Yup you read that right! BenQ have released a Native 240Hz refresh rate gaming monitor.
The BenQ XL2540 boasts a number of features designed to help gamers one of which is the Shield, two adjustable flaps on the side of the monitor that are there to help concentration and focus. Not sure how much it will actually assist but, when you are as bad as I am, I am willing to try anything to improve my game!
BenQ have also included a Black eQualizer which is designed to increase the visibility in Dark areas without overexposing the bright areas which will improve your odds against the shadow camper!
There are 20 levels of colour vibrancy settings helping you get the right viewing experience in all game types. To make it even easier to get your viewing options set how you want them there is a handy display control that allows you to program custom presets for different uses and even changing monitors for a multi-monitor setup. Handy!
All of BenQ’s XL range of monitors have been outfitted with several settings linked to hotkeys so you can switch between game modes easily.
As you would expect the BenQ XL2540 comes with a height adjustable stand that can be moved with one finger!
BenQ are really setting this at the serious gamer with LCD frame on all of the XL range being specially designed to reduce light reflection from the screen.
So on to the raw specs of the XL2540;
As mentioned it is a 24.5 inch LCD Screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Sadly it only has a Max. Resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 240Hz using either a HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort connection. Although this could be a good thing for many that, as yet haven’t been able to move in to the 4K GPU supporting arena.
The panel is a TN and boasts a 1ms (Grey to Grey) response time.
As far as connections go you have the option to connect via DVI-DL, HDMI (x2) or DPI.2. If you really need it there is a headphone and mic jack too! USB support of x3 Downstream and x1 upstream is also there.
In terms of your precious desk space, the XL2540, at full stand height comes in at 515.43 x 569.94 x 226.40mm so what you would expect from a 24’ monitor. It can swivel 45* left and right and has a tilt of -5* to +20*. The height adjustment range is 140mm. Finally it is flicker-free.
So what’s my take on it? Well I had a BenQ XL2411T for a good few years and like their monitors. What I will say is the XL2540, like my current one, does not have a slim frame so no real chance of having multi screen gaming with it without huge seams.
There does appear to be a hole in the stand to assist with cable management but it isn’t very high and if the screen is lifted it will expose the cables.
The overall aesthetic design of BenQ’s monitors has changed little and this won’t look hugely dissimilar to your 5 year old BenQ but function of form is the usual play with them and I am sure if you were to pick up one of these you would not be disappointed with the view.
The most important Amazon.co.uk you can get one for £439.99 (with free delivary if you have Amazon Prime).
Let me know below what you think. I am all ears!