BenQ Zowie RL2455S Front

The BenQ Zowie RL2455S is a mid-range monitor that is designed for those who want a clearer picture without having to pay and arm and a leg.

This monitor is works well for console gaming as it makes out at 1080p with a maximum of 60Hz refresh rate. This is not enough for most people who play on a PC, or even those on some of the newer consoles like the Xbox One X or PS4 Pro, but great for those who want the benefits of gaming on a monitor for a low price.

The monitor offers two distinct display modes that allows the players to spot their characters easily in chaotic situations. It has a 24 inch 1080p responsive display that has the capability of making any game look awesome.


Image Quality

As stated before, the RL2455S is a good monitor for console gaming and it produces exceptionally crisp and clear images when compared to a TV.

We would only recommend this monitor for console gamers. With an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a resolution of 1920 X 1080p, it makes the games look amazing. The benefits of gaming on a 1080p monitor vs a 1080p large TV is quite evident, as the pixel density is much higher.

When compared to the IPS models, the colors and contrast are limited but are excellent for this price. The monitor is good for fast-paced games with FPS titles or fighting, but obviously not quite as good as some other faster refresh rate monitors.

The input lag isn’t there and the delay is hardly noticeable. If you’re looking for a console-specific monitor with the best image quality, BenQ Zowie RL2455 is the answer. With almost 500 reviews on Amazon at an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 starts, there are many people that agree with that.

Gaming Performance

It has a standard response time of 1ms and a refresh speed of 60 Hz which is quite impressive. The BenQ Zowie RL2455 is designed especially for the real-time strategy competitors.

If you’ve played such games that flood the screen with various characters and vehicles, you must have an idea that how hard it is to keep an eye on your character or vehicle.

Keeping a track in such a situation gets difficult but this monitor has its default RTS1 mode optimized for Starcraft II and you can play all such games with ease.

The non-saturated colors and extra brightness make it easier for the players to view all the characters easily and differentiate between the enemies. The monitor also presents close ups of the main characters and there is no input lag either that could disrupt the game.

Features / Design

The RL2455S is equipped with 2-watt speakers that work well but if you want immersive audio, you’ll have to use headphones or speakers for that. With the speakers at full volume, you’ll be able to distinguish between the sounds of punches, kicks, and other combat sounds of a game, though you won’t hear the rich bass found only on better speakers. The volume is loud enough for standard video audio however.

The monitor offers two RTS modes; The RTS1 is optimized for StarCraft II while the RTS2 is built for Dota 2, a famous battle-arena game.

Both modes, the RTS1 and RTS2, are very sharp and bright, and are built to highlight the characters in the game. BenQ monitor also offers neutral looking sRGB and standard modes, and the standard modes are better suited for the non-strategy games. There are three gamer presets, an energy saving Eco mode, and a movie mode too.

The presence of two HDMI ports is the favorite of gamers as they can easily connect their Playstations and Xbox’s using a high speed HDMI cable. The best thing is that the players can easily set two devices simultaneously and switch between them with ease.

Another notable feature of this monitor is that it offers VESA compatibility. So, you can mount this monitor in a different position that suits your work or gaming and free up some disk space.

The BenQ RL2455S has a beautiful design that doesn’t distract you. It has a minimalistic design overall and there is only a small red strip on the bottom on the black bezel. It has a curved base and a matte black look that makes it look like a desktop monitor. The bezels are too thick but are still in good limits and there is a BenQ logo and miniscule button labels present at the right hand side.

The monitor can tilt from -5 to 15 degrees and the stand is separated into two pieces when it is bought. There are two HDMI ports, a DVI port and a D-SUB input. There is a headphone jack and a line-in port and there is graphic below every port that tells you about the type of the input. Overall the monitor is very well constructed and quality materials are used. The good thing is that it is very easy to assemble too.

View / Ports

BenQ Zowie RL2455S Rear

Ports on the BenQ RL2455S include: Dual HDMI ports, DVI-D, D-Sub, and Headphone Jack/Line-in ports.

Final Thoughts

The BenQ Zowie RL2455S is a nice console-gaming monitor with very few delays and flaws that could irritate a real-time strategy gamer. The monitor delivers maximum response and clarity to the competitive strategy players. The monitor is very crisp and clear and is perfect for some of the most popular strategy games.

Though it lacks physical flexibility, but overall it is one of the best gaming monitors you can get under $200.

We would absolutely recommend this monitor for gamers looking for something affordable for their PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo consoles. For the features you get at the price point on the BenQ RL2455S, the value can’t be beat.

Specifications (Overview)

Panel Type, Refresh RateTN: (75Hz, 60Hz – optimized for console)
Pixel pitch (mm)
0.276
Aspect Ratio16:9
Low Blue Light‎ Filter
Yes
Game Visual Modes6 Modes (Scenery/Racing/Cinema/RTS/RPG/FPS/sRGB Modes)
Resolution
1920 x 1080 (75Hz, 60Hz – optimized for console)
Adaptive Sync
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (Static), 12M:1 (Dynamic)
Display Surface Treatment Anti-Glare
Brightness
250 cd/㎡
Viewing Angle
178° (H) / 178° (V)
Speaker
2Wx2
Product Dimensions (HxWxD mm)
350 x 579 x 63
Product Dimensions w/ Stand (HxWxD mm) 435 x 579 x 189
Limited Warranty
3 Year Limited

Pros 👍 

  • Affordable
  • Eye comfort mode.
  • Great monitor for consoles.

Cons 👎

  • Poor refresh-rate.
  • TN panel.
  • Cheaper build quality.

BenQ RL2455S – Final Ranking

Display Quality
Build Quality
Input Lag
Overall Value

Summary

Partnered with Sony, the BenQ RL2455S is one of the officially licensed products meant to work excellently with the Playstation PS4. That being said, it’s missing FreeSync to be completely up to par with Xbox usability. In all though, for the price, this would make a decent PS4 monitor.

3.8