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BenQ XL2420T Computer Monitor Review

A gaming monitor designed by and for gamers.

February 06, 2013
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Introduction

Meet BenQ’s XL2420T Professional Gaming monitor: a display boasting a 2ms GTG pixel response time and integrated FPS modes, purportedly designed alongside input from professional Counter-Strike players. Boom, headshot.

This monitor is, without a doubt, a niche product with very serious gamers in mind—and not just because it claims to be. While the quick pixel response and first-person shooter (FPS) mode are leaning towards shooters as a genre, there are many kinds of games—and not just PC games—that can and would benefit greatly from a pixel response time engineered to this degree.

At an MSRP of $549 (we found it online for closer to $400), the XL2420T is not a mild investment, nor something you want for a family/office computer. Yet if you game hard during your off hours, BenQ’s display might have the pinpoint-pixel prowess and game-geared features to decide whether you go “clutch mode” or not. Don’t expect a cache of vivid colors, though: the XL2420T’s boosted response time comes at the cost of color saturation, with its gamut only adhering to 72% of the NTSC standard. It’s not going to look dull—72% is around the sRGB standard for monitors—but if it were any more rich in color it would risk a certain sluggishness in its pixel response.

The XL2420T supports a maximum resolution of 1920 × 1080, so it’s out as an option for high resolution photo editing or any sort of profession relying on graphic design or hyper-accuracy of color. Yet as a display for 1080p gaming—be it sourcing from a PC, Xbox 360, or PlayStation 3—this “gaming is in the details” branded display seems like a quality choice.

The BenQ XL2420T (and XL2420TX) have been on the market since early 2012. Other than HDMI-based 3D viewing on the TX, the two monitors are specification clones, and this review serves as a performance breakdown of both.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Performance
  4. Usability
  5. Conclusion
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