The BenQ RL2455HM Gaming Monitor is a Gamer’s Dream
Gamers. Everyone knows one, many of us are one. Some of us game on our consoles, such as the Xbox One or PlayStation 4. Others game from their PCs, using hardcore configurations that push graphics limits and over-clock processors. But the one thing that all gamers require is awesome, crystal-clear graphics and spectacular colors. Console gamers get that from their TVs. PC gamers get it from their monitors and graphic cards.
"The monitor will also determine if you will see that orc in glorious detail without flickering, or if the darker areas of the cave you’re in will reveal lurking enemies―or just rocks."
The graphic card and setup of your PC will determine how far you can push the hardware, how many colors you’ll display, how the computer will shade colors and present dimensional perspectives. An expensive graphics card can make the difference between seeing a gray blob coming toward you during a battle, or an angry, detailed, drooling orc coming out of the fog and charging toward you with weapons raised, teeth bared, and muscles pumping.
But the monitor will determine if the orc is green, gray/green, or hundreds of different shades of green. The monitor will also determine if you will see that orc in glorious detail without flickering (old monitors flickered so much they could trigger a seizure), or if the darker areas of the cave you’re in will reveal lurking enemies―or just rocks. Monitors can change a gaming experience from awesome to awful if you don’t choose them correctly.
BenQ, known for producing a line of gaming-centric monitors (their monitors are the official gaming monitors for the MLG―Major League Gaming association), understands a gamer’s mindset, and has developed several lines of gaming monitors. The monitors are split between the XL series, which uses top speed and accuracy in engineering and build, and are ideally suited for FPS (first-person shooter) games like Call of Duty, Halo, or Half-Life. These monitors are calibrated for fast twitch-gaming, steady reflexes, and superior first-person points of view.
Their other line is the RL series of monitors, which are built for RTS (real-time strategy) games. Real-time strategy games use greater and more miniscule detail in their design. They render whole villages, battle zones, and sci-fi cities using three-quarter overhead views. The copious amount of detail in an RTS game means the difference between tracking your enemy’s movements and getting ambushed over and over again―an RTS gamer’s worst nightmare. The real-time strategy genre includes games like Civilization, Diablo, and Starcraft II. A personal favorite of mine is Age of Mythology.
Falling somewhere between those genres is the hugely entertaining and very popular MMROPG segment, which includes games like Guild Wars 2, World of Warcraft, and Skyrim. These games combine both needs―minute detail and fast action―and throw in color-busting special effects for magic spells and explosions.
The BenQ RL2455HM unlocks the power of the true, dedicated gaming experience and delivers on all fronts. The 24" LED-backlit TN screen has a 1920 x 1080 Full HD native resolution, 0.276 mm pixel pitch and a 250 cd/m² brightness. It also features a 1000:1 contrast ratio, and 12000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, so every pixel will seem up close and personal. It’s capable of displaying 16.7 million colors simultaneously, and has a viewing angle of 170°/160°.
This monitor includes enhancements that were co-developed with gamers―technologies such as a flicker-free screen, which reduce eye strain and bring a level of comfort to marathon gaming sessions. In games where the last thing you want to do is blink, this is a welcome addition to gaming monitors. BenQ also developed the Black eQualizer color engine technology to help lighten dark areas of the screen without washing out or over-brightening the colors on the same screen. Cave spelunking no longer has to be an unexpected fright-fest―you can see your enemies coming, even from the pitch-black darkness of a cave.
You can also customize your viewing experience to a number of scales. You can upscale the screen from 17 to 24" (including Wide modes from 19" and up), or use the Smart Scaling mode to adjust the picture size on the fly to freely scale the screen to whatever you need it to be. Using the two features together, you will always find a comfortable fit and appropriate viewing area for whatever game you’re playing.
But if RTS games are your forte, then you’ll love the RTS feature of the RL2455HM. With the flip of a virtual preset switch, you can enter RTS mode, which enhances the small details, and gives you a competitive edge. Tired of always getting ambushed by hard-to-spot enemies when you jump into the fray? The RTS mode will lighten the darker perimeters of the screen while keeping the color and effects bright. You will definitely see them before they see you. The RL series even has two presets for two of the most popular RTS games―StarCraft II and Dota II (Defense of the Ancients II).
Since speed is always an advantage in RTS games, the BenQ RL2455HM also has one of the fastest color response times among gaming monitors―only 1 ms for GTG response. This response time means that color will change from gray, to a color, and back to gray in only 1 ms. Action scenes, fast-moving transitions and on-screen explosions and spells will look fantastic, and be devoid of the smear or ghosting from traditional monitors.
Connection options include D-sub/DVI-DL (dual link) and dual HDMI inputs, so you can work or play on multiple monitors. The monitor also features two 2W speakers integrated into the unit. For convenience, the unit can be VESA wall mountable (100 x 100mm), and the screen has a tilt range of -5° to 15°. It includes a Kensington lock slot for security, and also offers compatibility with Windows 8. Simply plug it in and Windows 8 will recognize it immediately.
For those concerned with leaving a big muddy carbon footprint, the monitor is eco-friendly, as well. It is ENERGY STAR® qualified, and uses a mercury-free LED backlit display, recycled paper for instructional material, eco-friendly ink printing in the box packaging, and BFR/PVC-free casing plastics. Now, go hug a dolphin.
Games may come and go, but your gaming experience should remain pumped up by a great gaming monitor. BenQ knows the difference between a regular monitor and a gaming-specific monitor, and they’ve brought out their big guns with this RTS gaming monitor.
|Screen Size||24" (610mm)|
|Dynamic Contrast Ratio||12M:1|
|Viewing Angle||(L / R ; U / D) (CR >= 10): 170° / 160°|
|Pixel Pitch||0.0109" (0.276mm)|
|Response Time||Typical: 1 ms GTG|
|Colors Supported||16.7 M|
|Maximum Resolution||1920 × 1080|
|Connections||D-sub / DVI-DL (Dual Link)
2 x HDMI
Headphone Jack / Line in
|Speaker||2 x 2 W|
|Power Supply||Built-in 90 ~ 264 AC|
|Power Consumption||On Mode: 27 W (Based on Energy Star 6.0 test criteria)|
|Saving Mode: < 0.5 W|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||23 x 17.1 x 7.4" (579 x 435 x 189mm)|
|With Wall Mount: 23 x 14 x 2.5" (579 x 350 x 63mm)|
|Weight||4.1 lb (1.8 kg)|