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Iiyama ProLite E2209HDS - Full HD 22in Monitor
Considering what a sales impact the words 'Full HD' have gained it's not surprising how quickly 1,920 x 1,080 has worked its way into being the standard resolution for 22in monitors. Only a few short months ago when we looked at Iiyama's ProLite E2208HDS, this was still something worth getting excited about, but now there's no lack of competition, meaning the E2209HDS will have its work cut out for it.
As usual for monitors at this price point, Iiyama's latest features the click-base-into-stand design, making assembly a doddle. Adjustability suffers though, with only limited tilt to alleviate ergonomic concerns. We can hardly fault Iiyama for this since it's a problem with most budget displays, but the BenQ G2200WT has shown how it could and should be done. At least (unlike BenQ) Iiyama includes a DVI cable.
In terms of design, the E2209HDS is very similar to its cheaper cousin, which is a pity since the E2208HDS wasn't the most attractive of monitors to begin with. Thankfully the matte finish has been retained, meaning that though it might not look as flashy as some, this display should be able to stand a bit more wear and tear. Plastics feel solid throughout and despite a hint of creak overall build quality is good.
However, there are a few points which make this monitor one of the least attractive 22in models we've come across. First is the slight bulge on the lower part of the bezel. It's only a difference of a few millimetres, but because it's so slight it just looks wrong. Iiyama would have been better off making it a little wider and straight, or giving it a more defined curve a la Viewsonic's VX2260wm.
The second faux pas concerns the way the lower part of the bezel seems to be 'tacked-on' to the rest of the monitor - you can clearly see two seams at the bottom of the left and right parts of the bezel where it joins the rest of the chassis. The clunky control buttons plainly visible along the front edge and the bean-shaped blue LED don't help matters much either.