I use this Pro Lite monitor every day and I would recommend it. It is good size so you are able to have more than one window open at once but you are still be able to easily read the text without having to select and enlarge a single window at a time. However, the monitor does not take up much space and fits easily on a desk. It has a circular shaped base and it is very stable - it doesn't wobble around if you accidentally knock the desk. It is a simple but smart looking monitor.
The picture quality is very good and images are crisp, clear and well defined. The surface of the screen does not seem to attract much dust or get a lot of fingerprints on it but it is easily wiped clean when necessary.
The screen can be adjusted and tilted up and down to suit your needs. There are also the standard control buttons including standby, volume controls, and brightness. All of these buttons are on the bottom edge of the monitor, tidily out of sight but easy to access at the same time. There is a single blue light on the bottom of the front of the monitor showing that it is turned on. The light is very discreet and is not a distraction when using the monitor. It goes off completely when the monitor is in standby mode.
The monitor I'm reviewing today is the Iiyama Pro Lite E2207WS-1 that I use every day at work (you can tell how thrilling it is from the name alone. If I were manufacturing monitors, I'd probably have a theme to make them sound more interesting - maybe super villains throughout history - but I digress).
The monitor has a 22" screen, which is pretty big for a normal sized desk. Sometimes I pretend I'm at the cinema when I'm bored at work. The monitor has a shiny black surround with 'Pro Lite E2207WS' written across the top left, and there's a sticker across the top right with a few of the main features listed. One interesting - and probably accidental - feature is that the bevel around the front edges of the screen is slightly magnetic. I have a small monkey with magnets in his paws and he swings off the edges quite comfortably. He'd probably be more comfortable if the back of the screen were magnetic too, but you can't have everything.
Just underneath the monitor on the right hand side are various buttons. I'd never actually used any of them except the power button before, so I've just had a little play with them to see what they do. There's an up arrow and a down arrow, which I assumed were volume buttons, but after pressing them it appears that they bring up a small menu where you can adjust the monitor setting. The options are Standard, Game, Cinema, Scenery and Text, and you can use the arrows to scroll up and down through them. There's also a '1' in a box, which apparently confirms your option, and a '2' in a box which is a cancel button. As these buttons sit under the monitor, the tiny embossed symbols sit just above them in the bottom right of the monitor to tell you what they do (although they are pretty small and not very self-explanatory anyway as it turns out). There's also a tiny bluey-purple light to signal that the screen is on, with a power symbol and tiny embossed 'POWER' text next to it. If you're short-sighted, you haven't got a chance, so give up now.
This monitor is extremely low down, and after a while it was giving me backache so I shoved a book underneath it (Barack Obama's 'The Audacity of Hope', which seems a mildly appropriate title for work, and I will get around to reading one day). If, unlike me, you like to do things properly, I'd recommend a stand for this monitor. You'd probably only need to raise it a few inches to make the top of the screen eye-level, which is the recommended height.
The formal product description says that it's a 'TFT LCD screen with TN panel', which to us normal people means that it's a good-quality display albeit fairly standard and common. The TN (twisted nematic) part means that you can only really view it straight on, which is actually an advantage if you don't like nosey people trying to see what's on your screen. Unless of course you unfortunately have your back to everyone, which is what my set up at work is like.
I've written about a million descriptions of computer screens as part of my old job, and so I'm up to speed on the whole 'matte vs. glossy' debate...I'll settle this now by saying that this monitor has a matte screen, and frankly I couldn't care less either way. If you're a whiny designer, you'll probably love the fact that you don't have the (supposed) light reflection problems that glossy screens create.
I'm using this monitor on a 59GHz setting, but it does support 70GHz, which is apparently better for your eyes. I have ninja eyesight on account of having laser eye surgery in April, so I'm not too bothered. But if you are, then you can shift the settings and feel like you've done something to improve your health. Maybe I'll make it one of my new year's resolutions.
I've spent over 200 hours of my life so far staring at this monitor, and I have no objections to it. It looks smart, and supports a decent screen resolution of 1680 x 1050 (1.8 megapixels). That doesn't sound like a lot if you're thinking of a digital camera, but remember that webpages and programs are much lower quality anyway, and you're viewing them rather than printing them so it's not an issue.
It's not a widescreen monitor, but I don't need that anyway. I've never had a problem with flickering, although sometimes it does take a couple of seconds longer to come on than I'd like when it's been asleep. It's easy to install - it's just a case of plugging in a couple of wires - and it doesn't get hot. It's easy to use - you just press the power button. The power button is either lit or not lit - there doesn't seem to be a light to display standby mode, which is good for saving energy.
I've had it on for around 6 hours today and it's a tiny bit warm at the vents at the top, but that's it. It's fairly slim, I'd say about the standard inch or couple of inches thick. The images and colours are clear and crisp, and there are plenty of options to adjust brightness etc. from your computer's control panel. It does have speakers, but I very rarely use them at work. The sounds seems good enough quality though.
You can buy this monitor for around £170-180 via Amazon, and I'd say that's a pretty reasonable price. It's not the most feature-rich monitor in the world, but as an everyday screen it does the job and it's pleasant enough to work from. There aren't any real disadvantages in my view.
22 inch TFT LCD screen with TN panel
Native resolution 1.8 megapixels (1680 x 1050)
Contrast ratio 1000 : 1 typical
Brightness: 300 cd / m2 typical
Obama's The Audacity of Hope
Thanks for reading :)
The ProLite E2207WS is a 22" widescreen LCD monitor that displays 1680 x 1050 or 1.8 MP.
Firstly, it is a nice looking, sleek and stylish monitor with satin black surround and recessed control at the bottom. The black stand is functional, but only provides tilt adjustment, not height.
Connectivity is good, with Dvi as well as VGA connectivity - unfortunately no HDMI though, if that is what you're after.
User adjustments are sufficient with quick gaming, text, scenic or cinema modes.
It is also capable of displaying 70Mhz, which reduces eye strain, so for office use is excellent.
The display is crisp and clear and easily adjustable, so working on it day to day, which I do, is a pleasure and not a strain.
The main plus is the price, it cost me £120, so for a brand new 22" widescreen monitor it is excellent value for money with quality only the pickiest user will criticise.