Dell G2210 22-inch LCD Monitor Review

A lot of cheaper monitors these days don’t bother checking their power consumption, and are somewhat inefficient in power management, until today. Dell has managed to focus highly on “greener” monitors, and have released their G2210 and G2410 monitors. They took out all the steps in providing one of the greenest monitors available, packaged to help reduce the carbon footprint and made with materials that are environmentally friendly. Today we’ll be taking a look at the G2210.

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A lot of cheaper monitors these days don’t bother checking their power consumption, and are somewhat inefficient in power management, until today. Dell has managed to focus highly on “greener” monitors, and have released their G2210 and G2410 monitors. They took out all the steps in providing one of the greenest monitors available, packaged to help reduce the carbon footprint and made with materials that are environmentally friendly. Today we’ll be taking a look at the G2210.

The G2210, as the model number implies, is a 22-inch monitor with a 1680×1050 native resolution in a 16:10 aspect ratio. The design of the display is simple, with a thin black matte bezel, and a rectangular stand. However, the only ergonomic controls available to the user are tilt adjustments – no height or pivot adjustments are available.

On the back are the DVI and VGA inputs, no USB ports or DisplayPort connections are available, but would’ve been a nice touch. For those looking for the nitty-gritty technology behind the display, it uses the TN or twisted-neumatic technology, usually found in lower-end displays, and not the higher-end IPS or in-plant switching technology.

Three energy modes are preset into the on-screen display: Standard, Energy Smart, and Energy Smart Plus. The energy mode display shows an energy gauge in the corner showing how much (or how little) energy you’re saving. Energy Smart Plus activates a feature called dynamic dimming, which dims the backlight when the screen shows a bright image. Energy Smart uses the built-in ambient light sensor to adjust the brightness according to the available light in the room. Standard lets the user control brightness, like most monitors already in use today.

The on-screen display is also one of the nicest OSD’s we’ve used, it’s simple and straight forward, not too confusing to the end user.

In our display tests, we found that text was crisp and easy-to-read, but color in photos was somewhat dull and washed out. Given the low wallet-friendly price however, the Dell G2210 is an excellent choice for both businesses and consumers on a budget.

Find the Dell G2210 22″ monitor for $167 (as of June 23rd) at the Dell Small & Medium Business Store.

Pros

  • Eco- and wallet- friendly.
  • Built-in energy modes.
  • Simple on-screen display.

Cons

  • Dull and washed out images.

Edited 6/25 at 8:42pm Pacific: Corrected grammatical errors.

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