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BenQ XL2420Z Black / Red 24" 1 (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight 3D Gaming LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DCR 12,000,000:1 (1000:1)

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • John B.
  • 3/5/2015 1:35:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFeature rich -- looks like a WIN for the Money!

Pros: There are all sorts of complications. Suppose you have your two workstations independently connected to your AVR/HDTV? Suppose they're also connected through the KVM to a single desktop keyboard, mouse and monitor? And -- you want to go "digital." A Smart-AVI 4-port KVM (HDMI/USB) can cost about $450. There are limitations with DVI/USB KVMs, and they're still in the $200 range.

Wey-ull, Pilgrim! When your cheap full-HD monitor goes south, you need to do research in a hurry. I'm not ready for 4K yet. But I wanted certain gaming features, 1ms response time, 144hz refresh rate, and Nvidia 3D. The XL2420Z has all that for it's ~$330 price-tag.

But it gets better. You can connect multiple PCs (or Xbox, PS3/4, etc.) to the several inputs (but forget VGA -- no more, no more!) The monitor comes with an "S.Switch" -- sort of custom mouse with scroll wheel and programmable buttons. This enables quick access to the OSD (on-screen-display [menus]) by just pressing the scroll wheel. You can forego buying a new KVM switch if you can learn to click through about two menus and change the input selection. Voila! You switched from PC#1 . . . to PC#2!! And it behaves like a pro-quality KVM switch -- never loses the signal, doesn't rearrange any desktops! Not much inconvenience -- continuing to use the Belkin KVM for mouse and keyboard. Just a couple extra steps, and no additional outlay.


I'm either Rip Van Winkle waking up to StarTrek Enterprise HD monitors after using an old DC3 relic HD monitor from 2009 . . . or . . . this thing is truly a marvel for the price! You can get 144 Hz refresh on one input, and run the other input @ 60 Hz -- no problem! None at all!

It's got a 3 year warranty. The tech-support guys have been marvelous stand-up champs -- scholars, princes and gentlemen! I am truly happier than a pig in slop [carefully chosen word]!! If the XL2420Z goes south before it's time, I'll post a rectifying review.

But I really, really doubt it. . . .

A footnote to the Egg. I know some folks have had troubles with shipping, packaging, maybe RMAs. But the Egg has always been stand-up terrific for me. I think I ordered this monitor on Sunday, and it was here on Wednesday. Good going, folks!

Cons: It's so feature-rich, that it takes a lot of work and time to go through the color calibration and other menus to set up. But it's worth it -- every penny and every minute of your time! The display is VERY Bright-- BRITE -- Burrr-RIGHT! But you can adjust this puppy.

Other Thoughts: Some think this monitor is a bit "pricey." Any old desktop HD monitor can be had for between $150 and $250 -- good brand names -- check the Egg. But for its price-tag, I think you get what you pay for. BenQ tech-support has been superb. The previous reviewers liked it. I like it. You're going to like it, if you're not eager to spend $700 for 4K right now.

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  • Donald S.
  • 2/14/2015 5:16:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: Nice specs, decent price.

Headset hanger in back. Cool mouse type interface for the OSD.

Tilt, swivel, height adjustment.

Cons: DOA...would not even power on. I am rating it three eggs, based upon the fact I probably would have loved it but a DOA could be a QC issue at BenQ.

Other Thoughts: I broke my #1 rule of monitor buying...never buy online. Locally only for easy return and to minimize the risk that a DOA might be the result of ultra cold weather or carrier handling.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/8/2015 2:11:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGEOREOUS MONITOR

Pros: -Great swivel system, you can allow it to be viewed at any angle! Really... Any angle lol - amazing for 144hz refresh
-Beautiful color
-I personally use it for gaming and every game I play on Max!! settings looks amazing...
-very heavy and study... Confidence in quality
-hundreds of settings to customize your computers monitor...via program and touch panel buttons on side of monitor.

Cons: -Viewing angles.. But it is a TN panel... This is to be expected... I don't mind since the swivel and height adjust is so amazing! I use to own an LG ips panel display and it was amazing!! But I would never switch back considering it is 1ms response and 144hz refresh! !

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  • Sean J.
  • 1/19/2015 3:44:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBenQ makes the best gaming panels!!

Pros: LOVE this TN panel!! I actually bought the XL2420TE, this is basically the same exact panel just updated version.
144hz refresh rate
1ms response time
LightBoost
Motion Blur Tech
Nvidia 3-D Vision 2
Amazing colors once you calibrate correctly.
My guess is the other reviewers who claim the colors are bad, is because they are clueless and have no idea how to calibrate a TN panel.......
Took about 20 mins to set up(couple ways to calibrate color either a app called ScreenBright, through the graphic cards DDC/CI menu, or through Windows Appearance/Display Center. Once you get your pre-sets all set up, you will love this panel!!!
I went from a Samy 60hz XL2370(2010's 24inch gaming panel of the year) to this and WOW what a huge difference!! BenQ in fact does beat Asus in just about every benchmark when it comes to gaming panels.

Cons: None

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  • Kathleen C.
  • 1/17/2015 1:44:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAmazing Gameplay, But horrible colours

Pros: This monitor is a fantastic pleasure to use. It has great features like Motion Blur reduction, that takes some time to get used to (It heavily darkens the screen) And a great black equalizer feature. Wise of Pros, it is a great monitor.

Cons: Well the big one is Price, I paid $340 for it with free shipping, but that was still a lot., especially considering at the time the Asus 144Hz was $240 (But out of stock). My biggest issue with this monitor, however, is the menu. When first accessed, the menu shows a vast cornocopia of options, as if you could find yourself lost in its depths for hours. However, after a closer examination most of the options are completely blacked out and unusable, particularly the more entising ones.

Other Thoughts: While great monitor all and all, for the Price there are definitely better choices, but this is definitely one of the better ones. Get it on sale, and that's only if you can't get the newer G model.

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  • Thomas Z.
  • 1/6/2015 4:39:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsCan i give it 10 eggs?

Pros: The monitor is great for long gaming sessions with no eye strain it comes with a Dvi cord that surprisingly supports 144hz so i don't see a need for a display port cord. NO ghosting is amazing *claps* playing any fps is amazing on this monitor the colors are fine just set the monitor to movie or photo mode it works great. Bottom this is the best that you can get wait for it to be on sale because $500 is a lot of money and you can buy a 4k monitor with that amount of money XD so wait until it's around 300 or less.

Cons: only one the monitor seems to not want to come out of hibernation mode when it goes to sleep and i thought it was my display port cable but i was wrong.

Other Thoughts: My display port cable actually got stuck in the monitor and the outer shell came off inside now knowing that i don't know if the display port part of the monitor is broken so i'll stick to dvi still getting the same results.

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  • matthew g.
  • 1/3/2015 9:28:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome!!!!

Pros: 144mhz
Appearance
Slim Bezel

When I first set it up the colors were horrible. But that is expected of TN panels. I did have a hard time trying to get rid of the motion blur for awhile. It was so bad that it made me dizzy. But after some searching on the net and perseverance it is running flawless now. 144mhz makes a world of difference. At the beginning I was worried that I made a bad decision and was going to be stuck with a monitor that was not compatible with my eyes. Now I'm just awestruck. A really awesome monitor.

Cons: None now that I was able to get it to display the way I like. Might pick up another one :)

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  • William S.
  • 11/12/2014 1:28:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Monitor

Pros: ~144hz!~
~1ms response!~
~No light flickering!~
~NO GHOSTING! Yes!~
~Awesome, super stable stand! Very adjustable~
~Very handy detachable screen controller!~
~Packaging was very nice, dual-link DVI and VGA cable incl.~
*(pro tip, don't use the VGA cable)
~Even came with a black cover for the screen when not in use!~

Cons: There's a bit of tweaking that you will have to do to make the colors out of the box look better. It's not bad though.
*My screen settings*
Blur Reduction: On
Brightness: 100
Contrast: 40
Black eQualizer: 2
Color Temp. R G B: all 100
Sharpness: 6

For now, this looks pretty good to me. I may change in the future. Hope it helps.

I just found one dead pixel about 3in from center towards the top right corner. I didn't take any Eggs off because I don't even see it unless I'm actually looking hard for it.

Other Thoughts: 144hz really does make a difference. I came from a 60hz ASUS that was not bad, but after long sessions (6-9hrs) of BF3 + BF4 and other fps games, my eyes would be just wore out. I've done some gaming with this monitor and my eye fatigue isn't near as bad. The smoothness is just so good, and my K/D ratio has improved so drastically that other people think I am cheating. (maybe not a good thing? :L )This was money well spent.

I know that you guys probably already knew this, but just in case you didn't. If you are still running Win7, like me, make sure you go to your display settings and go to the monitor tab. Select 144hz as your refresh rate. There! At first I couldn't tell the difference in Windows when I first booted up with this monitor, then I realized I was a dummy and didn't change my refresh rate. :3

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  • Muddassar H.
  • 10/11/2014 2:52:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat panel for gaming

Pros: Really good panel for twitch gaming. It does what you want it to without many problems. Looks like a really good TN panel compared to asus products. Buy it, doesn't get much better than this.

Cons: Firmware version 1 in October, 10, 2014.
Mine came with scratches on the metal base and some other problems with it specifically the HDMI port for my ps3 didn't go full screen 24" and had some artifacts with my pc's graphics card. DVI connection for my PC was fine and it did run at 144hz and plays BF4 well.

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  • Brian P.
  • 10/11/2014 12:20:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat step up from my 60 hz 1680x1050 monitor

Pros: Colors aren't as bad as people say once you get them calibrated to your liking.

144 hz really enhances your computer experience, especially in fps games.

FANTASTIC stand.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I will tell you this right now, I was really indecisive when trying to pick out a new monitor because a ton of IPS fan boys kept saying that the colors on TN panels are horrific. That is not in any sense the case. I went to the store to compare this monitor with another IPS monitor and the difference is negligible. Why sacrifice an extremely smooth experience with 144 hz for a couple of pretty colors? If you plan to game on your PC then this monitor is a good choice. If you really need the color accuracy for something like graphic design then IPS is the best choice.

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