It's a bit unusual for a company to release a product without a bunch of fanfare, or at the very least a press release pimping the product's highlights, and that's especially true for gear aimed at gamers. Be that as it may, BenQ has quietly slipped a new gaming oriented monitor into its product lineup, the XL2411T , an apparent successor to the XL2410T we reviewed last year. In lieu of a press release, BenQ used the XL2411T's product page to hype the display, which the company says is "built for victory."
As the model number suggests, it's a 24-inch panel with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) screen resolution. Other vitals include 350 cd/m2 brightness, 1,000:1 native contrast ratio (12,000,000:1 dynamic), 5ms response time (1ms GTG), and 72 percent of the color gamut on the TN screen.
The LED-backlit panel also boasts a 120Hz refresh rate for 3D gaming, but perhaps the most interesting feature is BenQ's proprietary FPS Mode.
"The FPS Mode was co-developed with gaming legends to let you tap into the fundamental insights of pro gamers and view the game how a gaming legend would see it. This out-of-the-box preset automatically adjusts your monitor calibrations to provide you with optimal brightness, contrast, sharpness and color tint," BenQ says. "Being able to spot your enemies and track their move carefully in every situation put you at an advantage over your opponents. There are two variations to this special mode: the FPS1 mode is designed to configure and optimize the display for Counter-Strike 1.6 and the FPS2 mode for Counter-Strike Source as recommended by BenQ."
Whether or not it's a gimmicky add-on is something we won't be able to determine until when/if we get a chance to play with one in person. One thing that's definitely not a gimmick, however, is the panel's ability to rotate into portrait mode, a feature that may not be all that useful for gaming but can be a boon for power surfing and certain productivity chores.
No word yet on much the XL2411T will cost or when it will be available.