BenQ XL2430T 24-Inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor Review

Packaging, Physical Layout And Accessories

BenQ ships the XL2430T in a lay-down style box with plenty of Styrofoam to protect the contents. The upper packing tray contains many accessories and cables to create a complete package, with just one exception – there’s no DisplayPort cable. Instead you get a heavy-gauge DVI cable that’s already attached to the panel. You can use it or your own DP connection for 144Hz operation. Also included are USB 3.0 and IEC power cables. A nice plastic dust cover comes in the box, along with a quick-start guide and CD containing drivers and the full user’s manual.

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The first thing we noticed was a large amount of polished bright-work on the panel and base. There’s so much bling that you’ll spend days finding and removing all of the protective plastic wrap. It’s not overdone though; the styling is pretty nice. The bezel is thin at less than ¾", so setting up three XL2430Ts seems like a good idea.

The screen’s anti-glare layer is much like the ones we’ve seen on every monitor of late – light rejection is decent, clarity is excellent and you’ll want to carefully place bright light sources in your workspace.

Control buttons run up the right side of the bezel. But once you connect the S Switch, you’ll rarely need to touch them. If you do, they respond with a satisfying click and a soft beep.

We first saw the S Switch on the XL2720Z and fell in love immediately. Once you adapt to its wheel and button arrangement, you’ll wonder why anyone would control an OSD any other way. It’s super-intuitive, allowing us to zip through menus and options quickly. The wheel doubles as a select button, so all you really need is that and the return key to its left. The other controls call up preset gaming modes and the Auto Game Mode.

We wondered what this little red metal bar was and finally had to look in the manual to find out – it’s a headphone hook able to hold up to 400 grams (about 14 ounces). When you’re not using it, it slides into the side of the panel and locks in place.

The XL2430T isn’t particularly slim, but it still presents a decent side profile for wall-mounting. In addition to two USB 3.0 ports, there’s a headphone output and microphone input. That’s something we haven’t seen before. You have to connect a USB cable between the monitor and your PC to make it work.

The back is mostly polished plastic with BenQ’s logo topping things off. The input jack labels are printed in red, which makes connecting cables a little easier. The upright is a thick chunk of aluminum with a handle at the top and a red-trimmed hole at the bottom for cable management. Unsnapping the base reveals a 100mm VESA mount.

A closer look at the XL2430T's back side reveals indicators for height and angle adjustments. If you're picky about screen placement and you move your monitor around, this can be real time-saver. You can also see a handle in the above photo. It's one solid piece of metal that would likely support the weight of several panels.

To run the XL2430T at 120 or 144Hz, you need to use DVI or DisplayPort; one of each connector is provided. If you have HDMI sources, there are two inputs accommodating up to 60Hz. For analog components, there’s a legacy VGA port. The micro-USB port on the left is for the S Switch. On the far left is an audio output for external powered speakers, since there are none built-in. Sound can travel over either HDMI or DisplayPort to this jack. Finally, on the far right, we have a single USB 3.0 upstream port. You'd use that to enable the side panel’s mic input.

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  • spp85
    Me IPS all the way. One you switch to an IPS display you are done with a TN panel
  • test090927
    Don't be interrupted by want type of panel it is.
    TN and IPS both have there own advantage. TN for low response time and relatively high refresh rate, whereas IPS has better color reproduction and viewing angle. However, IPS panel generally has long response time, which might cause ghosting when gaming.

    For XL2430T TN panel which might seem bad color reproduction, the color is actually fine and it can be adjusted by "Color Vibrance" mode. It's a great choice for you.
  • Grognak
    Nearly $400 for a 24in 1080p monitor, that's quite expensive.
  • wtfxxxgp
    Wow. Some people don't bother to read the article. The reviewer clearly states that the ONLY difference between this TN panel and an IPS panel is viewing angle. How is this a problem unless you're using more than 1 monitor? How many people sit and game when they don't have their monitor right in front of them? EVERYTHING ELSE about this monitor as far as performance is concerned completely out-classes IPS panels. Stop complaining, read the full article and unless you have anything constructive to say, rather don't say anything at all. Commenting that you're waiting for an IPS panel or wouldn't ever go back to a TN panel is rather useless. As for me, I think the price is very reasonable for this monitor, given its excellent review on everything that matters to a gamer.
  • lostgamer_03
    I stopped reading after "TN panel". Not even worth my time.
  • wishmaster12
    all your paying is for 24 more hz, I bought a 24in 120hz for 250$
  • chenw
    I stopped reading at 'IPS', not even worth my time.

    Seriously, after comparing the VX2770 and swift (which is a classic IPS to TN), I wasn't even sure what IPS was all about, the IPS had much worse BLB and didn't look that much greater (granted, it was probably a bad IPS panel).
  • chenw
    Just to clear up, I know the monitor in review is a TN panel
  • knightmike
  • AndrewJacksonZA
    Is it known if this monitor is FreeSync-compatible, or can be upgraded to be FreeSync-compatible?

    Thank you
  • wishmaster12
    I guess is a really expensive, high reloution LIGHT BRITE
  • nukemaster
    73833 said:
    all your paying is for 24 more hz, I bought a 24in 120hz for 250$

    You are also getting the blur reduction strobe backlight. IMO something I am VERY happy to see on more screens. G-sync screens can do it as well as lightboost screens as well.

    That feature alone makes me want to get one of these types of screens. Motion blur has bugged me since flat panels came to market.

    545051 said:
    Is it known if this monitor is FreeSync-compatible, or can be upgraded to be FreeSync-compatible? Thank you

    I do not think anything has that new standard yet(it will be DisplayPort only just like G-sync).
    The last few BenQ screens with this blur reduction feature have required quite a bit more work to firmware flash(custom device or a cable or some luck with VGA and Linux). It is not quite like flashing a DVD/BD drive.

    I do not see the obsession with IPS for gaming. the pixel response is not as good and the contrast is not any better. VA has IMO the best looking image(but with a very slight contrast shift), but is even slower than most ips screens.

    I had an IPS for gaming for a short time and while it was faster than my VA panel it also had so much glow(not a problem with old screens. cost cutting measure and all) that it killed dark games. To add to it, this the particular monitor had very poor dark color reproduction.

    This is not to say I do not believe that TN has some bad viewing angles and thus in larger screens is much less desirable, they have improved allot over the years and are still the fastest thing you can get.

    Also remember BenQ has some other 24ich blur reduction screens without all the extra features and inputs for less. Just make sure you get one with the V2 firmware because V2 has issues with the blur reduction feature.
  • milkod2001
    This might be the one many were looking for ages. IPS + Gsync
  • eklipz330
    what's the difference between this and let's say last years xl2420z or xl2411z which can be found for more than $100 less with basically the same features?

    Mind you in the beginnign of the article, it states that this is the tinier version of the xl2720z; i'd like to correct that statement by saying that the xl2420z is the smaller version, as they were all announced towards the end of 2013 and released in 2014.
  • Albert Rampo
    from what im hearing about Gsync i rather save a couple more dollars and buy a monitor with it
  • AJSB
    The only thing i have to say about this monitor is...can't wait for the Adaptive-Sync version :)
  • AJSB
    BenQ will have a 2560x1440 144Hz 27" Adaptive Sync (FreeSync if you will) monitor...that is the one i'm focusing...but i'm also curious about the ViewSonic 24" 1080p 144Hz Adaptive GSync monitors for me.
  • SkyBill40
    TN panel or not, G-Sync or not, this looks like quite a beastly monitor.
  • DecafTable
    Looks to be a great monitor, but it would be foolish to purchase this with Free Sync capable monitors already showcased at CES!
  • floppyedonkey
    garbage TN panel, no one wants these. Most of tech that has a screen nowadays doesn't got TN. If reporting on new models that sport old technology stopped then a clear signal would be sent to these companies.
  • Mike Coberly
    I bought a 1080p, 144Hz panel over a year ago for $250...why would I want this?
    Acer GN246HL for those who are curious, I'd like to get another but I'm not sure about availability.
  • knowom
    4k 39 inch SE39UY04-1 for $330 at tiger direct sorry I'll take that instead. It doesn't have 60Hz 4K, but with DVI you should be able to do 1440x3440 @60HZ. I'm sorry, but resolution trumps refresh rate beyond 60HZ for me at least.
  • TechyInAZ
    Nice monitor! I want one with free sync!
  • alidan
    Looks to be a great monitor, but it would be foolish to purchase this with Free Sync capable monitors already showcased at CES!

    if free sync costs no more than normal monitors, there is no reason to not wait
    if your monitor right now breaks, do everything to can to hold out on a better one soon, even if that means getting a 25$ good will for a stop gap,
    for me personally, free sync isn't a big deal, ill get it if its available, but i would never pay more for it.
    tearing is a major issue for me, though i do v sync games when they are running over 60fps just so my crap can run a bit cooler.
    the whole "you wont notice games preforming slower... that has to be seen to be believed because i just don't believe it.