Dell SP2208WFP review

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Having already looked at Dell’s wonderful 2408WFP, we were expecting great things of this 22in TFT. In terms of features there can be no doubt it duly delivers, but the panel itself couldn’t be more different from its bigger brother.

Dell SP2208WFP review

The screen adopts a more consumer approach than its 24in sibling. It has a glossy TN panel that should theoretically result in a bright, vibrant image. But throughout our tests it disappointed, with off colours and the constant ghost of our own reflected face to contend with.

The myriad picture modes, which encompass games and video, each with several sub-modes, made it tricky to get the picture as we wanted it, with some modes doing well in some scenarios but looking unbearable in others. However, all tests exhibited a magenta hue we couldn’t eliminate, and our gradient ramps showed significant banding and green fringing. Videos looked too warm and were tinged with yellow, while the less said about the tone of the white screen the better.

In its defence, the Dell has a magnificent black level, and the 2,000:1 dynamic contrast worked well during movies and games. The feature set is almost enough to redeem it, too: the OSD is comprehensive and the buttons sensibly positioned; there are DVI, HDMI and D-SUB inputs, as well as a 2-megapixel webcam, four USB ports and a bezel just 19mm thick.

But if you’re after a top quality 22in TFT, the same outlay will get you the vastly superior Samsung, which may not have USB ports and a webcam, but will satisfy the eyes instead of complete a ticklist of features.


Image quality 6

Main specifications

Screen size 22.0in
Aspect ratio 16:10
Resolution 1680 x 1050
Screen brightness 300cd/m2
Pixel response time 2ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratio 2,000:1
Pixel pitch 0.282mm
Horizontal viewing angle 160 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 160 degrees
Speaker type N/A
Speaker power ouput N/A
TV tuner no
TV tuner type N/A


DVI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 1
DisplayPort inputs 0
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support yes
Upstream USB ports 1
USB ports (downstream) 4
3.5mm audio input jacks 0
Headphone output no
Other audio connectors N/A

Accessories supplied

Other cables supplied VGA, USB
Internal power supply yes

Power consumption

Idle power consumption 2W

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes
Colour temperature settings Normal, multimedia, gaming, red, blue, user, theatre, sports, nature
Extra adjustments Zoom, sharpness, scaling ratio, input colour format, DC, response time, OSD position, time, lock, language, reset


Forward tilt angle 5 degrees
Backward tilt angle 25 degrees
Swivel angle N/A
Height adjustment N/A
Bezel width 19mm


Dimensions 513 x 147 x 415mm (WDH)
Weight 5.000kg

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