• Resolution: 1920x1080 @ 60Hz
  • Screen: 22 inches
  • Response time: 4ms
  • Contrast Ratio: 3,000:1 (Native), 20M:1 (DCR)
  • Stand: Tilt
  • Connectivity: VGA, DVI, HDMI
  • Pros:
  • Simple
  • Easy to use
  • Great overall quality
  • Cons:
  • Display looks a little fuzzy in certain modes

Simple Is Best

We’ve seen a number of big, bold and beautiful monitors coming intp our labs, some with features that we didn’t know we even needed, and others with designs that look like they belong in an art gallery. BenQ has decided that both should exist, and with that in mind gaves birth to the BenQ VW2230 LED monitor.

The monitor comes with three display output formats, including VGA, DVI and HDMI 1.4. There is also an audio out port which can be hooked up to either speakers or headphones when using the HDMI output.

The VW2230 is one of the few monitors we’ve seen that comes in an all-white design, and looks like a monitor that was designed in the mid-2000s, with a huge base. Not that it’s a bad thing; in fact, we find the simple aesthetics to be quite charming. Of course what’s really important here is the display quality.

Speaking of the display, the VW2230 uses a VA LED panel, which offers excellent performance, especially when you’re watching HD movies or playing games with it. Also thanks to its non-glare panel, you no longer have to worry about placement of the monitor as light does not reflect from it, giving you the best viewing quality even in places where there is a lot of daylight.

Accessing the menu panel is as easy as touching the touch-sensitive panels at the side, marked by circular bumps. From here you can choose various picture modes, incorporating BenQ’s Senseye technology. Two of the most notable ones include Reading Mode, for those who often use the computer to read through news sites or work on documents, and also the M-Book mode, which calibrates the colours to make the VW2230’s colours look similar to a Mac display. One thing that we found, is that in certain picture modes, the text or picture being displayed can look a bit fuzzy, but it’s a very mild issue.

The monitor also comes with a curious green thingy that sits in a hollow bump at the base. You can use it to prop your phone and cards up, or use the hollow part to store paperclips. Nifty!

CHIP CONCLUDE: The BenQ VW2230 may not look very sophisticated, but it’s one of the few that get things right in terms of picture quality and usability. If you’re looking for a no-frills monitor for various uses without breaking the bank, this may be the one for you.

(previously published in issue April 2012)