BenQ XL2420Z Review

Lightboost The BenQ 2420Z is a very recent upgrade to the 2420TE and it has retained most of the best features such as the 1 ms response time and the awesome 144 Hz refresh rates. The improvement here comes in the form of an in-built "lightboost" feature, which reduces motion blur up to a significant degree. In the previous 2420TE monitor, the lightboost feature can only be unlocked by using a hack or a similar application but in the 2420Z, it can be toggled on or off as part of the ...
8.2 Total Score
BenQ XL2420Z

The BenQ XL2420Z is the successor of the very popular XL2420TE. One of its biggest additions is the "lightboost" feature, which significantly improves gameplay.

Display Quality (Color & Clarity)
8
Responsiveness (Refresh Rates & Response Time)
8.5
Amazon Rating
9.2
Editor's Rating
8.5
Value For Money
7

motion blurLightboost

The BenQ 2420Z is a very recent upgrade to the 2420TE and it has retained most of the best features such as the 1 ms response time and the awesome 144 Hz refresh rates. The improvement here comes in the form of an in-built “lightboost” feature, which reduces motion blur up to a significant degree. In the previous 2420TE monitor, the lightboost feature can only be unlocked by using a hack or a similar application but in the 2420Z, it can be toggled on or off as part of the monitor itself.

Low Blue Light

In addition to that, the BenQ 2420Z has a low blue light function, which helps to believe eye strain over long periods of usage. This is particularly useful especially in a monitor made for gaming (and especially for gamers due to the likelihood of continuous hours of gameplay). My eyes used to feel dry and watery after playing for an hour non-stop and I’d have to take a 10 minute break every now and then but this time around, with the 2420Z, I could go on for much longer than that without any eye fatigue. With that said, this blue light technology does seem to work as effectively as it was intended to but it could very well be just a placebo effect but hey, whatever works! Coincidentally, plenty of other user reviews have reported similar experiences so thumbs up to BenQ for this excellent addition.

xl2420z front view

Verdict

Based on our experiences with BenQ’s products, every upgrade that BenQ has come up with in relation to each of the pertinent series (such as from the XL2420T to the XL2420TE) has been pretty considerable.

The previous XL2420T and TE models have been hugely popular among gamers and the same can be said for the latest Z version since it easily outperforms its predecessors with its convenient lightboost function as well as the low blue light feature, both of which are well worth the price just in case you’re thinking of upgrading from a T or TE version.

p.s. The BenQ 2420Z did have a rather rocky start due to a malfunction with the strobe backlights, that supposedly helps to decrease your input lag by up to 2 ms. However, this also causes the graphics quality on the monitor to dip substantially. In light of plenty of customer complaints, BenQ had asked users to send back their monitors to get a firmware upgrade, which essentially resolves this issue in its entirety. If you’re unsure whether your monitor comes with the latest firmware, check the service menu of your monitor. The newer V2 firmware will include a V002 tag in the menu. If you’re still stuck with a V1 version, just send it back to BenQ for an upgrade and it should work perfectly fine after that.
p.p.s. (1 July 2014 update) Okay, so apparently the latest batches of 2420Z have the V2 firmware included, which means that any of the prior strobing issues have been completely eliminated. These include those from Amazon so if you’re thinking of getting one of these, you might want to purchase from Amazon instead of your local shop.