BenQ BL2205PT: An In-Depth Review

There’s some kind of an unwritten general consensus monitor industry to call 24-inch monitors as mid-sized monitors. However, mid-sized actually means belonging to 21 to 24 inch range. Newer models of monitors usually come in 24-inch size or bigger. But there are still brands out there that try to cater the need for a slightly smaller screen, especially for work and office settings. One example is the BenQ BL2205PT, an all-around monitor with the basic functionalities and features perfect for daily work and office setups. What makes this monitor a good deal? Check out this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide.

BenQ BL2205PT (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

BenQ BL2205PT is for anyone looking for a basic monitor with all-around functionality, versatility and full adjustability. Sporting a Twisted Nematic (TN) panel, it’s built for basic office use and comes with a fully adjustable stand for the most comfortable and ergonomic computing. It’s also an ideal office monitor, especially for bulk purchases, as its utilitarian design, functionalities and features work perfectly in office setting, all for an affordable price tag.

 

Benefits

The BenQ BL2205PT is a 22-inch small LCD monitor that runs Full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution in its TN panel. It has a good combination of screen size and resolution, making it a practical choice for offices.

Some may prefer the slightly bigger 24-inch monitor with the same resolution.

 

Good out-of-the-box Image Quality for TN Panel

As with basic all-around monitors sporting TN panel, we can’t expect fantastic image quality performance for BenQ BL2205PT. However, it does deliver well in what expected of it to do. There were some problems in Brightness level and Colur Temperature, but a little tweak can resolve the issue. Also sRGB mode make things look off.

The washed-out quality on the screen means colours are flat. As with other TN-based monitors, this BenQ screen has inferior colour accuracy, and no amount of Gamma setting adjustments can sort this problem. You can however, alleviate the issue by going to Picture Adjustment tools and setting the Colour Temperature at 5876K and Gamm at 1.76.

BenQ BL2205PT undeniably needs full calibration help to push its gamma and make the screen a little washed-out. With good colorimeter calibration, you can reach figures of 6,473K and 2.20 for colour temperature and gamma, respectively, which are acceptable.

 

Fast Response Time, Good For Gaming

If there’s anything good we can say about the TN panel in this monitor, it will obviously be its 2ms Response Time (gray to gray). It’s very close to the fastest 1ms, which many high-end gaming monitors have. This means BL2205PT has no problem running any games in fast and smooth gameplay, just not in the best resolution, of course.

 

Decent Viewing Angle, Despite TN Panel Limitations

The viewing angle of BL2205PT is not too distracting in use, but there are some obvious color shifting and contrast issues when viewing the screen off axis. Something we can expect from TN panels. The screen’s anti-glare and anti-reflection coating certainly helps its viewing angle performance.


Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Options


It is quit easy to find third party ergonomic solutions for 22-inch monitors like the BenQ BL2205PT, but like any other computer products out there, not all of them are made the same. Also, with excellent gaming-quality response time, this monitor can really provide cheap solution for dual monitor or eve triple monitor setup.

Ergotron LX Wall Mount LCD Arm (images from Amazon)


For a dual monitor setup, you can opt for Ergotron LX Wall Mount LCD Arm.  Each arm of its articulating arm can be adjusted independently. The whole mount is made up of solid polished aluminum construction, which lets it last ten times longer than its competition in the market. It comes equipped with the brand’s own Constant Force (CF) technology, which allows the arms to hold both displays in place securely, and still allow users to adjust eat display easily and smoothly, with one soft touch.

MonMount LCD-194 Dual LCD Monitor Stand (images from Amazon)


For users looking for cheaper dual monitor solution, there’s MonMount LCD-194 Dual LCD Monitor Stand. This stand clamps easily to almost any desk, and can hold two displays up to 26-inches in each side. It’s a simple and straightforward solution, yet is securely holds monitors in place. It’s very easy to assemble as well.


Design and Features

BenQ BL2205PT (image from Amazon)


Design wise, the BenQ BL2205PT is straight up utilitarian – no fancy aesthetics that screams specific use, and no design flairs that may pump the price higher. Rather, it sports the basic slightly rough all-black matte finish.

This monitor comes in three pieces, which means it requires assembly. The bottom of the stand is screwed through captive screw, while the display uses loose screw, which means you should be careful not to lose the screws, and hold the monitor’s stand in right position. It’s easy to setup, but it does require a few minutes to assemble completely.

 

Buttons and Controls

BenQ BL2205PT (image from Amazon)


The rear right hand side of the monitor cabinet houses the five control buttons, plus the Power button. They are strategically placed at the back of the cabinet and come with nice labels that indicates their functions. These buttons allows easy navigation of the OSD (On-Screen Display) of the monitor.

 

Basic Connectivity Options

For its inputs/outputs, this BenQ monitor comes with all the basic ports you will need for everyday computing. There’s one VGA, one DVI and one DisplayPort 1.2 port. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have an HDMI port, which could be an issue should you wish to connect multimedia devices such as media streamers, game consoles, etc.

For its audio, the DisplayPort connection will head straight to the speakers, but you can use another connection for the 3.5mm stereo input jack. There’s also an output jack to pipe the audio out to the headphones instead.

 

A Pair of 1W Speakers

BenQ paired the fast response time of this monitor with a pair of 1W speakers. It is in no way impressive, but it works, and can be good enough for office use.

 

Fully Adjustable and Ergonomic Stand

BenQ BL2205PT (image from Amazon)


The utilitarian design of BenQ BL2205PT goes all the way to its stand. The circular base of the monitor also sports the same matte black finish. Fortunately, the stand keeps up to its utilitarian design, as it allows full ergonomic adjustments, from tilt, swivel, height adjust to pivot, which allows the screen to rotate and switch from landscape to portrait mode, and vice versa. It allows ±45˚ swivel, 4.3 inch height adjustment range, and -5/20 ˚ tilt.

The stand also comes with a tidying clip for easy cable management, while the cabinet has Kensington lock to secure the monitor to the desk.

Also, the monitor has VESA-compliant mounting holes (100x100mm), which means mounting the monitor to a third party monitor stand with articulating arm, or fully adjustable monitor mounts or wall mounts is possible. As other mid-sized monitors out there, the BL2205PT is a good option for dual monitor or even triple monitor setup, as many dual monitor stand and triple monitor stand out there can accommodate such screen sizes.

 

Tech Specs

For its cables, BenQ only included the VGA cable, which means you should purchase DisplayPort and DVI cable separately, should you wish for a clearer digital connection. They however, included the main cable, as well as the Power cord.

 

Bottom Line

The BenQ BL2205PT is obviously far from perfect, and BenQ understands that. It’s an all-around monitor for basic all-around use, which is why it is packaged with simple and effective style. The standard Full HD resolution certainly looked good in the small 22-inch screen, while the fully-adjustable stand offers good office ergonomics. After all, BenQ is lobbying it for basic office use.

The colour accuracy is weak, which means basic image editing or even putting presentations together can become a problem. It has poor gamma control and sub-par viewing angles.

If you’re looking for a monitor with slightly better panel quality, then you can opt for BenQ GW2270, which sports VA panel for better overall image quality and resolution for screen size, really good value for your money.

All in all, BenQ BL2205PT is a good monitor for general office use, where users can take full advantage of its versatility and adjustability. Image quality and colour accuracy are only good for basic computing, like word processing, but if that’s all you will need, then you can definitely save a lot of money on this product and enjoy its ergonomic features. Also, if you intend to double your work monitor for gaming, then this is a great option, as it runs with fast response time for smooth gameplay.

For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!



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