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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
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>>Eric Franklin: Hi everyone this is Eric Franklin from CNET.com and today we're lookin at the Dell SX2210. Like the Lenovo L215T the Dell is a 16 9 21.5 inch monitor with a 19 20x10 resolution. The big deal here is that larger 22 inch monitors actually have a lower resolution of 1680x1050. The Dell's stark white back is the first detail we notice and while it stands out among a sea of black monitors, we prefer the glossy black look of the Lenovo L215P. The middle of the top bezel houses the integrated 2 megapixel web cam and the oval shaped foot stand is uniquely designed and resembles a foot with its weight on the ball. It measures nearly 8.5 inches in width and with a depth of 5.5 inches and when out from the sides the 10 pound display wobbles from side to side considerably but not to the point where we feel it's in danger of toppling thanks to its flat foot stand. The bottom of the bezel sits about 2.4 inches from the desktop but unfortunately this screen height is neither adjustable nor is there rotation or pivot option. The capability to tilt the screen back 25 degrees is the only included ergonomic feature. Dell includes DVI, HTMI and VGA connections; however the ports are located directly behind the displays neck, which makes it frustrating when attempting to access them. The OSD follows Dell's recent stellar label-less design last seen on theG2210. 4 buttons line the lower right hand corner of the bezel. Pressing any of the buttons brings up the OSD which pops up parallel to the button or ray. Each option corresponds to one of the 4 buttons. Once a new menu comes up the function of the buttons change dynamically as the top 2 buttons become the up and down buttons used to navigate through the newly seen menu. OSD options include the standard brightness, contrast and various color options and the pre sets are separated into 2 categories; graphics and video. There are 6 graphics presets to choose from. Standard, multimedia game, warm, cool, and of course custom and the video presets are movie, games, sports, and nature. The presets do not change anything other than the red, green and blue color balance and therefore how well each setting works will be subjective. We use the SX2210s movie preset to check out a few HD movie trailers where we saw full color quality when compared to the L215P where clothes were slightly washed out. Although the SX2210's blacks were not as deep as the G2210s, as backlight bleed through was apparent bottom and top edges of the screen. They were darker than the L215Ps. Picture sharpness was as good as the G2210 as subtitles look sharp, not blurry like on the L215P. We looked at a few games on the SX2210 and its game preset and saw a clean picture with no signs of ghosting during fast movement. The Dell uses a twisted pneumatic or TM panel and when is viewed from the sides of bottom we perceive the screen to darken and the gamut to shift about 6 inches off from center. Of course when viewed from the optimal angels we saw no problems. While we didn't care for the stark, white back panel design we were impressed with the $270 SX2210s overall performance, inclusion of DVI and HTMI connections and a robust onscreen display. Although you can't go wrong with either the L215P or the SX2210, if you can afford spending a little bit more we recommend the Dell SX2210 over the Lenovo because of the inclusion of DVI and slightly better movie performance. Once again this is Eric Franklin it's been a first look at the Dell SX2210.
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