Review: Iiyama ProLite B2206WS

Our score: 5/5
Reviewed: May 3, 2009 11:00 PM
 
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Published: May 3, 2009 11:00 PM
By Alexandre Botella
Iiyama has launched the Prolite B2206WS: a 22'' 2 ms screen that has an advanced base that you can adjust vertically and has a pivot mode. This has become fairly rare on 22'' screens. This is also a responsive screen (a response time of 2 ms is designed for games so that there isn’t too much blurring in movement) with speakers that you can fall back on if you don't have any others.

Faithful to the brand, this 22'' has a sobre design with matte black base and bezel. The panel res is not Full HD or 1920 x 1080p. You have to make do with 1680 x1050 (16/10 format): you’ll have less detail than on a Samsung P2270 but what is displayed will be larger and more legible.

The screen also comes with a pair of speakers but no headphones out. There’s a VGA and DVI for video connections but Iiyama has not included an HDMI socket – this is a shame and means we aren’t able to award a fourth star for ergonomics. It is all the same a model that compares with the Hyundai W220D.


Colours

After having left the colours time to warm up there’re no obvious faults. The sensor, more precise and demanding than we are, does however detect a slight red tinge that is almost invisible to the naked eye.

The average difference between the colours requested by the graphics card and those displayed by the monitor, in other words the DeltaE, is only 2.6. To put this in context, anything under 3 is completely imperceptibe to the untrained eye.


The contrast is not bad either. At above 900:1, where the average is 750:1, this screen is again near the top of the pile.

The only reproach we have is on panel technology. The TN panel, like all TNs, has a reduced viewing angle that quickly darkens when you’re not right in front of it. It also suffers from a lack of homogeneity of colours, as you can see in the photo of the screen that is supposed to show an orange circle on a black background.
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Gaming


The B2206WS will be able to handle rapid movement, which should please gamers. It will be perfectly at ease, whether word processing or in the most demanding FPS games such as Quake or Unreal.

Those who play on line or in a network will also be very pleasantly surprised: it has no display delay. This means no delay between the action and what the screen displays, something that is very rare for any screen.

5/5 Iiyama ProLite B2206WS DigitalVersus 2009-05-04 00:00:00

Pros

  • High contrast and faithful colours on default
  • Good responsiveness
  • Zero input lag
  • Very adjustable for a 22''

Cons

  • TN panel = viewing angles
  • No HDMI socket

Conclusion

This excellent 22'' combines good solid hardware, excellent responsiveness and good colour fidelity. On the downside, it has a TN panel that might be a problem for demanding photographers because of imperfect colour homogeneity.

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