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BenQ G2222HDL – 22″ Monitor Review

By on April 21, 2010
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BenQ’s new no-frill LED monitor offers solid performance without being heavy on your wallet.

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Great picture quality and no frills, the BenQ G2222HDL comes highly recommended for a budget buyer.

With LED all the rage now, we have started receiving our share of the goodness. Today, we have the BenQ G2222HDL, the 22-incher from their G series line-up of LED monitors. Although, BenQ may not be the immediate brand of choice for many, they have been consistently producing some good, cheap LCD monitors for the past couple of years. The G2222HDL is no different, lying perfectly in between the ‘good’ and ‘affordability’, sporting a decent look, LED backlighting, 1920×1080 resolution panel and an affordable price of AED699. Let’s take a closer look…

Specifications:

LCD Size 21.5″ Wide
Product Colour Glossy Black
Resolution (max.) 1920 x 1080
Pixel Pitch 0.248 mm
Brightness 250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 5,000,000:1
Response Time (tr/tf) 5 ms
Display Area 476.64 x 268.11 mm
Colours 16.7 million
Viewing Angle (L/R;U/D) (CR>=10) 170 / 160
Input Signals D-sub / DVI-D
Horizontal Frequency (Max) KHz 24 ~ 83
Vertical Frequency (Max)Hz 50 ~ 76
Video Bandwidth (MHz) 205
Colour Temperature Reddish / Normal / Bluish / User mode
Power Consumption 28W (max)
Power Supply Built-in
Features LED Technology
Senseye3 ® Technology
OSD Language: 17 languages
Adjustments Tilt -5 / 20 (down / up)
Dimensions (HxWxD) 392.9 x 504.6 x 175 mm
With Wall Mount: 317.42 x 504.6 x 62.3 mm
Weight Gross Weight (kg): 5.0
Net Weight (kg): 3.8
Accessories (Standard) VGA cable
Vista Certification Basic

Design:
It’s not stunning, no, but packs enough of the standard gloss and black bezel for a sleek look. The monitor is shaped almost like a ‘Q’, only widescreen, with the OSD controls laid under the tail. The control buttons are easy to reach, have a nice bump to them and are quickly intuitive.

Of course, at this price range the feature set is fairly basic, and as a result, the first thing to take a hit in these cases is the adjustability. The monitor is restricted to just tilt with no support for height adjustments or even base swivel. Behind the monitor, tucked away in a fairly convenient to reach place are the VGA and DVI ports. There is no HDMI port, which is a bummer, so users hoping to utilize the monitor for their Xbox 360 and/or PS3 can say ma salam to it. Of course, you can use the DVI port but that would mean shifting to the VGA for your PC, but where is the fun in that?

Regardless, we tried out the PS3 with a HDMI-DVI dongle. We encountered no problems running it on 1080p with zero input lag from our short Rock Band 2 session with the drum kit.

Performance:
BenQ tries to floor us with a 5,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, which as you should know is as poorly implemented as ever and as usual, should be left switched off. However, the team of 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250cd/m2 brightness and 5ms response time are solid, though not stunning, provides a good all round image quality that should be more than enough under normal working and gaming sessions.

In our monitor test from FlatPanelsDK, we did notice slight banding issues on gradients though not very apparent. Black level detail, while not outstanding, offered good, deep blacks underpinned by a perfectly even LED backlighting, which showed absolutely no signs of bleeding or pooling. This is surprisingly good for such a cheap display.

Viewing angles are a little patchy, though. Contrast shift and colors loosing accuracy was pretty evident, though, we must admit that at extreme angles the picture remained ‘acceptably’ viewable. So, if you have friends around, whining for the middle seat will remain to the minimum.

Like most monitors, you do get a number of picture ‘presets’ such as Standard, Movie, Game, Photo, sRGB and Eco. BenQ packages it as their proprietary ‘Senseye 3’ technology promising to offer ‘truest color’ and ‘best viewing angle’ but that’s far from the truth. The presets all suffer from over-saturated, over-blown effects that only help gain eye balls in showrooms while in real life conditions, they only completely destroy the image. However, I did use the Eco mode extensively with it not only making me giddy by displaying a large “power saving 30%” overlay whenever I would turn it on, but was also the best preset for my work (staring at texts for 8 hrs…yeah).

Conclusion:

For the price, you aren’t offered much but the BenQ G2222HDL gives good all round performance for almost any use. If you are looking for an affordable monitor that looks good, with ‘LED’ somewhere in the description and do not care about the extra frills, this is the perfect choice.

We thank BenQ for providing us with the monitor for review. For more information, visit http://www.benq.co.ae/


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Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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