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Great monitor, great picture, great price
on 27 December 2011
So I bought this monitor simply on the reviews of what Amazon decided was it's predecessor (there was a link on the page of the GL2222HDL through to this monitor, claiming this as the latest version) and I have to say I am not disappointed. It looks great, works perfectly and at little over £100 at time of purchase (though I see the price appears to have increased since then) who can complain?
It comes in the box in three parts, secured very well in polystyrene. The base and stand fit together which then fits into the monitor - a tad fiddly but really not a huge problem...
The quick start guide takes you through it, even if a bit vaguely...
It comes with a VGA (D-sub) cable - to watch HD content I believe you'll need to get a DVI cable, which it has a port for, this is what I will be doing. Note though for normal computer use the VGA is fine (I don't think Windows has HD content?) No HDMI but this wasn't a problem for me as my graphics card is a tad dated - so no port there.
Worked straight away when turned on. The BIOS and other startup bits (I dual-boot so this included GRUB for me) looks stretched and pixellated - but then why does this matter?
Windows found the monitor and did the normal 'Found New Hardware' ritual - didn't change the resolution, I had to do this through the NVidia manager though I suspect I could have just done it through Control Panel. I use Windows XP by the way.
From the off the picture looked incredible - so much clearer and more defined than my old CRT screen (quelle surprise?!). I actually had to turn the brightness down a bit, it was so bright! Not that this is a problem. I spent about 2 minutes going through the montior's menus setting things up - not a huge hassle but, as always with these things, slightly fiddly. The buttons are arranged along the left hand side of the monitor, they feel a tad cheap but it's hardly worth worrying, you tend not to see them. Auto-power-off feature is useful, you can choose between a load of colour profiles (eco, movie, game, photo, etc) but I think that 'Standard' is the best really. You can adjust colours individually but it's a huge bother and not really worth it - white was white from the start for me. NOTE: One thing worth doing is using the tiny program provided on the CD for the Auto-Adjust feature - doing it on your normal desktop tends to make things a bit blurry...
21.5" is a fantastic size - not too big like 24" that you need to choose what part of the screen to look at but generous at the same time. Double page Word document viewing is possible and sitting two things side by side. Makes the whole computer experience so much better.
The stand! It's relatively adjustable and slightly shaky. As I type now it wobbles slightly but then my whole desk is rather shaky so I wouldn't say it's a problem...
Can be wall mounted, don't know about it because I haven't tried.
Conclusion: Fantastic monitor, can't fault the picture at a higher price, let alone this price! Buy it.