While testing the performance of the BenQ RL2450HM, it was observed that the buttons at the side of the display were extremely responsive allowing one to easily navigate through the OSD. The interface is extremely fluid with no lag noticed, while navigating through it. We calibrated the display using the Spyder3 Elite colorimeter and we observed that the hightest deviation in brightness from the centre point was visible at the top left corner of the screen.
Red highlights found on the base
Since the monitor was calibrated using the Spyder3 calibrator, no adjustments were required to be made, during the DisplayMate test. Greys and whites rendered accurately and there was no discolouration observed in the form of green or pink tinges. While checking the black levels, we observed that almost all of the dark grey blocks could be seen, indicating that the black levels of the monitor are good. In the reverse video colour test, we observed that yellow appeared darker than expected and this put us off slightly. Primary colours, such as green and red, on the other hand appeared quite vibrant and not natural. While checking the backlighting of the monitor, we observed that there are some patches visible in certain areas of the screen. In the colour intensity range test, we observed that the scales were visible and the seams were noticeable, but the colours to the left side of each colour bar appeared washed out. In our test, we observed that viewing angles were not the best on this monitor.
While checking HD playback, we hooked up the monitor to our test rig and played full HD content at 60fps as well as HD 720 content at 24fps. From these videos, we observed that the overall image quality was good, but the colours appeared slightly oversaturated. Viewing angles were another concern, which we had, since it required one to sit directly in front of the screen to notice detail in every shot. While the detail was visible in bright scenes, in dark scenes it appeared washed out. Skin tones too appeared a bit unnatural.
Designed for gaming
The BenQ RL2450HM is available in India at a price of Rs.14,000. This monitor is designed for gamers and the great design oozes that raw appeal. Feature-wise, it is loaded and filled with a range of modes - here this monitor does not disappoint. However, the only place where the monitor does not do that great is in the performance bit. Though the overall performance is not that bad by any means, one may find the colours a bit vibrant and there was lack of detail in dark scenes. Apart from these issues with the performance, the monitor can be a worthy performance as it possesses all the other attributes required to be a great monitor.