The screen adopts a more consumer approach than its 24in sibling. It has a glossy TN panel that should theoretically result in a bright, vibrant image. But throughout our tests it disappointed, with off colours and the constant ghost of our own reflected faces to contend with.
The myriad picture modes, which encompass games and video, each with several sub-modes, made it tricky to get the picture as we wanted it, with some modes doing well in some scenarios but looking unbearable in others. However, all tests exhibited a magenta hue we couldn’t eliminate, and our gradient ramps showed significant banding and green fringing. Videos looked too warm and were tinged with yellow, while the less said about the tone of the white screen the better.
In its defence, the Dell has a magnificent black level, and the 2000:1 dynamic contrast worked well during movies and games. The feature set is almost enough to redeem it, too: the OSD is comprehensive and the buttons sensibly positioned; there are DVI, HDMI and D-SUB inputs, as well as a 2-megapixel webcam, four USB ports and a bezel just 19mm thick.
But if you’re after a top quality 22in LCD, you can spend $180 less and get the vastly superior Samsung, which may not have USB ports and a webcam, but will satisfy the eyes instead of complete a ticklist of features.
Features galore, but the glossy screen is disappointing for Dell