The RL2455HM may be the latest in some professional gaming monitors created by BenQ. In the event that you follow competitive gaming, you have probably seen their monitors being found in various gaming competitions across the world, especially in Major League Gaming. BenQ have earned a reputation creating displays where every millisecond counts, and the RL2455HM continues this trend being the state monitor of the 2013 Major League Gaming circuit. Although it is advertised as a monitor suitable for RTS games, it actually functions exceptionally well for a number of game genres, including shooters, fighters, and fast-paced action games.
The BenQ RL2455HM includes a good amount of connectivity options, including 2 HDMI, DVI-D, and VGA (D-Sub) inputs.
As listed in the spec sheet above, the monitor features connectivity for 2 HDMI devices, in addition to a single DVI-D and VGA (D-Sub) port. This will be more than satisfactory in most of console and PC gamers out there, especially due to the fact popular monitors including the ASUS VH236H and VH238H only feature 1 HDMI port. The monitor features 2 speakers for stereo sound, at 2 watts per channel. The speakers won’t blow you away at all, and so are merely there to supply sound. Thankfully, the quantity is loud enough so if you’re likely to lug this monitor around, you don’t need to worry about bringing an external group of speakers (if you don’t want better sound plus some bass).
The BenQ RL2455HM includes a line directly into transmit music from an external source to the monitor, in addition to a headphone jack for all those that are looking to game in privacy.
The stand and materials are incredibly well constructed. I was especially surprised at how easy this monitor was to put together. Simply attach the included the stand by position inserting it in to the provided base, and slide the complete piece in to the back of the monitor, locking it into place. No tools necessary, and it’s extremely quick and efficient. Should anyone ever have to detach the monitor from its base, simply use an instrument to press the “release” button the trunk of the stand, and remove as necessary. The red line on the bottom of the stand includes a nice turn to it, distinguishing it from the plain black look of all monitors. The monitor includes a matte finish on its plastic, apart from the stand, being glossy. Personally, i choose the matte finish since it requires less maintenance and prevents excessive fingerprints on the monitor’s casing. Everything includes a great, solid feel to it.
The stand release button on the BenQ RL2455HM.
The RL2455HM runs on the matte TN panel with a LED backlight, which is rather common for some monitors in this cost range. TN panels are regarded as very fast with regards to response time, and the BenQ exemplifies this by supplying a 1ms GTG (gray-to-gray) response time. It’s a good touch when most TN monitors released at present usually max out at 2ms GTG response time. Response time governs how quickly a pixel can shift from black to white, or in cases like this, gray-to-gray. The power is reduced ghosting, that is a must for competitive gamers. Being truly a native 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, it could effectively scale 16:9 content (such as for example 720p) without the major issues. The panel includes a dynamic contrast ratio of 12M:1 (million), and a native contrast ratio of 1000:1. The panel operates at a 60hz refresh rate, which is often disappointing to gamers used to 120hz refresh rate from their PC games. However, for all those that game generally on the Ps3 3 and Xbox 360, and even the newer Playstation 4 and Xbox One, the 60hz refresh rate won’t be considered a deal breaker.
The RL2455HM has some very nice button control. Unlike most monitors that are released nowadays, this monitor doesn’t designate specific buttons to specific menus. This implies you could press the buttons privately to talk about the OSD options, with the menu system appearing on the screen itself. That is ideal for gamers that are in dimly-lit or dark rooms, as possible a pain to determine the proper button to press of all monitors, often leading to learning from your errors. The RL2455HM keeps it simple, letting you access its menus with relative ease. The buttons wthhold the casing’s matte finish and build construction.
The buttons have a good feel to them, and so are really simple to use.
BenQ has been using a number of different technologies over time within their professional gaming monitors, such as features such as for example Smart Scaling, Black eQualizer, AMA, and Instant Modes. Smart Scaling lets you manipulate how content is displayed on the screen by constraining the image to different sizes and aspect ratios. Black eQualizer essentially controls the black degree of the monitor, enabling you to raise the visibility of dark areas. This feature pays to for gamers that find certain specific areas too dark in a variety of video gaming. The Advanced Motion Accelerator, generally known as AMA, may be the RL2455HM’s function to regulate panel overdrive (affects response time and ghosting). Finally, the moment Mode is supposed to reduce input lag to nearly-zero when enabled, functioning much like LG’s ‘Thru’ Mode to bypass some processing. The RL2455HM has most of these features present, so if you’re already used for some of BenQ’s other professional gaming monitors, you will see the menu systems practically identical functioning. Of course, the monitor also features the fundamentals, such as for example dynamic contrast, brightness, color temperature, hue, saturation, and other picture controls. By default, input switching is buried through menus if a source is active, nevertheless the RL2455HM enables you to assign up to 3 custom keys to take care of different monitor functions. For me, the opportunity to switch inputs quickly is important, therefore i assigned a custom key for this without issue.
The BenQ RL2455HM offers various customization options that affect scaling, colors, responsiveness, and more.
TN panels aren’t accurately known to have the very best viewing angles, as the gamma curve drastically shifts when viewing from different angles. The RL2455HM is advertised to possess a 170/160 viewing angle. While everything looks great when looking at the monitor straight on and at eye level, these gamma shift is apparent when viewing from different angles. I can’t fault BenQ because of this, as it’s a drawback of TN panel technology that influences numerous monitors. The 24-inch size is fitted to gamers seeking to play solo, in order long as you retain it at eye level, everything pops and looks great.
The RL2455HM includes various customization options, so for gamers seeking to tweak almost every facet of their picture, you’re in luck. This monitor includes several picture modes, including: Standard, Movie, Photo, sRGB, Eco, RTS 1, RTS 2, and three Gamer profiles. The distinctions between all the modes are slight, apart from Eco, since it dims the backlight and over-saturates the colors. Personally, I stuck with the RTS 1 mode, since it may be the factory default and will be customized. It is possible to control the black eQualizer, color temperature, hue, and saturation in this mode aswell. Some modes such as for example sRGB prevent you from making several picture adjustments, as sRGB is normally the “out of your box” mode to resemble D65. The colour temperature controls let you individually tweak RGB values to your liking, that is a useful feature if you’re seeking to calibrate the display with a colorimeter.
The black eQualizer pays to when trying to improve the detail in dark scenes without directly impacting the white degree of the monitor. It can this by adjusting the gamma curve for dark gray, offering greater detail in darker tones. Using the test images from Lagom, I took a few pictures to showcase the difference between black eQualizer set to 0 (switched off), and set to 20, its max setting.