BenQ RL2455HM Gaming Monitor Review
• Decent Color Accuracy
• Loaded with RTS Mode
• Graphics look Great
• Great port selection
• Narrow Viewing Angles
• Tilt-only Stand
• Some color shifting
BenQ is the first ever brand to explore the 120Hz Gaming Monitors and it has always been known for offering monitors that have met the expectations of the next gen gamers. The latest from the company is a 24 inch W LED monitor that has been featured with Smart Scaling, Black eQualizer, RTS Mode, Display Mode, 1ms GTG, HDMI and 12M: 1 dynamic contrast ratio.
Available for Rs. 14500 in India, the latest gaming monitor from BenQ, RL2455HM has been co-developed with gamers―and with expertise used technologies like flicker-free screen makes BenQ RL2455HM Gaming Monitor offers gamers a level of comfort in marathon gaming sessions and helps in reducing eye strain. Moreover, BenQ claims that problems like ghosting, blurring and slow response times are just a myth with RL2455HM Monitor. We spent a week with this 1080p Full HD monitor playing some of the latest titles and RTS games; and here’s what we think about BenQ’s new Screen.
BenQ RL2455HM Gaming Monitor doesn’t come in the most eye-catching design but it has been heavily clad in the matte black plastic with stand being the exception that has a glossy finishing. It has a thick bezel that includes a BenQ logo at the bottom edge. The BenQ RL2455HM might be ugly to some or it could be exactly what as a gamer you were looking for. It measures around 435mm x 579mm x 189mm, and uses most of the space for its 1080p TN Panel.
The display is fixed on a stiff stand and connected with an attachment that allows the screen to tilt in upward and downward positions according to the user’s comfort level. The stand is simple and lacks other adjustment options as found in BenQ XL2420XT Gaming Monitor.
The actual design of BenQ RL2455HM is as basic as you can expect at this price. It doesn’t require much screws to assemble; however both the neck and base needs to be clamped tightly to prevent any sort of accidental damage. There’s nothing much on the ergonomic part of the monitor; it just performs simple basic level of tilt for screen adjustments. The base is strong enough to hold the monitor stand; and the installation of monitor hardware is just a simple task.
All the connections are placed at back of the panel, which might be bit difficult for the users to reach down to access the ports with the monitor placed on a desk. The back of the monitor features a squared off central section underneath which you can found ports for HDMI 1, HDMI 2, DVI-D, D-sub, LINE In, Audio In and connection for Power Cable.
Further, the right spine of the monitor has been adorned with some great functional buttons. Unlike most of the monitors with designated specific buttons for specific menus, BenQ RL2455HM on-screen functions can be accessed by pressing any buttons on the side. This brings up OSD options that let the users access menu system on screen itself; and I think it is quite useful for the gamers who are playing games in dimly-lit rooms, as it can be bit difficult to figure out the correct button on the monitor.
The inclusion of OSD options on the screen to quite an extent prevents unnecessary trial and errors while accessing the menu. BenQ has kept the OSD options simple, which allow the gamers to use the display and audio function with ease. The OSD option buttons have been molded with the similar matte finished plastic material.
BenQ’s RL2455HM comes with a matte 24 inch TN panel with a LED backlight offering a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It is believed that the use of TN Panel facilitates in fast response time, BenQ RL2455HM has ensured to live up to it; and offers 1ms GTG (gray-to-gray) response time. Available with 1080p display, RL2455HM is capable of scaling16:9 contents (720p) without any trouble.
What you might not like about BenQ’s RL2455HM is that it operates on 60hz refresh rate, which might a bit let down. At the time when gamers have made themselves used to 120hz refresh rate, RL2455HM’s toned down refresh rate might leave them wanting for more. Still, 60Hz refresh rate manages to pull out best from BenQ’s RL2455HM Gaming Monitor and at this price range, it is one of the best TN paneled monitor for gamers; but those who are into console gaming won’t find 60Hz refresh rate as a deal breaker.
BenQ’s RL2455HM comes with various modes that allow the users to adjust the screen settings according to their need. There are different picture modes like Standard, Movie, Photo, sRGB, Eco, RTS 1, RTS 2 and three Gamer profiles. The difference between the each mode isn’t much but turning to Eco dims the backlight and produces colors that felt bit over saturated. The RTS1 Mode seemed quite perfect in most of the games; as the color temperature, black eQualizer, hue and saturation level are well established in this mode. Though modes like sRGB restricts the gamers to indulge in picture adjustments, but again you can turn to gamer profiles to Eco mode to experience the best of BenQ RL2455HM.
Other thing that makes BenQ RL2455HM worth the investment is the color saturation which of course looked good indeed, especially when you play FPS games like Far Cry 4 and graphics felt impressively awesome in Alien Isolation. The brightness in most of the modes is more than enough, though the black levels felt subpar in games like Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Alien Isolation; resulting in producing mediocre contrast.
Features and Functions
With BenQ RL2455HM gamers can experience a whole next level in Real Time Strategy (RTS) gaming, thanks to its wide game-optimized 24-inch Full HD TN Panel. It is comes with a RTS modes that enable the gamers to get an extra edge in games like League of Legends, DOTA II and Starcraft II. Further, RL2455HM has been added with superior flicker-free technology that facilitates in producing crystal-clear graphic images; and to quite an extent prevents eye-fatigue from hours of gaming.
The monitor comes with Black eQualizer color engine technology that plays an important role in revealing the details in games with dark areas. BenQ RL2455HM delivered decent optimization in lightning the dark surroundings and at the same time prevented the lights from washing out the elements around with excessive brightness and glare; though the results were decent if not impressive. Further, as discussed earlier, the 1ms Grey-to-Grey (GTG) response time offers one of the best gaming experience in LED monitor; which I think is remarkable at the price range.
Games like Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Borderlands The Pre-Sequel and Far Cry 4 looked great on BenQ RL2455HM, especially the fighting games where performing strictly-timed combos and continuous hits felt quite responsive. Also, there wasn’t any noticeable additional input lag when playing the games at the monitor’s native 1080p resolution, and it is advisable to use RTS 1 mode with highest AMA settings with Instant Mode turned on while playing games; this minimizes the input lag to nearly-zero, if any. Gamers can also select from different screen sizes like 17″, 19″ and 19″W, 21.5″W, 22″W, 23″W to 24″W using the Display Mode. Moreover, you can make use of Smart Scaling feature to experience the flexibility to freely scale the screen content or use both the features to get the best suitable view for the games.
It does come with 2 speakers for stereo sound. The sound from the speakers isn’t much impressive and hardly blows you away; but the volume is loud enough and restricts the use of external speakers, unless you want some extra bass and affects from the gameplay. We all know that TN Panels are not known for their wide viewing angles; but BenQ claims that RL2455HM has a 170/160 viewing angle. The viewing experience was impressive when looking at the screen from front at the eye level, but in TN Panels, the gamma curves tends to shifts dramatically when viewing from the top and bottom. The screen looks dim and color shifting is more pronounced.
With its 60Hz Refresh Rate, BenQ RL2455HM might not be the first choice for PC Gamers when there are other 120Hz based Panels available in the market, but we all know that 120Hz based monitors are a lot more expensive. If you haven’t used the 120Hz, the 60Hz can prove to be a good option, especially the RL2455HM from BenQ. And if you are a console gamer in search of a low-lag 1080p display, then the latest from BenQ can offer sufficient gaming experience. Especially designed for RTS gaming fanboys, this TN Paneled Screen offers an excellent gameplay response and black eQualizer ensures to catch up with the visibility at its best possible manner. The price it comes for, BenQ RL2455HM is the one of the best gaming monitors with outstanding motion blur performance, gamer-friendly features and solid color quality. It might lack wide viewing angles found in an IPS monitor, but RL2455HM is quite capable of keeping pace with your advanced gaming consoles and CPUs.