|Screen Size||21.5 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080|
BenQ GW2255 21.5-inch VA panel LED-lit Monitor
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- Enjoy high dynamic videos without ghosting or other artifacts with 6ms GTG response time
- Windows 8 and Windows 7 compatible
- Actual screen size is 21.5" diagonal
- Input Connectors: D-Sub, DVI
- 16.7 million colors
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|Display Resolution Maximum||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080||1920x1080 pixels||1920x1080 pixels||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Screen Size||21.5 in||21.5 in||24 in||21.5 in||24 in||27 in|
|Item Dimensions||20.6 x 6.8 x 15.7 in||20.08 x 7.31 x 15.62 in||22.8 x 7.44 x 17.13 in||15.8 x 5.9 x 19.6 in||22.8 x 7.4 x 17.1 in||25.2 x 8.5 x 19.2 in|
|Item Weight||9.5 lbs||7.7 lbs||9 lbs||6.6 lbs||9 lbs||12.1 lbs|
|Size||22"||21.5 inch||24"||21.5-Inch||24"||27 inch|
The BenQ GW2255 is built to bring you the ultimate in image quality. The GW2255 comes with a native contrast ratio of 3000:1 and dynamic contrast ratio of 20M:1. This adds color depth and definition to dark and complex motion pictures, so that everything you see, from the brightest white to the darkest black, is perfectly rendered. The BenQ GW2255 supports Full HD 1080p with 16:9 aspect ratio - allowing the subtlest details to stand out with richer, more realistic colors, making your viewing experience even more absorbing. Experience true colors of the with the GW2255's BenQ Senseye Human Vision Technology. With the help of its six proprietary calibration techniques, Senseye delivers only the best viewing quality in each of its six pre-set viewing modes –Standard, Movie, Game, Photo, sRGB, and Eco -with the Eco Mode especially designed to save power and money. The GW2255 has passed Windows 8 and Windows 7 certification and is fully compatible with both systems. Plug in the GW2255 to your computer, and Windows will recognize it instantly, making setup and connection effortless.
Enjoyment for Your Everyday Home and Work Life
Built to bring you the ultimate personal visual entertainment, the BenQ GW2255 is certainly one of a kind. Featuring the 3000:1 native contrast, 20M:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and true 8-bit panel performance with deep blacks and minimized light leakage, this VA LED monitor refreshes your view with truly fantastic colors and details.
Brilliant Image Quality
VA LED Leads the Way
After launching the world's first VA LED monitor, BenQ is now taking the lead to introduce VA LED to its home and office offering: GW Series. Built with the dream combination of LED with VA panel, GW Series is bound to bring a whole new visual experience and enjoyment to you with truly authentic colors, deeper blacks, higher contrast and sharper details.
178/178-Degree Wide-Viewing Angles
VA panels bring truly authentic colors and ultra sharp details to your eyes with a wide-viewing angle of 178 degrees / 178 degrees. Viewing, as you know it, will never be the same.
3000:1 Native Contrast Ratio and 20M:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio for Depth and Definition
The GW2255 comes with a native contrast ratio of 3000:1 and dynamic contrast ratio of 20M:1 to add color depth and definition to darkened and complex motion pictures, so that everything you see, from the brightest white to the darkest black, is perfectly rendered to deliver the clearest, smoothest picture performance during movies and video games.
Full HD 1080p 16:9 Visual Perfection
The BenQ GW2255 supports the Full HD 1080p with 16:9 aspect ratio--allowing the subtlest details to stand out with richer, more realistic colors, making your viewing experience even more absorbing.
Superior Response Time
Enjoy high dynamic videos without ghosting or other artifacts with 6ms GTG response time.
Improved Eco Mode for Higher Energy Efficiency
The improved Eco Mode adjusts the backlight brightness level to ensure the highest display quality is presented to you with the highest energy efficiency. This intelligent mode reduces at least 37% of the power consumed by document viewing, Internet browsing and emailing and up to 44% of the power consumed by gaming.
Experience the truest colors of the world with the BenQ Senseye Human Vision Technology. With the help of its six proprietary calibration techniques, Senseye 3 delivers only the best viewing quality in each of its six pre-set viewing modes--Standard, Movie, Game, Photo, sRGB, and Eco--with the Eco Mode especially designed to save power and money.
Windows 8 and Windows 7 Compatible
The GW2255 has passed Windows 8 and Windows 7 certification and are fully compatible with both color systems. Plug in the GW2255 to your computer, and Windows will recognize it instantly, making setup and connection effortless.
Energy Star Qualified
The GW2255 complies with the requirement of ENERGY STAR Program for Computer Monitors, Version 5.1. Now you can enjoy saving energy and money as well as keeping the Earth lookin' great.
Choose the BenQ Monitor That's Right for You
|Display Type||LED||LED||LED||VA LED||VA LED|
|Resolution||1600 x 900||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|DCR (Dynamic Contrast Radio)||12M:1||12M:1||12M:1||20M:1||20M:1|
|Viewing Angle||90 / 65||170/160||170/160||178/178||178/178|
|Response Time||5ms||5ms||2ms GTG||6ms GTG||12ms, 4ms GTG|
|Built-in Speakers|| |
1W x 2
2W x 2
|Senseye 3 Technology|
Top customer reviews
Pros: Great colors, good viewing angles, decent gaming performance, no bleed, no visible glow, no dead pixel. Flicker Free: this is a must for me. Vesa mount.
Cons: Not an IPS panel, out of the box wayyyy too bright!, and even after adjusting the brightness it's still too bright! :(
Go for this monitor if:
-You want something way better than a TN panel, great colors and decent viewing angles.
-Great for movies and almost everything else.
-You are the casual gamer.
-You are used to IPS and need perfect viewing angles.
-You are a pro-gamer and need lag-free performance.
-You need HDMI or DisplayPort.
Other things to consider: If you expend most of your time programming then you should consider 16:10 aspect radio instead of 16:9, or at least go for a monitor with portrait capability. I still do some programming and web design, and for me it's OK but I can see how it can be a problem for someone else. You will also need to buy a DVI cable or DVI to HDMI cable. (only came with vga)
PS: I will upload some pictures of the box so that you can see it's ZeroFlicker.
First off, calibration settings (Standard mode):
- Gamma 1 (most important setting)
- Contrast 50 (Update: Contrast 44 for virtually perfect 2.2 gamma tracking, reduces Contrast ratio to 3100:1 which is still great; with Contrast 50, it tracks 2.1 linearly which is arguably a good thing for a *VA panel due to the slightly darker center cone of viewing)
- Color: R100 G99 B99
- Brightness appropriate for environment; at night I use 0 with ambient lighting behind the display (*strongly recommended to greatly reduce eyestrain* with any display)
- great gamma tracking to 2.2
- grayscale deltaE under 1 average, no obvious tint (particularly no green tint, which was awful on my Asus VG236H before calibration)
- roughly 3600:1 (!!!) static contrast
- color accuracy (to the usual Rec 709 / sRGB color space) is pretty good but not great, dE 3.7 for primaries & secondaries. Saturation sweep shows no compression thankfully. Blue is the most inaccurate with dE of 4.3 at 80% saturation and 5.4 at 100% saturation, it's skewed toward magenta (purple)
Color accuracy isn't good enough for pro use but color *saturation* is very good and it's accurate enough. I can't emphasize enough how much more important the static contrast is than perfect color accuracy for general image quality (and even among pros, some argue for the highly improved dynamic range over IPS being more important than marginally more accurate colors). The colors are close enough to hardly be noticeably 'off' (I can hardly notice even after applying the ICC profile calibration), but try watching any show or game or whatever (basically anything) next to a high quality IPS (e.g. a top notch tablet display like an iPad 3+ or Nexus 7) to compare and it will spoil that panel for you. You have been warned.
- fantastic IQ per above, better than basically any TN or IPS/PLS for virtually any price due to *VA contrast
- no calibration instrument needed for good gamma and other image accuracy, just use my settings above (this is a big deal for a monitor at this price)
- overdrive (AMA) 'Advanced' mode does its job fairly well for a *VA panel
- useful OSD adjustments available especially for this price range
- has standard 100mm VESA mounting holes
- PWM not used to control backlight brightness
- effective (and not overly dirty-looking) anti-glare coating
- responsiveness is clearly a weak point. AMA 'Advanced' setting is recommended and good enough for me, but might bother some, YMMV. Do not use "Premium", it overshoots like crazy. If you've used any typical IPS from the past few years, 'Advanced' is a bit slower than that.
- why is the frame glossy? WHY BENQ, WHY??? GRRRRRR. Very cheap-looking glossy plastic everywhere
- control buttons are somewhat unintuitive, and there is no shortcut button for brightness.
- stock gamma is set to 3 when '1' is clearly the most accurate; Picture modes other than 'Standard' are pretty useless (this is par for the course for pretty much all monitor manufacturers)
- backlight could dim a bit lower ... but at least it doesn't use PWM
- ships with VGA cable instead of DVI (again, wtf, why Benq why????)
Highly recommended for any general usage (including gaming, photos - as explained above) unless you're sensitive to the average/poor motion performance.
Updated review on 8/5/2014 with minor changes to calibration settings
Text is easy to read. Pictures look good. The viewing angles are okay, but not great. Colors will change from the side. The LED back-lighting is much brighter than the fluorescent of my old monitor. I immediately cranked the brightness down to 20 and it's still very bright.
The power indicator light, dim green, doesn't distract much. The lettering on the frame is gray. I barely notice it when the monitor is on. The anti-glare coating on the screen works well. They should have put some on the glossy black frame. Please, monitor makers, no more glossy frames!
The buttons on the side are easy to operate. The stand seems firm enough. The power and video cables hang straight down.
Out of the box the picture is very crisp and clear. The only thing I had to do was lower the brightness a little bit. Otherwise, it was great.
I have seen some comments in various places that you would still get excessive colour shifting when viewing from an angle. That wasn't the case for me. Don't misunderstand, there is a colour shift when viewing from an angle but it is only slight. The colour shift is no where near as extreme as with a TN monitor, which was the main selling point for me. Going from a circa 2007 Compaq TN monitor to this is like receiving a new set of eyes.
As far as ghosting when gaming, I haven't seen any with this monitors 6ms GTG response time and it's AMA (Advance Motion Acceleration) set to "High". With AMA set to "Premium" it actually overshoots and you start seeing slight distortions. This is playing Fallout 4 though. I couldn't really comment on hardcore FPS titles since I generally don't play them. Also having AMA set to high works for watching movies, just general net browsing and word processing.
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