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BenQ RL2240HE 60Hz 21.5-inch LED Gaming Monitor Review

By: Trace Hagan | Monitors in Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 14, 2014 2:02 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: BenQ

Battlefield 4


I realize this is an RTS monitor, but seeing as how I suck at RTS games, I thought I might also use Battlefield 4 so I could focus on the actual performance rather than getting killed constantly. What I found is that the RTS picture modes cause the screen to be washed out. The BlackEQ function is only available in the two RTS picture modes and the custom Gamer defined setting modes.


I found sRGB to be my favorite setting for gaming on Battlefield 4. Movie provides higher sharpness-something I can adjust on sRGB-but it looks washed out, too. In the RTS modes, fast moving vehicles had weird outlines that are hard to describe, but it certainly detracted from gameplay.


But enough about a use case that isn't what the monitor is designed for. I downloaded and fired up StarCraft II to see just how much better this monitor performs in RTS games.



StarCraft II


As miserable as I may be at StarCraft II, I can start to appreciate the RTS picture modes offered by this BenQ monitor. These tuned picture modes allow better visibility of the battlefield, making commanding your troops much easier.


Adjusting the Black eQualizer, I found that it turned blacks into grays, which is partly what helped visibility. At the same time, it did bring with it a sort of washed out look, as noted above, but in this case, it is useful.


There aren't a whole lot of settings for me to go on about, but I can definitely see where this monitor has a home in the RTS player's arsenal. Having the pre-tuned picture modes means you can get to gaming without messing around with your monitor and wasting time, which is always a good thing.

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