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      22.05.2013 09:36
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      Good value, clear image monitor

      Dell is easily one of the largest and most known producers of computers. Alongside this they produce peripherals such as this low end 22 inch widescreen monitor. Bought for around £170, I purchased 5 of these for use in an office environment where it will see use mostly for viewing documents and internet use with a small smattering of videos during lulls at work.

      Although it is at the cheap end of Dell's 22 inch range. The monitor is has a hard plastic black frame which is very tough to scratch, this I keeps it looking new and blends in well to the background. The matching stand is of the same colour and extremely simple to click on and once there remains sturdy with no wiggle room. The stand only allows for tilting adjustments though. If you need to adjust for height, you will need to rest it on a PC for find a telephone directory to place it on. You can buy other VESA mounting plates which fit onto the back of the monitor for other mounting options, such as onto a laptop docking station if this is the route you want to take.

      When set up and you look at the monitors design as a whole, what will strike you is that it is all rather angular. The corners are all very sharp corners and the base unit too is a very sharp rectangle affair. There are no subtle rounded corners, so this will best suit a professional working environment.

      The screen is Full HD capable, being able to run one at 1920x1080 pixels maximises the amount of documents you can have open at any one time. For watching high definition films, this screen will be able to show it all without having to scale it down. However, some others have found the resolution for the monitor to be too high, making text and images appear too small and illegible so all but one of the monitors is now set up at smaller resolutions. This I think is a waste of the monitor, like driving a Ferrari everywhere at only 15 mph. If you have poor eyesight, try out different resolutions with different screen sizes first.

      The screen is bright, easily the brightest ones in the office and are easy to see even with the sun glaring in from a window. So again in a well lit office space, it makes for a good viewing experience. On the occasions it is used for watching videos, it is capable of showing good colours, nothing is washed out on this low end choice and you can sit four abreast and still have good contrast for each person to watch clearly.

      The Dell E2211H is the best cheap choice for a 22 inch monitor, the quality of the belies the low end nature. You just have to get used to having looks carved from a slab of granite.


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