REVIEW: Packard Bell Maestro 220Wdv Part 5
The cover and aluminium base are both finished to a very high standard. The various cover sections fit snugly together and there is no cracking or creaking when the cover is touched. The edges of the base are rounded and contribute further to the LCD’s high-quality appearance.
However, the tilting mechanism leaves a lot to be desired, since it does not function very accurately and can also cause the monitor to fall over when it is tilted forward.
The Maestro 220Wdv’s internal power unit gives off a light humming noise in use, in standby and even when the monitor is switched off (soft off mode). Depending on the noise produced by the PC used, this humming is either barely audible or completely inaudible, but if a silent system is being used, the noise can disturb the user.
Since there is no power switch, the monitor can only be separated from the mains by either unplugging it or switching off the socket.
When the Packard Bell Maestro 220Wdv is in use, the LED is illuminated blue; in standby mode, the LED is orange. The brightness of the LED is never disturbing, even in a darkened room.
Packard Bell states that the maximum power consumption of the Maestro 220Wdv is 60 watts when the unit is in use and three watts in standby mode. No details are provided for usage in soft off mode. We used a measuring device to check the power consumption.
The power consumption is very good for a 22-inch LCD. However, power usage in standby mode varies between 1.3 and 1.9 watts, which is unusual.
Connections on the Packard Bell Maestro 220Wdv are located at the back of the monitor and are not very easily accessible because of the short monitor arm. The LCD features a power connection, two D-Sub inputs and a digital DVI-D connection. In addition, there is an audio connection for the integrated speakers.
The Packard Bell Maestro 220Wdv has two analogue and one digital connection as well as an audio connection, all located on the back of the monitor.
The two built-in speakers with a capability of 2 x 2,5 watts have an acceptable sound quality. The bass is very weak, but this is typical of integrated speakers in almost all LCD monitors. The integrated speakers are no match for good external speakers.
The silver buttons and their labelling of the same colour are very visible on the black covering of the Maestro 220Wdv, even in poor lighting. The buttons have good tactile feedback and can be used comfortably.
Buttons on the Packard Bell Maestro 220Wdv.
The structure of the OSD is a little unusual, but this is not a disadvantage as it simply takes a little getting used to. Menus and functions can be selected simply and quickly using three buttons.
The MENU button calls up the OSD. With the OSD, this button allows the user to change from menu to menu or select functions or settings. The and buttons are used to navigate through the menus and to set values.
The AUTO switches the monitor automatically to analogue mode without the need to go through the menu. The monitor can be switched on and off using the button. The INPUT button allows the user to choose the signal input. The button calls up the volume menu for the integrated speakers.
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