BenQ FP222WH 22in Widescreen LCD Monitor

Admin - 2007-05-19 10:54:44 in Monitors
Category: Monitors
Reviewed by: Admin   
Reviewed on: May 27, 2007
BenQ
BenQ
Price: $223.09

Introduction:

You’ve just built the system of your dreams and finally when it’s all together you try to hook up that old 17 inch CRT monitor and realize that the connector from your monitor doesn’t match the one on that new video card. Then you remember, in your excitement, you forgot to buy that new widescreen 22 inch monitor you had looked at. Today’s trends have basically rendered CRT monitors extinct and more people are leaning towards Liquid Crystal Display Monitors (LCD), due to their sharper picture quality, their widescreen capabilities, and since they don’t consume as much space on one's desk. When CRTs were most popular, prices on the larger screen monitors were often out of reach for the average consumer. However, with LCDs, prices are more reasonable and for one week's salary, most people can purchase a quality widescreen LCD monitor for much less than a comparable CRT monitor would cost (NEC 21in CRT $349.99 Res. 1280x1024 Analog vs. BenQ 22in LCD $269.99 Res. 1680x1050 Digital). Most of the LCD monitors you can choose from are also HDTV (DVI and HDMI) ready, whereas a CRT is not.

The BenQ FP222WH 22in LCD monitor is one of the many to choose from; it not only has DVI, but HDMI as well, and has a native resolution of 1680 x 1050.

“BenQ consists of three main business groups — Digital Media, Integrated Manufacturing Services and Mobile Communications. These business groups encompass a broad range of products and each retains a focus on providing consumer-oriented solutions designed especially for the networked digital lifestyle.”


Closer Look:


Packaging is not that fancy; simply a cardboard box with some graphics and purple lettering.

Opening the box, I noticed that the monitor itself was well protected and the accessories had their own inserts. Once the top layer of Styrofoam is removed, the monitor itself is securely held in place by another layer of protection.

 


The BenQ FP222WH utilizes a patented “Senseye” technology; an Image Processing Unit (IPU), “Senseye” will optimize color and sharpness by separating color signals and adjusting each one individually to avoid distortion and reveal a richer image.

Closer Look:

The BenQ FP222WH has a removable stand that clips onto the arm of the monitor. Once in place you will be able to stand the monitor upright.


 


 


The rear of the monitor, which houses the inputs for HDMI, DVI or D-Sub (analog), comes with two additional features. The area where the BenQ logo is located is actually a removable panel, which houses a mounting bracket underneath, so the monitor can be hung on a wall. The other feature is a clip to hold your cables.


The BenQ FP222WH comes with a built in power supply, so it does not need to be connected to an adapter. The built in power supply is auto sensing, which means that as long as you have the correct power cord it will automatically change from 110V to 220V and vise versa, if you happen to be transferred or move to a country that uses different standards. This feature eliminates the need for a converter.


The BenQ FP222WH is also multi-compatible; you will have three options of video input:


The left side of the monitor houses eight buttons that allow you to fine tune the display.

 


The cables that are included in the package are DVI, Power and D-Sub. I was a little surprised that BenQ did not supply an HDMI cable. Surprisingly there was no CD, nor a user manual included in the package, just 2 safety manuals. I have contacted BenQ and they did say this was a packing error and have shipped me the CD (Drivers) and user manual.

 

Installation:

There are no special tools required to install the monitor unless you choose to wall mount it. After clipping on the base of the monitor and plugging the power cord into the display, choose which cable you need or prefer to use (DVI, HDMI, D-Sub), and place that into its proper input. You will then need to attach the cable chosen to your PCs video output, plug in your monitor and turn it on. Although the driver CD was not included in my package, Windows XP recognized the monitor and upon boot up, the screen was set at its native resolution 1680x1050.

Specifications:


Screen Size

22.0"

Resolution

1680 x 1050

(WSXGA+) Pixel pitch (mm)

0.282 mm

Display Colors

16.7 million with dithering

Horizontal Frequency (KHz)

30-82

Vertical Frequency (Hz)

56-76 (1680 x 1050 = max. 60Khz )

Video Bandwidth (MHz)

25-165

Viewing Angle (L/R;U/D) (CR>=5)

170/160

Display Area

18.62"x11.66"

Contrast Ratio

700:1

Brightness

300 cd/m²

Response time

5 ms

Colour temperature

Reddish/sRG B/Bluish + user mode

MTBF (hr, exclude lamp)

40,000

Lamp life (hr) typical

30,000

Input connector

1) HDMI
2) DVI-D
3) D-sub

Power Consumption

49W (max)

Power supply

Built-in (90-264 AC)

Power Saving Mode

<=1W/120V <=2W/240V

Net Weight

12.8 lbs (5.8 kg)

Dimensions (W x H x D) (with stand)

22.4" x 17.9" x 6.7" (569 x 454.7 x 170.2 mm)

Speakers

No

USB

No

VESA Wall Mounting

100x100mm

Swivel

No

Pivot

No

Tilt

-2 ~22

OSD language

8

i key

Yes

Signal cable

1) VGA cable
2) DVI Cable

Regulations

TCO'03

Kensington Lock Support

Yes


Features:



Key Features:

Testing:

While conducting research on what program or piece of machinery to use to conduct a benchmark on a monitor, I was brought to the conclusion that it will cost approximately five thousand dollars to purchase any mechanical device that will correctly benchmark a monitor. So after some tedious hours of downloading different software generated benchmarks and painstakingly killing my eyes, I am glad to introduce the benchmark that OverclockersClub will use. The program is DisplayMate Multimedia Edition.

"DisplayMate Technologies is a company devoted exclusively to video testing, evaluation and optimization. The company develops state-of-the-art video diagnostic products for the consumer and professional markets."

"DisplayMate Technologies is widely recognized throughout the computer and video industries as the worldwide leader in video diagnostics, which are used in the calibration, testing, evaluation and optimization of image and picture quality for all types of displays, such as CRTs, analog and digital LCDs and plasma displays, video projectors, microdisplays, HDTVs and more."


Testing Setup:


Benchmarks:


Set Up Display:

"This selection will show you how to properly and precisely set all of the controls on your display and video board to produce Optimum Geometry, Grayscale and Contrast. All of the other picture quality enhancements in DisplayMate assume that this procedure has been followed carefully."

Tune Up Program:

"The Tune-Up Program further improves and enhances display picture quality by searching for every possible potential weakness of a computer display at high sensitivity, and then showing how to improve the image at every step. The program selections include the following:

Script LCD Test:

"A set of test patterns to setup and check LCDs."

Video System Info:

Upon boot up no changes.

Screen Pixels
1680H x 1050V
Screen Colors
16,777,216
System Colors
16,777,216
Intensity Levels
256
Screen Orientation
Landscape 8:5
Reported Screen Size
470 x 293 millimeters
Screen Aspect Ratio
1.60 H/V
Square Pixels
1.00 H/V
Color Capability
True Color
Color Depth
24 Bits per Pixel
Color Palette
Not Available
Color Planes
1
Pixel Pitch
0.28 x 0.28
Dots per cm
36 x 36 dpcm
Dots per in
91 x 91 dpi
Total Pixels
1,764,000
Screen Memory
6890 Kbytes
Pixel Memory
32 Bits per Pixel
System Font Pixels
7H x 16V
System Font Format
240 Columns x 65 Rows
System Font File
Vgasys.fon
Display Driver
VGA
Driver File
vga.dvr
Driver Version
64.0
Enhanced Lines
Yes
Wide Lines
Yes
Styles Lines
Yes
Filled Lines
Yes
Block Lines
Yes
Polygon Lines
Yes
Curved Lines
Yes
Flood Fills
Yes
Clipping
Yes
Curves
Yes
Polygons
Yes
Device Fonts
Yes

Testing:

Set Up Display:

DisplayMate suggests using the “Set Up Display” to properly set up your monitor before beginning any tests. The “Set Up Display” runs through many screens to help you adjust brightness, contrast and other picture quality enhancements. The “Set Up Display” consists of 34 different screens with different color variations and vars. Below are some screenshots of what I saw while running it.


The first four are focused on brightness and contrast that focus on black and grayscale.

 

 


The following progress from grayscale to white, while later testing color purity, color tracking, and so forth.

 

 


Color intensity, Gamma tracking, size and position, sharpness and moiré interference patterns are also included.

 

 


Last but not least, are text readability, font size, bandwidth, and a master screen that you can use to perform a quick setup.

 


Training my eyes to use the program took some time; I was having trouble with lighting, and as I progressed in the setup, of course the sun began to change position. Finally I had to shut all the blinds and just go with the lights on. Through most of the setup, brightness and contrast were the main factors; I found out that I had both of them set way too high. Finally, after going through the setup one or two more times, I began to reproduce the same results in contrast and brightness for this specific monitor; brightness 56 and contrast 41. When I finally got to the screen positioning, sharpness and gamma tracking section, I needed to adjust the monitor less and less. Screen positioning was right on. Moiré testing started to show some fluctuations in some colors while others were solid, and text testing showed that minimal readable text in most fonts was an average of 9 pixels, 6.8 points. Video bandwidth, on checkerboard intensities was 255/250, with a video mode of 98.0. With the monitor now set up, it was time to try the Tune Up Program.

Testing:

Tune Up Program:

Testing:

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.


Subjective Viewing:


Gaming:

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.


Video:

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.


Applications:

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.

Conclusion:

Widescreen monitors are becoming the preference of many enthusiasts and home users, with their ability to achieve high resolutions and crisp, clear images. In addition, being able to choose from different inputs such as DVI and HDMI, means your video card HD capabilities can be put to good use. When shopping for your widescreen monitor the BenQ FP222WH monitor should not be overlooked.

Although some tests ran showed some deficiencies, the overall performance of the monitor is stable. While conducting testing I did not encounter any dead or stuck pixels, transitions were noticeable and even though some grayscale screens did have dips and at times ripples, cables and video drivers do play a part in transference. Other factors that need to be considered are that LCD screens in general, do have their limitations and cannot reproduce all grayscale screens perfectly.

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to a monitor. I purchased the two monitors that I compared the BenQ to, and at the time I purchased them I thought they were the best for what I could afford and the overall performance; I did not realize that they had so many imperfections until I tried out this BenQ. This would explain my headaches and double-vision at times. There is not much that I didn’t like about the monitor, but a couple things should be worked on and they are basically aesthetics; I would have liked the control buttons to have been marked – with eight of them, and being on the side, it made it hard to remember what each button was for. This could be easily fixed if they put the familiar markings on the frame. My other dislike was that it doesn’t have built in speakers; this is just my preference though.

When you shop for a monitor, choose wisely, read articles, look at testing and test it while at your favorite retailer. The BenQ FP222WH should be a monitor that is considered; it did not need much tweaking out of the box, it will accommodate three types of input, its clarity and vibrancy range from good to excellent, and image transitions are virtually flawless.



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