Dell E228WFP review

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Taking Dell’s latest E228WFP out of the box, we were pleased to see the same design as the elegant 24in model. The only immediately noticeable difference is the fixed stand. But the smaller size means pivot modes and height adjustability aren’t as important.

Dell E228WFP review

Pleasingly, it also offers the superb image quality we’ve come to expect from Dell, finishing top out of the 22in models. It’s a little way behind the best 20in models, but with the same 1,680 x 1,050 resolution stretched to fit a larger physical space we were expecting that. Fortunately, the sharpness of the image doesn’t suffer.

Although the Dell struggled slightly in the technical tests, this didn’t translate into the disappointing real-world performance you might imagine. Looking at our test photos, colour accuracy was fine – backed up by the colour-tinting test in DisplayMate – with only the superb (and more expensive) Apple delivering noticeably better results. A good level of detail was visible in dark areas of photos and DVDs, and only the smaller Philips proved brighter and sharper in general 2D applications.

For photo editing, the E228WFP has no problems showing subtle changes in colours, even though we found slight banding in DisplayMate’s colour and greyscale ramps. The 5ms response time means fast-moving scenes result in no blurring, and the viewing angles are wide enough for several people to gather around and view slideshows.

Our one small gripe is that the black and white levels were both slightly disappointing despite the 300cd/m2 brightness and 800:1 contrast ratio, but the difference between the best and worst here is minimal – the Dell is likely to be the best monitor you’ve owned.

You’ll also appreciate the solid build quality, front-mounted buttons and well-designed OSD. Interfaces are basic, but include an HDCP-compliant DVI port and VGA.

At £259, the E228WFP is the most expensive of the 22in models, but it comes with a three-year on-site warranty and has the best image quality. Overall, the extra size over the 20in displays makes it well worth the price.

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