BenQ's soon-to-be released XL2410T is exciting gamers with its list of amazing features. We found one being tested by a pro gamer from Team Immunity, so we dragged him into our lab
We've been hearing about the yet-to-be-released BenQ XL2410T for a while now. It's a 23.6in monitor created by BenQ specifically for gaming, with a set of features to make gamers drool. But unlike other gamer dream machines, such as the Dell UltraSharp U2711, this machine is going to be affordable, the reason it's so hotly anticipated. While pricing around the world is yet to be announced, the monitor is expected to retail in Australia for AUD$699.
The monitor is not expected to be released until early December, but when we heard through the grapevine that BenQ was having a prototype tested in Australia by Team Immunity, a pro gaming team that BenQ partly sponsors, we pounced. We asked Team Immunity member Alex Garon to come into our APC labs to show us the monitor's coolest features. He put it through its paces in front of our eyes - and a video camera.Star gamer, Alex Garon (plagueske), from Team Immunity
The BenQ XL2410T is a gamer's tour-de-force, featuring a 120Hz refresh rate, LED backlighting, and 2ms response time - as well as heaps of gaming modes, the capacity to display video from two sources at the same time and the ability to be adjusted to just about any angle.
In our videos below, Alex Garon runs up Counter-Strike 1.6 and explains why this monitor is exciting gamers everywhere.
IMPACT OF THE 120Hz SCREEN REFRESH
The monitor's refresh rate is how many times a second the screen redraws itself. The 120Hz refresh rate is double the 60Hz rate of most LCD screens and helps make the action smoother. Alex says it's one of the most important features of this new monitor. It's also necessary for 3D, which splits the screen into two 60Hz ones beamed to different eyes.
THE EFFECTS OF LED BACKLIGHTING
LED backlighting means the XL2410T can produce very deep blacks and high contrast ratios. Alex shows why this is important when pursuing enemies in dark situations.
IMPACT OF 2MS RESPONSE TIME
The XL2410T has an unbelievably fast 2 millisecond screen response time. For gaming LCD monitors, it doesn't get any faster than that. Alex explains why this is important in gaming.
CHANGING SCREEN RES ON THE FLY
A unique feature of the XL2410T is that it gives the gamer the ability to change screen resolution on the fly.
DISPLAY TWO VIDEO SOURCES AT ONCE
Why is this important to gamers? Well, when you get bored you can watch something else at the same time.
The XL2410T's stand is extremely adjustable, enabling the game to position just how they want it. Alex and the guys get carried away with the portrait view, and run up the world's longest on-screen Word document.
DIFFERENT SCREEN MODES
Alex demonstrates the monitor's screen modes, which run from full, aspect, overscan and 1:1 to 17in; 19in; 19in widescreen and 22in widescreen.
Senseye is a proprietary BenQ image enhancement technology, which BenQ claims optimises contrast and sharpness, giving better clarity and depth. Alex checks it out.
ALEX'S CONCLUSION ON THE BENQ XL2410T