The Benq FP222W H is an update of last year's FP222W, now with an added HDMI port.

Having an HDMI is a key feature if video playback is important for you, the Benq FP222W H has an immediate head start. First impressions suggest a generic budget monitor look and feel.

The Benq FP222W H's click-on plastic base is frankly cheap, although it looks fine once it's in place. As with most of the other monitors here the panel tilts – with some effort – but it doesn't swivel, and there's no height adjustment.

The silver bezel looks slightly incongruous next to the base's darker styling. BenQ has opted to keep the bezel lines clean by putting the on-screen display buttons off to the side of the panel. If you have space on your desk to move your head off to one side, this makes the Benq FP222W H's on-screen (OSD) display unexpectedly easier to use.

The Benq FP222W H's buttons are bigger, the labelling is clearer, and the OSD itself seems slightly more intuitive than most. But if space is tight, which it is on most desks, you'll be cursing this feature, because it makes it impossible to work with the OSD at all. You won't even be able to see the button labels, so it'll be a real pain to get to grips with.

Performance is reasonable, but not spectacular. There are significant differences in linearity between the colours, and by default on the Standard setting there's a hint of a red shift.

You can use the Benq FP222W H's OSD to customise the sharpness, which can help with text. But contrast seems low – which is confirmed by the quoted 700:1 contrast ratio.

Video performance is creditable. The quoted 5ms switching time may be optimistic, but DVDs are certainly very watchable and gaming doesn't suffer from extremes of smearing.

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BenQ FP222W H: Specs

  • 22in widescreen
  • 0.282mm dot pitch
  • max resolution: 1680 x 1050
  • 24-bit (16.7 million colours)
  • max sync rate: 76Hz x 82kHz
  • 5ms response rate
  • DVI, VGA (HD-15), HDMI
  • 300cd/m2
  • 700:1 contrast ratio
  • 170/160
  • 423x170x518mm
  • 5.8kg
  • 22in widescreen
  • 0.282mm dot pitch
  • max resolution: 1680 x 1050
  • 24-bit (16.7 million colours)
  • max sync rate: 76Hz x 82kHz
  • 5ms response rate
  • DVI, VGA (HD-15), HDMI
  • 300cd/m2
  • 700:1 contrast ratio
  • 170/160
  • 423x170x518mm
  • 5.8kg

OUR VERDICT

Overall the Benq FP222W H is a middle-of-the-road monitor. It does the job without being outstanding. A strong point worth keeping in mind is the low weight. If you're not too worried about colour control, the Benq FP222W H is a good monitor to keep as a general purpose spare – convenient enough to bundle into a car and take to a LAN party.

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