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BenQ XL2420TE 24-Inch 144Hz, 1ms High Performance Professional Gaming Monitor

by BenQ

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  • 144 Hz, Nvidia 3D Vision 2 ready
  • ZeroFlicker technology for visual comfort during long game sessions
  • Height adjustment, game mode loader
  • FPS mode, RTS mode, Intuitive OSD, S. Switch
  • D-sub + DVI-DL + HDMI1.4x2 + DP1.2/headphone jackHDMI 1.4 x 2, D-Sub; DVI-DL; DP 1.2, Headphone Jack


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 57.1 x 51.7 cm ; 6 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 9 Kg
  • Item model number: XL2420TE
  • ASIN: B00D7IG556
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: July 8 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,506 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sebastien Lucchesi on Dec 3 2013
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This is by far the best gaming monitor I ever owned thank you BenQ for making a superb product and of course Amazon for selling it..
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benoit Lalonde on Dec 31 2013
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Pros:
Speed is amazing. When switching from 60hz to 144hz, my jaw dropped. You can notice right away when dragging around some windows how it goes from choppy to fluid.
The hardware itself looks great. Easy to adjust, good cable management, and a convenient hook at the back for headphones.

Cons:
Panel Uniformity is slightly disappointing. I noticed soon after plugging it in that the corners (particularly the upper left-hand corner) turn slightly to a yellowish color. It's quite subtle, and unnoticeable in games, but with a full white screen it becomes apparent.

Overall:
Great for gaming, but not so awesome for regular use. Sadly it seems there is a trade-off between speed and color-depth/viewing-angle/panel-uniformity. So it depends on what you want to do with it. I have definitely seen an improvement in my Battlefield4 stats since I got it. The reduced input lag and increased fluidity has given me a bit of an edge (and also just feels really nice). I am fairly satisfied with my purchase.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HARALD UJC on Jan. 19 2014
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...it's going back. It arrived with a stuck pixel. Have tried every technique I could find on the web to get it unstuck with no luck. First time I've ever come across this. Very disappointing.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Better than the Asus VG248QE Oct. 29 2013
By Ryan Karczewski - Published on Amazon.com
After using the Asus VG248QE for a couple of days and being severely disappointed with the overall white washed / dirty contrast and poor RBG scaling I decided to return it and order this one. Straight out of the box the BenQ is better in terms of color/image quality, which most higher refresh rate monitors (120-144hz) suffer from. Although it still isn't an IPS panel, it's the best that TN panel will get at this refresh rate. Worth the extra $ over the cheaper Asus counterpart.

If you're on the fence with spending the extra, you'll get what you pay for. If you feel like dealing with horrendous display profile programs and having to switch modes every game then save your $ and get the Asus VG248QE.

If you want better out of the box/hassle free and the best color reproduction you'll see at 144hz then spend the extra $ and get this monitor.

If my opinion isn't convincing. Check out Linus' review of the Xl2420TE.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Liquid Smooth Fun Oct. 8 2013
By Pale Ale - Published on Amazon.com
If you still remember what CRT gaming was like before LCD monitors took over, get ready to be impressed by this monitor. You can run it with ZERO ghosting. I just got mine yesterday and I'm still tweaking my color settings, but I love what I see so far while gaming. If you have sensitive eyes like I do, this is the perfect monitor for you. I always set my monitors' brightness very low since I spend a lot of time staring at screens. Combine that with the smooth 144 Hz refresh rate and zero flicker of this monitor and you'll be set for hours of comfortable screen-staring.

You can also choose to use a utility called "Strobelight by ToastyX" to enable LightBoost (normally reserved for 3D, it's a backlight strobe synchronized to the refresh rate), which introduces flicker, but completely eliminates motion blur just like old CRTs. (If you're comparing this monitor to others, this is not the only monitor that can do this, there's a list here: [...]

This monitor is targeted as a gaming monitor, and I think it succeeds beautifully in this area. I have mine placed beside a high-end IPS monitor that I use when I need perfect color for photographs, etc, which makes the lower color range on this monitor more apparent, but I got acceptable settings by tweaking this monitor's sRGB profile. If you intend to use it as your only screen (or with another TN panel), I wouldn't worry about the color too much. It's definitely acceptable, and I feel that the speed/fluidity while gaming is totally worth it.

Those are the most noteworthy features of the monitor. Other little things that are nice are the solid build quality plus a nice stand that goes pretty high and can rotate. Also I have no dead pixels on mine.

I would like to try Nvidia 3D Vision, but I don't have the glasses kit yet so I'll update my review in the future when I'm able to try that.

Overall I think this monitor is absolutely perfect for its intended gaming focus, but I also think that those with sensitive eyes should consider it as well for normal desktop use.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding monitor for gaming Nov. 14 2013
By Matt - Published on Amazon.com
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First thing I noticed about this monitor is that it is BRIGHT, by far the brightest monitor I've ever used. Games are super smooth and blur free, the 144hz and incredibly low input lag make this the ideal monitor for FPS games. I was playing Metro Last Light earlier today and it look stunning. For anything with black text on a white background you'll probably want to turn the brightness down quite a bit, it's like staring at a light bulb if you don't. (If I need to illuminate my desk at night now I can just open Notepad and make it fullscreen, who needs a desk lamp?) The monitor was easy to assemble, had no dead or stuck pixels, and the stand allows for a wide range of height adjustment. You can also rotate it 90 degrees for portrait mode. One thing I wanted to mention was that the headphone jack will play audio received over HDMI for anyone wondering. I plugged in my PS3 via HDMI and it worked great. Obviously it wont decode Dolby Digital/DTS/etc so just make sure to set whatever HDMI device you use to output 2 channel PCM audio only if you want to use the headphone jack on the monitor. If gaming and multimedia are the primary uses of your PC you will absolutely love this monitor.

If you are having any trouble enabling 120hz or 144hz refresh rates check the specs of your video card. My card, a Radeon HD 6850, has two DVI ports but as I eventually discovered only one is dual link (you need to use a dual link DVI port to utilize 120hz+ refresh rates). I had it plugged into the single link port and it took about 30 minutes of troubleshooting before I realized what the issue was.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Never Realized how much I was missing on my monitor! Jan. 4 2014
By Mike Sweeney - Published on Amazon.com
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Before I got this monitor, I was using a Dell ST2210 21.5 inch monitor for my current rig. Needless to say, equipping a 60hz monitor with a GTX 670 graphics card does leave a lot to be desired. I was getting sick and tired of all the screen tearing, mouse lag from V-sync, and graphic let downs that the 2210 was giving me, so I decided to give this monitor a go.

When I first plugged this monitor in and connected it to my graphics card, I had to cover my eyes for a bit to be honest. This screen is RIDICULOUSLY bright!! It completely destroys my Dell monitor in terms of how bright it can be set to, and after comparing the two monitors, I had to tone down this BenQ monitor to 30% brightness so that it would be on the same level as my Dell!

I had also been using HDMI for my Dell monitor, but I'm glad I hooked up DVI instead for this device, because you won't be able to get anything better than 60hz for HDMI, so DVI is definitely the way to go here. Also, make sure that you adjust your graphic settings so that 144hz is enabled instead of the standard 60hz. When I first did that, I immediately noticed how much smoother the mouse movement is on my PC, which I knew was a good start.

But enough of the small stuff, I quickly started up Bioshock Infinite to really test this monitor out when I first got it. Needless to say, I was simply BLOWN AWAY at how good this monitor is. There was ZERO lag from my games in terms of the output that was being displayed from the combination of the card and the monitor. Everything felt really sharp, crisp, and truly amazing compared to my Dell monitor.

That being said, there were a couple of down sides to this monitor in terms of comparing it to my Dell. First, you can definitely notice a color difference in terms of accuracy when comparing a regular monitor to this one. For me, I was mainly able to notice this when it came to certain colors such as yellow and orange. I'm not that crazed over it though, so I won't take anything away from it, but everyone definitely needs to know that the colors on this screen aren't the best in the world.

One other downside is the fact that the platform for this monitor is quite large. Much bigger compared to my old monitor. I had to mess around with finding the right way to angle this monitor since my desk is not very large, but is roughly the same size as most office desks you'd find. I ended up having to arc the monitor on my desk and window sill which is only a bit higher compared to my desk, but because of that, the monitor is very prone to shaking whenever I type. Again, it's mainly because of my setup that everything is like this, so obviously I'm not going to take it away from the quality of this screen.

One final downside is that some games aren't necessarily designed to handle this high of a refresh rate, and Skyrim is a perfect example. I tried playing Skyrim with the 144hz refresh rate, but it ended up causing massive amounts of screen flickering, and even audio skipping because of it. I turned the monitor back to 60hz just to see if the refresh rate was the issue, and surely enough, I had no problems playing on 60hz. So you should probably make sure that your game can at least handle the refresh rate of this monitor so that you don't have to constantly look up the issues that your game might be having.

Overall, this monitor is simply one of the best you can possibly get. I can't believe how much my gaming experience has opened up because of it, and even though there are a couple of small annoyances with this monitor, it certainly doesn't take away the AMAZING qualities that make this monitor truly outperform all others.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Best monitor I've ever owned till this date! Feb. 5 2014
By R. Bahena - Published on Amazon.com
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Well guys as other reviews state that playing games (especially FPS) from 60hz to 144hz is just freaking amazing and I just couldn't be any happier with the results on such smoother game-play change in FPS games such as Battlefield 4, Rising Storm, CS:GO, Natural Selection 2, Far Cry 3 and many more. I will say that getting the right colors for this monitor took me a while to calibrate since using this monitor on daytime and nighttime can be quite tricky to get the best look out of this monitor so I will be posting my results and hopefully others take it as a beginning step towards finding your own color/view liking.

So my monitor is set on "Standard Mode"

Brightness: 53
Contrast: 49
Sharpness: 6
Gamma: 3
Color Temperature: User Mode [R:96, G:94, B:93]

and just make sure to save the settings under gamer 1, 2, or 3 so it's up to you on that and make sure to save twice in the same gamer profile just in case since there are reports that color settings don't get saved unless you do it twice.

Now I gotta mention that I own an Nvidia GTX 770 video card which you can use the control panel/color settings to calibrate a bit the colors, brightness and contrast if you wish to do so and I'll post my settings for that as well below (optional). Now AMD guys, I wish I could post some settings for you guys to work from (clearly I do not own AMD cards), but do mess around with your color settings a bit and try finding the perfect color palette for your monitor/view and good luck.

Brightness: 47
Contrast: 52
Gamma: 99
Digital Vibrance: 85
Hue: 2

Now like I said before that the colors in this monitor are not the best neither the worst and pretty much it's the only "con" about this monitor but not enough to give this monitor a lesser star rating, but that should be expected when you're choosing to get this monitor which is for the higher hertz and 1ms which of course it sacrifices a bit the colors but with a few tweakings here and there that is a pretty much fixed problem.

I also recommend looking at that monitor mod called Light-booster which helps eliminate motion blur without the use of Nvidia's 3D glasses, but I have read as well that a few people that get nauseous while using this monitor (I guess because of weak eyesight or just still getting used to the higher, faster hertz) and such have used the mod which has quite have helped them to use this monitor with no problems afterwards, but do beware of using such modification since it can affect your colors, gamma, brightness and contrast taking a hit so use with caution. Now to end this review; all I can say that getting this monitor when it was at $279.99 has been the best purchase that I have ever made especially now that the price just went up again and while at first I was thinking of getting the ASUS 144hz monitor (since I have always used ASUS monitors) I do not regret making this purchase and it's up to you to get this monitor now or just wait for the price to drop again. Anyways thanks for reading and happy gaming!.

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