BenQ has just announced the EX240N, a budget gaming monitor that boasts a range of premium features including a 165Hz refresh rate and 1ms MPRT response time.
Sporting a 23.8-inch MOBIUZ VA panel, the EX240N is capable of 250nits of peak brightness, a 3,000:1 contrast ratio and 72% coverage of the NTSC color gamut. Response times sit at 4ms (GtG) and 1ms (MPRT), ensuring a supremely responsive gaming experience, perfectly tailored for the competitive scene. This is further bolstered by AMD FreeSync, Motion Blur Reduction and FPS mode.
The EX240N runs at 1080p (1920×1080) which may seem underwhelming compared to more expensive 1440p and 4K models, it’s a rather appropriate decision for a budget monitor. Those investing in a budget gaming monitor are much more likely to be using it with a more budget setup overall, meaning hitting the frame rate needed to match the 165Hz refresh rate is going to be difficult at higher resolutions. Pixel density is also set to remain fairly high thanks to the smaller 23.8-inch display.
Alongside the small but powerful MOBIUZ VA panel, BenQ has fitted the EX240N with a pair of 2.5W speakers, which play a large part in the cited 40W power consumption. To reduce consumption, there is also a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Ports include singular DisplayPort1.2 and HDMI 2.0 connections. PC users will only be able to hit max refresh rates using the DisplayPort, while current gen consoles will be able to use both to achieve 120Hz refresh rate.
According to BenQ, the EX240N will retail for $199.99 USD ($286.65 AUD), making it an absolute steal. For $239.99 USD ($343.98 AUD), users can stretch towards the EX240, which gets an extra HDMI 2.0 port, 15-degree swivel left and right and swaps out the VA panel for an IPS panel.
BenQ is yet to announce availability dates.