BenQ serves gamers with a strategic screen

There are those of us who still haven’t updated their computer screens in ages. You know who you are, and this writer is no different: my screen is six years old, and counting. But if you need an upgrade and you love to game, BenQ is looking to sort you out for not that much.

Developed by Zowie Gear, one of the groups working on high-end gaming tech, the 24 inch RL monitor includes a speedy 2 millisecond response time – fast enough for any game – as well as display modes suited for real-time strategy games like “StarCraft 2”, a black equaliser aimed at making darker scenes still look bright enough without overexposing everything else, and a smart scaling mode that will make titles designed for older screens and resolutions – such as 1024×768 games – looks better on the 24 inch screen.

In fact, this display was worked on by members of Startale, a professional gaming team sponsored by BenQ that competes internationally in StarCraft 2.

The BenQ RL2450H sits in the 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio and offers 1920×1080 resolution, but with the 2ms response time, sticks you with a Twisted Nematic or “TN” panel, different from the In-Plane Switching (IPS) and Vertical Alignment (VA) based displays that offer very wide viewing angles and strong colour.

With a TN panel on-board, anyone after a monitor for photography or art may want to steer clear, but if speedy gaming is the focus, it’s a choice that makes sense.

Outside of the display, you’ll find a special height adjustment stand that can help with setting appropriate viewing angles and heights, because every gamer has a different way to sit and play.

Buyers will be able to find the BenQ RL2450H for $199 RRP at stores in Australia from late October.