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BenQ FP202W

The FP202W belongs to the recently established class of entry-level 20” monitors that not only have humble characteristics but also a very low price, less than $450. But unlike the above-described Acer AL2017, it is based on a matrix with a full native resolution of 1680x1050. It is, however, TN+Film, too.

The monitor looks elegant and imposing notwithstanding the utter simplicity of design: it has a simple black case with a thin screen bezel and a neat rectangular base. It doesn’t look at all that it is one of the cheapest models available on the market. The monitor also turns to be surprisingly low due to its widescreen matrix. In the Acer monitors reviewed in the previous sections the size of the matrix was compensated by the large case and the under-screen speakers. Here, nothing conceals the wideness of the matrix.

The monitor proves to be rather large in profile. It has a thick case and a massive stand. The latter only permits to change the tilt of the screen.

But you can replace the stand with a standard VESA-compatible mount. The monitor has mounting holes for the latter, they are covered with a decorative cap in the photo. The monitor’s native stand must be removed before doing that.

The FP202W has analog and digital inputs, which is an obvious advantage because it’s more convenient to control the monitor via the digital interface and there also may be problems with the quality of the image provided by the analog interface at 1680x1050 resolution. It has an integrated power adapter.

The monitor’s controls are an example of how monitor’s controls must not be implemented! They are placed in a groove in an edge of the case and are labeled there, too. As a result, you can’t see the buttons when you’re sitting at the monitor but using them by touch is inconvenient, too, because there are as many as eight buttons, all shaped identically. So, if you want to set up this monitor, you have to turn it round so that its edge was before your eyes or you have to stand up from your chair to look at its side panel. Well, I can understand the manufacturer’s logic. They didn’t put buttons or at least labels on the front panel in order not to spoil its restrained appearance, yet I can’t approve of that logic. I think ergonomics should be more important than exterior design, especially in inexpensive products.

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