Best 22-inch LCD Monitors

A Selection of the Best 22-inch LCDs for a Variety of Different Tasks

22-inch screens have lost much of their market due to the ever decreasing costs of the 24-inch displays. They still offer many of the same features and even resolutions as the larger panels but are slightly more compact for those that might have limited space for their computer. With this in mind, here are the picks for some of the best 22-inch LCD monitors for a variety of different uses and prices.

It seems that $100 is pretty much the lowest cost one can find for a small monitor and there are lots to choose from. The HP Pavilion 21.5-inch display sets itself apart from other displays because it offers an IPS technology panel. Most low-cost displays tend to use TN panels which while faster have narrow viewing angles and less than stellar color. Brightness is good but not great from its LED edge lighting but it still is sufficient for most users and the ultra slim design and bezel make it so that it can fit into just about any environment. Resolution is typical for monitors of this size at 1920x1080 which allows for full 1080p high definition video. Video connectors include HDMI and VGA. The stand only supports tilt but this is common to most low-cost displays.

With larger displays being more popular, many companies do not offer premium displays at the 22-inch size. ViewSonic is one of the few that have put together a display that is compact but packs in a lot of features. It uses an IPS-based 21.5-inch display panel with a resolution of 1920x1080 with a modest 250cd/m^2 brightness level and an anti-glare coating. This makes it a great display that can be used is just about any location unlike many of the glossy coating models that can't handle bright light. Color and viewing angles are great. In addition to the display, it also includes a pair of 1.5 Watt speakers which is missing in most display in this size range. Video connectors include HDMI, DVI, and VGA. Sadly, it still only features tilt adjustment for the stand.

Gaming is all about the speed of the display so that it can generate a fluid image when there is fast motion on the screen. Both response times and refresh rates are critical for these. Sadly there are not many displays in the 22-inch range that offer refresh rates of 120Hz so response times are the key factor. The ASUS VX228H is a good choice thanks to its 1ms response time and a 21.5-inch panel that provides it with a 1920x1080 resolution for high definition gaming. One nice feature is that it comes with two HDMI ports so that it can be used with a PC as well as a game console if you so desire. There is a pair of speakers built into it but they offer limited potential.

Since the release of Windows 8, the touchscreen is becoming a much more important feature for navigating and using the computer. Desktops typically do not feature this but there is a growing market for touch enabled monitors. For the 22-inch screen size, Dell's S2240T offers a relatively affordable option with a price. It uses the VA panel technology which is popular with TVs but not used in many monitors. It offers a nice balance of color and viewing angles while still having decent speed. The screen features a native 1920x1080 resolution and is covered with edge to edge glass and a capacitive touch system. To make it even more useful as a touchscreen, the stand also allows the screen to lay nearly flat. Video connectors include HDMI, DVI, and VGA. There is a USB port for communicating with the system for the touch positioning.

Graphics work requires a high level of color support. Typically, this requires more expensive technology such as IPS display panels which provides the best overall color. Sadly, most of the companies that specialized in such displays have moved to only larger displays. This leaves mostly alright but not great choices for those that need a small display. Dell's Professional series uses IPS displays that offer good color but not the color gamut is still limited but better than most. The nice thing is that the stand offers a wide range of adjustments including height, swivel, and pivot that is not generally found on these small displays. It does come with two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports in addition to the DisplayPort, HDMI and VGA connectors.


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