The BenQ Xl2410T is the third 3D monitor I've reviewed in the last two weeks, but unlike the other two, the XL2410T is the first to include a W-LED backlight, instead of CCFL. Now, don't get too exited. All that indicates is the probability of less power consumption than other 3D monitors, and while it should also point to a thinner panel, unfortunately, that's not the case here. Ergonomic options it has aplenty, but what sacrifices had to be made to include such options? Keep reading to find out.
Design and features
The 23.6-inch BenQ XL2410T sports a clean design with a dark gray chassis and rounded corners. Its only standout design flourish is the "lip" that extends downward from the bottom right bezel where the onscreen display (OSD) array resides. We've become accustomed to seeing LED-based monitors with thin profiles, but the XL2410T has obviously had one too many snacks. While the panel's depth is a thin 0.9 inch initially, it extends another 1.5 inch to encompass the connection options, bringing its full depth to 2.4 inches. The bezel measures 0.9 inch on the right and left sides and the full panel is 22.4 inches wide; slightly above average compared to other 23-incher.
On the right side of the panel is a headphone jack; video connection options include DVI, VGA, and HDMI. The XL2420T comes with plenty of ergonomic features, including 90-degree pivot, 10-degree back tilt, 5-inch height adjustment, and 30-degree left and right swivel. At its lowest height, the bottom of the bezel measures 3.7 inches from the desktop and can be adjusted by a full 5 inches. The monitor's wide 10-inch-by-7-inch foot stand affords it great stability; even when fully extended, it didn't wobble too precariously when knocked from the sides. If foot stands aren't your thing, the panel can be unscrewed from the stand and attached to the wall, VESA-style.
The OSD array includes five buttons: Auto, Menu, Left, Right (doubles as the Display Mode shortcut), and Enter, all located on the underside of the bezel. Each button convincingly presses and depresses with an audible pop. To the right is the power button, and above that, an LED that glows light green when the device is powered on.
The OSD follows BenQ's typical design. At the top are five tabs, with each tab containing different OSD options: Display, Picture, Picture Advanced, Audio, and System. If using an analog connection, phase and auto adjustment become adjustable options as well. Picture options include Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Gamma, Color and BenQ's version of overdrive, AMA. Gamma can be adjusted from 1.8 to a value of 2.2.
The XL2410T's OSD preset modes are Standard, FPS, Movie, Game, Photo, sRGB, and Eco. Each preset changes the color temperature and brightness of the display in a manner intended to be appropriate to the task; for example, Eco lowers the brightness significantly to save on power. Additionally there are Normal, Reddish, and Bluish color temperature options and the monitor's RGB values can be changed individually. Two additional customizable presets are also included, User Game-1, User Game-2. These allow the user to set the brightness, contrast, RGB color balance or any other attribute and save it as a preset.
The Picture Advanced tab includes options for Dynamic contrast, Display mode (aspect ratio), Instant on and PBP (picture-in-picture). Audio includes a mute and volume adjustment. System includes options for changing the source, auto powering off the monitor after a set time, and basic OSD settings.
As simple as the OSD is to navigate in concept, it feels antiquated. There are still too many steps to get anything done. Press menu, select the tab, press enter, navigate to feature, press enter, then use the arrow buttons to adjust feature. Compared to Dell's much more streamlined OSD seen in any of its monitors like the Dell UltraSharp U2711, and BenQ's OSD really starts to show its age, design-wise.
The monitor has a plasticky, hollow quality to it and feels more cheaply made than the Samsung PX2370--possibly a sacrifice made to get so many ergo options and 120Hz support on a monitor at a decent price. Fortunately, at 14.3 pounds, the XL2410T, which includes a metal plate under its foot stand, is heavier than most LED-based monitors and its weight provides some substance to what is otherwise a fairly flimsy-feeling chassis.
|Design and feature highlights|
|Connectivity:||DVI, VGA, HDMI|
|Ergonomic options:||10 degree back tilt, height adjustment, pivot, swivel|
|VESA wall mount support:||Yes|
|Included video cables:||DVI, HDMI, VGA|
|Number of presets:||Six|
|Picture options:||Brightness, Contrast|
|Color controls:||RGB and Warm, Cool|
|Additional features:||120Hz support|
We tested the BenQ XL2410T through its DVI input, connected to a Windows Vista PC, using the included DVI cable. The display posted a composite score of 89 on CNET Labs' DisplayMate-based performance tests.
The Extreme Grayscale Bars test, which evaluates both the monitor's ability to display very dark and very light grays, proved too taxing for the XL2410T. In the Standard preset at default settings, the monitor only displayed dark gray down to a level of 8, with 2 being the lowest possible.
Increasing the contrast made lower levels grays visible, but unfortunately made light grays indistinguishable from white. After spending some time tweaking, we got the monitor to display down to a level-6 dark gray while mostly maintaining the integrity of light grays, but it was difficult to find a great balance. This lack of balance indicates that dark details would be difficult to see on the display without washing out the colors.
Color tracking and other color tests fared better, especially after some tweaking of the RGB balance. We got colors to rival the PX2370's output, but not quite match it. Backlight bleeding, especially along the bottom edge of the screen was bright and pervasive and we saw it rear its head in a few tests below.
In text, we saw no color problems with black text on a white background. Fonts were clearly visible down to a 6.8 size. We did see a lot of blooming around text with both blue and pink fonts on a black background.
We tested the BenQ XL2410T using the Blu-ray version of "Avatar." When using the Movie preset we saw fairly deep blacks, and near accurate color that didn't have the green push we've seen in so many monitors. Dark gray got crushed in dark scenes, making dark detail difficult to see. Also, we could have used a bit more red in the faces.
Using the Standard preset, we improved slightly on the Movie preset and with the following settings were able to see more dark detail without sacrificing the depth of black.
BenQ asserts that it conducted R&D with two professional gamers in designing the XL2410T. The result of this research was the FPS preset, which, as it implies, is tailored for first-person shooters. To evaluate just how well it handles FPSes, we used Call of Duty: Black Ops.