BenQ XL2430T Gaming Monitor Review

On the left side are 2 USB ports and audio connectors, and do you see that red thing over there? That’s the headset holder.

BenQ XL2430T Gaming Monitor Review

With just a press the headset holder extends out of the panel.

BenQ XL2430T Gaming Monitor Review

And lastly – the connection available. Starting from the left is the USB2.0 Downstream x1 for the S switch Arc. This is followed by DisplayPort, VGA, DVI-DL, 2x HDMI 1.4 and lastly a USB 3.0 upstream connection.

BenQ XL2430T Gaming Monitor Review

User Experience

The BenQ XL2430T is feature rich and in this segment I’ll highlight the features I thought to be relevant to my gaming experience. As am avid gamer myself, I enjoy all sorts of games across various platforms and genres, the BenQ XL2430T seems to be a very promising unit especially those who are competitive in gaming. Heck even if you’re not a competitive gamer, you’d still wish to perform well in your gaming sessions, do you not? I know I do.

In this segment I’ll show you the different outcome when the settings are changed, the colors are as it is from my DSLR camera. They’re not an accurate representation of what the human eye sees but they give you an idea of what you can expect.

The first thing I tried out was the Black eQualizer feature and below are sample photos, I tested with Bloodborne which is a game on PS4 that’s predominatly dark in settings. I’ve had occasions where I had to fight beasts that ambushed me from the dark but those scenes aren’t practical for me to photograph as they’re usually dead in a few seconds. Don’t mess with me!

Ok so well let’s have a look at the images, the image below with the Black eQualizer at 12 is the default setting.

BenQ XL2430T Gaming Monitor Review

On the next image, you’ll see that I’ve set the Black eQualizer to maximum where the hidden details are now visible. That’s exactly what BenQ intends to achieve and it’s a good thing.

BenQ XL2430T Gaming Monitor Review

Here’s a closer view of the said difference, let’s have a look at the first one with default settings.

BenQ XL2430T Gaming Monitor Review

On the next image here, you’ll see that while the dark areas turned bright, there are certain areas where the details are missing.

BenQ XL2430T Gaming Monitor Review

There is no option to enable / disable the Black eQualizer but I did manage to run Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark on a dual-monitor setup and I do feel that the XL2430T does dynamically bring out the details in the dark areas.

Next up I’m going to talk about the Color Vibrance. The BenQ XL2430T comes with 20 levels of vibrance settings and here are some images to give you an idea of how color vibrance works.

It defaults at 12 and the photos below are with vibrance settings set to 20, 6 and 0.

BenQ XL2430T Gaming Monitor Review

BenQ XL2430T Gaming Monitor Review

BenQ XL2430T Gaming Monitor Review

Even at default setting the vibrance level is very strong, the images seem very saturated. Here’s a comparison between the BenQ XL2430T (TN panel) with my Dell U2414H (IPS panel). I’ll have to drop the vibrance setting by around 3 notches to get similar output. At level 9 it still has greater saturation than my U2414H but once it his level 8 then the saturation is behind the U2414H.

Side by side at level 9 vibrance setting against the U2414H, the BenQ XL2430T certainly looks more attractive. Note : Attractive and Accuracy are not the same thing. It’s pretty much like the consumer LCD TV sets in the market, they’re vibrant in colors but they aren’t accurate.

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