BenQ XL2430T 24-Inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor Review

BenQ sent over a 144Hz-capable 24-inch screen priced attractively. As a gamer, it'd be hard to ignore this model, which doesn't offer G-Sync support, but does deliver a great picture and excellent maximum refresh rate for less than $400.

To G-Sync or not to G-Sync? That is the question gamers are asking when they shop for a proper addition to their high-performance computer system. Now that Asus, AOC, BenQ and others are offering G-Sync support either with or in addition to fast-refresh models, it comes down to whether you want to spend an extra $150 to $200 or not.

The premium-priced ROG Swift notwithstanding, 24-inch G-Sync-capable monitors are selling for $550 and up. If you just want 144Hz and perhaps adjustable motion-blur reduction, you can buy in for around $400 or less.

BenQ is no stranger to speedy gaming displays, having introduced us to the excellent XL2720Z (BenQ XL2720Z Monitor Review: A 27-Inch, 144 Hz Gaming Display) a few months back. Today we’re checking out its 24-inch brother, the XL2430T.

Brand & Model
BenQ XL2430T
Street Price
$398
Panel Type & Backlight
TN / W-LED, edge array
Screen Size & Aspect Ratio
24in / 16:9
Max Resolution & Refresh
1920x1080 @ 144Hz
Native Color Depth & Gamut
8-bit (6-bit w/FRC) / sRGB
Response Time (GTG)
1ms
Brightness
350cd/m2
Speakers
-
Video Inputs
1 x DisplayPort, 1 x DVI,
2 x HDMI, 1 x VGA
Audio
1 x 3.5mm input, 1 x mic input,
1 x headphone output
USB
v3.0 - 1 x up, 2 x down
Panel Dimensions
WxHxD w/base
22.5 x 20.6 x 7.9in
568 x 520 x 199mm
Panel Thickness
2.5in / 63mm
Bezel Width
.7in / 17mm
Weight
15lbs / 6.8kg
Warranty
Three years

Let’s look at what giving up three inches of diagonal screen size means if you opt for a smaller display. The first thing to remember is that neither monitor supports G-Sync technology, so if you’re an Nvidia user looking for an end to screen tearing, check out BenQ’s brand-new XL2420G instead. It literally just arrived in our labs, so you’ll be seeing the full review very soon.

Both screens enable 144Hz refresh rates with nary a hiccup, though. This is a boon in just about any fast-paced game, since the display can keep up with your speedy graphics subsystem. We know how frustrating it is to spend four figures on the best in 3D processing only to have a 60Hz panel holding you back from your full fragging potential. We also love how Windows just glides smoothly along when you move the mouse cursor or shift applications around. It’s almost intoxicating for a display professional like myself.

The second item on the checklist is motion blur reduction. It’s a feature we first saw implemented through software on Asus' VG248QE. The XL2720Z has it built-in, though you can’t adjust the pulse width without a special utility from BlurBusters. As we’ve found in testing, simply turning on a backlight strobe with a short pulse results in an extremely dim picture bordering on unusable. Newer screens sometimes include that adjustment in a fine 100-step resolution. Then you can create a better balance between blur reduction and light output.

We found the XL2720Z a bit lacking in light output to the point that even a little blur reduction darkened the image too much. The XL2430T we’re looking at today corrects that flaw with a healthy maximum output of over 360cd/m2. BenQ also adds a pulse-width adjustment with 25-step resolution. In our brightness tests, we found a setting that provides an acceptable level of blur reduction at a light output cost of 51 percent.

BenQ’s motto is “gaming is in the details.” To that end, it includes a tremendous number of extra features and options specifically designed to enhance gameplay. Over the next two pages, you’ll see what that means on both the outside and the inside of the XL2430T. Let’s take a 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.