The Good The Dell P2210 has full, four-way ergonomic support, good movie and gaming performance, low cost, multiple USB ports, and one of the lowest carbon figures we’ve seen on the monitor.
The Bad The Dell P2210 renounces HDMI in favor of DisplayPort, suffers from apparent backlight bleeding and has problems distinguishing between dark gray and black.
The Bottom Line The Dell P2210 is an inexpensive, feature-rich choice for all your office and general-purpose computing needs.
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Dell’s 22-inch P2210 has a price tag of $ 240, but Dell is currently selling it for $ 209. For this price you get four-way ergonomic support, including adjusting screen height, panel rotation, rotation and tilt. The on-screen display (OSD) is easy to navigate and has one of the lowest carbon sizes we’ve seen on display. In addition, it has good movie and game scores. Unfortunately, Dell has abandoned HDMI in favor of DisplayPort, a less popular connection. This means that if you are looking for a 22-inch, low-cost monitor with a rich range of features and good performance, the P2210 will serve you well. If improved worldwide performance is more important, the Dell G2210 is the best choice.
Design and features
The 22-inch Dell P2210 is very similar to the G2210 in the front. It is clearly designed with angular features and matte black finish. The length is 0.6 inches short on all sides. In the middle of the bottom panel is a slightly raised, silver Dell logo. The panel has a depth of 1.25 inches (most of the 22-inch models we tested also have a panel depth of more than an inch); however, the back of the display, which houses the backlight, connection options, and ventilation system, extends another 1.5 inches, giving the monitor a full depth of approximately 2.75 inches. For a monitor of this size, the panel has an average length of 20.2 inches.
A rectangular stand measuring 11 inches wide by 7.25 inches deep. The height of the panel is adjustable by 4 inches. The distance from the bottom panel to the desktop is 1.2 inches. We only saw minimal fluctuation when we knocked the display on the sides; but with such a long and flat stand you really have to knock hard to lower it, even with the height of the panel extended to its fullest extent. The panel can rotate left 90 degrees, which is useful if you prefer portrait mode. It also rotates left and right about 45 degrees and tilts back about 25 degrees.
Dell includes DVI, VGA and DisplayPort connectivity options. Access to the connections proved difficult, as they were largely supportive; however, rotating the display greatly simplifies access. Oddly enough, there is no HDMI connection, which is the basis for most monitors. We consider the choice of Dell DisplayPort over HDMi a flawed step because there are few devices that use DisplayPort and most gaming consoles, DVRs and DVD / Blu-ray players have HDMI connections. On the left side of the panel there are two USB ports downstream, and on the back panel, next to the VGA port, there is one top and two additional USB ports down.
The display screen matches Dell’s stellar design with no labels last seen on the Dell SX2210. Four buttons align the bottom right corner of the panel. Pressing any of the buttons brings up an on-screen menu that pops up parallel to the array of buttons, and each option corresponds to one of four buttons. As soon as a new menu appears, the button function changes dynamically as the top two buttons become the up and down arrow buttons used to navigate the recently displayed menu. Since any button labels for the OSD are actually on the screen (which would be on the panel of other displays), calibrating the display in a dark room proved to be painless.
OSD options include standard brightness, contrast, and different color settings. The previous settings are divided into two categories: Graphics and Video. There are six graphic presets to choose from: Standard, Multimedia, Gaming, Warm, Cool, and of course, Special. Embedded videos: Movies, Games, Sports & Nature. The presets change nothing but the balance of red, green and blue, so how well each parameter works will be subjective. There are options for adjusting the hue and color saturation, as well as additional options for adjusting the on-screen on-screen display to one minute (useful for those who spend a lot of time calibrating) and more.
The Dell P2210 16:10 aspect ratio has an output resolution of 1680×150 pixels. The trend of 16: 9 monitors now covering the market has produced many smaller monitors that have a higher resolution than they could at 16:10. The 22-inch (or 21.5) 16: 9 aspect ratio has a potential native resolution of 1 920×1,080 pixels. It is unfortunate that Dell did not include it here, as high-definition content, including movies with 1080p resolution, can fit 980×180 pixels without distorting the image.
|Pixel-response rate: 5ms|
|Contrast ratio: 1000:1|
|Connectivity: DVI, VGA, DisplayPort|
|HDCP compliant? Yes|
|Included video cables? DVI, VGA|
|Backlight type: CCFL|
|Panel type: TN|
|Aspect Ratio: 16:10|
We tested the Dell P2210 with its DVI connection. The display shows a composite score of 87 on CNET lab performance tests. We compared it to the 22-inch NEC Multisync EA221WM, which scored 91. The P2210 found it difficult to produce a dark gray in our extreme gray test, indicating that it may have problems displaying dark details in movies and photos . In our color band tests that test the color band, the P2210 turned out to be a bit worse than the EA221WM, suggesting that Dell may have color band problems in certain applications.
Dell P2210 reaches a brightness of 259 cand. Per square meter (cd / M2) – lower than the declared maximum of 300 cd / M2. The EA221WM came out a little worse with a brightness of 241 cd / m2. During our testing on the dark screen, both monitors showed significant backlight bleeding on the top and bottom edges of the displays.
Our Kill Bill: Vol 1 DVD ghost test gave minimal ghost to both Dell and NEC. We played the movie in the appropriate movie screen of each monitor. The pre-installed NEC movie turned out to be too bright and we preferred to use the standard mode for this monitor. Although the Dell movie was well displayed in the movie mode, the colors were not as complete and the black level was not as low as in the standard NEC modes.
Unreal Tournament 3 looked great, running at 1680×1.050. The Dell p2210 couldn’t display the game as bright and colorful as the Acer G24, but I think we were spoiled by the game on the monitor.
The optimum viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front of it, about a quarter of the screen down from the top. From this angle, you view the colors and gamut by destination. Most monitors are made for viewing only at this angle. The image quality at sub-optimal angle depends on the type of panel. Like most monitors, the Dell P2210 uses a device that becomes too bright or too dark when viewed from sub-optimal angles. When we viewed the P2210 from the sides or from below, the screen seemed only a few inches darker than the optimal angle. From the sides, the text is still readable until it is approximately 80 degrees. When viewed from below, the text becomes indistinguishable at about 60 degrees, but never gets too dark. Of course, when viewed from the optimum angle, we had no problems.
Dell P2210’s default power / power tests were only 20.14 watts, which is less than the Dell G2210’s green monitor of 20.56. The NEC had a significant carbon area of 39.61 watts. Based on our formula, the P2210 will cost $ 6.38. US per year. Compare this to the G2210 $ 6.46 a year and the NEC EA221WM $ 24.57, and you are beginning to see significant savings.
|Dell P2210||Average watts per hour|
|On (Default Luminance)||20.14|
|On (Max Luminance)||22.71|
|On (Min Luminance)||10.24|
|Calibrated (200 cd/m2)||19.8|
|Annual energy cost||$6.38|
Brightness (cd / m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
22-inch Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ
280 Dell SX2210 21.5-Inch
270 ViewSonic VX2255wm FuHzion 22-Inch
266 Dell P2210 22 Inch
259 Lenovo L215p 21.5-inch
249 22 inch Dell G2210
245 Viewsonic VLED221wm 22-inch
245 22 “NEC MultiSync EA221WM
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell SX2210 21.5-Inch
1094:1 ViewSonic VX2255wm FuHzion 22-Inch
1057:1 22 “NEC MultiSync EA221WM
1052:1 22-inch Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ
1024:1 22 inch Dell G2210
1009:1 Dell P2210 22 Inch
1008:1 Lenovo L215p 21.5-inch
968:1 Viewsonic VLED221wm 22-inch
DisplayMate Performance Test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
22 inch Dell G2210
97 Dell SX2210 21.5-Inch
94 Lenovo L215p 21.5-inch
93 22 “NEC MultiSync EA221WM
91 22-inch Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ
89 Dell P2210 22 Inch
87 Viewsonic VLED221wm 22-inch
86 ViewSonic VX2255wm FuHzion 22-Inch
Learn more about how we test LCD monitors
Service and support
Dell supports the P2210 with a solid warranty, including a three-year spare parts and back-up warranty. It also offers 24-7 toll-free support, 24-7 web chat, and 24- to 48-hour fast email rotation – a better package than most monitor providers that do not offer weekend support. Navigating the Dell Web site and finding drivers, guides, and quick guides was easy and easy.