Iiyama ProLite E2210HDS review

26 May 2010

It’s eco-friendly and marries a budget price with fine image quality and a decent range of connections

Iiyama ProLite E2210HDS
Price when reviewed: 
145(£145 inc VAT)
4

Green technology is all the rage these days, and if you're one of those people who leaves a PC on all day, opting for an energy-efficient monitor makes a lot of sense. Many monitor manufacturers have begun to do their bit for the environment, and Iiyama is the latest with its ProLite E2210HDS.

The E2210HDS' eco-friendly label is largely backed up by our test results: it drew just 24W from the mains at our chosen desktop settings, which isn’t at all bad for a 22in TFT. Better still, cycling through the four available Eco modes saw that drop as low as 12W with the backlight dimmed to its lowest setting. Thus, cutting your energy consumption is a simple matter of dabbing the Eco button when full brightness isn’t required.

Iiyama ProLite E2210HDS

What's all the more impressive is that image quality on the 1,920 x 1,080 panel remains high. Barring a little banding in greyscale transitions, our technical tests were handled without a hitch, and real-world testing revealed equally impressive results. Colours were vibrant and nicely saturated, despite a slight lean towards a warm tone, and the E2210HDS made a great fist of HD movies thanks to a punchy picture and good black levels. The only disappointment was the noticeable backlight leakage along the top and bottom of the panel.

The flimsy-feeling stand gives away the Iiyama's budget heritage, with no adjustments beyond basic tilting, but its slim 13mm bezel and plain, unshowy exterior do make amends. So, too, does the provision of D-SUB, DVI and HDMI connections at the rear, as well as a 3.5mm input to ferry audio to the lightweight pair of integrated speakers.

The only crucial obstacle in the path of the ProLite E2210HDS is BenQ's cheaper, A-Listed G2222HDL. There isn't a whole lot between the two in terms of image quality, and if a wealth of features isn't required we'd stick with the BenQ. But if the Iiyama's HDMI port has caught your eye, you won't regret spending the extra £10 on a 22in monitor that's every bit as much of a bargain.

Details

Price ex VAT £123
Price inc VAT £145
Overall rating 4
Image quality 4
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 4

Main specifications

Screen size 22.0in
Aspect ratio 16:9
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Screen brightness 250cd/m2
Pixel response time 2ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratio 20,000:1
Pixel pitch 0.248mm
Horizontal viewing angle 170 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 160 degrees
Speaker type 2
Speaker power ouput 4W
TV tuner no
TV tuner type none

Connections

DVI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 1
DisplayPort inputs 0
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support yes
Upstream USB ports 0
USB ports (downstream) 0
3.5mm audio input jacks 1
Headphone output no
Other audio connectors N/A

Accessories supplied

Other cables supplied VGA, 3.5mm audio
Internal power supply yes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption 24W
Idle power consumption 1W

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes
Colour temperature settings sRGB, Normal, Warm, Cool, User defined
Extra adjustments Clock, Phase, Horizontal position, Vertical position, aspect ratio, Gamma, Dynamic contrast, Eco mode, OSD setup, HDMI Audio, Volume, Auto adjust

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle 5 degrees
Backward tilt angle 20 degrees
Swivel angle N/A
Height adjustment 0mm
Pivot (portrait) mode? no
Bezel width 13mm

Dimensions

Dimensions 506 x 180 x 366mm (WDH)
Weight 3.500kg