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BenQ Unveils First 22in 16:9, 1080p Monitor

Gordon Kelly


BenQ Unveils First 22in 16:9, 1080p Monitor

With the move from regular 4:3 screen ratios to 16:10 widescreen displays is almost complete it seems another shift is about to take shape. Following on from Asus' 16:9 laptops is the first 22in (21.5in to be exact) 16:9 ratio desktop monitor.

The BenQ 'E2200HD' and 'E2200HDA' (we're not sure what the 'A' signifies as yet) join the Taiwanese company's E Series line and pack a movie perfect 1920 x 1080 (1080p) native resolution making them map pixel-for-pixel with the highest quality HD recordings. Keeping their end up too are the contrast ratios with a massive 10,000:1 figure quoted while the 5ms response times (2ms grey-to-grey) and 300 nits brightness are fairly standard.

BenQ hasn't detailed all the connectivity options yet but they should follow the company's penchant for HDMI and DVI ports while discrete integrated stereo speakers of an unknown wattage are also in there.

A 'summer' release time frame has been put on the E2200HD and E2200HDA so obviously prices at this stage are unknown. As for the future, this monitor may be the first mainstream 16:9er to be unveiled but don't expect it to be the last...


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June 21, 2008, 7:56 am

Can I ask if anyone knows what the benefits are of having a 16:9 ratio display over, say, a 16:10 one? Most games now support 16:10 screens. Unless, of course, this is aimed at people who what to watch movies on their monitor but surely 22 inches is too small for this purpose?

The Pope

June 21, 2008, 1:37 pm

16:9 is for movies, and for console playback (via HDMI in this case). So instead of 1920x1200 like all the 24" monitors are, they've trimmed 60 pixels off the top and bottom to produce 1920x1080.

I guess the theory is that Windows workers might not care about the lost space, and no more black bars during Blu-ray / Xbox sessions. As for PC-game support, well, as many developers are doing console AND PC these days, maybe we'll see 16:9 AND 16:10 modes on the PC ports. :)


July 10, 2008, 9:58 am

i dont see black bar as a problem when im watching movie. saying 16:0 better than 16:9 is silly. why should pc monitor should be standardized to be the same as general consumer display product. 16:10 enabled you you to put a4 side by side without the need of scrolling up or down. this in my opinion differentiate the function of a pc monitor where you also use it for work versus television which is for entertainment purpose only.

the reason lcd maker want to switch to 16:9 format because it will be cheaper to produce. and they gonna use this 1080 hype to do it.


July 10, 2008, 2:59 pm

i'm sorry i meant "to say 16:9 better than 16:10.... "


October 7, 2008, 1:04 am

According to the BenQ product page it appears that the A designation removes the DVI and HDMI ports... probably best avoided for 1080p.

Also does anyone know if this is a TN or PVA panel? Both are described as being capable of displaying 16.7m colours but the panel technology isn't mentioned... it's possible that it's a TN panel using dithering for that figure, which is a deal breaker for me.

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