DGM L-2248WD review

Price when reviewed

The cost of Hanns.G’s huge 28in TFT might have shocked us, but the most astonishing price tag this month is surely for this Digimate model. Also sold as an own-brand TFT by retailers such as Dabs, the L-2248WD is a DVI-equipped 22in display that can be bought for just £80.

DGM L-2248WD review

It isn’t bad looking, either, with a slightly plasticky bezel that nonetheless appears glossy from afar, adorned with silver buttons sensibly placed front-right for easy tweaking. The labels are clear and the buttons do exactly what you’d expect, so we easily changed to 6,500K colour and raised the contrast a little.

As you’d expect, there are flaws: the backlight bleeds through a bit too much at the bottom edge on dark screens, our gradient tests showed the screen is darker at the top than the bottom, and the whole tone is a little bluish compared to dearer rivals. But as everyday displays go there’s certainly nothing major here to put us off our purchase, with no banding evident and reasonably neutral greys.

Movies showed good detail from the 1,680 x 1,050 resolution, and the 5ms response time took care of fast motion without a hitch. The integrated 2W speakers are nothing to shout about, but the 3yr on-site warranty is reassuring given the low price.

When you consider that just a few months back we hailed as groundbreaking a high-resolution 19in TFT for £85, the step up to a perfectly usable 22in at an even lower price brings into question the fate of 17in and even 19in monitors. The TFT landscape has moved upwards again, and the L-2248WD is its new baseline.


Image quality4

Main specifications

Screen size22.0in
Aspect ratio16:10
Resolution1680 x 1050
Screen brightness400cd/m2
Pixel response time5ms
Contrast ratio1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratioN/A
Pixel pitch0.282mm
Horizontal viewing angle170 degrees
Vertical viewing angle160 degrees
Speaker typeStereo
Speaker power ouput2W
TV tunerno
TV tuner typeN/A


DVI inputs1
VGA inputs1
HDMI inputs0
DisplayPort inputs0
Scart inputs0
HDCP supportyes
Upstream USB ports0
USB ports (downstream)0
3.5mm audio input jacks1
Headphone outputno
Other audio connectorsnone

Accessories supplied

Other cables suppliedVGA, 3.5mm audio
Internal power supplyyes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption60W

Image adjustments

Brightness control?yes
Contrast control?yes
Colour temperature settings6,500K, 7,500K, 9,300K, User
Extra adjustmentsInput select, OSD language, reset, volume, mute, OSD position, aspect ratio


Forward tilt angle5 degrees
Backward tilt angle20 degrees
Swivel angle0 degrees
Height adjustment0mm
Pivot (portrait) mode?no
Bezel width20mm


Dimensions510 x 220 x 416mm (WDH)

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