REVIEW: Dell 2209WA (s) Part 15
Whilst the player used automatically switches to the correct target resolution for the playback of video material via the PC, the result for external playback with a Blu-ray player is completely different.
Although the Dell 2209WA manages every resolution which is set up in the player and also processes interlaced signals without complaint, a 16:9 image format is always stretched to 16:10. Since the Dell 2209WA only offers full screen and 4:3 display, there is only one option for preventing a stretched image. If the aspect ratio in the external player is set to 4:3 and a resolution of 576p is selected and the image format also set to 4:3 in the OSD of the Dell 2209WA, the result is a justified display, but with black borders at all four sides.
Playback via Blu-ray player: 16:9 image format stretched to 16:10.
Playback via Blu-ray player (576p): 4:3 image format for player and monitor.
This result is somewhat disappointing. In conclusion, it can be said that it is not possible to have real video enjoyment with the Dell 2209WA, in any case if this is the playback of films or videos from external Blu-ray or DVD players.
However, at this point we must not forget that Dell did not design the 2209WA as a multimedia monitor and therefore, the result in the DVD section should not be regarded too critically.
The Dell 2209WA convinces with a simple yet elegant design. There is nothing left to be desired in the area of ergonomics; the mechanics function perfectly and the manufacturing quality offered is excellent.
Also positive is the homogenous illumination and very good image quality in the factory settings. Here, the e-IPS panel plays out its strengths. Saturated but not exaggerated colours give reason for enthusiasm. Because of very good grey gradient display, banding is never an issue. After calibration to sRGB, the result can only be described as perfect.
The playback of videos and films is good – at least for PC playback. Here, too, the very good brightness distribution and grey level display are positive.
There is little room for criticism on the Dell 2209WA. In the otherwise flawless manufacturing quality, we noticed a gap of about 1 mm between the protective panel on the screen and the frame of the monitor. This makes it easier for dust to make its way inside.
The input lag makes an ambiguous impression. The deviations between half a frame and 2,5 frames are quite high, although the average value achieved is good. Professional gamers will unfortunately have to opt for a monitor with a TN panel.
The Dell 2209WA needs a long time until it can maintain the selected brightness and colour temperature constantly – generally between 50 and 60 minutes. However, changes in brightness are quickly implemented when the monitor is in use.
To summarise, however, the advantages of the monitor far outweigh the disadvantages and this makes the monitor clearly recommendable. The outstanding price-performance ratio is especially pleasing. For a retail price of less than 300 Euro –currently, there are even offers at 269 Euro-, the buyer receives a flexible 22-inch monitor with an IPS panel with the Dell 2209WA. This clear statement will give the competition something to chew on.
Overall rating: VERY GOOD
Technical specification: Dell 2209WA
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