BenQ G2222HDL review
What it lacks in features, this Full HD monitor makes up for in value
Review Date: 4 Feb 2010
Reviewed By: David Bayon
Price when reviewed: £119 (£140 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
BenQ has impressed us in the past with the quality of its budget monitors – it's held the Value TFT A List spot for the past year – and the G2222HDL looks to continue that run of success. It's a 22in TFT with a 1,920 x 1,080 TN panel, and it sensibly sticks to the basics to keep the price low.
So the rear panel has just DVI and D-SUB inputs, with no extras such as HDMI, DisplayPort or integrated speakers. The stand is pretty bare, too, tilting five degrees forward and 20 degrees back, but with no swivel or pivot capability and no height adjustment. The design is plain black with just a touch of gloss, so it does look and feel like the budget monitor it is.
What we really care about is image quality, and the BenQ performs its core functions very well. The 250cd/m sq backlight is even and doesn't bleed through at all on a black screen, so the G2222HDL boasts a nice deep black level. Contrast is good, even if the claimed 5,000,000:1 dynamic ratio is as poorly implemented as most we see – leave it switched off. Gradients were totally smooth in our DisplayMate tests and colour-on-colour performance was clean, while our gaming tests showed no blurring in fast motion.
If we have complaints, they're minor. On a black-to-white gradient there was just a thin sliver of black at the bottom, suggesting the BenQ's dynamic range leans toward the high end – you may find highlights look washed out. Our grey tinting test revealed a greenish tinge that makes some colours look a little dirty, and colours lack the punch and vibrancy that only a dearer TFT can provide.
You have to take into account that price, though. A look around online retailers shows £119 exc VAT will only buy you a 22in panel with a lower resolution or no DVI port. The BenQ's Full HD panel gives it an edge, and the picture quality is good enough to match dearer monitors. If all you need is a DVI port and a screen, the BenQ G2222HDL is a bargain of a 22in TFT.
Author: David Bayon
Impressed for the price
I purchased this monitor on 2nd Feb and have been very impressed for the price (£118 delivered).
Personally I rather like the clean, unfussy look. Image quality is sharp and I have had no issues with response time or ghosting.
My only negative comments would be that the menu controls are fiddly, though it is unlikely you will be adjusting these often enough for it to be an issue.
The second minor complaint is the inclusion of a VGA lead as oppose to DVI.
Power consumption is just 28w Max which I feel is good for the size. Overall I would recommend.
By mjbmjb2 on 5 Feb 2010
Bought one of these for a relative. A great monitor for its price and currently looking at getting one for myself too! The only gripe I would have (as already mentioned above) that only a VGA lead is included. As mentioned, this is only a very minor negative.
By Cookieman on 3 Apr 2011
But it flickers
60Hz, not much persistence, result misery. I am very disappointed
By shimself on 4 May 2011
Picked one of these up on amazon for £98 including VAT and delivery.
Image quality has so far been fine for photo editing, media and gaming. For those interested in gaming who can't run recent games at the native 1920x1080 resolution, the screen holds its sharp image in games at lower resolutions, unlike every other LCD I've owned.
Lack of a DVI cable was summarily fixed for just a couple of pounds added to my order.
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