- Can automatically adjust brightness based on room lighting
- Made using recycled materials
- Nice color
- Cables are PVC free
- Several energy modes
- Easy-to-read text
- Some dull images
- No pivot adjustment
Dell has tapped into the current focus on the economy and the environment by producing the G2210, a 22-inch backlit LED display designed for both the wallet- and green-conscious. Dell claims the display is manufactured using recycled materials, and that its cabling is free of PVC and other harmful chemicals.
But the G2210 doesn’t stop there when it comes to green features: It offers several energy modes, accessed through the display’s on-screen controls. You get three choices (standard, energy smart, and energy smart plus) from which to select the level of brightness and energy consumption you want. When switched on, a built-in ambient light sensor detects the level of brightness in the room and adjusts the screen accordingly. After dimming the lights in the room, we noticed that the sensor did adjust the screen accordingly. When we turned the lights back on, the screen scaled back its brightness.
Scale = Superior, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor
In our image quality tests, which were conducted at the standard energy setting, the G2210 showed easy-to-read text and nice color, though on some screens we saw some dullness in photos. The display adjusts vertically, but it does not pivot. The G2210 includes VGA and DVI connectors, but omits HDMI and DisplayPort. The screen has anti-reflective coating, so it is easy to view with ambient light sources and does not produce a glare.
|Native Resolution||1680 x 1050|
|Response Time||5ms (typical)|
|Dimensions (height x depth x width in inches)||16 x 6.2 x 20.2|
|Special Features||3 energy modes; auto brightness adjust|
Macworld’s buying advice
Given its appealing price and its low energy consumption settings, the G2210 just might be the ideal choice for users seeking a solid display that can help curb overall costs.
[Kalpana Ettenson is a senior editor for PC World.]