IPS: the dream technology?
TN screens are often faulted because of a lack of homogeneity and their reduced angle of vision (tending towards black when viewed from above). IPS technology does better, but is not without its faults.
The first concerns energy consumption, almost two times that of a TN screen. The 2209WA consumes at best 59 W, compared to about 30 W for a 22'' TN set to the same brightness.
The second problem is the contrast ratio, not as high as on the other technologies. Our test results for the 2209WA seemed unable to confirm this, however.
The last problem is the temperature generated by these monitors. The 2209WA gets up to 45°C, as much as a 26'' TN panel.
With a rapid response time, a base that allows all possible movements (pivot, swivel and tilt), open angles of vision and even colors, Dell has given us the screen that many have been waiting for.
As with the majority of the manufacturer's monitors, the 2209WA has a sober but elegant design. Dell did not go for integration of a DisplayPort or HDMI on this 22'' screen, leaving just VGA and DVI inputs. However, it does have four built-in USB ports, with two at the front and two more on the side.
Its excellent response time means it can be forgiven for a minimum of ghosting on rapid movement. The 2209WA can handle any game, and it will handle office work with no problem at all. For those who don’t like to play on their own, the 2209WA has an input lag of under 1 image. Multiplayer games will not suffer from any delay between action and reproduction on screen. Only one point is really lacking: 120 Hz--although this is still a luxury for monitors of this size.
At first the 2209WA doesn’t appear to suffer from any color handling problems. However the sensor highlights a problem surrounding the handling of brightness in grey shades. The deltaE reading suffers as a result and scores only 3.6. This isn’t bad but the best monitors go down below 2, and no improvement is possible via the OSD.
As so often on monitors, the upscaling is very poor. On the 2209WA, the flickering is well contained but the low contrast ratio can pose a problem for blacks and greys.
Because of this problem, the 2009WA will always be your last choice for watching movies, but for everything else, it's a great option. Gamers have every reason to like it, for office work its flexibility is very practical and when on the right settings, this screen is perfect for working on your photos. Lets hope other eIPS screens appear on the market soon!
With its eIPS screen, the 2209WA ticks more boxes than the TNs we've seen recently. Overall, it's just as good as the best of them, with the bonus of wide viewing angles.