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REVIEW / Iiyama Prolite E2210HDS

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Alexandre Botella Published on April 23, 2010
Updated on April 23, 2010
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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Screen size 22 inches
  • Panel type TN
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Response time 2 ms
  • Inputs (HDMI / DVI / VGA / Component) 1 / 1 / 1 / 0
  • Other details 2 x 2 W speakers
The E2210HDS is a 22'' Full HD monitor with a 2 ms TN panel.  Both its frame and stand are in glossy black plastic.

According to manufacturer Iiyama, it's the perfect monitor for playing video games and watching fims, but we'll be the judge of that.

Fixed stand, VGA, DVI and HDMI

Like all of the other monitors in Iiyama's 'E' range, the E2210HDS sits on a stand that only allows you to tilt the monitor back a little, but offers no movement in other directions.  It has VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs, meaning you can connect it not just to a computer, but also to a recent games console.  It also comes with a pair of speakers that do a reasonably decent job of reproducing the sound carried by the HDMI cable or via a line in from your computer which is available at the back. 

Colours: easy to set up

Measured Colours

Ideal Colours
Compare the Iiyama Prolite E2210HDS to other LCD monitors in our Product Face-Off

Straight out of the box, this monitor had several problems with accurately reproducing colours, including a number of dominant colours and an incorrect distribution of luminosity across different shades of greasy.  Fortunately, though, all you need to do is switch to sRGB mode using the OSD and the problems are soon solved.  The gap between the ideal colours and those actually shown, or the deltaE, falls from 4.5 to 2.4.  That makes the monitor accurate enough to be used for detailed work like retouching photos.  If that's still not enough for you, you can download our calibration profile, which will bring the discrepancy down below 1.0.

As for contrast, the E2210HDS is just above average with a contrast ratio of 900:1.  Be careful not to turn brightness down below 45 (roughly equivalent to 100 cd/m²) as this has a negative impact on the contrast ratio.

Responsiveness: back to the menu

Coloured   Transparent
Average ghosting
over ten frames

In its default configuration, the overdrive on this monitor is turned off. Like that, it's not responsive enough to meet the needs of gamers.  To speed things up, you need to turn the overdrive on and move it up level 4.  That way, it's much more capable to showing fast movements accurately.  We should say that even if that makes it good enough for most games, that doesn't make it the fastest monitor on the market.

Another good thing about this monitor is that it has no input lag. You'll therefore see all the action as it happens with no annoying delays in multi-player games.

Films

Although it's supposed to be perfect for watching films, we found the E2210HDS' upscaling of SD sources left us disappointed.  We also noticed a problem with blurriness.  We suggest you rely on an external source to do the upscaling because the E2210HDS isn't good enough to do the job itself.
End of an era
It's something we first mentioned when Samsung launched its P series of monitors with 23'' screens at the same price as 22'' one, and recently, the trend has been moving even faster.

If you consider the average price of 22'' monitors available today and compare them to the 23'' monitors we've tested, very few of the former come out looking very competitive.

We suspect that the 22'' form factor is going to join the 15'', 17'', 19'' and 20'' on the heap of abandoned technologies that are only useful when space is limited.

PROS

  • Responsive after configuration
  • Accurate colours after configuration
  • Low energy consumption
  • Above average contrast

CONS

  • TN panel, so poor vertical viewing angles
  • Basic hardware
  • You can get a 23'' monitor for the same price

CONCLUSION 4/5

The E2210HDS is a monitor with modest ambitions and a price to match. It will be a perfect choice for anybody who needs a new monitor for gaming, doing a little bit of work on their photos or who just needs something for basic office work.
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