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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
Rating:  
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

Introduction

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.

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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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