Benq GW2270H Review

Who says a sub-£100 monitor has to be featureless?

The BenQ GW range has some decent entries. Indeed we’ve reviewed some of the higher-end models in the past, and enjoyed them. However, it makes a nice change to get our hands on an entry level monitor – specifically the GW2270H.

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The BenQ GW2270H, a cheap but surprisingly good monitor

It features a flicker-free LED 22“ AMVA panel placed within a reasonably thin matte black bezel. Though we’d assert that there’s nothing inherently wrong with a glossy bezel, there are plenty of users who would happily argue that point and say they prefer the option BenQ’s taken – no doubt pointing out the fingerprint marks and dust collecting nature of the alternative.

The screen has a dynamic contrast ratio of 20,000,000:1, native contrast of 3000:1, a 5ms response time, and maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080. The avid gamers among you may well balk at the higher response time there, but for the vast majority of users it’s more than enough for everyday tasks. The connectivity is ample for most users too, with a single VGA and a pair of HDMI, plus a headphone port.

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What it lacks in advanced connectivity, it makes up for with decent screen technology

While the GW2270H lacks the lure of an IPS screen or DisplayPort connectivity, and its feature set can be considered basic, it does lower the price considerably – to less than a hundred pounds if you shop around for it.

Despite the lack of physical features, the monitor does inherit the usual BenQ line of image improvement features, such as low blue light, Senseye 3, and an improved native contrast ratio. Sadly, though, there’s limited ergonomic movement, except for a standard tilt from -5° to 20°.

The design is pretty standard throughout, however. There’s nothing to make this model stand out from the crowd of other excellent BenQ monitors, but then that’s not what BenQ are aiming for with the GW2270H. Basically, if you’re after a sub-£100 screen that works well, here’s the monitor for you.

The quality of the displayed image is really very good considering it’s not an IPS panel. It’s perfectly clear with a deep range of quite realistic colours, and it produces a sharp and crisp effect on everything it displays. There’s a slight graininess when the monitor is displaying a solid light-colour though, this is probably down to the matt-like panel itself, but it’s not something that’s going to distract you. If anything, it’s a little easier on the eyes when bright whites and pale colours are displayed. The overall effect, though, is one of quality regardless of the low price.

The BenQ GW2270H is certainly good value for money. It’ll last and look good for years to come and, while the demanding viewer may well steer clear of this entry level model, the average user will find it working perfectly well with anything they can throw at it. When you consider a dual-monitor setup would cost around £150, so certainly worth looking into, at least, mm David Hayward

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BenQ GW2270 9H.LE5LB.QPA 21.5" Screen LED-Lit Monitor

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