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BenQ Has Announced the XL2420T and XL2420TX 3D Gaming Monitors

November 4th, 2011 · 30 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision


We have already heard that BenQ is going to refresh their first 3D-capable LCD gaming monitor XL2410T with a new model that will support Nvidia 3D Lightboost technology and come bundled with the new 3D Vision 2 active shutter glasses – BenQ XL2420TX, as well as BenQ XL2420T that won’t have glasses bundled, but now there is also an official announcement. BenQ advertises these models more as gaming monitors (developed with the help of pro-gamers) and not as being 3D-ready, with a lot of features especially optimized for gaming in fast paced action games such as FPS titles. I’m however more interested in the use of these new 24-inch LCD monitors for stereoscopic 3D gaming and general stereo 3D use…

BenQ XL2420T / XL2420TX monitor specifications:

Screen Size: 24″ WLED-backlight, TN Panel
Resolution (max.): 1920×1080
Response Time: 5 ms, 2 ms GtG
Brightness: 350 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (12,000,000:1 dynamic)
Pixel Pitch: 0.276 mm
Viewing Angle (L/R;U/D) (CR>=10): 170 / 160
Video Terminals: D-sub / DVI-DL (Dual Link) / HDMI x 2 / DP 1.2 / Headphone Jack
USB Hub: Donwstream x3; Upstream x1 ports
Features: Black eQualizer, Smart Scaling, FPS Mode, RTS Mode, Game Mode Loader, NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 ready, Senseye 3, AMA, HDCP, K-Locker mount
Adjustments: Height adjustment: 130mm, Tilt (down / up): -5 / 20, Swivel (left / right): -45 / 45, Pivot: 90°
Power Consumption: 24 W (Based on Energy Star 5.1 test criteria)
Dimensions (HxWxD): 571.4 x 516.9 x 149.9 mm
Weight: 6.1 kg.

The design of the new BenQ XL2420T/TX certainly looks nice, the extra adjustability of the stand is a plus, the extra remote for controlling the display settings called S Switch is an interesting concept, the Game Mode Launcher for using monitor settings profiles… the whole thing looks really promising. The specifications also look fine, but what caught my eye in them was the lack of information if the HDMI interface is 1.4 and 3D-capable or not as well as the fact that the monitor also has a Display Port 1.2 interface. The monitor features an FPS mode as well as apparently an RTS gaming modes, but there is also no information if and how these affect the responsiveness of the display and especially if there is input lag or not. So there are some important things still unknown about the new series from BenQ that we’ll probably soon find out about as BenQ XL2420T/TX should hopefully be available on the market by the end of this month in Europe with a price range of about 300-400 Euro.

For more information about the BenQ XL2420T/TX 120Hz 3D-capable LCD monitors…

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30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Zach // Nov 4, 2011 at 23:57

    Yeah, no mention of input lag but then again no manufacturer lists this. I’m looking forward to a review on this and a comparison to the XL2410T to see if there is a performance difference or if its only a matter of extra features and compatibility added to this one.

  • 2 r00t // Nov 5, 2011 at 01:58

    300-400€ and also a version not bundled with the glasses so I can use the old ones – if now the 3d-performance is right, I think I might have found the right monitor… if it releases before christmas, I will freak out :D

  • 3 Manse // Nov 5, 2011 at 06:22

    Definitely gonna consider this after having the xl2410t for a while now, got the “old” model cheap and have been amazed by the 2d performance, have yet to try out the 3d wich i dont really care about, this is the only monitor ive had and used that can compare to a crt in smoothness etc.

    What im most impressed with so far is the benq support, atleast here in scandinavia, had a few problems with the xl2410t i bought used “well no problem, we’re just gonna send you a brand new one and you send the other one back”.

  • 4 astonish // Nov 5, 2011 at 17:56

    I quite like my XL2410T. Really my only problem was the color needed a lot of adjustment, but now im happy with it. Only shortcomings I can think of with the current model is the 3D performance (which isn’t to say its worse than anything else out there, its just too dark!) and the lack of HDMI 1.4 for playing PS3. If both these get addressed in the 2420 I can see my 2410 getting a new brother :)

  • 5 Ahmad // Nov 6, 2011 at 00:14

    Hmm okey maybe at this monitors are interested but not yet all tings. I got question about this new monitors,,, are this work to 3Dtv and ps3 3D Stereo or only work on this PC 3D Stereo??

    My dream monitors included with TV3D so work both on one monitors and with inside Nvidia 3D Lightboost technology,, that is it.

  • 6 Alcyon1 // Nov 7, 2011 at 02:44

    hummm im interested in this monitor

    Bloody, is this a good Second gen. monitor?
    i mean i think im gonna buy it, but any alternatives in the range 24” 3D vision 2 ??

  • 7 Bloody // Nov 7, 2011 at 02:54

    Actually these monitors are considered to be third generation 3D Vision displays…

  • 8 Alcyon1 // Nov 7, 2011 at 16:19

    but are there alternatives to benQ XL2420T?? in the 23 24” 25”??

    as 3D vision 2 monitors? released before chistmas??

    Thnx

  • 9 Bloody // Nov 7, 2011 at 16:40

    I don’t think that there will be other 3D Vision 2 and 3D Lightboost monitors in the 24-inch size apart from BenQ’s by the end of this year.

  • 10 r00t // Nov 7, 2011 at 17:49

    @Bloody
    Do you have any possibilities to review this monitor if released? I really like the design, switching between 3d, 2d-gaming and 2d sounds also very good and the price would be right, too.

  • 11 Bloody // Nov 7, 2011 at 22:28

    Yes, if I’m able to get one unit for testing when it becomes available I’d do a review…

  • 12 Alcyon1 // Nov 8, 2011 at 16:51

    hey Bloody i think you got some info wrong in here.

    the XL2420TX is the one who has 3D vision 2 glasses + IR emitter( in monitor) included. the T has no bundle.

    ive read the manual. Cheers. ;)

  • 13 Bloody // Nov 8, 2011 at 19:13

    Alcyon1, thanks for the correction.

  • 14 r00t // Nov 12, 2011 at 13:32

    This german/austrian site lists the xl2420t ready for shipping:
    http://www.alternate.de/html/product/BenQ/XL2420T/961009/?
    Is there any info whether the monitor has officially launched yet?

  • 15 Bloody // Nov 12, 2011 at 16:13

    The new BenQ 3D monitors were already officially announced and they are set for November/December availability, so they might start appearing on some markets already…

  • 16 Deathboxx // Nov 14, 2011 at 08:31

    should i return my alienware optx aw2310 since i bought it 3 days ago and wait for this to come out and buy this instead what do you think bloody

  • 17 Deathboxx // Nov 14, 2011 at 09:39

    i forgot to ask what would be better for overall 3d experience this monitor or the asus 27″ lightboost version

  • 18 Bloody // Nov 15, 2011 at 09:52

    The Asus should be better than the Alienware, I personally find the 27-inch 3D monitors to be providing better 3D experience due to the bigger size they provide better immersion. But it also depends on the distance you are using the monitor from, if you like to sit closer to the monitor you might get the same experience from 23 or 24-inch models as well.

  • 19 Alcyon1 // Nov 19, 2011 at 04:56

    hey Bloody , the benQ XL2420T is already here, in south Europe. its 321 Euros.

    some users complain about on-switch button, one user said its ok.

    they say its great, good input lag, good shadow management to see details ( enemies) and image quality like any 3D.

  • 20 ZaDeaux // Nov 25, 2011 at 18:20

    I’m really in the need of a new monitor – my existing POS backlight is going out.

    Lightboost, 3d vision 2, and this being a 3rd generation monitor I’m ready to make the jump to a new 120hz something.

    I want to try 3d vision but I do some light competitive gaming and mainly need the 120hz with low lag. Wondering if I should wait for this thing or is there another 3rd generation monitor that is available now?

  • 21 EvilW // Dec 2, 2011 at 14:56

    Is there a seperate sound input on this monitor or does the sound just come through the hdmi port?

  • 22 ZaDeaux // Dec 7, 2011 at 01:15

    pre-ordered. :-)

  • 23 Corex // Dec 7, 2011 at 14:40

    Will a review on this show up in the near future?

  • 24 Bloody // Dec 8, 2011 at 01:02

    Yes, as soon as I get the chance to get one for testing… ;)

  • 25 zronvc // Dec 19, 2011 at 07:38

    i’d love 100% confirmation on the situation with AMA/overdrive/corona effect/rtc overshoot once you review the panel.

    Thanks and keep up the great work.

  • 26 Alcyon1 // Jan 6, 2012 at 00:06

    bad news guys,,,,it seems the TX model wont be sold in europe. although i have 2 mini sources that say it will? ( 2 onlinestores)

  • 27 whysyn // Jan 11, 2012 at 16:25

    OK, so they were officially announced for North America yesterday at CES… when will I actually be able to get my hands on one?

  • 28 mattD // Jan 11, 2012 at 16:45

    @whysyn

    They should be already. A Canadian website I buy from has had them for a little over a week.

  • 29 whysyn // Jan 11, 2012 at 20:26

    ^ Should have mentioned, I’m looking for the TX version…

  • 30 johnz // Jan 12, 2012 at 00:13

    Definitely interested in either getting this or the new bbmiiid Acer.. the only thing keeping me from going 27″ is the problem that some people say 27″ is pushing 1920×1080..

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