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Dell G2210 review: Dell G2210

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Great scores in DisplayMate don't always translate into similar results in our real-world test, but the G2210 has some of the deepest blacks we've seen on a monitor; a critical attribute for good movie playback. We used the Movie preset to check out "War of the Worlds" ("WotW") on DVD and "House of Flying Daggers" ("HoFD") on Blu-ray. "WotW" looked great for a DVD, with a deep black level and accurate colors. "HoFD" also had deep blacks, accurate colors, and solid picture fidelity without any ghosting or streaking. The Gateway HD2201 used to be our favorite 22-incher to watch movies on, but it just cannot compare to the G2210.

Most of this incredible performance can be attributed to the LED backlight in the monitor. Most monitors use cold cathode fluorescent lamp-based backlights--several fluorescent tubes stretched horizontally across the screen. The Dell G2210 relies on individual LEDs all over the back of the screen that turn off or on independently, giving the display more precise control over the amount of light coming through. The purported advantages of an LED backlight are better energy efficiency, more accurate color reproduction, a conceivably thinner panel design, and a higher potential brightness level.

A high black level on a display will distort the grayscale and adversely affect color reproduction. However, thanks to its precise control of the backlight light, the G2210 is capable of a low black level, which translates into fantastic color reproduction. While its maximum brightness is lower than the Gateway HD2201 (249 versus 289 respectively), this was never a problem and at times we had to turn down the G2210's brightness to decrease the strain on our eyes. Its tested contrast ratio beat Dell's claim of 1,000:1 scoring 1,009:1 in our test.

We looked at the game Crysis on the G2210 in its Game preset and saw a clean picture with no signs of ghosting during fast movement. The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing the colors and gamma correction as they were intended. Most monitors are not made to be viewed at any other angle. Depending on its panel type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels, which get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when viewed from nonoptimal angles. The G2210 uses a TN panel, and when it is viewed from the sides or bottom, we perceived the screen to darken about 6 inches off from center. Of course, when viewed from the optimal angle, we had no problems. Performance-wise this is the only area that the LP2275w fared better. The LP2275w is made with a S-PVA panel, which are known for having wide viewing angles.

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Dell G2210 Avg watts per hour
On (Default Luminance) 20.56
On (Max Luminance) 22.23
On (Min Luminance) 12.2
Sleep 0.48
Calibrated (200cd/m2) 17.5
Score Good
Annual energy cost (@$0.1135/kWh) $6.46

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DisplayMate test
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Service and support
Dell backs the G2210 with a solid warranty including three-year parts-and-labor that covers the backlight. It also offers support through a 24-7 toll-free number, 24-7 Web-chat, and fast 24- to 48-hour turnaround e-mail--a better package than most monitor vendors, whose support doesn't usually carry into the weekends. Navigating Dell's Web site and finding the drivers, product manual, and quick guide was simple and easy.

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