A modest-looking monitor with useful features built with FPS gaming in mind.
The design of the BenQ XL2411Z is fairly simple without any “frills” with a standard flat square face which spans across 24″. The plastic has a matte finish while the screen is anti-glare. Physical buttons are available through a panel which is positioned at the bottom right of the monitor, out of the display space taken by the screen. The stand is highly versatile for preferential gaming allowing for a landscape or portrait screen orientation and horizontal swivels/vertical tilts. The base of the stand is wide and flat which provides suitable support for the monitor while also providing space for stationary and other smaller items.
The BenQ XL2411Z has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with a 144Hz refresh rate. The response time for input is 1ms (millisecond) and offers a flicker-free LED backlight. These specifications are very high and outline BenQ’s intentions of creating a high-quality product to rival other gaming monitors.
The XL2411Z includes a black eQualizer which raises visibility in darker areas. In CSGO for example, “Dark Room” in Apartments on Inferno can be challenging to spot enemies in because of how similar the tones are between Counter-Terrorist clothing and dark shadowed areas. The black eQualizer brightens darker areas without over saturating already illuminated areas giving players a better chance of winning that fight. This feature can be toggled to prevent browsing from being disrupted.
The flicker-free LED backlight strobes on and off in an attempt to reduce motion blur.
Another feature is the “Low Blue Light” mode. This mode reduces the blue light balance, often the reason for tiredness of the eyes and can elevate levels of gaming performance for longer.
Presets are available from out-of-the-box which sets specific options like brightness, contrast, colour tint and sharpness to “optimal” settings based on feedback from professional gamers. Two presets are available optimised for CS 1.6 and CS Source.
Many display options are also available with a VGA, Dual-Link DVI and HDMI ports. 2 USB ports are also available for use of peripherals such as headphones.
BenQ designed and created the XL2411Z with gaming in mind, but more specifically, FPS games. With that considered, the monitor performed well and didn’t disappoint with many of the high end specs contributing to seamless and smooth gameplay experiences.
The black eQualizer worked great and functioned as intended allowing players to be spotted easier in low light areas, although it could be said that sometimes the black eQualizer was guilty of over saturating some elements.
Input lag is noticeable if moving to the XL2411Z from something more “standard” with the 1ms response time proving apparent and creating an environment to give players an edge. Fluidity of motion is greatly improved with the motion blur reduction tool activated. If involved in a quick-paced round, this type of feature helps the eyes catch the action while giving the game an apparent smooth but sharp feeling.
The Low Blue Light mode does not negatively impact the experience at all with the Motion Blur Reduction actually improving the quality.
The 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution is average by what is now available on the market for a similar price, but provides a high enough quality image to enjoy CSGO at the highest settings.
The effortless adjustability of the stand serves a great use granting players the options to alter the screen position to preference. The amount of adjustable features which the stand presents made the general setup painless and easy while use was very much the same. The customisation made available through the stand meant the position was perfect.
The features including the Motion Blur Reduction, Low Blue Light mode and the Black eQualizer, all performed highly and didn’t produce any uncomfortable situations. The Low Blue light mode especially was never a problem while using the BenQ XL2411Z. The Low Blue Light mode was barely noticeable but still did not display a vastly different image due to a lower amount of blue. The black eQualizer did happen to oversaturate occasionally but it did not ruin the experience or create unnecessary hassle to find a solution.
The BenQ XL2411Z coped incredibly with the tempo of CSGO. The 144Hz refresh rate alongside the 1ms response time creates the perfect environment for optimising your potential and providing that killer split-second boost to gain an advantage over opponents that are not making use of a similar setup.
The resolution might be factor putting some people off, but it should be remembered that these monitors have been backed by event hosts and utilised by pros without any negative feedback becoming apparent.
The typical price for this is generally between £190 and £220 which is a fair price considering a comparison between itself and similar quality products with analogous features and specifications. The BenQ XL2411Z is very much an entry-level monitor based on the resolution but more so for gamers specifically looking for a 144Hz refresh rate. It is definitely a fantastic product worth considering for FPS gaming because of the features it has.