BenQ XL2430T 24-Inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor Review

OSD Setup And Calibration Of The XL2430T

OSD Tour

The XL2430T’s OSD is just like every other BenQ monitor we’ve tested: full-featured and efficient. Pressing any bezel key or the wheel on the S Switch brings up a small menu.

The top three slots can be programmed for many quick-access functions. Above you can see how the menu looks from the factory. We changed the third one from Display Mode to Brightness, making it easier to adjust the backlight when using Blur Reduction. Clicking Menu brings up the full OSD.

There is a lot here. Fortunately, it’s logically grouped into four sub-menus, the first of which contains gaming settings.

The big star is of course Blur Reduction. If you use it with an HDMI source, it’s either on or off, resulting in an 81-percent brightness reduction. You get a pulse-width adjustment called Intensity over DVI and DisplayPort, along with an Area slider.

At the default setting of 10, Intensity causes only a 51-percent light reduction, which can be easily compensated for by turning up the backlight. You can run Intensity up to 25, but then you’re looking at 96 percent less light output.

The Area slider is something we haven’t seen before. It is intended to selectively reduce blur depending on image content. In our tests, it only seemed to cause tearing and jitter artifacts when turned up too high. It comes set to 10, and that's where it works well.

Black eQualizer tweaks low-end gamma to help improve contrast. Since it starts at zero, it also crushes detail if you increase more than a little.

Color Vibrance increases saturation and may satisfy some users. Colors look more vivid, though the feature can also cause a loss of image detail.

Low BlueLight is a feature found on most BenQ monitors. It reduces blue and warms the image to reduce eye fatigue. Using the Standard picture mode already gets you pretty close to D65, so we recommend leaving this one alone.

Instant Mode increases the pixel clock to improve response. We enabled it for all our tests.

Auto Game Mode applies different enhancement settings depending on content. If you want consistency between games, it’s best to leave this off.

Save Settings lets you preserve the game options to one of three memory slots. They can then be called up using the three buttons on the S Switch. If you change any picture settings in the next menu, they apply globally.

All of the calibration adjustments are in the Picture menu. You get eight image modes – three for FPS and RTS games, three memories for custom gaming settings plus Movie and Standard. Our favorite is Standard, which is very accurate out of the box and can be tweaked for even better performance.

AMA is another tool to help improve the panel’s response time. We set it on High for our tests.

Dynamic Contrast improves perceived contrast at the expense of a skewed gamma curve. If you don’t mind sacrificing a little detail, it can be used sparingly.

There are five gamma presets, and the fifth option is best. The others are all too light and create a somewhat dull image. Regardless of the other options you choose, we recommend Gamma 5 for all content.

Here are the RGB sliders. They are available in the gaming modes as well, but they are most effective in Standard. You won’t need to change them much to achieve excellent grayscale tracking. The Normal, Bluish and Reddish presets are fixed and can’t be adjusted.

The Display menu contains the input selector and a few other options.

Display Mode refers to image sizing. Full represents a 1:1 pixel map for incoming signals. The other options size the image to match different game screens. This is a great way to avoid distorted images in older titles designed for 4:3 monitors.

HDMI RGB PC Range comes set to levels 16-235, which is incorrect. Change it to 0-255 for proper compatibility with PC signals. If you use DisplayPort or DVI, the option is grayed-out and the XL2430T handles PC-range content correctly.

Overscan is useful when watching TV broadcasts full-screen. You can use it to remove garbage pixels from edges of the image.

The final menu, System, has OSD options, languages, signal info and a factory reset option.

Customkeys refer to the top three bezel control buttons. They can be set to a variety of monitor functions, saving you a trip to the OSD when making quick changes.

Signal info gives you the active input, plus incoming and outgoing resolution, along with refresh rate.

The Other Setting menu has little-used options like on-screen notices. The main one to be concerned with is DDC/CI. Leave it on so the monitor can communicate with your PC.

Calibration

Once we switched to the Standard picture mode, our work was largely done. Tweaking the RGB sliders and setting the gamma to preset five produced a great image, yielding excellent test results. It’s easy to maintain contrast post-calibration thanks to a control that allows some upward adjustment. We could raise it to 52 before any clipping occurred. Sharpness works just fine at level five. Any higher and obvious edge enhancement appears, which actually reduces the clarity of small fonts and objects.

BenQ XL2430T Calibration Settings
Picture Mode
Standard
Brightness
48
Contrast
52
Sharpness
5
Gamma
5
Color Temp User
Red 99, Green 100, Blue 98
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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
    FreeSync
  • 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 machine..............lol
  • 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

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QiQ6y1jJ5A
  • 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 Sync...no 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
    Quote:
    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.