Good news first: undoubtedly thanks to its LED backlighting, the monitor displays no sign whatsoever of backlight bleed. Even horizontal viewing angles are decent for an LCD display based TN panel technology. Inaccurate as colours might be, they do ‘pop’ from the screen, and black really is black rather than very dark grey as on some displays. Last but not least, provided you use the correct setting (adjustable between one and five) sharpness is good too.
Now for the bad news: no amount of effort made colours very accurate and there was unusually strong banding across colour scales; vertical viewing angles are as bad as ever; and contrast is pathetically poor, giving the lie to BenQ’s ludicrous 10,000,000:1 contrast claim. As with many budget TN-based monitors the V2220 simply couldn’t display either the darkest or lightest ends of the greyscale, a weakness betrayed by the lack of fine detail in films and games.
Clearly, then, this isn’t a monitor for anyone looking for reasonable image quality as well as svelte, stylish design. Ultimately it really comes down to whether you’re willing to put up with its deficiencies to enjoy its benefits. As this monitor is perfectly adequate for daily use, office work and light entertainment, it’s great for those who don’t demand more and are looking for a stylish monitor that won’t add noticeably to the electricity bill. If you care less for aesthetics, however, the BenQ G2222HDL is £30 cheaper and offers superior image quality too.
Speaking of bargains, the Samsung SyncMaster F2080 has come down in price considerably since our review, and is now available for £146! You might get a lower 1,600 x 900 resolution, but this is more than made up for by its vastly superior connectivity, build quality and ergonomics, not to mention image quality that’s in a different class due to the excellent cPVA panel.
Slim, stylish and frugal, the BenQ V2220 is let down sub-par image quality. If an ultra-slim monitor is what you’re after it’ll do the job, but it sacrifices too much to maintain broad appeal.
Score in detail
Image Quality 5