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.


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