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BenQ Zowie XL2411P Review: 1080p 144Hz 1ms eSports Gaming Monitor

By October 4, 2018 No Comments
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Introduction

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P is a 24″ 1080p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitor aimed at serious competitive gamers.

In fact, BenQ’s prestigious ZOWIE gaming displays are the official monitors for various eSports tournaments including DreamHack, ESL, MGL, etc.

So, is it any better than a standard 144Hz gaming monitor? Let’s find out.

Image Quality

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P is based on a standard TN panel with a 350-nit peak brightness, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, and dithered 8-bit color depth for 16.7 million colors.

It features the Full HD screen resolution with 1920×1080 pixels which makes reaching high frame rates easy on your GPU while still offering a solid pixel density on a 24-inch monitor.

The only downside of the BenQ XL2411P is the one shared by all TN panels which is the narrow viewing angles (170° horizontal and 160° vertical) and inferior color quality compared to other panel technologies.

However, thanks to the versatile ergonomics of the monitor, you’ll always be able to match the screen to your viewing position and enjoy the image without color, brightness, and contrast shifts.

So, as far as the image quality is concerned, you aren’t getting any improvements in comparison to any other 144Hz TN panel model at this price range. It’s only when we get to the performance that things start to heat up.

Performance

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The BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P input lag amounts to only ~4ms which along with the rapid 1ms response time speed and 144Hz refresh rate ensures fluid and immersive fast-paced gameplay.

In the OSD (On-Screen Display), you will find the ‘Instant Mode’ feature which when enabled allows the display to bypass certain image processing for the minimal input lag.

While the low input lag ensures instantaneous reaction to your commands, the quick response time speed eliminates ghosting and trailing of fast-moving objects.

Overall, you get everything you need for professional competitive gameplay at your disposal – and then some.

Features

BenQ is known for their high-quality motion blur reduction technology which efficiently eliminates motion blur.

In the OSD menu, you will find the ‘Blur Reduction’ option which once enabled strobes the backlight and thus reduces the perceived motion blur and ghosting.

However, keep in mind that when this feature is enabled, the screen’s maximum brightness will be reduced.

In comparison to the previous models, the BenQ ZOWIE XL2411 and the BenQ XL2411Z, the ZOWIE XL2411P 144Hz monitor offers the Color Vibrance feature which allows you to quickly change and tweak the colors to your liking with 20 different pre-set levels depending on the game you’re playing.

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Additionally, the Black eQualizer feature increases visibility in dark scenes providing you with an easier way to spot the enemies hiding in the shadows.

The monitor also features pre-calibrated picture presets including two FPS modes, one RTS mode, and three customizable Gamer profiles.

Besides the standard display adjustments such as brightness, contrast, gamma, color temperature, etc, you will also find ‘Display Mode’ which can scale the image to different aspect ratio/screen size formats.

Lastly, you can assign most of these features including Blur Reduction to the three hotkeys on the monitor.

Design & Connectivity

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The gamer-inspired design of the BenQ XL2411P consists of extensive ergonomics including 90-degree rotate, 45-degree swivel to the left and right, -5, 20-degree tilt, 130 mm height adjustment, and 100 x 100 holes for VESA mount.

The monitor frame is specifically designed to reduce reflections, in addition to having a matte screen surface.

Connector ports include a Dual-Link DVI, a DisplayPort, and an HDMI though 144Hz is only supported over DisplayPort and DVI. Additionally, there’s a headphones jack but no built-in speakers nor USB ports.

Price & Similar Monitors

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P price is $289 MSRP though it’s often available for less.

On Amazon, you will also find the BenQ ZOWIE XL2430 which is the same monitor but with the extra ‘S. Switch’ device that you can use to quickly adjust and change OSD settings and presets.

For the best performance in competitive gameplay, there is the 24.5″ BenQ ZOWIE XL2536 which comes with a shading hood and the DyAc (Dynamic Accuracy) technology which is an improved version of Blur Reduction.

Conclusion

All in all, the BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P 144Hz monitor provides you with everything you need to top the charts and scoreboards in competitive video games, the rest is up to you.

If you’d rather have a 144Hz model with AMD FreeSync instead of Blur Reduction, check out the AOC G2460PF and if you’d like to have the option to have both technologies on a single monitor, check out the LG 24GM79G.

BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P Specifications

Screen Size24-inch
Resolution1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeTN
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time1ms (GtG)
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, DVI
Other PortsHeadphone Jack
Brightness350 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)
VESAYes (100x100mm)
Motion Blur ReductionBenQ Blur Reduction

What We Loved

  • Low input lag and quick response time speed
  • Well implemented motion blur reduction technology
  • Fully ergonomic design

What We Didn’t Like

  • No AMD FreeSync

Writer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time on writing for DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.

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