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Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS Full HD 22in LCD - Exclusive review

Andy Vandervell




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Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS Full HD 22in LCD - Exclusive
  • Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS Full HD 22in LCD - Exclusive
  • Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS Full HD 22in LCD - Exclusive
  • Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS Full HD 22in LCD - Exclusive
  • Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS Full HD 22in LCD - Exclusive
  • Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS Full HD 22in LCD - Exclusive
  • Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS Full HD 22in LCD - Exclusive
  • Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS Full HD 22in LCD - Exclusive


Our Score:


Iiyama might not be the player in PC displays it once was, but that hasn't stopped it from carving out an important niche for itself. It was, for instance, one of the first companies to release a sub-£300 24in monitor using a TN panel with its ProLite B2403WS - a sector that has boomed ever since. Now we're looking at another rarity, a 22in monitor with a Full HD, 16:9, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. We're the very first to see it and it has to be said, we like what we see!

Why? Because being the tech zealots that we are, more resolution is always a good thing! Hell, give us 1,920 x 1,080 on a 12in laptop and we'd be delighted, even if it did mean using a magnifying glass to read the text. In all seriousness, however, the benefits of a higher resolution are very practical. More resolution means sharper imagery and more pertinently more desktop real-estate for all the modern applications that place ever increasing demands on that commodity. Thus, a 22in monitor that eschews the usual 1,680 x 1,050 resolution for something roomier, like 1,920 x 1,080, is something worth getting excited about.

Things only look better when you take a look at the price: £150. No, that isn't a typo, the E2208HDS and its 'Full HD' resolution won't set you back more than £150. In fact, it's available for slightly less than this, the cheapest price we found being £144.74 inc. VAT and delivery. This makes it little more expensive than many entry-level 22in monitors with regular 1,680 x 1,050 panels, like the perfectly capable HANNspree Xm-S Verona W22 and even the highly adjustable BenQ G2200WT.

Predictably this low price does result in some compromises, primarily in design and adjustability. Aesthetically it looks solid and utilitarian thanks to an entirely matte black plastic finish, but this is no bad thing since, truth be told, we find many of the glossy finishes of modern monitors a bit annoying. Vitally, the screen bezel is nice and slim, aiding a relatively low profile appearance that should make having two side-by-side possible, even on a relatively small desk - an attractive idea given that this option would still cost you less than £300.

Adjustability, however, is as basic as it comes, with just tilt on offer - you don't even get a swivel base. As ever this would be a desirable feature so it would be good if Iiyama decided to make a slightly more expensive version that included some height adjustment, since many may find the premium worthwhile. On the plus side, if you habitually mount your monitors on an adjustable arm (hello Mr. Stockbroker) then there is a VESA compliant mounting, plus the lack of other niceties means you're not paying for a base you'll throw away.

Likewise, this model comes with VGA and DVI but no HDMI, but Iiyama has already told us it'll be releasing a triple input version in January that'll include HDMI as well as, one would hope, a line-out to go with the included line-in input on this model. As you might have guessed from the line-in jack, the E2208HDS does have speakers. As ever they're pretty abject, especially since they output from the back of the monitor, but they suffice for watching the occasional funny video in the office.


October 30, 2008, 3:29 pm

does it support 1:1 pixel mapping?

Andy Vandervell

October 30, 2008, 3:39 pm

No, afraid not but then if you're thinking about games consoles you don't really need it, since the native resolution is already a pixel for pixel match of 1080p. :)


October 30, 2008, 4:27 pm

Bring on a 24" one for 𧶀 and the credit card might have to come out...

Richard James

October 30, 2008, 6:04 pm

Watch this space on a 16:9 24" for <𧶀.00. Warm that Credit Card up for Early January; and watch Trusted Reviews as they will get a unit for review early December. RJ at iiyama


October 30, 2008, 7:17 pm

You can buy NEW 24" 16:9 Dell monitor from directly dell for 𧵿 including V.A.T and delivery. Model number is S2409W.


October 31, 2008, 12:32 am

@Ozgun: can u tell me how to get it for 𧵿 it's showing 𧶰.99 when I go to the dell page


October 31, 2008, 2:38 am

Well,it was still 𧵿 when I checked a few days ago. That means they increased the price. Unlucky you are.

David Bennington

October 31, 2008, 1:02 pm

MicroDirect have the Dell for 𧶏 inc. vat and basic delivery (in stock).

Plastic Gnome

November 17, 2008, 5:40 pm

Having bought one, I'm a little concerned I can't get it to work properly at 1920x1080 with my mac (an older powerPC based mac mini).

If I use the mac's dvi to dsub adaptor the resulting screen is *sometimes* shifted so far right that even using h position adjustment it can't be pulled far enough across to display the full screen. When it isn't shifted, it looks good. My method to reset is switch resolutions and then switch back but this sometimes leaves you with a blank screen.

Abandoning the adaptor and trying to connect via dvi cable (provided) if the screen appears at all it's all over the place and the monitor pops up a blue warning "Nonpreset mode !" and then blacks out completely. Using the mac's display prefs to select 1600x1200 produces a stable, if slightly fuzzy, screen but it's not what I want.

I can't tell if the fault lies with the mac, the monitor or my own naivete for just assuming it would work.

In general, the impression is that the build quality is far inferior to the Iiyama Prolite E430T I thought I was upgrading from.


November 18, 2008, 11:16 pm

Just this second powered this monitor up after getting it a few minutes ago.

Thank you Trusted Reviews, this is an absolute gem for the money. I came from Hyundai Q17 (yes, that old beast LOL) and this certainly demonstrates how the market has moved on so much in recent years. That old Hyundai cost me 𧸴, this at 𧵘 from Dabs wipes the floor with it completely. Lovely quality screen, no dead pixels that I can find.

Plastic Gnome, I will try my G4 mac mini in a moment and let you know how I get on via DVI.


November 19, 2008, 3:59 am

On the Mac Mini (G4 - 1.33) it worked just as well as on the PC via direct DVI connection. OSX set the video mode with no issues to 1920x1080 and all looked lovely and crisp.

Malcolm Goy

January 7, 2009, 3:41 am

Can any one help??? I'm thinking about the E2208HDS - I'm a photograher - is it that bad with greys on black and can I disable the on board speakers? my desk top speakers are OK. Many thanks...Malcolm Goy


March 31, 2009, 5:10 pm

I know the review says this monitor has an "entirely matte black plastic finish", but is the actual viewing area glossy or matte? If matte... then I will 100% buy it!!


August 23, 2013, 12:27 am

Yep, it's matte. Hope that helps.

James PC-Fix Hurling BSc

July 5, 2015, 10:38 am

These are glossy finish on the front and matt on the back. I have 2 of these and hope this helps, great monitors, i brought them second hand a couple of years ago and they're still going great even on my brand new (and somewhat expensive) gaming rig.

James PC-Fix Hurling BSc

July 5, 2015, 10:38 am

yes you can disbale the onboard (or just don't plug a jack cable in) and grey on black looks great!

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