BenQ's G2222HDL is a cut down version of its own 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.. While the E2220HD delivered a 1920x1080 resolution, DVI and VGA ports, two HDMI ports, four USB ports, two
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.
"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
|Max vertical refresh||76Hz|
|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.
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)
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.
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)
|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.