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BenQ G2220HD

Aditya Nag 2009-06-27
PCWorld No.2 Full-HD LCD Monitors
81 Very Good
Price: Rs 7,900

Full Review

The BenQ G2220HD pleased us when we tested it before, and it continues to put up a strong showing for itself. A full-HD monitor at this price is a pretty sweet deal, and it’s made sweeter by the fact that the panel BenQ uses is rather good. The monitor looks more expensive than it is, with nice plastics and a clean design. The configuration menus are uncomplicated, and we liked that there are no bright blue LEDs staring you in the eye. The power indicator glows a muted green.

This model lacks an HDMI input, but it does have DVI and VGA, and the DVI port supports HDCP protection, so Blu-ray discs play without any hassles. In the performance tests, it quickly became apparent that this monitor was one of the brighter ones, at 214 lumens. The contrast ratios were average, at 500:1 for the full black to white, and 310:1 for the checkerboard ratio. Colors were decent, but not great. In the DisplayMate tests, low saturation colors caused it some problems, but overall, it put up a strong showing, and there were no major issues that would cause it to drop down.

The G2220HD lacks an HDMI input, but it does have DVI and VGA, and the DVI port supports HDCP protection, so Blu-ray discs play without hassles.


We played the Blu-ray version of the Pirates of the Caribbean, and it was a blast. The full-HD resolution really allows you to see every little detail, even though the screen is a little too small for a cinematic experience. Overall, this monitor offers good value for money, as long as you’re not too picky about color quality. A worthy second place for the BenQ G2220HD.

The additional features that the BenQ E2200 monitor provides may not matter all that much if you have an eye on your budget. Those who'd like style and looks at any cost might want to look at the Asus Designo MS236H instead. Of course, the colour quality of the Dell 2209WA monitor which features an IPS panel cannot be beat by this BenQ G2220HD monitor that simply has a normal TN (Twisted Nematic) panel.

Bottom Line

This monitor offers good value for money, if you’re not too picky about the color quality. At a time when the average 17 inch LCD monitor sells for Rs. 5,500 this BenQ Full-HD monitor with support for displaying 1080p screen resolution is a sweet upgrade for buyers who might want more with a small price difference.

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