BenQ M2200HD - Full HD 22in Monitor - BenQ M2200HD Monitor

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

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  • Recommended by TR
BenQ M2200HD - Full HD 22in Monitor

Summary

Our Score:

8

On the OSD side of things, the M2200HD is incredibly easy to use thanks to a combination of large, well-labelled buttons and colourful, logical menus. Buttons along the screen's right edge are nicely integrated into the aforementioned silver strip, while the usual shortcuts are on hand to control volume, image preset and input. Our only major criticism of BenQ's OSD is that the 'up' and 'down' keys seem to operate on the menu's tabs in just the opposite way one would expect, with down being 'right' instead of 'left'.

Getting onto that all-important image quality, as usual with a TN panel the results are mixed. To get the negatives out of the way first, as ever greyscale performance is not TN technology's strong-point, with the M2200HD dropping out the extreme ends of the greyscale. There was also some yellow contamination over grey shades and unlike its bigger cousin there is noticeable banding.

Fortunately, these flaws are overshadowed by genuine positives. Sharp text was to be expected with such a high-resolution 22in display, but a very even backlight distribution with nary a hint of backlight bleed is less of a given. The highlight of the show is surprisingly good horizontal viewing angles; in fact, when not altering the vertical angle there is almost no sign of contrast or colour shift, which is very unusual for a TN.

The M2200HD also has that rarity of a 'Movie' mode which actually works well enough to leave it on. As long as you avoid the 'Dynamic' mode, BenQ's Full HD 22in makes for a decent entertainment display, even offering a selection of aspect ratio controls despite already being a television and console-friendly 16:9.

Last of all there's the webcam, a small separate unit that manages fairly good output for a bundled model, and there's plenty of software on hand to play around with.

Overall, then, the M2200HD offers quite a lot of functionality for the money. Compared to the award-winning ViewSonic VX2260wm, it does suffer from worse build quality and arguably less attractive design, but for only £20 or so more you do get a USB hub, webcam and slightly superior image quality.

Verdict

BenQ's affordable M2200HD offers a nice mix of features, including a discrete webcam, USB hub and triple video inputs on a Full HD 21.5in screen. Best of all, it offers an alternative to all the piano black and silver models out there with a bold white finish.

thewelshbrummie

March 7, 2009, 6:48 am

Benq do seem to make some odd choices regarding their product lineup: if the M2200HD was available in black like the E2200 (basically the same as the M2200HD without the USB hub and webcam which I think looks far better) I'd be seriously tempted.

whybother

March 7, 2009, 10:45 pm

I have the E2200HD which as mentioned in a previous comment is the same thing just and black and minus a webcam and usb hub. I managed to pick it up for 𧵎 before christmas which makes it about 㿀 cheaper than the viewsonic, making it an absolute gem. I just can't see the point of buying the M2200HD next to the E2200HD just buy a webcam seperatly for a tenner. I feel therefore that the M2200HD dosent really deserve the reccomendation and the E22000HD should get it.

Andy Vandervell

March 7, 2009, 11:51 pm

We've got the E2200HD in at the moment, too, so you might yet get your wish. ;)

Nick G

March 18, 2009, 1:35 pm

Can you PLEASE review the new Dell 2209WA IPS-based monitor? Some sites (CNet Australia) are calling it "the best 22" monitor we've ever seen" but there's no review on here net.

Jack Neicho

March 15, 2013, 6:17 am

I'm having trouble getting the webcam to work. Anyone know anything about it?

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