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This review is from: BenQ GW2255 21.5-Inch LED Monitor - Black (3000:1, 250 cd/m2, 1920 x 1080, 6 ms, DVI) (Accessory)
I bought this monitor to act as a secondary to my Dell U2711. Of course, it wont be as good as a U2711 (that thing was well north of £1000 when new) but this little BenQ can hold its own to a very surprisingly degree and I am seriously impressed.
Using the colour calibration utility in Mac OSX I've gotten this monitor to look crisp, sharp and quite vibrant (FYI - connected via DVI). Text is smooth and easy to read and there is very little colour banding on smooth gradients. The display isn't completely neutral in colour, however, with greys having a very subtle blue tinge to them and I couldn't seem to fix this with manual settings (reducing blue resulted in a green or red tinge and I simply couldn't find a happy medium) - but again, I'm comparing this side by side with a pro-level monitor and if you were to view the BenQ in isolation, its outstanding and one of the best bargain monitors I've seen - if not THE Best - easily out-gunning more expensive monitors I've used ("HP Elite Display" springs to mind).
One tiny design decision that BenQ has made instantly catapulted this monitor to a 5 star level for me, and that's the arrangement of the ports on the back of the monitor. Many if not every consumer monitor I've seen has the ports facing outwards from the monitor, so cables are inserted at a 90degree angle which forces you to move the monitor away from the wall quite substantially. This BenQ? The ports face DOWN, the stand at the back is also very shallow meaning this thing stands very close to the wall. Since it has VESA mount points on the back you'd easily be able to sit it flush with the wall if you so desired! Its a tiny little design decision but it gave me an extra six inches of desk-space over my previous secondary display and it has made a world of difference, this is something I wish monitor manufacturers would do often rather than running in a "thinnest display by x-number of millimetres" race.
Buy this monitor, you wont be disappointed.