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REVIEW / Dell 2209WA

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Alexandre Botella Published on March 24, 2009
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  • Screen size 22 inches
  • Panel type IPS
  • Resolution 1680 x 1050 pixels
  • Response time 6 ms
  • Inputs (HDMI / DVI / VGA / Component) 0 / 1 / 1 / 0
  • Other details Rotates, height-adjustable, can be wall-mounted<br>4 port USB hub
With a rapid response time, a base that allows all possible movements (it pivots and is adjustable up and down...), open angles of vision and even colours: Dell has given us the screen that many have been waiting for.

As with the majority of the manufacturer's monitors, the 2209WA has a sober but elegant design. Dell did not go for integration of a Display Port or HDMI on this 22'' screen, leaving just VGA and DVI inputs, although it also acts as a four port USB hub, with two USB ports at the front and two more on the side.

On IPS screens, colours are even
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An averge 2 ms TN is at 0.8 for coloured ghosting-this eIPS does better!

Its excellent responsiveness means it can be forgiven for a minimum of ghosting on rapid movement. It will be perfectly at ease in all types of game, and it will handle office work with no problem at all. For those who don't like to play on their own the 2209WA is also what they need, with an input lag of under 1 image. Multiplayer games will not suffer from any delay between action and reproduction on screen. Only one point is really lacking: 120 Hz--although that may well be along time coming for all monitors.


  At first the 2209WA doesn't appear to suffer from any colour handling problems. However the sensor highlights a problem surrounding the handling of brightness in grey shades, in the gamma in other words. The deltaE reading suffers as a result and scores only 3.6. This isn't bad but the best monitors go down below 2, and no imrovement is possible via the OSD


As so often on monitors, the upscaling is very poor. On the 2209WA, the flickering is well contained but the low contrast ratio gives blacks that are grey more than anything else.

Because of this problem, the 2009WA will always be your last choice for watching movies, but for everything else, it's a great all-rounder.  Gamers have every reason to like it, for office work its flexibility is very practical and when on the right settings, this screen is perfect for working on your photos. Lets hope other eIPS screens appear on the market soon!
IPS: the dream technology?
TN screens are often faulted because of a lack of homogeneity and their reduced angle of vision (tending towards black when viewed from above). IPS technology does better, but is not however without faults.

The first concerns energy consumption, almost two times that of a TN screen. The 2209WA consumes at best 59 W, as against about 30 W for a 22'' TN set to the same brightness.

The second problem supposed not to feature with the eIPS (evolution of the IPS) is the contrast ratio, not as high as on the other technologies. Our test results for the 2209WA seemed unable to confirm this, though.

The last problem is the temperature generated by these monitors. The 2209WA gets up to 45°C, as much as a 26'' TN.


  • Flexible positioning
  • Good responsiveness
  • Minimal input lag


  • Poor handling of gamma
  • Contrast: lack of depth in blacks


With its eIPS screen, the 2209WA ticks more boxes than the TNs we've seen recently. It is overall just as good as the best of them, with the bonus of wide open viewing angles ...
5 Dell 2209WA DigitalVersus 2009-03-24 00:00:00
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