BenQ E2200HD review

A high-resolution 22in TFT with accurate colours, attractive design and a very enticing price.

David Bayon
6 Mar 2009
5
Price when reviewed 
141

While it may be tempting to buy the largest screen size you can afford, you'll often get a better deal in the more mainstream 22in sector, and this BenQ monitor is a fine example of that. Like its rivals from Iiyama and ViewSonic, the E2200HD crams a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution into that 22in frame, and combines some impressive visuals with an attractive price.

The design is certainly a cut above most BenQ monitors we've seen, taking inspiration from last year's Samsung range with a black body/silver control bar two-tone combination. Samsung has stepped forward from there with its gorgeous red range and the BenQ doesn't compare, but this won't look out of place in a bedroom or study. It comes with a pair of basic 1W speakers, but offers DVI, D-SUB and HDMI ports for connection to PCs and consumer devices alike.

The right-side buttons are clearly labelled on the front of the frame, making adjustments simple. We lowered the contrast slightly and raised the brightness, and the default colour settings gave us a tone just on the warm side of neutral - perfect for producing a vibrant entertainment image.

The black level was deep, with just a hint of backlight bleed at the bottom edge, while our gradient ramps showed up the strong contrast with a very even distribution across the spectrum. Our tinting test images showed the neutral tone of the greys, making this one of the more accurate budget TFTs in the group. Crysis flew by with no motion problems and tremendous vitality, while our video clips and test photos showed just how sharp a picture you get from such a low pixel pitch - the 1,680 x 1,050 rivals fall behind in that respect.

Opinions vary as to whether the move to 1080p in PC monitors actually makes sense - if you don't watch video, you're essentially losing 120 lines of pixels to pander to the consumer crowd - but for better or worse it's a shift that's occurring, and since 22in models haven't really made the leap to 1,920 x 1,200, it's a trade-off we'll take. The BenQ E2200HD is simply the best all-round example we've yet seen: impressive picture quality, decent ergonomics, a range of connections and a very attractive price make it this month's deserving Labs Winner.

Details

Image quality5

Main specifications

Screen size21.5in
Aspect ratio16:9
Resolution1920 x 1080
Screen brightness300cd/m2
Pixel response time5ms
Contrast ratio1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratio10,000:1
Pixel pitch0.248mm
Horizontal viewing angle170 degrees
Vertical viewing angle160 degrees
Speaker typeStereo
Speaker power ouput1W
TV tunerno
TV tuner typeN/A

Connections

DVI inputs1
VGA inputs1
HDMI inputs1
DisplayPort inputs0
Scart inputs0
HDCP supportyes
Upstream USB ports0
USB ports (downstream)0
3.5mm audio input jacks1
Headphone outputyes
Other audio connectorsNone

Accessories supplied

Other cables suppliedVGA, 3.5mm audio
Internal power supplyyes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption45W

Image adjustments

Brightness control?yes
Contrast control?yes
Colour temperature settingsBluish, reddish, normal, user
Extra adjustmentsPicture modes, sharpness, aspect, volume, mute, OSD settings, info, reset, input select, HDMI auto-switch

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle5 degrees
Backward tilt angle20 degrees
Swivel angle0 degrees
Height adjustment0mm
Pivot (portrait) mode?no
Bezel width20mm

Dimensions

Dimensions523 x 187 x 408mm (WDH)
Weight4.800kg

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