The Dell E228WFP won't win any design awards, but Dell's basic 22in widescreen monitor can do yeoman service in an office setting, delivering high-quality text and graphics.

Our jury had few complaints when viewing Word and Excel documents on the Dell E228WFP. Toolbar icons and the text itself were clear and sharp. We looked at several types of graphics on the monitor, including common web page graphics, images of colourful fruit, and a picture of a diverse group of people. Here again, the jury admired the monitor's performance. Colours in objects popped, and the people's skin tones in the group photo looked natural.

Like many Dell monitors, the Dell E228WFP has a boomerang-shaped black and silver stand. Perhaps taking a cue from Apple, Dell has drilled a small rectangular hole in the monitor stand, to permit several cords to pass through. Though it can be a little tight (because the hole is rather narrow), it keeps cables out of sight very effectively.

In a screening of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl', the Dell E228WFP produced excellent greens in background trees and shrubbery. Dark background detail was easily discernible in everything from moss-covered walls to rock formations. However, in some lighter scenes - particularly those shot in direct sunlight - color tended to blow out. Reds were a tad oversaturated, especially in soldiers' uniforms, and darker skin tones showed a bit too much orange. But overall, the Dell E228WFP did a very capable job of reproducing the movie on its relatively small screen.

Five aspirin-size silvery plastic buttons on the lower righthand side of the Dell E228WFP offer navigation for the OSD (on-screen display). Icons on the menu can be tricky to decipher, but they allow extensive control over colour, brightness, and contrast once you figure them out.

Verdict


In a nutshell, Dell's E228WFP is a no-frills 22in monitor that offers solid performance.

SPECIFICATIONS AND TEST SCORES

Performance: Very Good



Refresh rate tested: 60
Interface tested: digital
Graphics score: 80.7 (very good)
Text score: 79.2 (good)
DisplayMate motion test result: very good
DVD motion test result: very good
Gaming motion test result: very good
Horizontal viewing angle test result: 180

Features: poor


Screen specs

Size: 22in
Resolution (pixels): 1,680x1,050
Maximum brightness (candelas per square metre): 300
Contrast ratio: 800:1
Horizontal view angle (degrees): 160
Vertical view angle (degrees): 160
Antiglare: yes
Pixel response time (milliseconds): 5
Type of pixel response time: gray-to-gray
Can factory default settings be reset? yes
Pixel pitch (mm): 0.28

Physical adjustments

Tilt: yes
Height: no
Pivot: no
Swivel: no
Adjustments: tilt adjustment only

Dimensions

Dimensions: 511x149x409mm
Weight: 5kg

Other features

Cabinet colours: black, silver
Headphone jack: no
Speaker type: no
Maximum power consumption: 45
Standby/sleep power consumption: 2
Downstream USB ports: 0
Upstream USB ports: 0
Cable card ready: no
TV tuner: no

Inputs

Composite: no
Primary colour controls: yes
HDTV tuner: no
Interfaces: analogue and digital
VGA: yes
DVI: yes
S-Video: no
HDMI: no
Component: no
Included hardware: power cord, USB cable, DVI cable, analogue cable

Support & reliability

Labour warranty (years): three
Parts warranty (years): three

Dell E228WFP: Specs

  • Size (inches): 22
  • resolution (pixels): 1680 by 1050
  • adjustments: tilt adjustment only
  • contrast ratio: 800:1
  • interfaces: analogue and digital
  • 511x149x409mm
  • 5kg
  • Size (inches): 22
  • resolution (pixels): 1680 by 1050
  • adjustments: tilt adjustment only
  • contrast ratio: 800:1
  • interfaces: analogue and digital
  • 511x149x409mm
  • 5kg

OUR VERDICT

In a nutshell, Dell's E228WFP is a no-frills 22in monitor that offers solid performance.

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