The BenQ RL2455S is the best monitor for competitive console gaming at 1080p. It offers low input lag, quick response time, and plenty of gaming features.
It’s the successor to the popular BenQ RL2455HM which is also referred to as just ‘BenQ RL2455’.
The BenQ ZOWIE RL2455S is based on a 24″ TN panel with a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, a peak luminance of 250-nits, 8-bit color depth supported via dithering (6-bit + FRC), and 160°/170° viewing angles.
While its image quality is standard for a TN panel display, at this price range, you could get a 24″ 1080p monitor with an IPS or VA panel which would provide you with wider viewing angles and better colors/contrast.
However, the TN panel of the RL2455S offers a faster response time speed of only 1ms which more efficiently removes trailing and motion blur of fast-moving objects.
On a 24″ screen, 1080p resolution results in a decent pixel density of roughly 91 pixels per inch which makes for sharp and clear details.
In addition to having a fast response time speed, the BenQ RL2455S has a very low input lag of only ~3ms which is impressive for a 60Hz display.
You can also overclock the monitor up to 75Hz when using it with a PC for a slight boost in motion clarity. Alas, the monitor doesn’t support FreeSync which would provide a variable refresh rate for AMD cards and Xbox One consoles.
In the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu, you will also find a feature called AMA (Advanced Motion Acceleration). It’s an overdrive setting for pixel transition (response time) with Off, High, and Premium options. We recommend leaving it at ‘High’ as ‘Premium’ introduces inverse ghosting.
The BenQ RL2455S eSports gaming monitor has a flicker-free backlight and a low-blue light filter, so you can game for hours and not worry about eye strain or headaches.
Useful gaming features include Black eQualizer which increases visibility of objects in the dark in video games and Color Vibrance which saturates the colors for a more eye-catching viewing experience.
You will also find pre-calibrated pictures presets for different genres including RTS 1, RTS 2, Fighting, and FPS as well as Standard, Movie, Photo, sRGB, ECO, and three customizable profiles).
Additionally, there’s Display Mode which allows different screen size/aspect ratio formats to be displayed on the screen without distortion (17″ 4:3, 19″ 4:3, 19″ 16:10, 21.5″ 16:9, 22″ 16:10, and 23″ 16:9).
Other available adjustments include the standard color/contrast, color, gamma (five presets), and sharpness settings. Lastly, Instant Mode allows the display to bypass certain video post-processing to reduce input lag.
Design & Connectivity
The BenQ RL2455S monitor has a bulky design with thick bezels, but it’s sturdy while the bezels are specifically designed to reduce reflections. The stand is tilt-only, but you can mount the screen on a third-party stand via the 100x100mm VESA pattern.
Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, Dual-Link DVI-D, VGA, a headphones jack, and two 2W built-in speakers.
Price & Similar Monitors
The BenQ RL2455S price amounts to around $170. Considering its outstanding input lag performance, quick response time, and other gaming features, the price is reasonable.
However, if you’re not a hardcore PvP gamer, we recommend having a look at the LG 24MP59G. It’s a 24″ 1080p monitor with an IPS panel which offers a significantly better image quality and wider viewing angles.
It may not have as quick response time nor as low input lag, but it’s more than good enough for casual gaming. Plus, it’s cheaper and even offers AMD FreeSync.
So, go with the BenQ RL2455S only if you’re a serious and professional player. On Amazon, you will also find the BenQ RL2455T with a height-adjustable stand and the BenQ RL2460S with an HDMI-Out port for Head-to-Head console gaming.
Overall, the BenQ RL2455S console gaming monitor delivers an impeccable performance which is why it’s the main choice of numerous tournaments.
For this reason, it’s also a bit more expensive, so there’s no need to pay the premium if you’re more of a casual gamer in which case there are better alternatives for the money.
BenQ RL2455S Specifications
|Resolution||1920×1080 (Full HD)|
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Refresh Rate||60Hz (75Hz)|
|Response Time||1ms (GtG)|
|Ports||2x HDMI 2.0, DVI-D, VGA|
|Other Ports||Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (static)|
|Colors||16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)|
What We Loved
- Exceptionally low input lag
- Plenty of gaming features
- Quick response time
- Extensive connectivity options
What We Didn’t Like
- No AMD FreeSync
- Only two overdrive options
- Tilt-only stand
BenQ RL2455S Review
- Design - 8.5/108.5/10
- Display - 7/107/10
- Performance - 8/108/10
- Price/Value - 7/107/10
Thanks to its incredibly low input lag, quick response time, and a plethora of useful gaming features, the BenQ RL2455S is the best monitor for competitive console gaming. For casual gaming though, there are better alternatives out there.
Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.