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Lenovo L220x Wide 22in widescreen monitor

£349 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Lenovo

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Lenovo's ThinkVision L220x Wide display doesn't qualify as a budget 22in widescreen display, but it represents amazingly accurate visual technology and carries a host of ergonomic features to custom-tune it to your desktop environment.

Lenovo's ThinkVision L220x Wide display doesn't qualify as a budget 22in widescreen display, but it represents amazingly accurate visual technology and carries a host of ergonomic features to custom-tune it to your desktop environment.

Although the Lenovo L220x Wide is HD-compatible, it lacks an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port. As a result, if you want to use the Lenovo L220x Wide for HD output, you'll need to either have an HD tuner or DVD player installed with your PC, or find an HDMI-to-DVI conversion cable to attach an external HD device to the monitor.

Everyone associates Lenovo with the ThinkPad series of laptops. Some even know that it has a ThinkCentre line of desktop systems. But not many people seem to be aware of its ThinkVision monitors. That's a shame - if the Lenovo L220x Wide is any example, the company should be better known in this market.

The out-of-box experience for the L220x Wide was surprising. While we needed to tweak the colour, brightness and contrast of most displays we've tested in order to get them where we want them to be, the Lenovo L220x Wide required no adjustments whatsoever.

Setup was a cinch: Windows Vista and our HD2400 GT graphics card recognised the L220x Wide immediately and gave us a host of possible resolution settings when asked. The OSD buttons are front-mounted and labeled with colourful icons so you won't mistake their functions.

DisplayMate loved the Lenovo L220x Wide. There were no stuck pixels, colour was deep and rich, detail in white areas was fine - except for the whitest regions, but even there, it was no worse than you'll find at the consumer level.

The Lenovo L220x Wide produced distinct gray levels all the way down to the darkest level of the scale. Most consumer monitors will give up some detail at these extreme visual regions. The official numbers are 325cd/m2 brightness and 1,200-1 contrast ratio, both excellent.

There was no blooming, no blur - in fact, nothing to complain about after ad hoc testing on the internet and with graphics, gaming, live TV and DVD playback.

The native resolution for this 22in display is 1,920 by 1,200, which is the ideal resolution for 1080p "true HD" video. However, there's a catch. Along with four USB ports, Lenovo provides only D-sub and DVI connectors for analogue and digital signals (respectively). A spare HDMI input would be appreciated for external HD devices - it's the only thing that detracts from an otherwise superb product.

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Lenovo L220x Wide Expert Verdict »
Lenovo ThinkVision L220x Scores 8.7 out of 10 based on 3 reviews
22in viewing area
native resolution: 1,980x1,200
pixel pitch: 0.247mm2
325cd/m2 brightness
contrast ratio: 1,200:1
6ms response time (gray to gray)
178x178 viewing angle
analogue VGA and DVI connectors
four-port USB hub
no speakers or webcam
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

There are other - and larger - HD-level monitors available for the money. However, if you're looking for a really high-quality 22in display, the Lenovo L220x Wide will give you something great to look at all of the time.

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