The BenQ RL2455HM Gaming Monitor has a crisp display at an affordable price which is designed for strategy games but could also serve other purposes pretty well. As gaming monitors are being tailored for competitive gamers, this model gives strategy gamers an advantage by giving crisp rendering of character so you can easily spot your game character in a crowd. MMORPG games like Starcraft 2 and Dota 2 plays relatively well on the 24-inch RL2455HM with its native 1080P screen resolution. For the budget-friendly price of under $200, this device is a steal. After comparing it with other monitors, it’s actually really affordable.
The overall design of the monitor is a no-frills type of design, with nothing but a small red strip around the base to distract you from your game. The frame is solid black in matte finish, so there really isn’t much to distract you around the screen. While the base is the usual curved base in most BenQ monitors, this model lacks the rubberized controller dock or the headphone stand, which comes with the 27-inch model.
The one drawback to this monitor is that there is no way to adjust the height of the monitor. The only adjustment you can make is to tilt the monitor 15 degrees backward or 5 degrees forward. That’s it, no more, no less. This may not be a major issue for serious gamers as they tend to stay as close to their monitor as possible during game play.
The assembly of the monitor is as simple as snapping the base onto the monitor bottom and give it a slight nudge. Once you hear it click into position, you’re all good to go. At 9 pounds total, it is very easy to move around your desk or to another location.
The RL2455HM has the standard input and output ports of most gaming monitors. Two HDMI ports, a DVI port and a D-Sub input. For audio connections, there’s the usual line in port and the headphone jack. On the right edge of the monitor near the bottom corner, you will find the adjust buttons as well as the button to bring out the on screen menu where further adjustments can be made. There is also the power switch along with those adjustment buttons.
This unit is designed specifically for Real-Time Strategy(RTS) games like Starcraft and this works perfectly in RTS1 mode, which allowed the game to have extra brightness to make the game characters and elements easily distinguished. The other mode RTS2 is designed for the more animated games like Street Fighter, where the characters are more colourful and animated as opposed to being more realistic.
At a modest 60Hz refresh rate, the games played out quite nicely, without any major hitch or delay affecting the display. The monitor is very responsive clocking in at 9.8 milliseconds on the lag tester. That makes it visibly faster than any monitor in its class which normally clocks in at 15 milliseconds, which means more lag time.
As far as delivering clarity and responsiveness for competitive gamers, the RL2455HM delivers pretty good results considering that is on the lower spectrum of the display universe. Our verdict is, it is one of the better gaming monitors you can get on a shoestring budget.
- Crisp 1080p picture quality
- Useful presets for RTS games
- No height adjustment