panel for the menu, which has a scroll wheel and three buttons to access presets quickly. This is far easier to use than the unmarked, touch- sensitive buttons along the right of the screen.

Sadly, there are simply too many presets. In addition to the usual Movie and Photo options, which saturate colors far too much, there are two for FPS games, one for real-time strategy games, plus Standard, sRGB and Eco modes. There are also three configurable presets.

Description: BenQ XL2420T monitor review - swivel stand

BenQ XL2420T monitor review - swivel stand

There's much more to the XL2420T, such as its adjustable stand, the wide choice of inputs, the USB3 hub and the carrying handle built into its stand, but our overall impression is that the image is too processed for photo work. For a TN panel, it has great contrast and color accuracy, and gamers will love its 120Hz support, but ViewSonic’s VX2336s-LED has impeccable image quality and costs much less.

Technical data

Price: $348

Verdict: Great for gamers, but its image quality isn’t as good as some budget IPS panels

24in widescreen LCD: 1920x1080 native resolution, VGA, DVI, DisplayPort, 2x HDMI inputs, three-port USB3 hub



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