Awards

  • Recommended by TR

Summary

Our Score

8/10

Pros

  • Decent image performance for the price
  • Even backlight, good viewing angles
  • Great price

Cons

  • Colour reproduction lacks punch
  • No HDMI input
  • No built-in speaker

Review Price £101.65

Key Features: 21.5-inch Full-HD 1080p panel; 1000:1 contrast ratio; 250cm/m2 brightness; VGA/DVI inputs

Manufacturer: BenQ

BenQ G2222HDL - 21.5in Monitor

You can always rely on BenQ to produce a good, cheap LCD monitor and the G2222HDL looks to cement this reputation. Sporting LED backlighting, a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution panel and a preposterously low circa £120 online retail price, it has all the required ingredients of a great bargain.
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Unsurprisingly, considering the price, the feature set is fairly spartan. Adjustability is restricted to just tilt; not even a swivelling base is included. Unlike a large majority of monitors at this price, however, you get both VGA and DVI video connections, though BenQ does neglect to include a cable for the latter.

This leaves the usual 'dynamic' contrast figures to grab the headlines and BenQ surpasses normal levels of stupidity here, claiming a 5,000,000:1 (that’s five million if you lost count) dynamic contrast ratio. A 1,000:1 native contrast ratio is pretty solid, though, so you can safely ignore BenQ's over-zealous show room specs and forget the dynamic mode, which is too slow to react to be useful anyway.
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Other key specs are all unremarkable. A 250cd/m2 brightness rating is more than enough for normal working conditions and the 5ms response time is much the same. Of course, at this price, we're dealing with an inexpensive TN panel here, so blur and lag shouldn't really be a problem - we certainly didn't encounter any dramatic issues in our use.

What's most significant is this model is LED backlit, which has a number of useful benefits. First of all it allows for nice, slim and simple chassis design. Aside from the predictable use of a glossy plastic bezel, it's not a flashy design but neither is it ugly. Power consumption is also very reasonable, with a quoted maximum of 28W. Another by-product is that the display emits very little heat compared to standard CCFL backlit monitors.
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As mentioned above, you get VGA and DVI inputs on this unit, but no HDMI - no surprise at this price. Neither are you subjected to the pointless, cruddy speakers found in so many monitors, since the G2222HDL has none. Just the essentials are here and that's fine by us.

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