BenQ RL2755HM; In-Depth Review

Gaming monitor usually come with hefty price, especially those with bigger screens. BenQ RL2755HM is one of the very few out there that tries to change this trend as it’s sold in a very affordable price without compromising much of its functionalities and gaming-centric features. How does it stand against the steep competition in gaming monitor market? Read this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide to find out. 

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Who is it for?

The BenQ RL2755HM is aimed for competitive gamers looking for an edge in their fast-paced, action-packed games. It comes packed with gaming-centric features, with very good response time and input lag performance, plus, it comes with a very cheap price tag.

 

Benefits

BenQ RL2755HM packs a lot of gaming-centric qualities, such as fast response time and very good input lag performance, while delivering crisp 1080p images at low latency and variety of customizable features to fulfill its purpose – a well-rounded gaming monitor for all consoles. Yes you read it right, this monitor is not just for PC gaming, but for different platforms as well. Designed to provide excellent console gaming, this monitor has a lot of gaming-centric things to offer.

 

Ultra-Fast 1ms (GTG) Response Time for Smooth Gaming Experience

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Console games look crisp and colorful on its 27-inch panel that runs at 1080p, and after using for some time, users will realize this monitor is more for competitive gaming than those who are looking for more immersive experience. The 1ms gray-to-gray response time is pretty impressive, but it’s something we can expect from a competitive gaming monitor. There are no noticeable blurring, even when performing the hardest combo in fast-paced fighting games like Ultra Street Fighter IV.

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Aimed for console gaming, this BenQ monitor is proved to be a worthy pair for Xbox One FPS games, such as Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, as both played smoothly at Full HD and 60fps. It did justice in the gritty, city-in-ruins environment of Gears of War, which are usually composed of dreary colors, and highly detailed characters from face to armor. The same goes in Halo’s sci-fi charm, even in zooming squadmates or gazing realistic water from a distance.

 

Color Performance and Latency

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In terms of color, brightness and latency, BenQ RL2755HM registered a pretty impressive 280 nits based on White Luminescence test, which is pretty bright, and easily one of the brightest out there.

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For color representation, it earned decent marks as it is able to make 105.77% of the Rec 709 color gamut. Though color accuracy was not as spot on as we want it to be, registering only 5.76 Delta E rating (closer to 0 is better). Still pretty decent, considering it’s using TN panel.

For its latency, this BenQ monitor registered low latency of 11ms , which is on par with many gaming displays out there.

 

Decent Viewing Angle and Display Uniformity for its Panel

Using TN (Twisted Nematic) panel, we can’t expect much from BenQ RL2755HM, as the panel is best suited for low input lag and low response time, rather than good viewing angle. This however, is pretty good compared to other TN panels. Calibrating the luminance to 120 cd/m² will give you a comfortable backlight level for darker rooms.

 

RevolutionEyes, Zero-Flicker and Low Blue Light Technology for Improved Gaming Comfort

BenQ is one of the few brands out there that leads the gaming monitor race, not just because of the improved gaming experience, but more importantly on emphasis on comfort. Its three biggest assets are the RevolutionEyes, Zero-Flicker and the Low Blue Light technology. While the last two are common among many high quality brands, the RevolutionEyes provides a unique catch. This technology is designed to accommodate the unique needs of different types of computer users, especially gamers.

This monitor is purposely built for critical gaming functions, professionals like artists, graphics designers, photographers, and various creative and business professionals, as it balances aesthetic appeal, comfort and peak performance.

 

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Like most BenQ gaming monitors out there, this too comes with the zero-flicker and low blue light technology to provide the best gaming display for gamers and not hurt the eyes. Zero-flicker eliminates flickering at all brightness levels, which reduces eye fatigue, and improves visual comfort for even the most action-packed hardcore games.

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Display mode and Smart Scaling modes are two features that allow users to change their monitor’s view to their preference and better simulate in-game experience.  With the Display mode, users can interchange their screen size from 17 inch, 19 inch and 19 inch W, 21.5 inch W, 22 inch W, 23 inch W, 23.6 inch W, 24.

 

Versatile Display, Even Compatible with Windows 8/8.1

BenQ RL2755HM passed Windows 8 and 8.1 certification and is fully compatible in both Operating Systems. It can automatically recognize the second you plug this monitor to your Windows PC, making connection and setup conveniently easy.


Low blue light on the other hand, works by filtering the blue spectrum light, which is often produced by regular computer monitors and cause visual discomfort and even eyestrain. Hardcore gamers looking to play on their PC or consoles can play for extended hours without hurting their eyes. No need for annoying yellow tinted eyeglasses for protection, making gameplay clear and hassle-free.

 

Customizable Display Mode and Smart Scaling to Change Your Display Size to Your Liking

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Display mode and Smart Scaling modes are two features that allow users to change their monitor’s view to their preference and better simulate in-game experience.  With the Display mode, users can interchange their screen size from 17 inch, 19 inch and 19 inch W, 21.5 inch W, 22 inch W, 23 inch W, 23.6 inch W, 24.

 

Versatile Display, Even Compatible with Windows 8/8.1

BenQ RL2755HM passed Windows 8 and 8.1 certification and is fully compatible in both Operating Systems. It can automatically recognize the second you plug this monitor to your Windows PC, making connection and setup conveniently easy.

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Mounting Options

 

27-inch monitors are usually more than big enough as standalone displays, but for some who can't quite fit everything in the screen, there's also the option to go twice the screen real estate - dual monitors setup. There aren't many options for dual monitor setup for 27-inch screens, but there are a couple of good options out there that can just fit your needs.

Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm (image from Amazon)


The  Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm is easily one of the best choices there is for 27-inch dual monitors setup. It is made up of high quality polished aluminum construction, which ensures durability and longevity. It also comes with Constant Force technology, a patented feature from Ergotron that ensures smooth and easy re-adjustments of each screen in each arm, and still provides stable and secured mounting for the big LCD monitors.

Ergotron LX Wall Mount LCD Arm (image from Amazon)

 


For people out there who want their 27-inch monitor as it is, but still want to have the ergonomic advantage of a fully articulating arm, there is the Ergotron LX Wall Mount LCD Arm. It works exactly like the dual monitor version, and has the same quality and adjustability. It's a single arm LCD wall mount that lets you position and re-position your screen anywhere you want on your desk. You can also push it all the way to clear your desk.

Design and Features

BenQ RL2755HM sports a black cabinet with a sleek design that looks simple but solid at first glance. It’s a pretty standard design, with textured black plastic for the frame, glossy material for the back side and a few red highlights on the rear and on its base. Some of its neat features for PC and console gaming are well hidden throughout. It sports 1080p native resolution (1920x1080), with 60Hz Refresh Rate and uses AUO M270HTNO TN (Twisted Nematic) panel, a panel technology designed attain the lowest latency and response timings – both essential aspect of gaming.

 

Buttons and Functions

This BenQ gaming monitor features a set of classic physical buttons, which haven now became their standard for most of its products. The buttons can be reassigned using OSD (on-screen display) to serve functions, and are conveniently usable for night time usage, as the functions are shown right on the screen itself. The buttons work consistently, no issues of responsiveness.

For the menu system, it’s not very different from other BenQ gaming monitors. Pressing any of the buttons will reveal the selection menu that opens your Menu settings and custom keys. The Menu system contains different options to help users configure their display, including the “Picture” which gives access to Brightness, Contrast, Color Temperature, Color Vibrancy, Sharpness, Black eQualizer, Gamma, Low Blue Light, Hue, AMA and Instant Mode.

For Picture modes, users can choose from Standard, Photo, Movie, sRGB, Eco, Fighting, FPS, RTS 1, RTS 2, and three more Gamer profiles, which can be reassigned through the OSD.

“Picture Advanced” menu on the other hand, gives access for the configuration of the monitor’s special features, namely Display Mode, Dynamic Contrast, Color Format, Picture Mode, Senseye, Overscan, Smart Scaling, HDMI RGB PC Range, and Smart Focus.

The “Audio” menu lets you set the volume and mute function of the monitor’s built-in speakers. The “System” menu on the other hand, lets users customize the OSD layout, change inputs, set custom keys, and get various information about the signal the monitor is getting.

 

Generous Set of I/O Ports

As a gaming monitor for different consoles, BenQ RL2755HM comes equipped with a generous set of inputs. It has two HDMI ports for hooking up multiple consoles, as well as DVI and VGA for desktop PC and laptop connectivity. This should be enough for most gamers.  There are however, no USB ports.

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With Decent Built Speakers to Complete your Gaming Setup

The speakers is something you can expect from an affordable monitor – it is decent for most use, but if you’re looking for better sound quality for more immersive gaming experience, then you are better of using high quality speakers. The 2W built-in speakers of this display lacks bass.

 

Gaming-Centric Design

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BenQ is generous enough to treat its users with gaming-specific design in BenQ RL2755HM. The backside of the cabinet for example, comes with a flip-out lever that can be used for hanging headphones. It is big and sturdy enough to hold even the heaviest headsets.

 

Long Triangular Base

BenQ RL2755HM comes with a long triangular base with a coat of strip rubber at the top, it is designed this way to keep your controller in place. It adds aesthetic appeal to the gaming monitor, but it doesn’t provide adjustability such as height adjustments and doesn’t allow pivot function,  which would have been particularly beneficial for gamers looking to alternate their gaming positions.

The base however, is basically contoured for the rear triggers of PlayStation 4 controllers. Resting your Xbox One pad on it also gives more room to dock your controllers side-by-side.

 

Tech Specs

Bottom Line

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Loaded with gaming-centric features, the BenQ RL2755HM is quite a good alternative if you’re a competitive gamers looking for an edge in both console games and PC games, but don’t want to shell out huge amount of cash for a monitor.

It is far from excellent status, as it comes with lots of shortcomings as well, such as disappointing image quality that can’t just compete with other gaming monitor models  (which is something you can expect from a TN-based panel monitor), particularly in the areas of color accuracy and black levels. It also come extra modes that are not particularly helpful and sluggish and often times, awkward OSD.

With a huge 27-inch display and promising gaming-friendly features, the BenQ RL2755HM is a good choice for people looking to save on their gaming setup. With Full HD resolution, ultra-fast gaming performance, and very affordable price tag, it’s definitely a decent deal.

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