Pros: I rarely write reviews. But it only took one game of Unreal Tournament 4 to immediately want to write one for my BenQ. I cannot explain the massive difference I experienced between playing on my old 60 hz monitor and cranking it up to 144 hz with the FPS mode. Headshots were suddenly easy to land and felt like the game was doing most of the work. I was no longer straining while concentrating to try and land sniper shots. Flak kills rarely missed, I could clearly see people dodging in my face, when before I had trouble focusing on them since they seemed to move so fast. It was almost like I had some cheat mode activated where everything seemed slower and clearer. I cannot wait to try this on my favorite game of all time, Darkfall. And yes i'm totally using this review to also shamelessly plug that game because it will need as much people as possible to have a healthy population. Check out Darkfall: Rise of Agon or Darkfall: New Dawn if you're interested. Both are separate projects run by two different teams with different goals.
Cons: I was unclear about whether or not I had the drivers properly installed. I inserted the CD that came with it, and it just took me to a website that had links to the user manual and a few other options, none of them resembling drivers. But I havn't had any issues yet so I guess they automatically installed.
Overall Review: Absolutely. I immediately told my friends who play Unreal with me to try to save up for one.
Pros: -- Outstanding response time and zero flicker really make FPS gaming better (BF4: ultra settings, 1080p @ 60Hz)
-- Once calibrated, the monitor looks great and colors are very accurate for TN panel
-- Has 3 extra buttons on the bottom right side that you can set as "Custom Keys" to specific options you might access frequently like blur reduction, brightness and low blue light
-- Matte finish on the screen helps reduce reflection
-- Adjustable height, tilt and swivel
Cons: -- The default settings are all ATROCIOUS; color, sharpness, contrast, gamma are all very jacked up out of the box, and switching from the "FPS" profiles to the "Standard" profile provides little improvement (HIGHLY RECOMMEND using the Windows Display Color Calibration to get the best calibration, and turn on ClearType Text)
-- BenQ Display Pilot software is trash; use Widows Display Color Calibration first then set the 3 custom key buttons on the bottom right of the monitor to whatever you need (like blur reduction)
-- Not really a con per say, but the brightness at 100% is like looking directly into the sun. I'm in an office with 2 windows and only need the brightness at 25%
-- No DP
-- Windows will only let me set the refresh rate at 60Hz for some reason; I am running a DVI-D dual link cable from this to my R9 280x with res at 1920x1080 but it still will not give me the option to increase any higher than 60Hz. I heard you should only change the refresh rate through the Windows display settings so I'm not quite sure what to do about this...
Overall Review: My build:
-- Rosewill Blackhawk ATX Tower
-- Corsair AX760 PSU
-- MSI Z87-G45 mobo
-- Intel Core i5-4670k
-- NZXT Kraken X31 liquid cooler
-- XFX R9 280X 3GB GPU
-- 16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro 1866MHz C9
-- Samsung 840 EVO SSD
-- Noctua NF-F12 (on NZXT radiator) and NF-S12A fans
-- BenQ XL2411Z monitor
-large beautiful 24" display
-Great for gaming
-great for coding/programming
-Great for anything else
Cons: -None yet.
-Colors??? Not really... read below. (everyones common complaint)
Overall Review: Granted I have only owned the monitor for 1 day so far, I had to write a review. Mainly I wanted to write a review because while I was searching for a monitor to purchase, I had been looking at the BenQ monitors and was having a hard time deciding whether or not to get one since on multiple BenQ reviews I noticed people giving 1 eggs saying the colors are garbage. I was a bit worried but decided to get one trusting that I myself would be able to fine tune it and not just expect to have everything all ready to go for me with no setting up like others seem to.
So, with that being said, out of the box, yes, the colors were flat. But I don't see the problem with that even, it did already look great in game, but out of game, fairly flat. Some editors in film and photography would probably even appreciate the flatness of the colors, leading to more precise editing of your colors in your work. I however did not want my colors to be so dull, so I went straight away to face the problem all the 1 eggers are complaining about.... and it took me all but 2 seconds to solve. Unless you have absolutely no understanding of vibrance, contrast, or brightness, it will be quite simple to set up your monitor. Simply go into your display settings via Nvidia control panel, and adjust your vibrance, contrast, and brightness accordingly to your preferences. If anyone needs a place to start, I currently have mine at a digital vibrance of 90%, Brightness and Contrast at 50%. I have also fiddled a bit with the monitors own menu and settings, bumping my sharpness to 7, AMA on Premium, those settings being on my FPS 1 display mode, which is great for gaming, nice and bright, everything seems to be visible. I switch between my FPS1 mode for gaming and the Eco mode for less eye strain when just browsing internet or doing other nonsense on the computer, especially if at night, the brightness on eco mode will save your eyes.
Pros: Incredibly responsive monitor. 144hz is a HUGE advantage to fast paced shooters and twitch shooters (e.g. CSGO). The monitor is very well constructed and has a nice matte bezel which adds to the premium feel. The OSD is a bit slow but has plenty of options. It also allows you to save up to three gaming profiles to save your settings for later use. Surprisingly, the lateral viewing angles were much better than I expected out of a TN monitor. The colors don't get terribly unless you're sitting far to one side. Moving vertically changes the colors much more quickly but isn't really an issue since this isn't being used as a TV.
Cons: Monitor has very washed out colors out of the box. I needed to download an ICC profile in order to make the color of the monitor useable. After that there were no issues. A minor qualm is how dim the monitor gets when you enable Blur Reduction. This is expected because of how the monitor strobes using this function, however it also washes out the colors. I tend to leave Blur reduction off for these reasons.
Overall Review: Download an ICC profile! This fixes the biggest 'issue' with the monitor with its washed out colors. Otherwise, a fantastic choice for FPS gamers.
Pros: Amazing quality 144hz is such a big difference. If you're a gamer currently playing on 60hz you need to upgrade. I can't believe how much better this is!
Cons: Color Calibration is horrible at first but you can fix it yourself :)
Pros: Best value I've seen in the field of 144hz gaming monitors. This product is usually compared to ASUS's VG248QE--I've heard both those and the 2411Z's use the same panel, but the 2411Z has a matte finish as opposed to the ASUS's glossy (and more reflective) finish. BenQ also offers more versatile firmware that lets you change more with the monitor, and it's in this firmware where the monitor really shines.
Some reviews of this monitor decry its awful out of the box colors--the packaging of the monitor even states that its default settings are not for everyone and can be extensively altered. I'm not sure why BenQ has chosen such awful default settings, but if you look around online you can find some wonderful profiles that only take a few minutes to set up. And once you do, this monitor truly shines. Its colors are almost on par with an IPS panels while offering far better response time and refresh rate.
Cons: Mine shipped with a green stuck pixel. Only one and it doesn't bother me, so I'm not going to dock an Egg.
Overall Review: I haven't used this monitor for NVIDIA 3D Vision and I honestly couldn't care less about the feature. I bought this monitor to play Counter Strike and gaming on 144 hz is honestly worlds different than gaming on 60 hz. Check out the Blurbusters BenQ blur reduction utility
Pros: * 144hz refresh rate makes for smooth gameplay in video games. Helps reduce screen tearing greatly!
* 1ms response time gives an advantage in competitive gaming.
* Matte bezel instead of glossy.
* One of the most competent OSDs I've ever used. Easy to navigate!
* Adjustable height on the monitor.
* Ability to turn off the logo most companies find necessary to include for power-on.
Cons: * Colors could be better.
* The "Blur Reduction" feature makes the monitor too dark.
Overall Review: A fine gaming monitor. If you're into competitive FPSs or just love the high end equipment you can buy for gaming, get this monitor.
The default color calibration is absolutely terrible, but with the proper tweaking you'll have the display looking nice. The colors aren't the best I've seen on a monitor, but they're certainly not the worst. Being a TN panel, it's understandable.
As stated, the "Blur Reduction" feature make the panel too dark to use for gaming. You can try cranking the brightness up, but it did not help me in the slightest. There is a website called BlurBusters that has a BenQ approved application that is supposed to help you tune the feature, but it said my monitor did not meet the proper prerequisites. One of those having to do with your monitor coming equipped with the version 2 of the firmware. I checked the Service Menu on the monitor and it reported having version 2, so I don't know what the problem is.
Also, and this might just be me, but the Blur Reduction feature didn't seem to do it's job anyway. I didn't notice a decrease in the motion blur.
All in all, it's a fantastic monitor for gaming. The 144hz with the 1ms response time is simply amazing for gaming, and you just can't beat it, nor go back to 60hz.
Pros: Fast and smooth, as advertised. Decent design, decent selection of on board features. Easy to set up. No Dead Pixels(yay!)
The 144 does seem to make a difference, which is nice, and I experienced very quirks that I was getting before.
Cons: The default calibration is TRASH. It will shock when you first turn it on. It's waaaaaaaaaaay off. Very bright and washed out and initially a bit tedious to get adjusted right. The cable holder on back of the stand is pretty flimsy, but that's a minor gripe.
Overall Review: I found that a combination of on board adjustments, and calibration through Windows 7 own available tools was the "magic" combo I needed. The ICC profiles I found made little to no difference to what I had already adjusted myself, however the windows adjustments made a very noticeable difference and got my colors and picture to an overall much more acceptable state. The issue I take with this(and why I deduct eggs) is that there is virtually no documentation in the monitor going over any of this....and that seems like a pretty big oversight to me. Also, the default state could(and should) be much better than it is. Seriously, it's shocking the first time you turn it on, and I could have done without the scare.
Also, they ship this is the manufacturer's box and UPS proceeds to just leave it on the front porch where anyone can walk up and take it. I'm not sure this is the best way to handle shipping expensive computer parts. Overall I like it so far though.