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REVIEW: Dell 2209WA (s)

Warranty LCD/Backlight (Years): 3 incl. Pickup Service
Max. pixel faults (according to ISO 13406-2): Class II
Panel size [inch]: 22
Pixel size [mm]: 0,282
Native resolution: 1.680 x 1.050 (16:10)
Visible screen size/diagonal [mm]: 474 x 296 / 559
Video-In, connector: 1 x D-Sub (analogue), 1 x DVI-D (digital), 1 x USB 2.0 uplink, 4 x USB 2.0 downlink, 1x 12 V power connector (for an optionally Dell soundbar)
Vertical frequency [Hz]: 56 - 75
Max. horizontal frequency/ video bandwidth [kHz/MHz]: 30 - 83 / -
Color mode preset/user: 5 / 1
LCD pivotable / portrait mode: Yes / Yes
LCD display arm option: Yes
Features: D-Sub VGA cable, DVI cable, USB cable, power cable, CD-ROM with user manual, quickstart guide
Dimensions (W x H x D) [mm]: 511,8 x 184,1 x 361,9 (with feet)
Weight [kg]: 5,33
Compliance: TCO '03, Energy Star, EPEAT silver
Power consumption On/Stand-by/Off [Watt]: 52 / < 1 / -
Test date: 27.03.2009
Picture stability: ++ (digital) ++ (analog)
Viewing angle dependency: ++
Contrast: +
Color space: +
Subjective impression of image quality: ++
Shades of gray resolution: ++
Brightness allocation: ++
Interpolation image quality: +
Fabrication of case/frame, mechanics: +
Operating, OSD: ++
Suitable for occasional gamer: +
Suitable for hardcore gamer: +/-
Suitable for DVD/Video: +
Price [incl. VAT. in Euros]: 299,00

++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad


With the Ultrasharp 2209WA, Dell has become the first manufacturer to bring a 22-inch monitor with an e-IPS panel (In-Plane-Switching) to the market. The "e" denotes a less expensive production process as compared with normal IPS panels, but still offers its advantages despite the low cost, and at the price of a TN panel.

A response time of just 6 ms (grey-to-grey) should also appeal to gamers. Although the connector options of the 2209WA are not exactly abundant with just a VGA and a DVI input, they are sufficient and HDCP control via the DVI connection allows for the playback of copy-protected DVD or Blu-ray content. An extended colour space (wide colour gamut) does not only bring advantages to a monitor. In any case, Dell has not included one with this model. This review will show whether the Dell 2209WA fulfils the expectations it has awoken.

The Dell 2209WA was connected and tested on the digital DVI output of a Radeon HD 4870. Calibration was carried out using the iColor software from Quato and an i1 colorimeter from X-rite. As an external player source for Blu-ray media, we used the Sony BDP-S 350 Blu-ray player. This was connected using a HDMI-DVI cable.

Scope of supply

Dell delivers the 2209WA in an unspectacular, simply printed and compact box. Less is often more. The base is packed well in a soft sheet and positioned in such a way as to ensure that it is not possible for it to slip and thereby scratch the screen. Furthermore, a Styrofoam layer protects the base and the screen as well as the accessories included. The monitor itself is also wrapped in a soft sheet and since Dell is not following the trend towards high-gloss surfaces, there is only a protective sheet on the panel.

The packaging of the Dell 2209W.

The scope of supply also contains a D-Sub VGA cable for the analogue connection and a DVI cable for the digital connection to the PC, a power cable and a USB Upstream cable. A simple getting started guide documents the first steps in pictures and a small number of words and otherwise, a product information booklet, consisting of 3 pages in various languages and of course the driver CD with a detailed user manual.

Accessories provided with the Dell 2209WA.

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