BenQ G2222HDL review: BenQ G2222HDL

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Typical Price: $249.00
3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Affordable. Low power consumption.

The Bad Display is too sharp. Gradient discolouration issues typical of cheaper monitors. Buttons situated under the monitor. Failed more pixel inversion tests than the average.

The Bottom Line BenQ's G2222HDL is an entry-level monitor that "does the job", but has sharpness issues and stumbles in some of our image quality tests.

6.5 Overall

BenQ's G2222HDL is a cut down version of its own E2220HD . While the E2220HD delivered a 1920x1080 resolution, DVI and VGA ports, two HDMI ports, four USB ports, two headphones jacks and a line-in jack, this 21.5-inch monitor gives us the resolution, the DVI and VGA ports — and that's it.

This straightforward functionality translates into the design as well; it may not be the sexiest monitor we've laid our eyes on, but we'd consider a flirt or two with this one thanks to its pretty eyes ... er, good quality screen.

It even comes with a sticker assuring us that it's compatible with Windows 7. Well, yes, we'd hope so. We're not sure what the criteria is exactly, especially since the six-year-old CRT in our labs also works fine with the operating system. But we can report it worked perfectly with Redmond's latest ... just like every other monitor.

BenQ G2222HDL

"Oh lord! But ... but ... but ... will it work with Linux?" When certification gets out of control. (Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)

Specs at a glance

Size 21.5 inches
Resolution 1920x1080
Aspect ratio 16:9
Pixel pitch 0.248
Panel technology TN
Viewing angles
(10:1 contrast)
H: 170°
V: 160°
Response time 5ms
Max vertical refresh 76Hz
Connections DVI, VGA
Accessories DVI, VGA and power cables

Stand and ergonomics

The G2222HDL has an ovoid stand, and, just like the E2220HD, it only offers tilt for your ergonomic comfort. Also like the E2220HD the base simply isn't heavy enough, causing the whole monitor to lift off the desk when you attempt to tilt it backwards. Cable management is handled through a liftable loop on the back of the neck, which can be removed in order to thread cables through.

BenQ G2222HDL stand

For the most part the stand does the job, but to make tilt adjustments you're going to need both hands, otherwise the monitor will likely lift off the desk.
(Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)


BenQ G2222HDL inputs

Power, DVI, VGA. It's your basic everyday monitor. (Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)

Buttons and on-screen display (OSD)

BenQ's designers clearly have an aversion to front-mounted buttons, eschewing usefulness for a clean look. While there are labels, they're very hard to see in the dark and the button assignments feel unintuitive, resulting in many mistaken button presses and slow configuration.

BenQ G2222HDL buttons

Under. Under! Under! Under buttons! Hooooooooo! (Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)

The OSD is a variant on the one found in the E2220HD, offering what we've come to expect of a monitor of this price and nothing more. Scaling abilities are limited to Full and Aspect, with no 1:1 option.

BenQ has also embraced the way of the preset, bundling Standard, Eco, sRGB, Photo, Game and Movie profiles. As usual we suggest going with the standard/custom profile and calibrating yourself, as these built-in presets are sub-standard as nearly always seems to be the case.

While Dynamic Contrast Ratio is thankfully turned off by default, BenQ has also thrown in something called Senseye, which dynamically adjusts contrast and sharpness. Despite the gushing PR, we'd suggest you leave it at its default state: off, where it can't mess with your images.


BenQ's OSD is tabbed, and, confusing button layout aside, works well. (Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)

Performance LCD tests
After calibrating to a target brightness of 140cd/m² with an X-Rite i1Display 2, Eye-One Match 3 and tweaking with HCFR, the G2222HDL was run through the LCD tests.

Image tests
Contrast Sharpness Gamma Black level White saturation Gradient
Pass Always appeared too sharp Pass Pass Pass Banding towards dark end of the scale, purple/green discolouration
Inversion pixel walk tests
Test 1 Test 2a Test 2b Test 3 Test 4a Test 4b Test 5 Test 6a Test 6b Test 7a Test 7b
Pass Flicker Pass Rolling downward motion Flicker Rolling upward motion Rolling downward motion Pass Pass Pass Flicker

The G2222HDL failed a few more tests than usual; no setting could resolve its sharpness issues, its gradients discoloured down the low end, and it failed six-pixel inversion tests, two higher than the usual.

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