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BenQ V2220 - 21.5in Ultra-Slim Monitor - BenQ V2220
At the rear the monitor curves outward slightly, which adds around 2mm of depth to the 13mm thick edges. Aside from the modestly sized area for the connections, the rear is completely unembellished. Those connections point straight out, which does ruin the clean look a little once cables are connected, but on the other hand makes it child's play to hook them up in the first place. Our monitor comes with just DVI and VGA inputs, but an HDMI equipped version (the V2220H) will be available and include a headphone socket as well. Unfortunately, BenQ still doesn't include a digital cable with its monitors, and at this point we despair that it ever will until analogue is finally retired.
One disadvantage that we mentioned about BenQ's previous slimmest, the V2400W, was that it didn't feel too sturdy and the chassis creaked when applying pressure. Thankfully this has been remedied with the V2220. Though it still wobbles on its thin stand, its plastics feel very solid and there's no hint of creak anywhere. The sturdy base with its thick rubber pads and attractive chromed ring feels especially impressive.
Moving back to the monitor's front, the bezel is left fairly clean, with only a subtle green LED ring surrounding the power button in the bottom right corner. Beside it, small icons mark out the controls. Hidden below the bezel's bottom edge, these are thankfully physical buttons rather than the irritating touch buttons we so often see, though the 'menu' one is too stiff for comfort.
As usual BenQ's colourful OSD is fairly logical, with a few minor exceptions like aspect ratio controls being found under the ambiguous 'Display Mode' – not that you should need them often as this Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display sports the ideal resolution for modern consoles and many other external devices. One feature that's nice to see is that Dynamic Contrast is available on most presets, and can be set from zero to five – an improvement over most monitors which merely offer on/off.
Unfortunately the presets are truly terrible, with Standard and Eco modes lending everything a distinctly yellow cast, while Game and Movie give some of the least accurate colour palettes we've come across in a while. Photo mode is the best of the bunch, but still has brightness turned up to its eye-searing maximum. In fact, despite being adjustable, none of the presets manage to present a picture we were happy with. Regrettably, as we elaborate in our image quality testing on the next page, the V2220's problems extend further than some dodgy presets.