Philips 221V8LN 22-inch Gaming Monitor Review: So Much For So Little

Gaming monitors are often talked about in extreme terms. It’s mostly a matter of speed these days with screens now hitting the 500 Hz mark. With high performance comes high prices and that is another extreme. But what about the opposite end of the spectrum? How much gaming monitor can you get for seventy bucks? Philips’ answer is, “quite a lot, actually.”

The V-Line 221V8LN is a 22-inch VA panel with FHD resolution and very high native contrast. It also has wide gamut color, 75 Hz and FreeSync. And yes, you read right, it’s just $70. Let’s take a look.

Philips 221V8LN Specs

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Panel Type / Backlight VA / W-LED, edge array
Screen Size / Aspect Ratio 22 inches / 16:9
Max Resolution & Refresh Rate 1920×1080 @ 75 Hz
  FreeSync: 48-75 Hz
Native Color Depth & Gamut 8-bit / DCI-P3
Response Time (GTG) 4ms
Brightness (mfr) 250 nits
Contrast (mfr) 3,000:1
Speakers None
Video Inputs 1x HDMI 1.4, VGA
Audio 3.5mm headphone output
USB None
Power Consumption 14w, brightness @ 200 nits
Panel Dimensions 19.4 x 14.8 x 8.7 inches
WxHxD w/base (493 x 376 x 220mm)
Panel Thickness 1.8 inches (45mm)
Bezel Width Top/sides: 0.2 inch (6mm)
  Bottom: 0.7 inch (17mm)
Weight 5.7 pounds (2.6kg)
Warranty 3 years

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