The Good 22-inch IPS panel. Excellent color and viewing angles. Great game performance. Fantastic price.
The Bad Zoom 1: 1. A plug-in monitor can cause panel display and shadow on the monitor.
The Bottom Line The 2209WA is a monitor with very few drawbacks. Although we would like to see a 1: 1 zoom, and the deposit screen can cause some users grief, we wouldn’t mind having two of them sitting on our desk. This is the best 22-inch monitor we’ve seen.
Design and features
We expect Dell’s 2209WA to be a screen that will quickly break down. It’s a 22-inch eIPS screen with 1680×1,050 resolution, 300 cd / m² brightness, a typical 1000: 1 contrast monitor, 6-month gray-to-gray response time – and it’s only $ 459.
Dell cites an 83 percent CIE1976 gamut coverage – for reference, the 3008WFP weighs in at 117 percent, and the 2709 watts and 2408 VFP at 110 percent CIE1976. Even so, the color rendering is excellent without the tendency to increase in red and green colors – a feature that can often be seen on today’s “wide gamut” monitors.
The panel itself is mounted deep enough from the surface of the frame – about 8 mm – which causes several problems. First, the bottom of the screen looks a bit dim, and second, the inside of the bezel tends to display screen content, which can be distracting. None of them are switches, but they can be annoying. We found that we had adjusted after the usage period.
Inputs are limited to DVI and VGA, interestingly, given that Dell is pushing DisplayPort. Built-in USB hub, which ships with four additional USB ports – two on the left, two on the bottom of the monitor. Also on the left is a small card that extends behind the USB ports. It contains information about the front monitor and various certificates on the back. This is handy if you need to get support for your monitor – all the details are right in front of you now without having to flip the screen. Incidentally, the info card lists our review sample as a first-run preview, A00.
At the bottom right of the screen are the menu buttons, at the bottom of the power button. The power button is the only one that lights up in blue, while the others remain inanimate unlike the 2709 watts. Also, unlike the 2709W, these buttons are mechanical, not touch-based – but the screen display is still similar.
The menu offers brightness and contrast settings, color space settings (RGB / YPbPr), a mode selection between Graphics and Video, and some pre-set video modes. We suggest that you opt out of the Standard, Multimedia, Game, Warm, and Cool settings and go straight to Custom. There is a transition from graphic mode to video mode, tint and saturation options, as well as several other pre-set video modes that you should never use, and this applies.
Unfortunately, 1: 1 zoom mode is not offered – only Fill and 4: 3 modes. Interestingly, the sharpness setting is allowed on DVI, and fortunately, purely marketing exercises that are a dynamic contrast can be turned off.
The stand is extremely sturdy, with a black square foot and silver throat. It offers rotation, tilt, height and rotation features, and the panel can be detached from the stand – many of which are uncommon on 22-inch monitors. Cable management is available through the neck opening.
The 2209WA ate DisplayMate for breakfast, then flew to DisplayMate to eat for lunch, displaying gradient gradients and displaying all 255 monochromatic shades. Watching the movies was a joy, like our Half-Life 2: Episode 2 game session, with no noticeable damage.