It's a 22'' display with a PVA panel—always a guarantee of wide viewing angles—and a native resolution of not 1680 x 1050 or 1920 x 1080 pixels, but 1920 x 1200 pixels. That means it can show more information at once than other 22'' displays, but your eyes will need to be on top form to be able to make the most of it.
Hardware: all that's missing is sound
If this was a monitor aimed at the general public, then we wouldn't be impressed by its austere design, blocky shape or thick frame that clash with current trends, but all of that is of secondary importance for professional users. More importantly, it has a height-adjustable stand that can rotate and pivot round to portrait mode. The SX2262W has two DVI inputs, alongside a single DisplayPort and a two-port USB hub.
Responsiveness: great for gaming
over 10 frames
As with IPS-based hardware, a response time of 6 ms on a PVA panel behaves visually like a 2 ms TN monitor, meaning that, in theory, this s should be able to meet the needs of gamers. When we tried it out, the SX226ZW didn't disappoint: although it's not the fastest 60 Hz screen out there (120 Hz displays are a different kettle of fish), it still displays fast-moving objects fluidly.
We measured an input lag that was a little higher than what we're used to, but still below the threshold of visual perception. The SX2262W is, therefore, a perfectly reasonable tool for gaming, whether you're by yourself or going multiplayer.
Colours: decent sRGB mode
Although the general design and responsiveness are both important criteria, it's the accuracy with which it reproduces colours that we use to judge screens like this.
Gamut in sRGB mode
The SX2262W is a wide-gamut monitor (see inset). To get back to traditional sRGB, you need to choose that mode, and for once, it does a pretty good job. Although it's not unusual for a wide gamut monitor to have this feature, the colours produced are rarely accurate.
In this case, the deltaE, or the average discrepancy between the colours requested by the graphics card and those shown on the monitor, is 2.5, underneath the level at which we consider colours to be reproduced accurately. There are still a few little problems though, like the colour temperature which too low, or greys which aren't bright enough. To get rid of these last problems, calibrating the monitor, or downloading a profile, is the only solution.
We were, however, a little disappointed by this monitor's contrast ratio. Deep blacks—and therefore contrast—are something that PVA technology traditionally struggles with. Here, we're hardly even at 870:1, or just a little bit better than the 850:1 average found on other monitors. The result doesn't change whether you use a brightness of 100 cd/m² or 200 cd/m².
- Great hardware
- Accurate colours using factory settings with good sRGB mode
- Energy consumption
- Contrast low for a PVA panel
If you're an imaging professional or a very demanding amateur, then the SX2262W could well be a great choice. If not, the Dell U2311H should have everything you need for a much more affordable price.