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.
"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.
Measured against a Samsung SyncMaster 975p CRT, and using a Canon 40D set to a shutter speed of 1/320, an average of over 60 photographs were taken using Virtual Stopwatch Pro. The average result over DVI came in as 0ms over several shots, meaning no input lag was recorded at all. Bizarrely, a great number of frames came in with the BenQ faster than the Samsung, something that shouldn't be possible. Usually this is an artefact of two numbers merging together to appear like a larger number, but there were many clear shots where the BenQ was around 10-20ms faster. We're unsure what causes this, but one thing is certain — the G2222HDL is fast.
ΔE is the measurement of how far a measured colour deviates from its expected value, allowing us to determine the colour accuracy of a monitor. While a ΔE value of 1 is considered perceivable, as long as it's less than 3, the shift shouldn't be too obvious. HCFR was used to determine ΔE for the monitor, and dynamic contrast ratio was turned off.
|Black level (cd/m²)||0.30|
|White level (cd/m²)||250.81|
The uncalibrated CIE chart. The white triangle is the colour space of the monitor, the dark is the sRGB gamut it's trying to match. (Screenshot by CBS Interactive)
Yep, that's about as awful as a lime-drenched, salted stake through the heart. Let's see if Eye-One Match 3 and HCFR can help the colour accuracy situation.
|Black level (cd/m²)||0.23|
|White level (cd/m², target 140cd/m²)||137.61|
|Gamma (target 2.2)||2.19|
The calibrated CIE chart (Screenshot by CBS Interactive)
Much better for the greys. Sadly, the colours are still way out of whack, but for a monitor of this price range we're not going to be able to correct that. For most users this won't bother them at all, but pro-colour users will want to stay away.
Viewing angles were taken with a Canon 40D in spot metering mode, with only shutter time adjusted to obtain a good exposure.
Expected viewing angles, along with the usual TN inversion when viewed underneath. (Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)
Backlight uniformity was measured by placing HCFR into free measure mode, displaying a completely white image and recording the brightness along a 5x3 grid on the screen. This should be considered a guide only, as backlight uniformity is likely to change from unit to unit.
Nothing amazingly out of the ordinary here — it's expected performance for a screen of this price. (Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)
The G2222HDL exhibited minimal light bleed from the top of the screen, excellent for a monitor of this price.
It's important to note that the effects of light bleed will likely change from monitor to monitor, regardless of make.
We measured power consumption using a Jaycar mains digital power meter. It's important to note here that due to limitations of the meter, measurements are limited to values of 1W and greater, and are reported in 1W increments.
All measurements, screen brightness and contrast were set to 100 per cent, and a test image displayed.
|Maximum power draw||19W|
Those are some nice numbers — the G2222HDL will suit those who aim to be frugal with their power usage.
BenQ supports the G2222HDL with a three-year, on-site pick-up warranty. BenQ's pixel policy covers a 14-day DOA period where the monitor can be returned if any bright or dark subpixels are noticed. After this, the monitor must accrue either three bright subpixels, five dark subpixels or any combination of five dysfunctional subpixels.
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. While some will be happy with it, we'd suggest that if you can afford another AU$40 to go for its bigger brother, the E2220HD.