Budget 22in monitors have generally become a tad boring. The current trend seems to be to sacrifice image and ergonomic quality for looks, outlandish response time and contrast ratio figures. So, basically, what you end up with is a display that's pretty rather than functional, with a decent level of adjustability.
Thankfully, some manufacturers still realise that adjustability is a valued feature - which is exactly what BenQ's G2200WT provides, except it still manages to cost less than most. Is this one of the better bargains around, or have too many corners been cut?
The G2200WT comes pre-assembled, which does mean it's bulkier to transport than most but sure makes life easier when setting it up. It's also quite heavy, at 7kg - as a comparison, that's heavier than the Samsung SM2263DX 22in plus 7in monitor combo. This extra weight is largely down to the metal used in the stand's base, which also adds an extra degree of stability and durability.
The excellent stand is very similar to the one found on the coveted BenQ FP241W. While it might not be the prettiest, it offers substantial height adjustment (lifting the screen through 21cm), reasonable tilt, a generous amount of swivel and of course pivot - basically, every adjustment you could ask for. The only minor niggle is that downward adjustment can be a bit tough.
In terms of looks the G2200WT actually stands out from the crowd, although not necessarily in a positive way. In a world of piano-black 22in displays, its two-tone finish is a bit surprising. The stand and back of the monitor are matte black, while the svelte bezel is silver. Despite there being only one tiny sticker to spoil the BenQ's looks, I can't say it's particularly attractive - which is a shame, coming from the company responsible for the stunning V2400W. Partially, this is down to the lower part of the bezel which bulges outward slightly, and is finished in a fake-speaker-grille pattern. But mostly it's down to the horrendous LED. In a faux pas reminiscent of the ugly Hyundai BlueH HM22D, BenQ has stuck a yellow power LED inside a red LED ring. All I can say is: why?
Connectivity is uninspiring but adequate, with a single VGA and HDCP-compliant DVI port. Unfortunately, this is where the main evidence of corner-cutting comes in, as all you'll find in the box is an analogue VGA cable - grrr. I really can't emphasise enough that manufacturers ought to include digital cables, since otherwise they're selling their products short (hear that, Sony?)