Review by Edward Mass
When it comes to gaming monitors, there are only a handful of brands that stand out. BenQ is one such brand as it has made its rounds in the e-sport circuits. While it may seem like a marketing ploy to get its range of monitors more known, the features that BenQ loaded up into their gaming monitor range are not to be looked down upon. BenQ XL2411T Gaming LED Monitor is a fine example of the prowess BenQ is known for and I’m all set to prove it as a unit came into PC.com Tested Labs for an extensive review run.
The monitor came in a pretty big and colourful box, ensuring it’d turn heads wherever it’d show up. Some even mistaken it for being a 32in LCD panel due to how big and wide the box is. While correcting the mistaken assumption is easy enough, just as many still think it is fancy display with some extra bells and whistles. Well they are partly right in making that assumption, knowing the whole picture is always better as they’d at least be more appreciative of the innovations used within the BenQ gaming monitor and at least realise what is being offered is better than most.
Unboxing the BenQ XL2411T Gaming LED Monitor is a pretty simple task: open box, remove all Styrofoam package within, and take the parts out. Beyond the panel and base stand, the box also contains an extensive manual for reference as well as the necessary I/O cables (inputs and power) that the monitor would require. Once out of the packaging, it had been a simple task of snapping on the base stand to the monitor, screw in the bolts, flip the screen to horizontal profile and you’re all set! Well, once you plugged it in and all of course. I recommend to go with HDMI cable as it will ensure the content you display on the screen would render in beautiful high definition.
One great thing about the BenQ XL2411T Gaming LED Monitor is that it breaks convention from the usual range of BenQ monitors. Instead of soft touch keys that is featured in some of the latest monitors, the designers went with the tried and true physical buttons that monitors traditionally use to configure the visual settings. Turning on the screen and configuring it is very much like any other monitor even if there are more things to fiddle with.
Screen calibration is a must for reviews. However, there are times when this practice is unnecessary as the factory settings more or less meet that particular balance. This is the case with the BenQ XL2411T Gaming LED Monitor review as I didn’t have to meddle with the balancing or gamma settings. All I had to do is lower the brightness/contrast levels from the default 100% mode.
Since I need not fiddle with the colour settings much, it is obvious the BenQ gaming monitor is one of those types that live up to the expectations of many. Whites and blacks are superb and well-toned, giving a nice separation of greys in between. RGB hues stand out too, with no unnaturalness to the colour wheel present. Watching 4K content – for colour testing, high speed action sequences, playing real-time strategy games that contain heavy graphic renders, and putting the BenQ XL2411T Gaming LED Monitor through a HD display calibration test revealed a near perfect performance. Solid colours that blend very well with smooth pixel performance and sharp, crispy images and text are what I encountered during my tests. It helps that this gaming monitor comes packed with three proprietary innovations from BenQ – flicker free technology, black eQualizer, and an RTS mode.
The last one is pretty interesting as it usually first person shooters (FPS) that get the unnecessary attention and not real-time strategy (RTS) games. This feature is obvious as BenQ aims to be part of the larger e-sports ecosystem, which comprises games that are beyond the narrow FPS selection. This includes, of course, Starcraft II and DOTA II. Personally, I know that the Korean e-sport circuit for League of Legends is also using this gaming display range for the local tournaments as it has been certified by many gaming partners, like those that organise the Intel Extreme Masters.
If you ask me, the BenQ XL2411T Gaming LED Monitor is definitely meant for gamers. With the type of tech it uses, the screen is definitely the sort that wants to cater specifically to the gaming crowd. The smooth refreshes and slick colours ensures a great visual experience, which is usually reserved for the e-sports arena, for all. It’s a bonus that the price tag for this gaming monitor is not exactly the sort that would bust a hole in your wallet too.
Dimensions (H×W×D): 431 x 570 x 223mm
Display: 24in Widescreen, 16:9 ratio at 1920 x 1080p
Brightness: 350 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Panel Type: TN
Response Time: 1ms GTG
I/O Ports: 1x D-Sub, 1x DVI-DL, 1x HDMI, 1x Headphone Jack
Features: BenQ Flicker Free Tech, Senseye 3, Variable Display Mode (17in to 24in), FPS Mode, RTS Mode, NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 Ready
Verdict: Gaming ready monitor that knows how to impress right out of the box.
Total Score: 9.2/10