Benq XL2410T

PC World Team 2011-06-14
78 Good
Price: Rs 28,500

Full Review

The BenQ XL2410T is an interesting niche product aimed at gamers, but with more offered here than just fine-tuning your Crysis experience. No monitor before this one has offered 3D capability alongside an LED backlight. The LED backlight has not meant a thinner monitor, though it could translate into slightly lower power usage while in operation. The Full-HD experience and 24-inch expanse of the screen offers quite an 'involved' user experience, be it games or movies.

Its appearance is pleasingly discreet, with understated black casing that wouldn't look out of place in an office. Look closer and you'll see the curious texture of the casing, or the delicately curved panel at the bottom, the giving the BenQ more appeal.

The monitor stand is quite thick, stem-like, but that was probably required for its added functionality. In addition to the "tilt" facility seen on all monitors, the stand is also height adjustable and the screen can be pivoted to a 90 degree angle.

One of the BenQ's key specs is its 120Hz refresh rate. This can enable 3D use. At an extra expense of Rs. 11,500 to buy the Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision kit, you can buy yourself the complete 3D experience.

The BenQ works well here, with vivid and smooth 3D that rarely strained the eyes. From the movies Bolt and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, to the Metro 2033 game, we found its 3D inspiring. It's worth remembering that the 120Hz refresh rate creates a smoother effect in PC graphics too, and you will see the difference in everyday tasks. An advertised 2ms grey-to-grey response time helps smooth gameplay too.

This 24-inch monitor has an actual diagonal display size of 23.6-inches. A trio of ports - one each of D-Sub (VGA), DVI and HDMI - covers most connectivity options. Full specifications can be found at the manufacturer's page for the Benq XL2410T.

Buttons for the OSD are tucked below the screen, which might be inconvenient for some.

You can scale the image size up or down using the On-screen Display (OSD) menu. You also have a choice of precise colour settings. The BenQ's image quality is generally very good, with strong and vibrant colours and smooth refreshes that keep the effect pristine.

It does have some flaws, mostly owing to the standard Twisted-Nematic panel used. Viewing angles are particularly disappointing given the high-calibre performance elsewhere. As with all monitors that use TN panels, you'll want to sit in front of the screen, which is normal for PC games but not necessarily so for movies. However, the better VA and IPS panels haven't yet entered the 3D monitor segment so this is not really counted as a downer.

Bottom Line

At first glance, the BenQ XL2410T seems relatively expensive at Rs. 28,500 (considering the non-TN and non-3D options at this price price). Yet it is quite good for the premium segment it targets and can hold its own against other 3D monitors in the market.

There are actually many additions beyond just the 3D display - large 24-inch screen, Full-HD resolution, LED backlight, and a high-end monitor stand that can pivot the screen. Just be sure to have (or buy) a 3D kit as well to properly enjoy what this monitor can offer you. The XL2410T is aimed very much at the gamer, but movie enthusiasts and indeed any user that wants ultra-smooth PC coverage, will find plenty to engage with here.

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