BenQ XL2420T : Best 3D monitor

9/8/2012 9:31:48 AM

Possibly the best 3D monitor you'll lay eyes on

When it comes to PC monitors, there are two things we find tiresome. The first is novelty ‘gaming’ monitors that are un­derpinned by cynical marketing tie-ins. The second is finding yet another TN panel under our noses.

Say hello, then, to the new BenQ XL2420T, brought to you by pro-gamers HeatoN and SpawN (apparently, now retired as ‘too old’ at 24). And, yup, the BenQ XL2420T has a TN panel. Oh dear.

Description: BenQ XL2420T

BenQ XL2420T

Fortunately, this monitor is much more than just another chintzy branding exer­cise with a cheap panel. For starters, it supports Nvidia's latest 3D Vision 2 tech­nology – that means Lightboost is part of the mix, which essentially doubles the brightness. There's hope here after all.

The basic image quality kicked out by the 1920x1080 BenQ XL2420T is truly ex­ceptional. With rich and vivid colors, good contrast, and relatively little evidence of color compression on any of the scales, it might just be the best TN panel we've ever tested.

The only truly significant shortcoming compared to IPS, PVA, and new-fangled PLS panels involves the vertical viewing angles, which are distinctly mediocre. Everything else is in pretty much the same ballpark. The pixel response is typically excellent, as you'd expect from a TN panel, and doesn't betray any ob­vious symptoms of overdrive, which is a big bonus.

If the image quality isn't quite spot on, the good news is that this is one monitor where adding tweaks is a true pleasure. The clever OSD that sits just above the Windows Taskbar and the soft-touch, backlit OSD controls are the best we've seen, period.

Description: The basic image quality kicked out by the 1920x1080 BenQ XL2420T is truly ex¬ceptional

The basic image quality kicked out by the 1920x1080 BenQ XL2420T is truly ex­ceptional

Likewise, the programmable, mouse­-like S Switch allows you to quick-jump be­tween three panel presets in an instant. The chassis and stand are quality items, too, and offer the full gamut of adjust­ments: tilt, rotate, swivel, and height.

Finally, there's the Nvidia 3D Vision 2 support. In the first instance, that means a 120Hz refresh, which is a good thing re­gardless of what you use the screen for. It even makes using the Windows desktop smoother and more responsive.

In 3D mode there's absolutely no doubt that Lightboost delivers the best-looking stereoscopic 3D visuals to date. The col­ors are rich and the contrast is huge. It's truly spectacular stuff. OK, it will still make your eyes/brain (delete as appli­cable) hurt, but this is as good as stereo­scopic 3D currently gets.

Description: Those concerns aside, the BenQ XL2420T offers a super screen experi¬ence

Those concerns aside, the BenQ XL2420T offers a super screen experi­ence

With such a strong all-around perfor­mance, it's hard to find any flaws. However, in terms of image quality, the vertical view­ing angles are clearly inferior to any IPS, PVA, or PLS monitor. It's also worth noting that you'll need to pick up an Nvidia 3D Vi­sion pack, as it's not included in the price.

Those concerns aside, the BenQ XL2420T offers a super screen experi­ence. If that isn't enough to tempt you, it's the best stereoscopic 3D monitor we know of, too, thanks to Nvidia 3D Vision 2 and Lightboost.





Pros and cons


Jaw: Bright and colorful; excellent OSD


Jaw 3D: Vertical viewing angles are TN bad



24-inch, TN, LED backlight

Native resolution


Pixel response

2ms (GtG)








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