Looking for the cheapest 1080P full-HD monitor for gaming?Why not a BenQ G2222HDL? (At the time of writing, at least!)
While technically a Samsung S22A100N costs £4 less than the BenQ — which goes for £92 at the time of writing –, it lacks a digital input I believe gives BenQ an unsurmountable benefit.Why BenQ G2222HDL?
Because it’s cheap. It’s cheaper than virtually everything else in the 22-24″ range. More importantly: it is very inexpensive for a 1080P LED-backlit monitor.
- 1920 x 1080. No down-scaling on high-def movies. No low resolution gaming. Yet it still isn’t uncomfortable to read or browse on. Anything less than 1080p is surely on its way out; you’d be hard pressed to find a 1680×1050 22-Inch display these days. And why would you? Just about any PC that can run a game at 1680×1050 can run it in full-hd.
Although the pixel count difference between the two resolutions barely reaches 15%, 1080p undoubtedly shows a nicer picture.
- Picture quality. As long as your expectations are in the right place, you will be very happy with a G2222HDL. Put otherwise, the picture quality of the monitor does not sway from what you’d see on any unit in its price range.
- LED-backlit. Power consumption down by 35% from the similar but non LED-based BenQ monitor. If you pay the bills, you’ll know how much that matters.
- DVI-D. Still picture quality; DVI gives the benefit of a readily available digital input. The Samsung mentioned above only comes equipped with a D-SUB connector, which shows signs of ageing at the native resolution of Full-HD gaming monitors. If nowhere else, you’ll notice the signal quality difference between DVI and VGA when looking at 12-14 point text and its readability in specific.
- It’s cheap. No really, it should be its own point right here, because it’s the most important selling point it needs.What next?
More on BenQ G2222HDL on its Amazon listing.
For different price points, take a look at the gaming monitor guide I put together the other day.
Other than that: keep rockin’.