The Good The LED backlit Dell G2210 offers stellar all-around performance at a low price. Also, its onscreen display is intuitively designed and includes unique energy consumption options.
The Bad The Dell G2210 is plainly designed, lacks ergonomic features, and doesn't have an HDMI connection. Also, unlike the G2410, it's not Full HD.
The Bottom Line The Dell G2210 offers stellar performance and an energy conscious interface at a low price.
Editors' note (May 24, 2010): CNET has raised its standard for monitor performance over the past year, and as a result, some monitors that scored high last year, likely wouldn't do as well in 2010. Case in point: the Dell G2210. It scored a 9 in performance last year, but compared with recent monitor releases, we think its performance would equal an 8. Also, though its price hasn't changed considerably since its launch, its exclusion of HDMI would have a bigger impact today, so we're lowering its feature score from a 6 to a 7. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, but we felt this a necessary step in the interest of fairness and accuracy.
Dell sells the 22-inch G2210 for $239 online--a satisfying price--and in fact, it is your best option for a 22-inch TN display with stellar performance and low power consumption. It won't win any beauty contests with its plain design and its lack of ergonomic features, a HDMI connection, and a Full HD resolution, but it makes up for these shortcomings with great performance in movies and by offering energy options that let you track and control your energy footprint. The 22-inch Gateway HD2201 sells for about the same price as the Dell and includes a HDMI connection, but its lacks in overall performance compared with the G2210. The The Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ also also has great movie playback and color, but it's twice as expensive. If HDMI means the world to you, the HD2201 is a sound buy. If you have the extra funds and are interested in 120Hz and 3D gaming, the 22-inch Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ is a higher priced alternative.
Design and features
The 22-inch Dell G2210 is plainly designed with angular features and a black matte finish. The bezel measures a short 0.75 inch long on all sides and the middle of the bottom bezel has a slightly raised silver Dell logo on it. The panel is nearly 1 inch deep (In comparison, most 22-inch models we've tested have a panel depth of more than an inch); however, the back of the display--which houses the backlight, connection options, and ventilation system--extends another 1.5 inches, bringing the full monitor depth to about 2.4 inches. The panel width measures 20.2 inches long, which is average for a monitor of this screen size.
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