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4 reasons to buy BenQ XL2410T 

Monitors

The Good 120 Hz provides silky smooth games. Height adjustment has a huge range. Can disable automatic switching to HDMI. PBP enables HDMI over DVI. Decent HQV performance. Four-year, zero-pixel warranty policy. Excellent scaling options.

The Bad Bottom buttons. Bad light is bleeding. The gray gradient turns too quickly to white and black. No more pixel stroke inversion tests than normal.

The Bottom Line The XL2410T BenQ is a great value, especially since it runs at 120 Hz. If you need silky smooth frame rates, low response times, guaranteed zero input lag, and you don’t care about image quality and control, this is extremely fantastic. If you need a better color and graphics display, you should look elsewhere, preferably something with an IPS screen.

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  • Specs at a glance
  • Stand and ergonomics
  • Connections
  • Buttons and OSD
  • Performance
  • Warranty
  • Conclusion

Game monitors are constantly changing in their definition. They used to be monitors with a low response time, until this metric became predominantly a problem. At the time, they were almost (and probably still are) in the backlog, though all but the largest monitors seem to have overcome this obstacle as well. New Battleground? Upgrade of 120 Hz with a healthy dose of 3D compatibility on the side. Just make sure you are using a 120Hz Hz dual channel cable – a regular cable will not have the bandwidth to control it and everything will look damaged.

I must say that 120 Hz games are a much smoother and more impressive experience than 60 Hz, and it’s easy to see why gamers love it. 3D games, glasses though? Full bunk. Those who enjoy the XL2410T will not buy the monitor to be stereoscopically illuminated, but rather to maximize the silky smooth frame rate that their insanely inflated setup can shoot. Goodbye 60 Hz, hello new world order.

How else can we know it’s a game monitor? Well, at the front are two serious gentlemen crossing arms in sponsored signature gear – that’s the player’s position, if you didn’t know. There is no other clue as to who these people are, you are just expected to be aware of your clan. Fortunately, we have the Internet.

Stylin’
(Credit: Craig Simms / CBS Interactive)

Specs at a glance

Size 23.6 inches
Resolution 1920×1080
Aspect ratio 16:9
Pixel pitch 0.272
Panel technology TN
Viewing angles
(10:1 contrast)
H: 170°
V: 160°
Response time 2ms G2G
Max vertical refresh 120Hz
Connections VGA, DVI, HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack (for HDMI/DisplayPort audio-out only)
Accessories VGA, DVI cables

Stand and ergonomics

BenQ offers a stand that impresses with incredible height. At the lower level, the highest point of the foundation sits 10.5 cm from the table, at the highest – 23.5 cm, which is great for tall people (or people who do their work standing up). The stand also offers tilt, swivel, and twist features and has a back strap to control the cable. This clasp moves when you adjust the height, so you will need some tightness in your cables that may not be comfortable with neat freaks.

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The BenQ stand performs all the functions we hope to have and has an impressive height adjustment.
(Credit: Craig Simms / CBS Interactive)

Connections

Power, DVI, VGA, HDMI. On the side you see a 3.5mm audio jack that will feed the headphones if the audio comes through HDMI.
(Credit: Craig Simms / CBS Interactive)

Buttons and Screen Display (OSD)

The buttons are not so useful because of their location.
(Credit: Craig Simms / CBS Interactive)

As always, BenQ can’t put the buttons in the front. They are located at the bottom of the monitor, making them clumsy to use in the light and almost impossible to use in the dark.

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Once you get around the awful button placement, it’s pretty easy to navigate on the BenQ screen.
(Credit: Craig Simms / CBS Interactive)

As always, the XL2410T has pre-installed image profiles covering standard, sRGB, Eco, Photo and Movie. But there are also some of their own: Custom Game 1 and 2 and FPS. The first two retain special color profiles, but here’s something else: colors and gradients never looked natural, no matter how long we played. The display was also too sharp to adjust in User-games modes. We suggest sticking to a standard profile and using your own color temperature.

Although FPS mode “supposedly” provides gamers with a completely accurate representation of each scene in the virtual world, they are never put at a disadvantage in a key encounter with an enemy due to hardware deficiencies. “

So? A separate market droid is talking, and it’s just another predefined profile that supposedly works better with FPS. As always, we recommend that you ignore it, set it to standard, and make your own customization.

The zoom options are striking, so much so that we haven’t seen on the monitor before. It’s full aspect ratio and 1: 1 aspect ratio, and you can turn the zoom on and off if you use HDMI. There are several other settings that allow you to scale your image to a monitor size of 17: 19 and inches of 4: 3, as well as to 19- and 22-inch modes.

Also notable is the ability to turn off the HDMI circuit breaker. For those not in the loop, this feature will automatically switch to your HDMI input if it is alive when your DVI input is switched off (that is, if you have something connected to it as the PS3 works). This is certainly aimed at convenience, but it often ends up switching the monitor every time your PC goes to sleep and you need to switch it back manually. Therefore, it is also unnecessary to involve the authorities. Kudo to BenQ for letting us disable it.

Image-by-image (PBP) mode is here, with the ability to show not only VGA over HDMI but also HDMI over DVI – the first time we saw this combination. Finally, the situation is in the wrong aspect ratio and the scaling is quite cruel, but we think that PBP is more useful than Picture In Picture (PIP), solely given the size of the windows.

New settings available: BenQ has suggested something called Instant mode, which disables image processing and should help minimize input lag. The rest of the OSD is fairly standard, but the BenQ settings are impressive.

Performance

LCD tests Lagom.nl
After calibrating to a target brightness of 140 cd / m² using X-Rite i1Display 2, Eye-One Match 3 and tuning using HCFR, the XL2410T went through Lagom.nl LCD tests.

Image tests
Contrast Sharpness Gamma Black level White saturation Gradient
Pass Pass Pass Can’t differentiate 1 and 2 grey from black Can’t differentiate 253, 254 grey from white Gradient crushes too quickly at the extremes

Interestingly, with proper calibration, the lighter end of the gradient cannot be distinguished from white and the darker one from black; BenQ seemingly destroys the tones for greater brightness. To address this, it took a significant adjustment to brightness, contrast, or gamma, which threw out all other colors.

Inversion pixel walk tests
Test 1 Test 2a Test 2b Test 3 Test 4a Test 4b Test 5 Test 6a Test 6b Test 7a Test 7b
Pass Flicker Upward scrolling High level noise, grid affected by overlay Flicker Upward scrolling Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass

Most monitors fail from one to four pixel gait tests; however, BenQ narrows the scale to five. We would like to see a little more control here.

Input lag
Measured against the Samsung SyncMaster 975p CRT and using the Canon 40D, set at a shutter speed of 1/320, an average of over 60 photos were taken using StoppUhr. The XL2410T was tuned to 120 Hz and enabled Instant Mode: it had a delay time of less than 1ms, making it ideal for competitive gaming.

Colour accuracy
ΔE is a measurement of how much the measured color deviates from its expected value, allowing us to determine the accuracy of the monitor colors. Although the value ΔE of one is considered to be susceptible as long as it is less than three, the shift should not be too obvious. HCFR was used to determine ΔE for the monitor in tandem with the X-Rite i1Display 2.

Measured levels (Standard mode)
Contrast ratio 1009:1
Black level (cd/m²) 0.301
White level (cd/m²) 303.795
Gamma 2.12
Greyscale ΔE
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
83.9 10.2 7.1 6.9 6.4 6.6 6.3 6.4 6.2 6.3 5.6
Colour ΔE
Red Green Blue Yellow Cyan Magenta
15.0 7.9 4.3 7.2 2.6 12.8

Although not great, it’s not bad for a calibrated screen. Still, we have to have better.
(CBS Interactive screenshot)

It’s not really scary for a non-standard result, the colors are especially better than usual. Of course, there is still a change of colors here and the grays are not great, so let’s see if we can make a better move.

Measured levels
Contrast ratio 885:1
Black level (cd/m²) 0.162
White level (cd/m²) 143.433
Gamma 2.26
Greyscale ΔE
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
64.6 13.7 3.4 1.3 1.0 1.2 1.1 0.7 0.5 0.8 1.2
Colour ΔE (compared to sRGB)
Red Green Blue Yellow Cyan Magenta
9.4 6.6 5.1 6.9 5.6 7.9

Aha!
(CBS Interactive screenshot)

This goes beyond what we can do with the control we provide – it works well for a non-professional XL2410T monitor.

HDMI performance
Although the monitor may have an HDMI port, there is no guarantee that it will display the image as expected. We hooked up the PlayStation 3 and tested it at 24p as well as Jeder, and tested the HQV Blu-ray to see how well it handles the interlocking source and noise.

24p capable Understands YUV Mission Impossible III
Scene 11 judder test
Mission Impossible III
Scene 14 judder test
Yes Yes Slight judder Judder
HQV noise
reduction
score
HQV video
resolution loss
score
HQV jaggies
score
HQV film
resolution loss
score
HQV film
resolution loss — stadium
score
Total score
out of 100
10 20 20 0 0 50

Although influenced by Judder, the XL2410T is surprisingly well matched with interlacing and video content, as evidenced by the HQV results.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles were made using the Canon 40D in spot metering, with only shutter time adjusting for good exposure.

The BenQ TN panel exhibits equally optimal viewing angles, especially on verticals where color is converted.
(Credit: Craig Simms / CBS Interactive)

Light bleed
The XL2410T is affected by very noticeable bleeding light around the monitor, with more impact on the vertical than the horizontal. Light bleeding is most annoying to a dark screen, and BenQ bleeding is not great.

It is important to note that the effects of light bleeding are likely to vary from monitor to monitor, regardless of size.

Power consumption
We measured energy using a Jaycar digital energy meter. It is important to note here that due to the limitations of the meter, the measurements are limited to 1 W or more and reported in 1 W increments.

All measurements, brightness and contrast of the screen were set to 100 percent and the test image was displayed.

Juice Box
Maximum power draw 27W
Power-saving mode
Off

BenQ maintains its own position – unfortunately, it did not include its own technique that automatically shuts off the monitor when the user retreats.

Warranty

The XL2410T extends to a fantastic four-year, zero dead BenQ pixel, on-site warranty.

Conclusion

The XL2410T BenQ is a great value, especially since it runs at 120 Hz. If you need a silky smooth frame rate, low response time, guaranteed zero input lag, and don’t care about image quality and control, this is a fantastic superior. If you need a better color and graphics display, you should look elsewhere, preferably something with an IPS screen.

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