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Iiyama ProLite E2208HDD review

Barry de la Rosa
28 Nov 2010
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
110
inc VAT

A decent budget monitor with simple but clear controls and a warm image, the E2208HDD's support for HDCP via DVI means it's far better value than other budget monitors.

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Specifications

22in screen size, 1,920x1,080 resolution, DVI: yes, VGA: yes, HDMI:

While Iiyama's monitors have never struck us as being particularly attractive, the Full HD E2208HDD is unashamedly plain, with a cheap and chunky matt-black plastic stand and a glossy black bezel. Considering the price, then, we were surprised to find that the DVI port supports HDCP you can simply plug in a Blu-ray drive or other HDMI device.

Iiyama ProLite E2208HDD

Having a DVI port means you don't have to worry about tuning in the clock and phase of an analogue signal. Iiyama hasn't bothered to include any internal speakers, which is no big loss considering the poor quality of most monitor speakers. It has included a little fold-out loop on the back of the stand for tucking cables out of the way, which is a nice touch.

Iiyama ProLite E2208HDD rear ports

With a CCFL backlight, the E2208HDD can't match the brightness or contrast levels of the new LED models and it draws more power too, but we found the backlight to be even and brighter than other CCFL-backlit monitors here. At its default settings we found a slight yellow cast to the image, which isn't necessarily a bad thing as it adds warmth to any image.

The menu system far more basic than on more expensive Iiyama monitors, but it's functional and gives you adequate control. As well as basic brightness and contrast, you get three colour temperature presets plus a user-definable option to control individual RGB levels. There are also controls for "ACR" (dynamic contrast) and sharpness. The latter seems to have no effect on the image, and the former resulted in sudden shifts in brightness, so we left it disabled.

There are also some basic presets that let you quickly change settings based on what you're using the monitor for. For example, a Work setting reduces the backlight to make reading text easier, while a Movie preset boost contrast and colours.

Although it can't match the contrast of more expensive monitors, the E2208HDD's basic image quality was fine, and its controls are simple to use and offer fine control. In our movie tests, the slight yellow cast added warmth to most scenes, accentuating sunlight and flesh tones. With better image quality and superior controls, the E2208HDD is a better buy than other similarly-priced monitors, so it wins our Budget Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating****

Physical

Viewable size22 in
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Contrast ratio1,000:1 (10,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness300cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle170°
Vertical viewing angle160°
Response time5ms
Response time typegrey-to-grey
Screen depth60mm
Base (WxD)244x193mm
Screen elevation102mm

Features

Portrait modeno
Wall mount optionyes
Height adjustableno
Internal speakersnone
Detachable cablesyes
USB hubnone
Integrated power supplyyes
Kensington lock lugyes
Display extrasnone
VGA inputyes
DVI inputyes
S-video inputno
Component inputno
Composite inputno
HDCP supportyes
Audio inputsN/A

Environmental

Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption on38W

Buying Information

Price£110
Supplierhttp://www.dabs.com
Detailswww.iiyama.co.uk
Warrantythree years onsite

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