BenQ FP222WH 22in Widescreen LCD MonitorFormer staff writer - May 27, 2007
LCD Test Script:
DisplayMate comes with many scripts that can be run to test your monitor (CRT, LCD), video boards, projectors and even a setup for printers. My reason for using the LCD script was to check if my settings that I had made while using the Set Up and Tune Up programs had made a difference. I ran the LCD script prior to adjusting the monitor and after adjusting the monitor.
The LCD script test has a timer and I set it to 30 seconds a screen; included in the test are screens from all the other tests. The differences that were achieved after running it the second time were the same or better, as far as my eyes could see. I did notice that I had the brightness and contrast too high before running any of my testing, and the sharpness of some of the models were more vibrant the second time around. Grayscale produced minor changes, but overall the quality of the picture and transfer of images was increased.
- Applications (Photo Shop & MS Word)
Most enthusiasts purchase a monitor to game and look at the clarity of the images rendered, with the least amount of ghosting possible. Of course I chose my favorite game and jumped online to play a few rounds. Throughout all my tests I compared the BenQ FP222WH to two monitors, a Princeton graphics 19", and a 17" Acer. The Princeton monitor using a DVI connection. and the Acer using a D-Sub connection, since the latter does not have DVI capabilities. Response times were 12ms and 14ms, respectively.
The Acer monitor was used as a baseline; it is not of very great quality, even at high resolutions the screen seems blurred and lacks crispness, ghosting is a problem, and waves of intensity are constantly visible. The Princeton is 1000:1 contrast ratio where the BenQ is 700:1, I used the Princeton since it has some qualities that are either close to or exceed the BenQ.
I have never played a game on a widescreen before; it was quite a change and it was like gaining peripheral vision for the first time. With the widescreen, your environment is larger and what I used to not be able to see at times from the side were in view a lot quicker. If there was any ghosting, I did not notice any; the play was steady and clear, and color transitions flowed without a hitch. The Princeton monitor seemed to be a little cloudy at times, something that I hadn’t noticed before (it has been my primary monitor for over a year). I used to defend the Princeton monitor when it came to ghosting; many of my friends told me that they were able to see ghosting while gaming on the Princeton, but I had never realized it until now. The BenQ is 5 ms and the Princeton is 12ms. Even though the Princeton is 1000:1 contrast ratio (compared to the BenQ's 700:1), it did not make too much of a difference.
Sometimes I enjoy watching a video in the privacy of my office; there is nobody to bother me when I close the door. Most of my home TV’s are HD and widescreen, so naturally I have been purchasing widescreen format DVDs. Watching them on a normal screen monitor cuts out some of the picture. With the BenQ FP222WH, however, movies could be watched in their original format, not in the formatted-to-fit-your-screen mode. I chose to watch a Sci-Fi feature “Godzilla, Final Wars” (yes, Godzilla movies are still being produced and this one was made in 2004). The movie was clear and I did not notice any stuck or frozen pixels throughout the whole movie. I just might be spending more time in the office.
I use Photoshop and MS Word almost every day, so it is important for me to have a clear crisp vibrant picture. When using different fonts and type, if a monitor is blurred or the type doesn't seem to be totally there, it is very hard to focus and I seem to develop a headache shortly after initiating the program. This is due to the monitors’ capabilities to transfer sharpness and contrast towards the inner and outer of the font itself. Font readability was good with this BenQ even with a 6 to 7 point font; they were well defined and clear. For Photoshop, I was more interested in seeing saturations and hues of colors; I like to change things and create a nice blend of color when I am creating images or just trying to enhance an image. Was the BenQ up to the task? Yes, it was able to transfer color, and transitions were clear and concise. With past LCD monitors, I have always needed to brighten or lower the contrast to get to where I chose to be in particular applications. After adjusting the BenQ once, there was no need to change any settings for any applications.