Envision G218a1 22 in. Widescreen Monitor
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 12-07-2008
Provided by: Geeks

The Envision G218a1 is just what we would expect from a budget 22” widescreen monitor. Everyday use of the G218a1 is everything you need it to be: the response time is good enough for gaming, there is no backlight bleeding, and the display is crystal clear. While the colors aren't perfect, they certainly get the job done. In typical low-priced display fashion, the stand has limited adjustments and the speakers aren't amazing. As with the color quality, though, they both get the job done.

Objective testing highlighted some of the display's weaker points. The contrast ratio and brightness of the display really diminished its potential for producing stellar images. Adjustments to the factory default settings resulted in worsening the already mediocre light and dark saturation of colors. The display also showed heavy ghosting during testing. Finally, the viewing angle of the display is very low, providing inaccurate colors even at 0 degrees angle with the center of the display.

At just over $160 USD at Geeks.com, the Envision G218a1 isn't priced to be a perfect monitor, and it certainly is not. It is, however, priced to get the job done, and it does do that. If you've got a budget build, but you need the screen real-estate of a 22” widescreen monitor, the Envision G218a1 is definitely worth a look.

An ideal candidate for the budget, everyday use monitor, the Envision G218a1 earns the OCIA.net Seal of Approval.

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