We used the Datacolour Spyder 3 Elite to test the BenQ XL2420T. We set it up to calibrate the display by first setting the display to the Standard profile. We noticed that the standard profile had a strange green tinge to it; setting the colour temperatures using RGB values, however fixed this issue. The Spyder 3 calibration that was tested reported white and black levels and we derived a contrast ratio of 538:1 for the display, which is pretty decent considering most notebooks and netbooks have a contrast ratio of under 250:1.
Can be swivelled
In one of our movie test runs, we noticed a slight patching issue. Nothing major, but certainly worth a mention. Colour reproduction was nice, slightly saturated and not very natural. If the user likes bright colours, then they’ll definitely prefer this monitor. Greens seemed a little off in some of our test photos. Overall pictures looked crisp and clear, though. Our test 1080p 60fps video played extremely smooth, with absolutely no stuttering, though there were some fine gradient issues in the grays occasionally.
Range of connectivity options at the back
The next benchmark we ran on the XL2420T was Display Mate. Again, the gray wasn’t as accurate as expected. In our Intensity Range test, we observed that in the dark gray band a slight tinge of brownish green was visible. Black levels were good, but not the best. Primary colours were vibrant, except green, which had a flourescent tinge to it. Magenta looked pinkish. The seam between pink and red and between blue and green was pretty soft, as compared to the other colours. White looked creamish and the seam between the magenta and green looked very pronounced. Moire effect wasn’t visible, but slight flicker could be observed. Rainbow effect wasn’t present on the top or the bottom, but was present on the sides, being more prominent on the right. In our Reverse Video Contrast test, we observed that Yellow was dull in comparison to the other colours. The green was very vibrant, but blue and red appeared natural. Backlighting issues were present towards the bottom of the screen. In our Colour Scales test, there was a slight bit of bleeding noticed in pink and blue. Overall, the monitor provides a good amount of detail, sharpness and has a vivid display, good enough for your gaming needs.
Worth a buy?
The BenQ XL2420T is priced at 21,990 (MOP). As the industry is shifting towards 3D gaming, this monitor is pretty much well covered in all aspects to provide you with a good gaming experience. With the range of connectivity options, it's future proofed as well. The XL2420T is a stylish, 24-inch full-HD 3D display good enough to take care of your gaming needs.
Updated 22 May, 2013, 9:27 pm IST
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