BenQ G2222HDL - 21.5in Monitor - BenQ G2222HDL

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell

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BenQ G2222HDL - 21.5in Monitor

Summary

Our Score:

8

For such a cheap display, the G2222HDL's overall performance is very encouraging. While its colour production does lack the punch and verve of more expensive offerings, specifically those with wide gamut or IPS/PVA panels, its palette is suitably neutral and accurate. Black level detail, while not outstanding, is good for the price and there was a pleasing lack of contamination in grey tones that are often prevalent in cheap displays. Gradients were pleasingly smooth, too; though trained eyes will be able to detect the tell-tale signs of dithering in some instances.

All of this is underpinned by a perfectly even backlight, with no signs of irritating bleed or pooling. As such, for a cheap display, black production is surprisingly deep, albeit with the slight grey tinge that's unavoidable on any reasonably priced LCD. In any case, we can scarcely remember HD videos looking as good on any similarly priced display.

Viewing angles are also solid. Contrast shift is evident and colours do lose a little accuracy, but some of the nastier common defects (e.g. whites turning yellow) aren't present and the display remains viewable at reasonable angles.

Another bonus of BenQ monitors is the clarity and simplicity of their OSDs. All the various settings on the G2222HDL are clearly identified and arranged, making it easy to adjust them as you please. This is helped by the clearly labelled controls, positioned on the under-edge of the bezel, which are easy to locate and use.

There are plenty of presets, too, including those for colour temperatures and should you choose to use the dynamic contrast mode then you can adjust the severity of it. There's also the staple collection of picture modes (e.g. Movie, Photo etc), though they all suffer from the usual over-exaggerated, over-blown effects that ultimately mean they're best avoided. Luckily the G2222HDL comes fairly well configured out of the box, so it doesn't take long to bring the picture into line, unlike some monitors we've seen.

Verdict

It might not have the features that'll excite some users, but the BenQ G2222HDL has the ones you really need, performs admirably and is bargain basement cheap. If you're in need of a decent, Full HD monitor for any use, it's definitely worth a punt.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Design 7
  • Features 5
  • Image Quality 7
  • Value 10

sahal

March 3, 2010, 5:55 am

My one arrived today and tbh for £120 it is superb value for money. Plus its the only 1080p monitor that fits in the gap that I have in my silly ikea desk (which is 52cm wide, and this is about 51cm) so it squeezes in nicely :D

Vandera

March 3, 2010, 3:05 pm

I purchased the 24" version of this monitor, the G2420HDBL for £140.-


It currently stands next to a Iiyama Prolite E2407HDS ccfl TN panel from last year, and performance of the BenQ LED is much better. Wider colour gamut, even backlight and deeper blacks. Altogether i'm surprised by the quality you can get for £140.- (or 120 for the 21.5")

piesforyou

March 3, 2010, 4:26 pm

I want 1200 vertical pixels please.

peter 27

March 3, 2010, 6:47 pm

so u need a dvi-hdmi converter for full hd? not quite sure why a hd monitor wouldnt have an hdmi imput.... but im new to this

RazorA

March 3, 2010, 7:24 pm

Wow, what a bargain. The ideal gaming monitor for those on a budget.





@Vandera, seems even better knowing that you can get it's larger brother for only £20 more.





@Peter. No, dvi is absolutely fine. I think the reviewer was only referring to the fact that if you wanted to use this for viewing films from a Blu-ray player, or play games via a PS3 or an Xbox 360 than this would be an issue (as you would require said converter to use these devices). For PC users who want no frills just a decently made reliable full HD monitor this would seem like real a steal.

TechVegan

March 3, 2010, 7:35 pm

@peter:


HDMI would require a licensing fee which increases its cost over DVI.

Beaky69

March 3, 2010, 9:42 pm

Good review, but it would be useful to know whether HDCP is supported over the DVI connection?

G Hell

March 5, 2010, 7:41 pm

I currently plug my HDMI DVD player in to my Benq G2200WT via its DVI-D socket using an HDMI to DVI-D cable. Could I do the same with the G2222HDL ?





The G2200WT only has 1680 x 1050 resolution and I assume that the artefacts I get while watching some DVDs are because of the resolution scaling that the monitor is performing.

Keithe6e

March 5, 2010, 9:01 pm

@G Hell: some DVDs





With it been some DVD's, I'd say no. Not all DVD's are equal, some are mastered better than others. Apart from that your up-scaling, some up-scalers are better than others. Moving up to a 1080 is not going to make much difference if any. If you was playing FullHD 1080 then it would make a difference as now you will be having to down-scale slightly.

G Hell

March 6, 2010, 4:23 am

@Keith: Thanks for the tip. I assumed digital discs were free of this kind of error. After reading your comment I did a search and found that the DVD I have most problems with (The Wire season 1) is generally problematic.

speedyg2012

July 19, 2010, 6:05 pm

comment Beaky69 said on 3rd March 2010





Good review, but it would be useful to know whether HDCP is supported over the DVI connection?


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AFAIK, It is HDCP compliant over DVI. Have an aging 17'' monitor I'm thinking of replacing soon at home and a 19'' monitor in the office which has part of it's screen now permanently fuzzy, this looks like an ideal replacement for the budget.

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