BenQ XL2410T review:

BenQ XL2410T

While the FPS preset was bright and allowed the user to see lots of detail, it still pushed an overabundance of green, and some lighter colors were washed out. After adjusting the settings for a while, we found better settings for gaming, using the Standard preset.

Red: 78
Green: 68
Blue: 100
Gamma: 1.8
Brightness: 100 (or to desired brightness)
Contrast: 100

With these settings we got a better color balance with plenty of detail still visible, which is great if playing FPSes competitively. If you play games more for their aesthetic appeal, however, we recommend taking the gamma to 2.2 and turning the contrast down to 64.

The pervasiveness of the backlight is a constant problem with the XL2410T. During our Black Ops sessions, backlight bleeding would noticeably rear its head along the bottom of the screen when in dark areas, appearing as a distracting glow.

As for input lag, we filmed ourselves firing a rifle in Black Ops with both our finger and the muzzle of the virtual gun in the video frame. When we played the video back in super motion, we noticed no input lag with either AMA on or off.

To test refresh rate, we used DisplayMate's motion graphics tests and watched a bunch of graphics fly around the screen, looking for evidence of streaking. With AMA on we saw some color distortion in the form of halos that trailed the blocks as they moved around the screen. With AMA off, the halos disappeared, but there was still more streaking than on the PX2370.

The BenQ XL2410T delivered photos with deep colors and accurate skin tones. The settings we used above for movies worked much better than the Photo preset.

Viewing angle:
The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing the colors as the manufacturer intended them. Most monitors are not made to be viewed at any other angle. Depending on its panel type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels, which get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when they are not viewed from optimal angles. The XL2410T uses a TN panel, and indeed gets very dark when viewed from below, and it shifts colors when viewed from about 6 inches to the left or right.

Power consumption:
The BenQ XL2410T achieved fair power consumption, with a Default/On power draw of 31.3 watts, compared with the 25.01 watts in the same test. In our Sleep/Standby test, the XL2410T costs 1.28 watts and the PX2370 pulled a lower 0.27 watts. Based on our formula, the XL2410T would cost $10.23 per year to run, compared with the PX2370's lower $7.65 per year.

Juice box
BenQ XL2410T Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 31.3
On (max luminance) 31.3
On (min luminance) 21.2
Sleep 1.28
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 26.88
Annual power consumption cost $10.23
Score Fair

Brightness (in cd/m2)
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Contrast ratio
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DisplayMate tests
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Service and support
BenQ backs the XL2410T with a standard three-year parts-and-labor warranty that also includes support for the backlight. As long as you're under warranty, BenQ provides free phone support weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT. Currently, the monitor's user manual, drivers, and additional software are not available on BenQ's Web site.

The BenQ XL2410T is being marketed to gamers, but aside from the 120Hz refresh rate and 3D support, it won't necessary make you more competitive online. The monitor has multiple ergonomic options, a very robust OSD, and, once you've spent enough time with the settings, very good performance. However, the pervasive backlight is one of the worst offenses of clouding we've yet seen and even with all its extras, $400 may be a bit too high for gamers looking strictly for a fast TN display. That said, at the right settings, games and movies can look fantastic on it.

General users will find a good monitor here with lots of extras, but with IPS monitors like the Dell UltraSharp U2410, available for only $100 bucks more, a lower-quality TN is a tough sell at what would otherwise be a fairly reasonable price. We recommend it if you can find if for $350 or less, otherwise, there are better options available.

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