Iiyama ProLite PLE2208HDS review

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The move to 1080p continues, with last week’s super-wide screen from Viewsonic now followed by this offering from Iiyama. It’s a 22in model with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, but unlike the ViewSonic it’s as bare bones as can be – and very affordable as a result.

Iiyama ProLite PLE2208HDS review

The screen is wider but shorter than a standard 1,680 x 1,050 monitor, which can suit certain uses more than others. Obviously, entertainment is the key beneficiary with widescreen movies and games getting closer to their intended aspect ratio. Work, however, is a different matter: though lining up browser windows side by side is easier than ever, those who work on long documents will probably moan about it as much as they did the original move to widescreen.

Whatever your opinions, manufacturers are making it happen. Iiyama’s vanilla approach means a basic, fixed stand, with just VGA and DVI connections on the back, along with a set of 1W speakers on the front. They lack punch as you’d expect, but the volume isn’t at all bad and there is some bass.

The picture’s pretty good, too. We achieved the best tone by switching to User colour and tweaking the levels manually, which was pretty simple given the intuitive menu and plainly labelled controls. We had to lower the contrast a little to prevent the brightest colours from washing out, and there was some minor backlight bleed at the bottom on a dark screen. But other than that it coped with our technical tests well, with colour gradients perfectly smooth and well distributed across the range.

Throughout our real-world tests it produced plenty of detail, particularly at the bottom end of the spectrum, and rendered photos of green jungles, sandy deserts and fruit accurately. In fact, its colour reproduction impressed us most, with neutral greys and only a slight green hue that popped up occasionally.

But there were a few notable issues. The Iiyama struggled with scaling – playing Crysis at 1080p is tough for most PCs, but lowering it to more playable resolutions resulted in some blocky images and pixellation, while the same occurred when scaling video. We also noticed some juddering in our response time tests which, while not a deal-breaker, did occasionally become noticeable during gaming.

But weaknesses are to be expected at this price. We haven’t seen such a high-resolution display at this low price before, so if it’s just the pixels you’re after the Iiyama is well worth considering as a multitasking, everyday monitor. Just bear in mind that a 1080p sticker doesn’t automatically make it an entertainment monitor.


Image quality5

Main specifications

Screen size21.5in
Aspect ratio16:9
Resolution1920 x 1080
Screen brightness300cd/m2
Pixel response time5ms
Contrast ratio1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratio10,000:1
Pixel pitch0.248mm
Horizontal viewing angle170 degrees
Vertical viewing angle160 degrees
Speaker typeStereo
Speaker power ouput1W
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 consumption43W

Image adjustments

Brightness control?yes
Contrast control?yes
Colour temperature settings6,500K, 7,500K, 9,300K, user
Extra adjustmentsInput select, sharpness, OSD language, position, time, volume, mute, info, reset


Forward tilt angle5 degrees
Backward tilt angle20 degrees
Swivel angle0 degrees
Height adjustment0mm
Pivot (portrait) mode?no
Bezel width18mm


Dimensions517 x 193 x 386mm (WDH)

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