BenQ XL2411T Monitor
The benefits of PC gaming may seem pretty obvious to your average PC gamer, but apart from the obvious (superior graphics, better performance) some of the more modern advantages of a high-quality rig can be lost on your casual gamer. One of the benefits that draws me to PC gaming more and more is how immensely customisable your experience on a PC can be. From graphical superiority to cosmetic appeal, PC leaves consoles far behind. I’ve often been complemented on my dual 27” gaming monitors (with which I should thank Lady Luck) but even I know that compared to modern displays, my monitors are a little lack-lustre in the visual department.
I am a creature of habit and as such, have stuck primarily to one particular brand of displays, which was adequate, but nothing about my current monitors is particularly mind blowing, save for the sheer size of two 27-inch displays sitting next to each other. Enter the BenQ XL2411T, a 24-inch, 3D-ready monitor that boasts a lot of bang for your buck, but does it deliver?
Screen Size: 24”
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
DCR (Dynamic Contrast Ratio): 12,000,000:1
Response Time: 5ms, 1ms GTG (Grey to Grey)
Input: D-Sub/ DVI-DL (Dual Link)/ HDMI/ Headphone Jack
Retail Price: $429
Special Features: Black eQualiser, Windows 8 compatible, Senseye 3, Wall Mountable, Gaming specific preset modes (FPS1, FPS2, RTS), Various built-in Display Modes (17”, 19”, etc), NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 ready.
Immediately noticeable about the XL2411T, was the sturdy base. The XL2411T came in two separate parts (screen and stand), which was extremely simple to assemble. A screw utilising a clever handle design made my work all the more simplistic, and being the kind of guy who appreciates simplicity with assembly (a lazy person), I was delighted to have the monitor set up in a number of seconds.
The stand itself is extendable, and the display itself can be rotated, making for an extremely adaptable display, capable of a portrait display style without making for a headache.
With the XL2411T, we played a number of different games on a number of different machines, all with fantastic results. First up, was World of Warcraft on a brand new Macbook. The Macbook’s standard screen would tear during a busy dungeon or highly populated area, where the XL2411T did not. The colours were bright and beautiful, the blacks were rich and deep, and the sharpness of the picture was staggering. Next, we played Payday 2 and Battlefield 3 on a high-end PC, and made use of the various picture mode presets made for FPS. Thanks to the XL2411T’s black eQualizer technology, enemies lurking in the shadows on Battlefield 3 were made more visible without losing any detail. Now if I could just be quicker on the trigger…
As previously mentioned, there is nothing wrong with my current displays, but if you really are a competitive FPS or RTS gamer, investing in one of the new BenQ gaming monitors will definitely improve your gaming.
At first, the 144Hz refresh rate seemed like overkill to me. Was 144Hz really necessary? Hell, was it even noticeable? I’m not a competitive circuit gamer, I’m not even a PC FPS addict. For this part of the review, I enlisted the help of a friend, who plays Counter Strike and Battlefield 3 daily. After playing with the BenQ XL2411T, he came to the conclusion that 144Hz may seem like overkill to me, but combined with the other features of the XL2411T, the smoother refresh rate and flicker free technology made his accuracy and overall gameplay improve.
- Richer blacks, brighter and bolder colours.
- Fantastic response time
- Sturdy and versatile stand.
- No display port
- No HDMI cable included (a very small complaint, I know)
When it boils down to it, the BenQ XL2411T monitor is the best monitor I have ever gamed on. The colours and blacks are rich and deep, and make all your current games feel alive with brilliance again. Everything from desktop wallpapers to videos all look and play better on the XL2411T, and I found myself glued to my screen. It should also be mentioned that due to the flicker-free display technology, I was able to game for (seemingly) as long as I wanted, without getting strained or tired eyes. It is a very, very small complaint, but for the price of the XL2411T, one would expect an HDMI cable included. That, and one would also probably expect a Display Port input, considering this really is one of if not the best monitor for gaming presently available. That being said, apart from those very small complaints, I haven’t a bad thing to say about the BenQ XL2411T. If you are due to upgrade your display (or displays), do not hesitate to check out the BenQ XL2411T, it could be the secret weapon you’ve been looking for.