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REVIEW / Iiyama Prolite E2208HDS

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Vincent Alzieu Published on October 29, 2008
Updated on October 29, 2008
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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Screen size 22 inches
  • Panel type TN
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Response time 5 ms
  • Inputs (HDMI / DVI / VGA / Component) 0 / 1 / 1 / 0
  • Other details 2 x 1 W speakers
Things are changing in the world of 22'' monitors: this is the first model that we've tested to sport a Full HD 1980 x 1080 pixel screen. 

What's more, it's no more expensive than a 'regular' 22'' LCD which only supports the lower 1680 x 1050 pixel resolution.  So: a higher resolution screen for the same price--where's the catch?  It certainly isn't with the power consumption, which is a perfectly acceptable 35 W.

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In short, this monitor is acceptable for your home office or watching movies, but not gaming.  A lot of productivity applications benefit from the higher resolution: you can see more columns on your spreadsheet,  for instance, or look at two documents side by side, provided you don't mind the text size being a little on the small side.  Equally, you can work with a source document on one side and your output on the other for creating web pages or presentations, for example, bringing some of the functionality of a dual-monitor setup onto just one screen.

For movies, the improved Full HD resolution brings some obvious benefits, but to get the most out of it, it's best to make sure you're sitting far away and directly in line with the monitor.  Without an image correction chip, the image suffers from the traditional faults of excess noise and visible compression.  In fairness, the Samsung T220HD is the only model on the market to feature such a chip.

Featuring a TN panel, the E2208HDS has a very reduced vertical viewing angle.  When rendering text, traditional 22'' monitors draw 'bolder' characters, but the increase in resolution means that letters and numbers look more like they do on the 1440 pixel screen of a 17'' laptop: text is lighter and narrower, but perfectly legible when you get used to it.

Handling

On the market at a very attractive price, the E2280HDS is not a monitor with any exciting points in terms of its handling and connectivity.  Nevertheless, we were pleased to find a digital input (DVI) to complement the analogue VGA.  A pair of 1 W speakers mounted on either side of the monitor is fairly mediocre, but does at least allow you to watch online videos without missing out on the sound.

Colour & Contrast

Although some manufacturers manage to create default configurations for their monitors which give decent results, that certainly isn't the case with Iiyama's ProLite E2208HDS.  Our lab tests showed that the average gap between the colours shown on the screen, the DeltaE score, was consistently around 4.5, where we'd ideally prefer it to be below 3 and the LG Flatron L226WU manages 2.2.

In reality, this is translated as very marked green dominance that we just couldn't budge whatever changes we made using the OSD.

Gaming

We honestly can't say that the Iiyama Prolite E2208HDS is suitable for demanding gamers.  On the one hand, its TN screen has a 5 ms response time leading to noticeable ghosting, while its higher resolution, although appreciable, really stretches some graphics cards.  Switching to the Full HD resolution of 1980 x 1080 pixels means the graphics card increases the number of pixels it has to control by 18%, and, naturally, the framerate drops to compensate for this.  The end result is games that look sharper and more pleasing to the eye, but with less fluid movement.

Given its price point, we weren't surprised to find that this monitor is below average in terms of ghosting, with colour images trailing 1.1 frames behind, which, although not annoying, is far from the LG L226WU's 0.45 or the Samsung 2243BW's 0.35.  Finally, the input lag of just 11 ms is barely even noticeable.
They've got an eye on you ...
You might not be aware of it, but if you end up buying the ProLite E2208HDS, then Iiyama, and a lot of other manufacturers will be paying very close attention to how you use it. Without making a big fuss, LCD monitor manufacturers are keen to bring a new generation of monitors to the market which will eventually replace all of today's screens.

This new monitor is just the first of what are set to be a whole line of 22'' LCDs which support the Full HD resolution of 1940 x 1080 pixels.

Of course, the change isn't a fait accompli.

It wasn't so long ago that they were claiming that matte panels are on their way out, the future is glossy screens. Apple may be the latest to insist on glossy screens for their laptops, but today, though, the desktop monitor market is in rude health, with a variety of glossy and matte screens.

Given the move forward to Full HD on 22'' screens, it's a shame that this first model's efforts to showcase the technology have been undermined by its 5 ms response time, which will put plenty of early adopters off.

A second problem with Iiyama's default colour configuration, which is likely to put off another swathe of potential customers.

PROS

  • First 1920 x 1080 pixel 22'' screen--at the price of a regular monitor
  • Good for office applications
  • Good for movies

CONS

  • TN panel, so poor viewing angles
  • Not reactive enough for gaming
  • Poor colour handling by default

CONCLUSION 2/5

This is the first 1920 x 1080 pixel 22'' LCD, and the extra screen real estate is useful for office applications and DVDs alike. Gamers will be disappointed by its slow response times and designers by its poor colour handling, though.
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