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Dell Professional P2210 review: Dell Professional P2210

Our "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" DVD ghosting test yielded minimal ghosting on both the Dell and NEC. We played the movie in each monitor's respective "Movie" preset. The NEC's movie preset proved too bright, and we preferred using the standard mode for that monitor. While the Dell's movie mode displayed the movie well, the colors were not as full and the black level wasn't as low as the NEC's in standard mode.

Unreal Tournament 3 looked great running at 1,680x1,050. The Dell p2210 wasn't able to display the game as vibrantly and colorfully as the Acer G24 did, but I think we have been spoiled by that monitor's game performance.

The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front of it, 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 made to be viewed only at that angle. Depending on its panel type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. Like most monitors, the Dell P2210 uses a , which gets overly bright or overly dark when viewed from nonoptimal angles. When we viewed the P2210 from the sides or from below, the screen appeared to darken only a couple inches off from the optimal angle. From the sides, text is still readable until viewing from about 80 degrees. When viewing from the bottom, the text becomes illegible at about 60 degrees, but never got too dark. Of course, when viewed from the optimal angle, we had no problems.

In the power consumption tests, the Dell P2210 drew only 20.14-watts in its Default/On mode, which is less even than Dell's green monitor, the G2210, which drew 20.56.The NEC had a sizeable carbon footprint, drawing 39.61 watts. Based on our formula, the P2210 would cost $6.38 per year to run. Compare this with the G2210's $6.46 per year and the NEC EA221WM's $24.57 and you start to see significant savings.

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Dell P2210 Average watts per hour
On (Default Luminance) 20.14
On (Max Luminance) 22.71
On (Min Luminance) 10.24
Sleep 0.54
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 19.8
Annual energy cost $6.38
Score Good

Brightness (in cd/m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Contrast Ratio
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Dell SX2210 21.5-inch
Dell P2210 22-inch
Viewsonic VLED221wm 22-inch

DisplayMate Performance Test
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Service and support
Dell backs the P2210 with a solid warranty, including a three-year, parts-and-labor warranty covering the backlight. It also offers support through a 24-7 toll-free number, 24-7 Web chat, and fast 24- to 48-hour e-mail turnaround--a better package than most monitor vendors, which don't offer weekend support. Navigating Dell's Web site and finding the drivers, product manuals, and quick guides was simple and easy.

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