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After the recent death of my trust old desktop it was time to upgrade. I bought a pretty high powered machine from dixons for a bargain price but the deal did not include a monitor. Rather than buying the rip off monitors they tried to sell me I dived into the internet and came across the BenQ G2222HDL on amazon. I was skeptical at first as I have never heard of BenQ but after reading reviews I decided to take the dive and go for it. Looking back I can easily say it is the best monitor I have ever owned, and since I bought it (probably around 8 months ago now) BenQ seems to be popping up all over the place.
I am by no means a technical person and most of the jargon and features are lost to me but I understand the basics. The 1920x1080 resolution means that a crisp and detailed image in guaranteed. Whilst the average resolutions vary depending on uses etc the general feel is an incredibly high quality display which is up there with the big boy manufacturers. The screen can go up to 1080p which I believe is full HD however I am one of the people who would never be too fussed about getting the very highest quality. The screen has 16.7 million colours and an Image Contrast Ratio of 5000000:1 (dynamic) which I have no idea what it means but assume the higher the better! The one major downside is it lacks a HDMI cable which limits it slightly but not too much as main use is for pc monitor.
As mentioned the main use of this screen is for a desktop computer. Therefore you can expect to be able to use it for videos, games and general computer work. The quality of the screen makes is excellent for games, and whilst im no expert I can guarantee games look great. Whilst a lot depends on the quality of graphics card you have installed, the screen will help improve overall look and feel of games and videos. For general pc use it is fine, with office software looking standard. The screen will excel if using for photo editing or just general photo viewing, with pictures looking fantastic.
The screen (when not in use) looks great, having a sleek black finish. Compared to the old style box monitors the screen is just in a different league (never mind the weight difference.....those old box monitors weighed a ton). The buttons work well but are not is the best positions, however I rarely use them. Another negative is that there are not built in speakers. However I find the screen speakers are usually terrible quality so not bothered at all about not having them built in.
The price is the final amazing aspect of the screen. I would gladly pay £200 for the screen yet the current price on Amazon is £89 free delivery!! It is a truly ridiculous price, when considering all other screen of that spec are easily double the price. The monitor comes very well packaged so do not worry about it being damaged in transit if ordered from amazon.
Grab a bargain, buy it now!
Now, you may or may not of heard of BenQ, as they are not a brand you hear of often. I am, however delighted to say that I discovered them, as this monitor is excellent. I bought this monitor recently as a replacement for an old 19" Advent one which to be honest, was quite poor. This new one is a massive improvement over it, with richer colours thanks to LED backlight technology, and an impressive 5000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.
The monitor's native resolution is a superb 1920x1080 (Full HD) which, for gaming especially, makes this monitor a fantastic choice for anyone looking for a crisp, clear gaming experience. The monitors high resolution is also useful for those who multi-task as more 'screen area' is available for applications that you are using.
Now, onto appearance, and I must say the first thing that struck me when I first saw this monitor, was the glossy black finish and the quirky but stylish way the buttons are placed. This made me quite happy as it let me know that I had bought a product that I can be proud to show off to friends, and not a cheap, tacky useless piece of junk (which I thought this product might of been considering the low price) but I was willing to give it a try, and I am glad I did.
Some other features that some of you would be pleased to know about is the fact that this monitor is HDCP compliant, meaning you can play your favourite PS3 games through a PS3 hooked up via the DVI port on the back of the screen. (A HDMI-DVI converter will be needed). This also means you can play PS3 in 1080p resolution, which means playing games, and watching Blu-Ray movies will be a more satisfying experience than using a normal 720p HDTV.
I think it's great that this monitor has the ability to multi-task and it makes the purchase more worthwhile, which as this monitor only cost around £100, was absolutely great. I would definitely recommend this monitor to anyone wishing to get rid of that old generic PC monitor, and even anyone wishing to play PS3/360 in 1080p.
When it comes to LCD monitors "Benq" is not a brand I come across often, in fact it only caught my eye because of the usual model number "G2222HDL." This was enough to poke my interest and since I was looking for a new monitor to replace my aging existing one, I decided after doing some online research (and realising the modest price tag) to embrace the whim and buy it.
On the technical side of things the monitor's LCD display panel is widescreen offering 21.5" of viewing with an aspect ratio of 16.9. Its maximum resolution is 1920 x 1080 however there are plenty of other smaller settings should you desire (mine's currently set at 1360x768) which for what I do I find ideal. It's fully compliant with HD and can playback at 1080p. It has DVI as well as the older VGA connectors, and is compatible with all versions of Windows (however the driver disk is only compatible with Windows XP and above, anything lower will likely need a different driver downloaded).
I like the actual look and design of the monitor. It's modern, streamlined, minimalist in appearance with a black gloss finish. The stand is pretty small but is also reasonably well built considering the price and can easily support the monitor.
The only drawback of the stand is that while it allows you to move on the X and Y axis, it is pretty limited in how much it allows you adjust the monitor. None the less it is still allows all you need by typical use.
The display quality is crystal clear, vibrant and very sharp. Colours are displayed as they should be with black and whites being the correct shade. Reading text is also easy but I did have to reduce the brightness slightly when reading on screen, to keep my eyes happy. There are predefined settings that you can use to change the profile on the monitor, for example if you're playing games or watching a DVD, but so far I haven't needed to change the settings.
There are a few more limitations with the monitor. There are no HDMI connectors (so stop reading now if this is something you need on a monitor), and there are no build-in speakers (but do we really need them?) The monitor has manual buttons on the lower left side of the panel. These aren't great, being pretty sensitive and small, and it is a bit difficult trying to work out what button (or combination of buttons) does what (it does take some practice.)
None the less for a budget monitor I couldn't be happier, granted it has a few flaws, but it looks good on my desk and works well. I doubt that it could be outdone by any other monitor in the same price bracket, obviously the more expensive monitors would be better, however if you're looking for a decent LCD that won't break the bank look no further.
You can buy this monitor from Amazon.co.uk for £108.76 (correct at time of buying and reviewing).
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)