BenQ XL2420TE – 144Hz flicker-free
BenQ have unveiled a new 24” gaming monitor at the MLG (Major League Gaming) Spring Championship in California, an event that ran from June 28th until June 30th. The BenQ XL2420TE is an upgraded version of the much-loved XL2420T. Aesthetically the 20TE is very similar to the 20T with the same 24” screen, red accents, fully adjustable stand (height, swivel, pivot and tilt), touch-sensitive buttons and nifty S-Switch rapid control unit on the side.
The panel has been upgraded to include something that BenQ call ‘ZeroFlicker’, which as the name suggests means it has a flicker free backlight. BenQ are actually making a huge push into using alternative methods of dimming for their backlight that avoids the flickering and potential issues of PWM (Pulse Width Modulation). That’s great to see – and it’s something that has been entirely absent on high refresh rate gaming monitors up until now. The monitor retains its TN panel, 1920 x 1080 resolution, 350 cd/m2 brightness and key features such as ‘Black eQualizer’, ‘Smart Scaling’ and BenQ’s ‘Intuitive UI’ menu system. Aside from the backlight now being flicker-free some upgrades seen on the XL2411T have also been carried over to the new model – namely a 144Hz refresh rate and enhanced grey to grey acceleration with a 1ms quoted response time (and hopefully better tuned ‘AMA’ to reduce inverse ghosting).
The rear of the monitor and ports are also identical to the 20T; 2 HDMI 1.4 ports, DVI Dual-Link, DP 1.2, VGA, 1 USB 2.0 upstream and 3 USB 2.0 downstream ports (2 of these are found at the side beside a headphone jack). In essence this monitor brings over what many people feel are the best bits of the 20T and 11T and then knocks off PWM from the backlight as an added bonus. Despite the backlight being ‘ZeroFlicker’ in its normal mode the monitor is fully compatible with Nvidia 3D Vision 2 which needs to ‘flicker’ (or strobe) to work. LightBoost is a native feature required for Nvidia 3D Vision 2 certification so this should also be supported – good news for gamers who have discovered the blur reduction benefits of this in 2D as well.
The monitor is currently available in the US for under $400. In the UK and Europe the monitor will be available as an updated XL2420T model (revision 2.0) from September. Because it will replace the existing 2420T there will be a bit of a confusing transition period where retailers may be selling both old and new revisions. The official product page gives full specifications and feature highlights. Further updates as they come to us and hopefully a review of this model at some point as well.