The BenQ Xl2410T is an LED monitor targeted towards gamers, and while I wasn’t a big fan of the outside packaging, as soon as I took out the monitor I got the feeling that this is something very special. First off the XL2410T is a 16:9 monitor sporting a full 1920 x 1080 resolution. The wider than usual aspect ratio of monitors in its class plus a thin frame finished in matt black gives the BenQ XL2410T a very sleek and professional look.
The base stand is also pretty wide, with a slight depression so you can keep important things like paper clips and USB sticks right in front of you. The other end of practicality comes from the fact that the XL2410T can be rotated into portrait mode for some serious multi-tasking!
So one of the first things very prominently displayed on the packaging and the monitor itself is the 120Hz refresh rate. In simple terms this basically means that in games each frame is rendered 120 times per second, compared to 60Hz on normal monitors and TVs. Technical jargon aside, what this means is that games will run much smoother due to the speed at which the images are rendered. In some fiercely competitive games such as Counter-Strike and StarCraft II, this is a great boon for players. For other games such as Team Fortress 2 or World of Warcraft, the 120Hz refresh rate just provides for an incredibly fluid and seamless experience of the games.
Of course, the extra 60Hz on the Xl2410T also helps the monitor playback 3D movies as well since the process actually requires two images being rendered at 60Hz each. These two images are then blended together using 3D glasses, such as Nvidia’s 3D Vision. Playing games like Call of Duty Black Ops in 3D is an incredibly surreal experience, although it does become a little difficult to shoot as the eyes are getting used to the constantly changing depth of field. 3D Movies, however, feel perfectly great on the XL2410T as playback is always smooth. It’s not as high quality as some of the recent Sony Bravia or Samasung 3D LED HDTVs, but you’re not going to end up paying and arm and two legs for the BenQ monitor either.