What is the GW2270H?
Please note: there is also the BenQ GW2270, i.e. an 'H'-less version, which is very similar but lacks HDMI connectivity and doesn’t sport a headphone jack.
SpecificationsThe GW2270H utilises an LED backlight to illuminate the 21.5 inch, Full HD (1920 x 1080) VA panel with an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a pixel pitch of 0.248mm. BenQ claims a native dynamic contrast of 20 million to one with the appropriate settings and pixel response time is quoted at 5 milliseconds, grey-to-grey. Viewing angles of 178 degrees for both the horizontal and vertical axes are quoted by the manufacturer.
Design & Connections
In theory, and given the two HDMI ports aboard the GW2270H, the colour accuracy, decent black levels and good contrast performance should make it a good candidate for video playback but this is only partially true. For really good video replay, we would want the display to have a 23/24 Hz mode as that’s what the overwhelming majority of films and major US TV series demand for best representation but depending on how you access your content, it might not be such an issue given that some apps (and devices) reprocess the signal to 60 or 50Hz – which the GW7720H can do - before it reaches the display.
Viewing angles are restrictive, however, so the GW7720H is only really suited to head-on viewing which is certainly no disadvantage when using it for gaming. We’re not suggesting that a real hardcore PC gamer would opt for this display – the motion handling is average and there’s no adaptive sync or 144Hz modes on offer – but we found it satisfying when hooked up to an Xbox One and the input lag, measured at 13.1 milliseconds with our dedicated device, is pleasantly low. To further the theme of narrow viewing angles, we’ll reiterate that this BenQ doesn’t have any horizontal swivel other than picking it up and moving it.
- Good price
- Impressive contrast
- Capable of excellent colour accuracy
- Low input lag
- Restrictive viewing angles
- Susceptible to glare
- No 23/24Hz modes
BenQ GW2270H PC Monitor Review
Should I buy one?The BenQ GW2270H is something of a jack-of-all trades and master of none but, given that it can be bought online (October 2016) for around just £80, you wouldn’t – and shouldn’t – really expect more than that. This 21.5-inch monitor is definitely a budget option yet still boasts good contrast performance, is capable of excellent colour accuracy and has low input lag for gaming. Connectivity options include 2 HDMI ports and D-SUB VGA, plus a headphone jack which you’ll need to get sound directly from it as there are no speakers equipped. Where the GW2270H is lacking is in its ability to reject ambient light, so placement will be key which also applies to the restrictive viewing angles. It doesn’t accept 23/24Hz video signals, either, so it’s not ideal for watching movies but, all things considered – especially the price – we think the BenQ GW2270H does enough to merit recommendation.
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