A COMPACT OPTION.
MEASURING IN AT 21.5 inches, the little BenQ GW2270H is great for smaller desks or as an affordable second screen. Even better, it costs just $150, despite using a higher-quality VA panel with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution.
Sure, it’s not quite IPS territory, but the GW2270H offers true 8-bit colour and wide 178-degree viewing angles. VA panels also give great contrast, and the BenQ screen exploits that with a high 3,000:1 native contrast ratio.
The refresh rate is quite good at 5ms GTG, and we did not experience any ghosting in normal use, including light gaming. The screen is rated to display 72% of the NTSC colour gamut, and gives a noticeably better image than a TN screen. The GW2270H looks great on a desk, but only has basic tilt adjustment.
Connectivity falls a little short as well, with DVI and VGA, but no HDMI or DisplayPort.
For those who want a larger screen, an extra $50 gets the GW2470, with the same specs but a 23.8-inch panel.