BenQ XL2430T 24-Inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor Review

Results: Brightness And Contrast

To read about our monitor tests in-depth, please check out Display Testing Explained: How We Test Monitors and TVs. Brightness and Contrast testing is covered on page two.

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Uncalibrated – Maximum Backlight Level

Today’s group operates at 144Hz all of the time. We temporarily left the Overlord 120Hz IPS screen out, but it will return in future gaming monitor reviews. To make fair comparisons to the XL2430T, we have the G2460PQU, G2460PG and G2770PQU from AOC; BenQ’s XL2720Z and the ROG Swift PG278Q from Asus. The G2460PG and ROG Swift screens include G-Sync functionality.

BenQ rates the XL2430T at 350cd/m2, so that claim is met as far as our sample is concerned. Of greater note is that turning on the Blur Reduction only costs 51 percent of your light output. This is on setting 10 of 25, which means you can opt for an even smaller reduction if you want. It’s the best-implemented backlight strobe we’ve seen yet.

With Blur Reduction off, the black level is average for a panel of this type. When it’s on, you get deep blacks. Just be careful because if you drop output too much, it can become difficult to see the smallest shadow details.

Without Blur Reduction, maximum on/off contrast comes close to our preferred 1000:1 level. Turning it on affects contrast by only six percent, so in a darkened room you can reap the benefit without too great a penalty.

Uncalibrated – Minimum Backlight Level

The XL2430T has a very wide-ranging backlight, as demonstrated by its low minimum white level. If you want to set it closer to 50cd/m2 as we do, up the brightness slider to 6. Obviously you won’t be using Blur Reduction at this point. A result of 14.8662cd/m2 makes for a pretty dim image.

Of course, it’s fun to see just how low the black level can go. With Blur Reduction turned on, we recorded a number more often seen from an HDTV rather than a computer monitor. The unaltered value is pretty good too.

On/off contrast stays fairly consistent throughout the backlight’s range. You’ll take a small hit when using Blur Reduction, but it’s pretty hard to see. We feel the XL2430T delivers above-average contrast performance.

After Calibration to 200cd/m2

After calibration, we see the same 51-percent drop in light output when Blur Reduction is engaged. If you want to use it, just crank up the backlight a little; there’s plenty of headroom. Too bad there aren’t independent settings like we saw on the AOC G2460PG.

The calibrated black level runs about mid-pack, comparing favorably to the majority of computer monitors we’ve tested. And the blacks are still quite deep when you turn on blur reduction.

The best part about this result is that there is almost no contrast reduction when calibrating the XL2430T, since we barely had to change the RGB sliders. Moreover, the Contrast control allows for some upward adjustment before clipping occurs. That’s a plus compared to most displays, which have no extra room there.

ANSI Contrast Ratio

This is a high-quality panel with no visible light bleed in our ANSI checkerboard pattern. The black squares are nice and dark, and the white squares are plenty bright (as they should be). You’ll see later that this display posts solid uniformity numbers, really showing how good a well-engineered TN panel can look.

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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.