BenQ E2200HD 22in LCD Monitor - BenQ E2200HD

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



  • Recommended by TR
BenQ E2200HD 22in LCD Monitor


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We would be expecting BenQ's E2200HD to be using the same panel as its white cousin, but that's no bad thing since the M2200HD did fairly well in the image quality stakes. First things first, it's a 16:9 display, meaning it's better suited to films and other widescreen entertainment such as modern console games than the more traditional 16:10 PC aspect ratio.

It also sports a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution rather than the more common 20-22in 1,680 x 1,050. This is not only ideal for Blu-ray discs and console games, but can also help your productivity as it increases your desktop real-estate sufficiently to comfortably have two word documents or web pages open side by side.

In terms of performance, it's immediately obvious we're dealing with the exact same panel as before. So while the E2200HD can display the extremes of light and dark shades, it can't do so simultaneously. However, though it's not entirely absent there's little sign of banding and dithering, and as we're seeing ever more frequently not a hint of backlight bleed. Text is sharp, thanks in no small part to the small pixel pitch resulting from such a high resolution on a relatively small screen.

Best of all are the viewing angles. Despite inevitably suffering from contrast shift on the vertical viewing angle, the E2200HD still puts in a better performance here than most TN-based displays and horizontal viewing angles are remarkably good.

This means you can enjoy a film or game with a few friends without any problems, unlike many other 'budget' TN displays we've had through our labs. The monitor's 16:9 native aspect ratio and resolution (in addition to several aspect ratio options) together with multiple digital inputs makes it suitable for those looking for a cheap high-definition display to use with their Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

BenQ has a tradition of providing good value for money and the E2200HD continues that trend. Available for around £150, it's currently the cheapest Full HD 22in monitor we've come across. The Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS has gone up in price since we reviewed it, despite offering fewer inputs and inferior image quality.

Of course there's BenQ's own M2200HD to consider, which gives you a webcam and USB-hub for only £23 more but is only available in white. The other major competitor is ViewSonic's VX2260wm. This display offers the same triple video inputs and an additional 3.5mm audio in, as well as superior build quality and styling. However, despite similar specifications on paper the BenQ offers better viewing angles and is around £20 cheaper (though keep in mind you'll have to buy a digital cable if you don't have one already).


BenQ's E2200HD does have its down-sides including a somewhat sub-par chassis and somewhat unattractive design. However, BenQ makes up for it with fair image quality, good viewing angles and an even better price.


March 18, 2009, 4:28 am

Hmmm, I've been tasked with finding a good quality 22" monitor for someone for around 𧵎, and have been considering these three (E2200HD, E2208HDS and VX2260wm). I think I've ruled out the Iiyama as it doesn't have HDMI, which is admittedly a bonus more than a necessity.

So now I'm really torn between the BenQ and the Viewsonic. Which in your opinion would be best suited primarily as a gaming display? Viewing angles aren't really that important for this usage, but would you say either of these displays suffers from an noticeable input lag, as that really would be a deciding factor.

Also, do you know how the Dell S2209W stacks up against these monitors? It seems to have roughly the same spec and price tag as those above.


March 18, 2009, 12:22 pm

TN? Boooo. After working with an S-IPS panel for so long, it's spoilt me rotten. By the looks of availability, manufacturers have mostly given up putting the better panels in 16:9 desktop displays as most buyers are looking at price/specs. Makes me sad.


March 18, 2009, 2:29 pm

@smc8788: Sorry to answer a question with a question, but is it specifically a Full-HD monitor you're looking for? If it's only for PC gaming, going for a 1,680 x 1,050 22in display not only gives you far more options but will also get you better performance at the panel's native resolution.

@GherkinG: Indeed. It saddens anyone who appreciates a quality display with 'features' like colour fidelity, great viewing angles and usually, good adjustability.


March 18, 2009, 3:30 pm

Does it have any noticeable input lag? and does it utilise 1:1 scaling at all?


March 18, 2009, 4:57 pm

@ Ardjuna - Thanks, yes, it would be mainly for PC gaming. I would also prefer a 1680x1050 screen, but the market seems to be moving towards the 16:9 aspect ratio and the quality of those monitors seemed to be similar to any 16:10 monitor I looked at while offering more inputs and higher resolution.

After a quick search I'm now looking at the Samsung SM2233BW and the BenQ G2200WT (based on your positive review!), although the latter is a little harder to find. Both are around the 𧵎 mark, and it seems that if you go any lower than than you lose the DVI input on a lot of monitors - only offering VGA - which is a bit of a deal breaker for me.


March 18, 2009, 5:22 pm

I have the E2200HD

@D-Unit - it dosen't do 1:1 pixel mapping but it does have an aspect setting so it dosent strech 4:3 meaning no resolution looks stupid. I use mine for some casual gaming and I watch a lot on iplayer on it and i've never noticed any lag, UT3 looks great on it.

@smc8788 I would agree with smc8788 its not really suitable as a gaming monitor as the 1920x1080 resultion isent very well supported, i do tho occasionally use mine for casual gaming and resolution aside it does look very good especially for games like UT3 and dirt which support full HD. It tends to be the console ports that support it.

Paul 15

May 11, 2009, 10:45 pm

Can anyone tell me the difference between the E2200HD and E2200HDA


May 15, 2009, 9:51 pm

The E2200HDA has the DVI-D and HDMI connector which makes it HDCP compliant. The E2200HDA only has the VGA connector. to my knowledge this is the only difference..

John 40

July 21, 2009, 12:57 pm

First of all: @Pgul:

The difference between E2200HD and E2200HDA is that E2200HDA doesn’t have HDMI, DVI, or 2ms response time (it has 5 instead), while E2200HD has them all.

I’ve properly owned the BenQ E2200HD for 13 months now! I am one of those proud owners, with a monitor that works perfectly fine with no dead pixels. The E2200HD would be what I’d like to consider an all performing monitor. It might not be fit the likes of graphic designers or photo editors, but that is considerable since it uses a TN panel, and is more for the mainstream ‘common/normal’ usage; however, it works great with beautiful projection of colors when watching HD movies or even gaming.

I use my E2200HD as my monitor, console projector, HD movie player, and work/internet browsing. I use the monitor for every function that it was built and meant to be used for, that is exactly why I love the monitor to death. Although users have said that TN panels have ghosting, I will say here that I have not seen ghosting appear once on my E2200HD. Perhaps its other brands where ghosting appears frequently, but not on my monitor or my friends that all use the E2200HD or the E2400HD.

BenQ definitely got my attention after I purchased their monitor from a friend’s recommendation. I will say hands down, they make great monitors at more than affordable prices compared to their competitors. Quality goods at cheap prices, that’s something that can’t be competed by anything else. The only thing that I wished for is that the entire monitor was black. I’m not exactly fond of the little gray piece on the very bottom of the monitor, but other than that, I’m in love and absolutely cherishing this monitor!

Would definitely recommend this monitor to anyone who asked about it!

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