The Good The Lenovo 215p has a stylish design and great overall performance. Also, it includes screen rotation, a Webcam, and four USB ports.
The Bad The Lenovo L215p lacks a screen height adjustment option. Also, since it lacks a DVI connection, most will need to invest in a HDMI to DVI cable.
The Bottom Line The Lenovo L215p is a high-performing, low-priced 16:9 monitor with some useful features.
Lenovo sells the 21.5-inch L215p for a list price of $250. With great overall performance, a clean and stylish design, screen rotation, a built-in Webcam, and four USB ports, you can't go wrong with this one. It lacks a DVI port--forcing most to purchase a HDMI to DVI cable to connect it to their PCs--as well as screen height adjustment. Also, while its performance overall is great, the color while watching movies is slightly more washed out compared with the similar $279 Dell SX2210. The SX2210 includes a DVI port and a more robust onscreen display, but we found the white-colored panel unappealing and we missed the screen rotation included on the L215. The $249 Dell G2210 has better movie performance and lower power consumption than both but does not include as many features. If you can live without DVI or don't mind purchasing an extra cable, the L215p is a low-priced option that's worth it, but if you can afford to spend a little more, we recommend the Dell SX2210 with its inclusion of DVI.
Design and features
The 21.5-inch Lenovo L215p's glossy black chassis contrasts nicely with its light gray neck, making it stand out visually from other monitors. The glossy black bezel measures a short 0.6 inch on the left and right sides and 0.9 inch on the top and bottom. The middle of the bottom bezel has a raised silver Lenovo logo on it, while the middle of the top bezel houses an integrated Webcam. The panel is nearly 1 inch deep (by 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 connection options and ventilation system--extends another inch, bringing the full monitor depth to about 2 inches. The panel width measures 20.1 inches long, which is average for a monitor of this screen size.
The oval-shaped footstand measures nearly 10 inches in width, with a depth of 7.1 inches. The footstand is a short 0.4 inch tall. When knocked from the sides, the display wobbles and slides considerably, but not to the point where we feel it's in danger of toppling. It weighs more than 11 pounds and its weight is distributed so that it's mostly over the footstand. The bottom of the bezel sits about 2.8 inches from the desktop, but unfortunately, this screen height is neither adjustable nor is there a pivot option--which is useful if you prefer portrait mode. The capability to tilt the screen back 25 degrees and rotate the screen right and left 90 degrees are the only included ergonomic features.
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