"If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work."
BenQ Australia G2200W
Not much to get excited about.
- Unimposing design, relatively inexpensive
- Poor response rate, unsatisfactory black levels, backlight bleeding, disappointing presets
Although the G2200W is cheap for a 22in monitor, you don’t get much for the price. Poor black levels and backlight bleeding make for an unimpressive monitor, though for occasional use it may prove useful.
Price$ 299.00 (AUD)
There’s nothing really outstanding about BenQ’s G2200W. For a standard price, you get a standard monitor with a number of shortcomings sure to deter those looking for premium quality.
The G2200W shares many of the common traits of 22in monitors, with a native resolution of 1680x1050 pixels and a 5ms response rate — good enough for most uses, though fast motion movies and games may suffer. The monitor’s 1000:1 contrast ratio pales in comparison to competing units like ASUS’ LS221H, though it does have a dynamic contrast ratio of 2500:1. Connectivity is limited to standard D-Sub and DVI connections.
The G2200W doesn’t break from the crowd too much in terms of style, with a matte black bezel. The monitor sports a grill-textured separation at the bottom for a slight design twist which seems a little too reminiscent of the '90s for our liking.
With no possibility for height adjustment or horizontal tilting, the G2200W’s physical adjustment is restricted to vertical tilting. This may suffice if the monitor can be placed in the desired position but it is potentially quite troublesome. Viewing angles are adequate at a standard 160 degrees horizontally. BenQ says that the monitor is capable of 160 degrees vertical viewing angle as well, but as with most 22in monitors vertical tilting causes colours to become severely washed out.
Default settings on the G2200W are biased towards a blueish hue, so some calibration is required. Thankfully, the monitor’s adjustment buttons make configuration and personalisation an uncomplicated process. The on-screen display provides configuration options for brightness, contrast, colour and picture mode.
Along with a user mode, the G2200W provides four different picture presets, including an sRGB setting. BenQ also provides its own Senseye technology which provides a side-by-side comparison between the sRGB colour scheme and the presets; unfortunately there’s no way to compare sRGB settings with the personalised configuration. We found all four presets unsatisfactory for everyday use, as they proved to be dull and inaccurate. Still, even after altering the settings manually, the G2200W was underwhelming.
Running the monitor through a bevy of DisplayMate Video Edition tests, the G2200W was fairly average. Colours are vibrant with no obvious inaccuracies. Lines and edges are clearly defined and well-rendered, though poor brightness levels causes detail to quickly disappear from darker areas.
Black levels are somewhat disappointing regardless of contrast setting. Backlight bleeding also occurs, though this isn’t too noticeable and shouldn’t prove an obstacle during everyday use.
The G2200W’s shortcomings were immediately apparent during testing. Transitioning from windowed video to full screen caused the display to stutter, with aberrations visible during this transition. Text rendering is adequate, though using the monitor’s integrated presets quickly caused text to become unreadable due to high contrast and ghosting.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo R15 Pro review: A compelling mid-tier option with lots of value and few compromises
- 2 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review: A budget phablet that swings above its weight
- 3 LG E8 OLED TV (2018) and SK10Y soundbar review: If you've been on the fence about OLED, now might be the time to jump it
- 4 Nokia 7 Plus review: Predictable and plus-sized
- 5 Huawei P20 Pro review: See it and believe the hype
Latest News Articles
- MSI and SteelSeries team up on curved gaming monitors
- Acer unveils new range of desktop PCs, notebooks and gaming machines
- Asus Announces The Latest Designo Curve MX32VQ Monitor
- BenQ Celebrates Modern Sleekness with Newest Monitors for Home and Office
- AOC Unveils AG322QCX AGON Gaming Display Bolstered for Battle
PCW Evaluation Team
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
- Oppo R15 Pro review: A compelling mid-tier option with lots of value and few compromises
- ASUS Zenbook Pro 15: A futuristic, exciting, imperfect, flagship notebook
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review: A budget phablet that swings above its weight
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?