On the aforementioned strip resides the unobtrusive power LED, which glows in an attractive pale blue. Here, you’ll also find icons clearly identifying the menu buttons located along the bottom on the display’s right side.
These combine with the logical OSD to make the E2207WS intuitive to use and set up. The main buttons lie nicely under your four fingers, with menu/back (labelled ‘1’), down, up and enter/select (labelled ‘2’) allowing for simple one-handed operation.
The ‘1’ button calls up the menu and exits sub-menus and the ‘2’ button selects from the options on offer, although it doesn’t act as an input shortcut as we saw on the Iiyama ProLite E2607WS 26in monitor.
Meanwhile, the ‘Down’ button activates Aspect Mode, which switches the screen between widescreen and 4:3 aspect ratios. ‘Up’ gives you direct access to Contrast, Brightness, ACR (Adjustable Contrast Ratio) and ECO. Both reduce the brightness of the backlight, but ACR does so dynamically while ECO reduces it permanently.
Input Selection is not too far buried in the OSD, thankfully being the second option on the OSD, with Audio Adjust the third. However, there are some less intuitive options. Opticolor Mode, for example, is annoyingly concealed under Manual Image Adjust, even though it offers the Iiyama’s main image presets. These include Standard, Text, Cinema, Game and Scenery (which would have made more sense being called Photography), and selecting between these would surely have been a good use of the ‘2’ button.
Enough with the controls, I hear you cry – what’s the image quality like? Refreshingly, Iiyama quote a contrast ratio of 1,000:1, rather than an overinflated marketing figure. And initially, the ProLite E2207WS seemed to live up to this, offering the kind of vibrancy you’re more likely to see from MVA panels, despite using a matte coating like many desktop monitors.
Unfortunately, this impression did not hold up to closer inspection. The E2207WS performed very poorly in our greyscale tests – in fact, it put in one of the worst recent performances I’ve seen from a 22in TN panel, with a large portion of the darker shades turning into a single black whole.
This is even worse in ‘Cinema’ mode, where the loss of detail in dark areas is simply unacceptable. There’s some backlight bleed along both the top and bottom of the panel, though not enough to be distracting. There’s also some slight banding and evidence of dithering, and the final fly in the ointment was a green stuck pixel near the centre of the display.