It features both analogue and digital visual interface (DVI) connectors, but little else in terms of extras. And, although the BenQ FP202W V3's cost may be attractive, the images onscreen suffer from very limited viewing angles, and the displayed text is marred by an oversharpened appearance.

The BenQ FP202W V3 sports a black case with a thin bezel and a very clean and simple appearance. In fact, the only details on the front to distract from the images onscreen are a small silver logo at the bottom left and a tiny green light at the bottom right.

This clean-and-simple design is great, unless you want to use the BenQ FP202W V3's onscreen menus to control brightness or tweak the colours. The buttons are on the side, you see, as are the descriptive icons that indicate what each button does. The menus appear on the screen, and it can be a little frustrating moving your head back and forth from the front of the monitor to the side while tuning up your display.

The display also keeps it minimal when it comes to features. The BenQ FP202W V3 doesn’t include a USB hub, pivot capability, a card reader, or speakers. None of these are must-haves, but some are nice-to-have features, especially if you’re using a desktop PC, for instance, and keep the tower under your desk.

We connected the display to a 2.66GHz Mac Pro using a DVI cable. The BenQ FP202W V3 booted into its native 1,680-by-1,050 resolution automatically. As with most displays, the default settings were a little too blue and bright right out of the box.

We used a third-party calibration device to calibrate the monitor; afterwards, the colours were much more in line, and the grays were more neutral.

Two things we couldn’t fix were the somewhat over-sharpened appearance of text on the display and the BenQ FP202W V3's limited viewing angle. Text had a broken appearance, and the individual pixels making up the characters were easy to see. It wasn’t very easy to read text at small point sizes, but our jury did give the monitor an overall Good rating for text.

The horizontal viewing angle is rated at 170 degrees, but there was major loss of contrast and some colour shifting well within that rated area. If you work alone and sit directly in front of the screen, this shouldn’t be much of a problem. If you have coworkers gathering around your screen to collaborate, chances are pretty good that they won’t be seeing the same details onscreen when viewing from the side as you do when sitting in the center.

We suppose this limited viewing angle could be a blessing, protecting your screen from the prying eyes of passersby.

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BenQ FP202W V3: Specs

  • 20in widescreen LDC monitor
  • 5ms response time
  • 300 cdm2
  • 1000:1 contrast ratio
  • 140/140 viewing angle
  • input ports: D-Sub/DVI
  • 392x480x170mm
  • 6.8kg
  • 20in widescreen LDC monitor
  • 5ms response time
  • 300 cdm2
  • 1000:1 contrast ratio
  • 140/140 viewing angle
  • input ports: D-Sub/DVI
  • 392x480x170mm
  • 6.8kg

OUR VERDICT

The BenQ FP202W V3 is a decent, affordable, 20in widescreen LCD. But with its oversharpened text, limited viewing angle, and frustrating-to-use on-screen menu system, you may find a better deal elsewhere.

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