The last gaming monitor we looked at from BenQ was the XL2411T – one of the first 144Hz gaming monitor out from their brand. Despite pushing incredible response rate performance, the XL2411T lacks the extra features that makes the BenQ monitor stand out which was the fully adjustable stand, S-Switch and red highlights. These maybe little features but ultimately makes the total package – the BenQ gaming experience. Luckily BenQ has redefined the top tier range with the new 144Hz panel and quite frankly they just keep getting better.
The XL2420TE comes in BenQ’s signature setup. The usual black with red highlights makes a return striking a fantastic pose on any gamer’s desk or cavern whatever. The stand is most likely one of the best things I like about this series of monitors. It’s flawless, rigid and easily adjustable. You can basically adjust the monitor in any way possible even in landscape mode for those triple screen setups – if that’s your preference. The stand also features the headset hook for resting your headset on, little things like this goes to show BenQ knows what market it’s trying to sell to.
The XL2420TE comes with a wide selection of the usual connections like dual Dual-link DVI to a DisplayPort. Everything is covered in this sector. They’ve also included a 3.5mm Audio Output for sound pulled from the HDMI if you wish to play console games on the monitor like the Xbox or PlayStation.
BenQ’s Black eQualizer also makes a return with the XL2420TE – the first company to have ever done this and it still remains the perfect technology. BenQ’s Black eQualizer allows gamers to brighten up dark areas without over saturating the areas which in return allows you complete visibility. Games like Battlefield and Counter-Strike feature darkened areas on the map and this technology helps enemies lurking the shadow become visible. It’s almost cheating in that regards but hey, if you have it why not use it? The amount of visibility can be adjusted so if you prefer playing the game the normal way, you don’t have to touch it.
The 144Hz panel introduced with the XL2411T makes a return here bringing you the fastest ‘native’ speed in gaming monitors on the market. Sure we looked at an Eizo Monitor recently that refreshed at 240Hz but as stated in that review, it used the insertion of black frames to push the refresh to 240Hz. This makes the XL2420TE one of the faster native monitors. Also as mentioned in our previous review of the XL2411T, it’s not really worth the upgrade from a 120Hz panel to a 144Hz as the difference between the two is hardly noticeable.
One of the newer technologies introduced with a wide range of BenQ monitors (I think possibly all of their range now) is the Flicker-free tech. Flicker-free has effectively been proven to reduce eye fatigue and improve comfort on your eyes while gaming. This is great news if you have bad eyesight like myself and sit in-front of a monitor all day writing reviews for you. Also if you would like to capture gameplay from a camera …flicker free then you might be interested… maybe if normal people actually do that.
The only downside to the BenQ range has to be the picture quality of the TN panel. If you’re a gamer whose interests lie in graphics and how the monitor displays them then the BenQ XL2420TE is not your best option. It’s purely a performance monitor designed to bring out the fastest response times.
Also returning with the XL2420TE is my all time favorite S-Switch. This cheese shaped looking desktop controller allows you to navigate the monitor’s setting with absolute zero hassles. It also allows players to switch profiles with one button press without actually touching the menu to select it. The S-Switch is simple yet effective if you’re constantly going from one profile to another.
If you’re already own a fast refresh monitor like the older 120Hz BenQs – the XL2420TE may not be for you as the visible difference may not warrant a new monitor purchase. However if you’re still on double digit Hz monitors and want something more in tuned for gaming then it’s a great time to jump on board. BenQ clearly knows the needs of a pro-gamer. Even if you’re not on competition level but want the best performance monitor that provides you the speed and accuracy to hit that most important head shot then the XL2420TE is your best bet.
Thanks to BenQ Australia for providing this monitor for review.
BenQ has again delivered an impressive monitor for performance gaming. If you take your headshots seriously, then the BenQ XL2420TE is built just for you.