REVIEW: Dell E228WFP
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Widescreen LCD monitors in 22-inch format are the height of fashion at the moment. This is due in no small part to Microsoft’s marketing campaign for the new Vista operating system, which has been promoting 22-inch monitors as well as the new product. Thus, it is not surprising that almost every manufacturer has launched at least one monitor of this size on the highly competitive LCD market over a short period of time.
For starters, all new 22-inch monitors have one thing in common: every one of them features a Twisted Nematic (TN) panel allowing for fast response times and predestining the screens for application in the area of gaming as well as for everyday use such as surfing the net and office work.
One of the last manufacturers to jump on the bandwagon, Dell has now added a similar 22" model with an aspect ratio of 16:10. Also featuring TN panel technology, the E228WFP is no exception to the rule. However, the devil is also in the detail for flat screens. Whether Dell’s effort in the new 22-inch widescreen LCD sector is good enough to get in on the act and whether the E228WFP has the mettle to hold a stable position within this league will be seen in our comprehensive review below.
Apart from the analogue image quality, which we tested using a VGA analogue connection, all test results published below were obtained via a digital (DVI) input. We tested the monitor using an ATI Sapphire Radeon X1950 PRO 512 MB and an Nvidia GeForce 8800GTX with the most up-to-date driver software available at the moment.
The des Dell E228WFP comes complete with a power cable, a D-Sub cable for analogue signal input and a DVI-D cable for digital input. A multilingual product information guide and a short Getting Started Guide with details on setting up the monitor and beginning to use it are also present in hard copy. A CD-ROM containing the INF monitor driver and an ICC colour profile as well as a comprehensive user guide in HTML format completes the scope of supply.
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