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This is a typical menu of a BenQ monitor. It is quite user-friendly, but its advantages are negated by the above-mentioned problem with the position of the control buttons. The selection of setup options is ordinary enough for that product class. Quick access is provided to the brightness and contrast settings, to switching between the inputs and between the three presets (Movie 1, Movie 2 and Photo).

By default, the monitor has 90% brightness and 50% contrast. I achieved a 100nit brightness of white by selecting 60% brightness and 37% contrast.

It’s all well with the horizontal viewing angles (white doesn’t turn into yellow on modern TN+Film matrixes as it used to; such matrixes are in fact comparable to MVA and PVA in this parameter, being only inferior to S-IPS). But on taking a look from below or above the screen, you can see a thing very typical of TN+Film technology: the image becomes either very dark or exceedingly bright, depending on your angle of sight. The vertical viewing angles aren’t as important for widescreen matrixes as the horizontal ones (because the height of a 20” widescreen matrix almost equals that of an ordinary 17” matrix and is 3cm smaller than that of an ordinary 19” one), yet they are as poor with TN+Film as to be noticeable.

Well, at least the manufacturer honestly specified the viewing angles by a contrast drop to 10:1 (many other manufacturers have begun to measure the viewing angles of TN+Film matrixes by a contrast drop to 5:1; when measured like that, a viewing angle of 140 degrees miraculously turns into a viewing angle of 160 degrees; with other matrix types, however, the viewing angles are 170-178 degrees even if measured by a contrast drop to 10:1).

Color gradients are reproduced incorrectly on this monitor. They look striped at any brightness/contrast values (on many monitors the stripes disappear at the default settings; such settings, however, usually have an uncomfortably high brightness and can’t be used normally). The colors look somewhat unnatural, too.

The color curves look good, though. The gamma is lower than necessary, but by not too much. The FP202W carefully reproduces all colors, and the curves do not change their shape when you change the contrast setting in the monitor’s menu (it is often the case with many monitors that the curves look well at the default settings, but the monitor stops to distinguish between darks as soon as you set its contrast lower than the default value).

The monitor’s color temperature is set up surprisingly well. There is a small difference between the levels of gray in any of the available modes, and the average temperature is close to the nominal one. The monitor doesn’t offer very cold (9300K) or very warm (5400K) modes, but this doesn’t matter much since monitors of this class are expected to work at 6000-7500K which corresponds to typical applications and to typical home and office lighting. The FP202W offers as many as three modes in the mentioned temperature range.

The monitor doesn’t have response time compensation and is rather slow, but its speed isn’t too bad if compared with other RTC-less models. The full response time is a little over 25 milliseconds at the maximum – it can be over 30 milliseconds on many other monitors. The above-described Acer AL2017 has a max response time of 25 milliseconds, though.

The contrast ratio is low. It is only higher than 200:1 at the max settings. A modest result, even for TN+Film technology which has never had a real good contrast.

So, the FP202W seems to be suitable for office use and for undemanding home users. Its ergonomic properties are awful (the control buttons are placed in a very improper place), it shows stripes in smooth color gradients, it has a low contrast ratio and a not-very-fast matrix. All this is not really a problem for an office monitor, but if you like to watch movies or play dynamic games, you can hardly be satisfied with the FP202W. The good thing about this monitor is its low price. You could only buy a 19” model for that money just a little while ago. Today, you can buy a 20” FP202W which is overall quite a satisfactory product and even has a digital input!

 
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