The BenQ XL2410 is an interesting project, aimed at gamers, but with more offered here than just fine-tuning your Crysis experience.

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. It's functional too - the stand is height adjustable and can be pivoted.

A trio of ports - one each of D-Sub, DVI and HDMI - covers most connectivity options.

One of the BenQ's key specs is its 120Hz refresh rate. This can enable 3D use. Should you find an extra £120 to buy nVidia's 3D Vision kit, you can create the complete 3D experience.

Display reviews

The BenQ works well here, with vivid and smooth 3D that rarely strained the eyes. From the films Bolt and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs to the Metro 2033 game, we found its 3D most 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.

You can scale the image size up or down. 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 standard twisted-nematic panel; viewing angles are particularly disappointing given the high-calibre performance elsewhere. As with all TN panels, you'll be wanting to sit in front of the screen - not necessarily a good thing if you're gaming.

BenQ XL2410T: Specs

  • 23.6in LCD monitor
  • 1920x1080
  • 0.2715mm pixel pitch
  • 2ms response rate (g-to-g)
  • 1000:1 contrast ratio (‘10,000,000:1 DCR’)
  • 170/160 degree viewing angle
  • 300cd/m2 brightness
  • D-Sub, DVI, HDMI connectors
  • 40W operational power consumption (28W eco)
  • 2-year warranty
  • 347x181x570mm
  • 9.4kg
  • 23.6in LCD monitor
  • 1920x1080
  • 0.2715mm pixel pitch
  • 2ms response rate (g-to-g)
  • 1000:1 contrast ratio (‘10,000,000:1 DCR’)
  • 170/160 degree viewing angle
  • 300cd/m2 brightness
  • D-Sub, DVI, HDMI connectors
  • 40W operational power consumption (28W eco)
  • 2-year warranty
  • 347x181x570mm
  • 9.4kg

OUR VERDICT

The BenQ XL2410T is aimed very much at the gamer, but film enthusiasts and indeed any user that wants ultra-smooth PC coverage, will find plenty to engage with here. The XL2410T is relatively expensive though at around £285. Should you want the 3D kit as well, you’ll be looking at around £400 for a 24in 3D screen. At such a price, a TN panel is more out of its depth. Many hardened gamers and film enthusiasts will still lap it up.

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