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Benq XL2420G Review (featuring XL2430t)

Benq XL2420G Review (featuring XL2430t)

A few weeks ago we took a look at one of Benq’s mainstream gaming monitors. It performed well with some decent features. Today we go high end with our Benq XL2420G Review, focusing on a screen which supports G-Sync and 3DVision. Dont need those? Then we will also take a quick look at the XL2430t.

Benq XL2420G Review – Packaging and bundle

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Benq package the XL series in a large box which gives some information of the key features of the product. Inside the screen is wrapped in a protective foam bag and then suspended in polystyrene. A product disc is included along with documentation and the basic bundled items are DVI cable, DisplayPort cable, mains cable and USB hub cable.

Benq XL2420G Review – The Display

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Shown above is the XL2420G when fully assembled. This is a 24″ 1920×1080 TN LED display. It measures 516x571x149mm and weighs 9.4KG. Benq list a vertical refresh rate of 100, 120 and 144Hz. Pixel pitch is 0.276mm, brightness 350cd/m2 and contrast is 1000:1 (DCR 12m:1). Viewing angles are 170/160 degrees with response time set at 1ms GtG and colour gamut is 72% NTSC.

What features do Benq offer on this model:

Downloadable gaming presets/calibration software.
Flicker free technology
Motion blur reduction technology
Gaming refresh rate optimisation
Low blue light mode
3DVision Ready (requires separate glasses purchase)

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The XL2420G has support for 100x100mm VESA wall mount and our stand allows us to pivot 90 degrees (to portrait), swivel by 35 degrees either direction and tilt -5 to 20 degrees. Height adjustment is also available with a range of 13cm and two extra items of note are also bundled. In the images above you can see that there is a small metal handle on the top of the stand, this allows us to carry the screen around (e.g. to LAN events). Benq also include a black cover (shown above) which has a cut-away which we can push the handle through and then there is a control pod. This connects via USB and allows us to control the OSD/Settings of the display using its wheel/buttons rather than those on the bezel. We have also shown it hanging from the stand above, using the headphone hanger.

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Finally for the hardware, we have a kensington slot, DVI, 2x HDMI, DisplayPort, mini-USB (for our control pod) and USB hub connector. This powers the 3DVision tech as well as the two USB ports on the side of the screen. These sit beside the headphone output.

Benq XL2420G Review – Setup GSync (and OSD)

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For those buying this screen to use with NVIDIAs new G-Sync technology, the setup process is pretty simple. The first thing you must do is connect via DisplayPort (which is fine as that cable is bundled). Once in Windows (with the latest NVIDIA driver installed) a little popup will appear in the bottom right prompting us to open the NVIDIA control panel. We tick “Enable G-Sync” and then set V-Sync to “G-Sync”. No more, no less.

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For those who don’t want to use G-Sync (or don’t have a compatible Graphics card) there is a classic mode available in the XL2420G’s settings. This returns us to having control over input frame, colour hue, intensity and contrast. We can also tweak all the usual setting in here (for example brightness) and take advantage of pre-set profiles as well as advanced black technology or blue-light reduction.

Benq XL2420G Review – The XL2430T

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For those who don’t need 3DVision and G-Sync, the XL2430T is an alternate option that BenQ offer. It arrives in a similar box with near identical bundle (minus the DisplayPort cable) and still including the cover for transporting the screen. Many of the key features are still present on this 24″ 1920×1080 LED screen, including Black eQualizer, low blue-light mode, 1ms GtG, gaming refresh rate optimisation, motion blur reduction, tilt/swivel/pivot and downloadable profiles. Little changes include physical buttons rather than touch sensitive and alternate stand design.

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The control pod is also included on the XL2430T, though it is a different shape. Connectivity is slightly different too, a VGA being added here as well as mic ports. Also visible beside the USB ports is what looks like a button, it’s not… this is where our headphone bracket extends from.

Key specs are:

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There are also some small tweaks to the OSD (such as the obvious removal of G-Sync options) but overall the same structure is present, as it was on the RL series which we recently reviewed.

Benq XL2420G Review – User Experience (subjective) and Conclusion

Starting with the build quality and design of the XL2420G we have a screen which feels very solid. The bezel is of average size which gives it strength however the overall plastic used is nice and chunky, without adding significant bulk. Little design aspects like headphone holder and carry handle are appreciated and we like the overall styling of the stand and base.

Feature wise the XL2420G is absolutely packed with items. Plenty of profiles and blue light control are good to have and the control pod as well as mode software make this screen a little easier to work with than competitor models. Of course G-sync is what this screen is all about that that works very well. Gaming on this screen was impressive as standard but with G-Sync it went to that extra level. Quite simply it is a smooth, clear and highly enjoyable experience… but it is one which has to be experienced to fully appreciate. You know you are getting a better experience but it is only when going back to a “standard ” display do you notice how much the XL2420G has enhanced the smoothness and display quality.

As far as the other performance areas go, we have a display which gives decent uniform performance across the panel. It does take a little while to fully warm up to maximum quality/vibrance after some time off (approx 10-15mins) and viewing angles could be a touch better but that a minor issue. Back to the plusses, colour reproduction and contrast are very good on this model.

Summary: Good quality panel, decent feature set and competitively priced. Without doubt G-Sync offers a fantastic, smooth and therefore more immersive experience.

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