Dell 2209WA

The 2209WA is a monitor with very few flaws. While we'd love to see 1:1 scaling, and the inset screen may cause some users grief, we wouldn't mind two of these sitting on our desk. This is the best 22-inch monitor we've seen.


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Design and features
Dell's 2209WA is a screen, we expect, that will be snapped up rather quickly. It's an eIPS based, 22-inch screen with a resolution of 1,680x1,050, 300cd/m² brightness, 1,000:1 typical contrast ratio monitor, with a 6ms grey-to-grey response time — and it's only AU$459.

Dell quotes an 83 per cent coverage of the CIE1976 gamut — for reference, the 3008WFP weighs in at 117 per cent, and the 2709W and 2408WFP at 110 per cent of CIE1976. Regardless, colour representation is excellent without the tendency to ramp the reds and greens, a trait often seen with today's "wide gamut" monitors.

The panel itself is set in quite deeply from the surface of the bezel — around 8mm — which causes a few problems. Firstly, the bottom of the screen appears to be darkened slightly, like a shadow, and secondly the inside of the bezel tends to reflect the contents of the screen, which can be distracting. Neither of these are deal breakers, but can annoy. We found we adjusted after a period of use.

Inputs are limited to DVI and VGA, curious considering Dell's pushing of DisplayPort. A USB hub is built-in, with four extra USB ports being supplied as a result — two on the left-hand side, two on the underside of the monitor. There's also a small card that extends from behind the USB ports on the left — this contains monitor info on the front, and various certifications on the back. This is handy if you have to get support for your monitor — all the details are now right in front of you, rather than having to turn the screen around. Incidentally, the info card listed our review sample as a first run revision, A00.

At the bottom right of the screen the menu buttons are featured, with the power button at the bottom. The power button is the only one that's lit, in blue at that, while the others stay lifeless unlike the 2709W. Also unlike the 2709W, these buttons are mechanical, not touch based — but the on-screen display is still similar.

Offered in the menu is brightness and contrast settings, colour space settings (RGB/YPbPr), a mode selection between "Graphics" and "Video" and some preset video modes. We'd suggest you forgo the included "Standard", "Multimedia", "Game", "Warm" and "Cool" settings, and go straight for "Custom". Switching from Graphics to Video mode, hue and saturation options appear, as well as a few other preset video modes you should never use, and that's about it.

Disappointingly, there's no 1:1 scaling mode offered — only "Fill" and "4:3" modes. Interestingly, sharpness adjustments are allowed on DVI, and thankfully the pure marketing exercise that is dynamic contrast can be turned off.

The stand is extremely solid, with a black square foot and silver neck. It offers swivel, tilt, height and rotate functions, and the panel can be detached from the stand — a lot of these are a rarity on 22-inch monitors. Cable management is offered through a hole in the neck.

Performance
The 2209WA ate DisplayMate for breakfast, then flew in more DisplayMate to have for lunch, showing smooth gradients and displaying all 255 monochrome shades. Movie watching was a joy, as was our Half-Life 2: Episode 2 gaming session, with no noticeable detractions.

The 2209WA is a monitor with very few flaws. While we'd love to see 1:1 scaling, and the inset screen may cause some users grief, we wouldn't mind two of these sitting on our desk. This is the best 22-inch monitor we've seen.

The Dell 2209WA should be available online in Australia from January 20.

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nnamreoh
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nnamreoh posted a review   

The Good:viewing angle, boxing and stand

The Bad:sometimes inverter whistling

Nice and durable built monitor, easy use and handling.
the IPS panel stands for a lot better watching foto shows with the hole family ;-)

tony
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tony posted a review   

The Good:very good ips panel comparing with price. good for watching movies, graphics editing and watching tv with this monitor.

The Bad:doesn't have full hd resolution, need little bit more response time for hardcore gamers.

i choose this monitor because i watch tv through the computer.
so, for watching tv in a monitor, I need to have ips panel because its color clarity will not change if ur looking at different angle.
And for multi viewers ips panel is best option. And i can also afford much more money.
so, i feel this is best monitor to buy which will be convenient for me.
If u can't afford to spend much more money, then this monitor is the best option to buy.
if u want ips panel in cheaper rate, then till now dell is providing best cheap ips panel in the market.

lorem ipsum
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lorem ipsum posted a review   

The Good:ips, price(AU$340), angle, design, sharpness, colors, stand, cable menagment,

The Bad:none

inset problems? what are you talking about? its gorgeous

Leex
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Leex posted a review   

Best 22" LCD with affordable price.

Chris
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Chris posted a review   

The Good:IPS Display

The Bad:no Display Port need for EyeFinity YEAH!!!!!

Awesome for Games

Val
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Val posted a review   

The Good:colors, view angle

The Bad:nothing

very very good monitor, highly recommended

 

Gonzo posted a comment   

The Good:colours, sharp view

The Bad:don't know

I really enjoy working on this monitor! I highly recomend it for graphic

libek
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libek posted a review   

It,s a high class monitor for so little:)

SerialK
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SerialK posted a review   

The Good:Affordable IPS, size, stand is AWESOME

The Bad:I want one more :P

Been using it for a year and with a monitor calibrator it is a VERY good option for photo editing with an eye on budget (of course you could always go "the eizo way" if you have tons of money in your pockets)


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User Reviews / Comments  Dell 2209WA

  • nnamreoh

    nnamreoh

    Rating8

    "Nice and durable built monitor, easy use and handling.
    the IPS panel stands for a lot better watching foto shows with the hole family ;-)"

  • tony

    tony

    Rating9

    "i choose this monitor because i watch tv through the computer.
    so, for watching tv in a monitor, I need to have ips panel because its color clarity will not change if ur looking at differen..."

  • lorem ipsum

    lorem ipsum

    Rating9

    "inset problems? what are you talking about? its gorgeous"

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