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BenQ G2222HDL - 21.5in Monitor review

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BenQ G2222HDL - 21.5in Monitor

Summary

Our Score:

8

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

Key Features

  • 21.5-inch Full-HD 1080p panel
  • 1000:1 contrast ratio
  • 250cm/m2 brightness
  • VGA/DVI inputs
  • Manufacturer: BenQ
  • Review Price: £101.65

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Evilpaul

March 3, 2010, 9:53 pm

I picked up this monitor just over a month ago to replace my aged Hyundai Q17+. While my old monitor still works fine, the 1280x1024 resolution was becoming a limiting factor.





The BenQ monitor gives a decent impression in terms of how it was packaged and how it looks. When turining the monitor on for the first time the picture was a lot better than I was expecting for such a cheap monitor, and definitely leagues ahead of my old monitor.





The monitor is by no means perfect but for the price you just can't knock it.

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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