The Gateway 22-inch HD2201 can be found online for $240. For that low price, the monitor provides VGA, DVI, and HDMI connections. It also delivers great performance in both games and movies, and for an extra $40 you can add an optional speaker bar, which surprised us with its rich audio. The NEC AccuSync LCD22WMGX and the Samsung SyncMaster T220 cost about $350 and $300, respectively, online. The NEC has worse overall performance than the Gateway and although it has some useful photo-viewing features, it does not include an HDMI connection. The Samsung's performance is more or less on a par with the Gateway's, but it skimps on HDMI. The 22-inch Dell SP2208WFP has great performance, a Webcam, and HDMI--but it's more expensive at $350. Even at $280--with the speaker bar--the Gateway HD2201 is the best value for a 22-inch monitor currently.
Design and features
The Gateway HD2201 22-inch monitor looks like a mini version of the company's
These adjustments options are rare in 22-inch displays though; neither the NEC AccuSync LCD22WMGX nor the Samsung SyncMaster T220 includes them. The screen tilts back 30 degrees, as do the NEC and Samsung units. The foot stand is about 10 inches wide and 7.5 inches deep and although it weighs about 14 pounds--with the speaker bar--it wobbles quite a bit when knocked from the sides.
The bezel is a glossy black and its sides are only about 0.7 inch thick, but there's a gray overlay on the outside of the bezel that makes the screen an inch or so wider. The top side of the bezel has a convex shape, while the left and right sides are flat. The bottom has a silver metal overlay on it with the Gateway logo.
The screen has a glossy coating that can make images look smoother on displays. We have found in the past that a glossy screen's reflections can be more trouble than they're worth, but with the Gateway the reflections were minimally noticeable.
The connection options include DVI, HDMI, and VGA. The video connections are fairly easy to get to as they are to the right of the neck of the stand. Since the native resolution is only 1,680 by 1,050, you won't be able to watch 1080p content without scaling the image.
The included removable speaker bar not only supports sound through the PC, but through any HDMI or RCA device that hooks to the monitor. The bar includes a headphone jack on either side and a volume dial on the right.
The On Screen Display buttons are flat, touch-sensitive, and glow with a cool blue LED. This helps when calibrating the display in a dark room. Navigating the menu, however, is frustrating at times. The buttons are not very responsive, and there is no option to control the amount of time the OSD is onscreen. Additionally, some of the options like Ultra Contrast are buried deep within the menu and can be a time-consuming experience to access. This is especially frustrating when the option is an on/off option and should have an easily accessible switch outside of the menu or at least within the first level of it.
Pixel-response rate: 5ms
Contrast ratio: 2,000:1 (Ultra Contrast)
Connectivity: HDMI, VGA, DVI
HDCP compliant? Yes
Included video cables? DVI, VGA
We tested the Gateway HD2201 with its DVI connection. The display posted a composite score of 84 on CNET Labs' DisplayMate-based performance tests, which edged out the Samsung SyncMaster T220's score of 83 and the NEC AccuSync LCD22WMGX's 78. In most of the individual DisplayMate test screens, these three 22-inchers achieved similar performance. Both the Gateway and the Samsung were able to break away in color, however. The Gateway, in particular, exhibited a richer color palette than the NEC, which is most likely due to the Gateway's low black level. The black level of a display can positively or negatively affect the rest of the colors in the grayscale. A high-black level will distort the colors so that, for example, you'll see pink when you're supposed to see dark red. A low black level assures that colors are presented more accurately. During the intensity color ramp test however, we saw evidence of color banding with the Gateway.
In real world tests, this was not a problem. We noticed when watching Kill Bill Vol.1 that flesh tones looked the most accurate on the Gateway. Thanks to its relatively high black level, Uma Thurman's face on the NEC looked too light, and on the Samsung we noticed a definite red color push. The Gateway had a more balanced color mix and its low black level assured that her face was not too light.