Iiyama ProLite E2201W-B review

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You don’t always need bags of features to make a great monitor, as this 22in TFT from Iiyama demonstrates. It’s plain to look at – bordering on ugly in this company – and it lacks the adjustability and extras that would justify the relatively high price. But in terms of image quality, it’s up there with the best this month.

Iiyama ProLite E2201W-B review

The greys it produced in our tests were flawless, without any noticeable tinting, as with other blue- or red-tinged monitors. This made videos and games a pleasure to behold, with excellent skin tones and no blurring or ghosting in fast scenes. It might not quite match the vibrancy of the award-winning Samsung, but it has a more neutral tone that many will prefer.

Demonstrating that technical tests don’t always align with real-world performance, the Iiyama delivered a poor showing in our DisplayMate black-level test, with a blue sheen across the screen, and the white level was a little dull, too, albeit very evenly lit. But neither of these characteristics were noticeable in everyday use.

We’re not too keen on the overall design of the Iiyama, though, with its fixed stand, bland frame and tacky round buttons on the front. There are no speakers, either, but the one plus point is the 15mm bezel, which is perfect for tiling two TFTs together. If the design doesn’t bother you, there’s much to like about the E2201W-B, but as good as the image quality is, it can’t compete with the superb Samsung SyncMaster 226BW that costs just £4 less.

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