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Dell to launch budget 22" widescreen monitor

Dell to launch budget 22" widescreen monitor

Could Dell's E228WFP be the budget widescreen monitor of choice this year?

bit-tech forum member r4tch3t writes to tell us about a new budget 22" widescreen monitor that has appeared on Dell's New Zealand website.

The E228WFP looks set to take on recent splash of 22" widescreen monitor releases from some of the big brands in the TFT industry with a price of NZ$749 - that's a shade over £310 including VAT here, and around $500 in the US. The US price is probably quite a bit higher than expected, it's more likely to retail for around $400.

Update:
The monitor has been found for CA$329 on Dell's Canadian website. See here for more details.

Looking at it, the E228WFP's on-paper specifications aren't too bad, especially when you consider that the monitor is aimed at the lower end of the market. They read as follows:
  • Viewable Size: 22 inches (wide);
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.282mm;
  • Response Time: 5ms (typical);
  • Viewing Angle: 160 degrees (verticle), 160 degrees (horizontal);
  • Luminance (brightness): 300cd/m²;
  • Contrast Ratio: 800:1;
  • Native Resolution: 1680x1050;
  • Connectivity: D-Sub (analogue), DVI-D (digital) with HDCP support.
On top of this respectable set of features, the monitor also comes with tilt functionality. Although that's not quite in the same league as the Samsung 215TW or Dell 2407WFP/2007WFP monitors that come with tilt, height adjustment, swivel and pivot capabilities, it's similar to what other monitors in this price range would come with.

The low response time probably means that the screen uses a 6-bit LCD panel, as opposed to the preferred 8-bit panels found in the better screens. With that said though, it should be good enough for most gamers and students looking for a decent-sized monitor that doesn't break the bank.

It's not clear when Dell plans to announce this monitor, but it may happen this week during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, since it's an event that Dell has used to announce many of its products in the past. We'll be sure to keep an eye out for this monitor on the show floor.

You read more about the monitor on Dell's New Zealand website. We've attached a few pictures in case the monitor is removed from Dell's site.


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Lord_A 8th January 2007, 15:33 Quote
"that's a shade over £310 including VAT here"

Yeah, but don't forget the R.O.B. factor which will add another £100 on top like it did to the 20" 'budget' screen over here
IccleD 8th January 2007, 15:33 Quote
Bah, Budget or not, I couldn't justify spending that much on a screen.

It's over double the price of my nice 19" Widescreen I bought before Xmas.

And only a little better in the performance, not really enough for "Human Eyes" to notice.
Mankz 8th January 2007, 15:44 Quote
i think i'll keep my eye's on this....

could make a good upgrade to my 12" CRT!
Tim S 8th January 2007, 15:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lord_A
"that's a shade over £310 including VAT here"

Yeah, but don't forget the R.O.B. factor which will add another £100 on top like it did to the 20" 'budget' screen over here
Well, I guess so, but Dell would just end up pricing itself out of the market. £310 seems about right for the on-paper specs... any higher and you're getting close to the Samsung 215TW, which is one of the best screens I've personally used.
Evenge 8th January 2007, 16:07 Quote
I want one of those!
mashles 8th January 2007, 17:09 Quote
considering the price of most of the 22" lcds on the market at the moment, thats a bit overpriced. Spec wise the Belinea 2225S1W is better, and its available for under £230.
TomH 8th January 2007, 18:04 Quote
Quote:
The E228WFP looks set to take on recent splash of 22" widescreen monitor releases from some of the big brands in the TFT industry with a price of NZ$749 - that's a shade over £310 including VAT here, and around $500 in the US. The US price is probably quite a bit higher than expected, it's more likely to retail for around $400.
I'm agreeing with everyone else: It'll be more. The "value" 20" monitor was more expensive than a 2007WFP in the states. :(
EQC 8th January 2007, 18:25 Quote
Well, that's the third monitor Dell has announced that I still see no sign of: the 30" High-Color, the 27" Wide-screen, and now this 22" Economy-Wide-screen. Any word on when any of these will be purchasable?
Woodstock 8th January 2007, 19:06 Quote
Who would have thought, dell releasing gear that are actually tempting to buy
Ramble 8th January 2007, 19:35 Quote
Dell monitors are actually pretty top spec (Reading this on a Dell monitor...).

There isn't much difference between panels today anyway, since only a few manufacturers make LCDs, the backlight and electronics (connections, HDMI, etc) are what make monitors stand above others.
Tyinsar 8th January 2007, 19:36 Quote
Dell Canada had these on sale for $299 Canadian (with free shipping) on Boxing Day. Right now they are on sale for $329 (link) and showing a regular price of $399 Canadian.
Mister_Tad 8th January 2007, 19:47 Quote
!!

Now that is just silly cheap! Would be rude not to at that price. I paid £300 got a 22" not long ago, ah the wonders of living in the UK
Cthippo 8th January 2007, 20:05 Quote
I could see buying one of these at $300 or even maybe $400, but it's just not enough of an improvement over my 19" CRT to justify more than that. In the end I think I'll wait for a used 2407 or somthing along those lines.
Tyinsar 8th January 2007, 20:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mister_Tad
!!

Now that is just silly cheap! Would be rude not to at that price. I paid £300 got a 22" not long ago, ah the wonders of living in the UK
Well, being Canadian I wouldn't want to be rude - Mine arrived today. :D (Sadly I paid the same price for a 19" not too terribly long ago - such is the way of electronics - oh well.)
aggies11 8th January 2007, 21:08 Quote
Wow, thats quite the deal $CAD. Anyone know how gaming performance is? (can't seem to find any decent reviews online yet)

Also, how is the scaling? I'm interested in making the jump to 22", but my GPU won't be able to handle that high res. I just got a 19" vx922 in the summer for the same price *wince*. Might be worth it getting an additional monitor. ;)

Aggies
Bladestorm 8th January 2007, 21:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim S
Well, I guess so, but Dell would just end up pricing itself out of the market. £310 seems about right for the on-paper specs... any higher and you're getting close to the Samsung 215TW, which is one of the best screens I've personally used.

I was finally able to go off and order a 215TW today and paid £349 + £7 shipping, could have gotten another £5 off probably but went for a reputable dealer instead (Komplett, where I got my last samsung from also - they seem to stock models most dont) anyhow even at £310 it would be starting to get close.
malcolm 9th January 2007, 01:22 Quote
I can confirm that I've seen hard copy flyers around from Dell NZ shipping these for NZD$749.
Aankhen 9th January 2007, 06:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tyinsar
Dell Canada had these on sale for $299 Canadian (with free shipping) on Boxing Day. Right now they are on sale for $329 (link) and showing a regular price of $399 Canadian.
GAH HOW DID I MISS THAT

I just picked up my Benq FP202W (20", 1,680×1,050) for about C$300 today! I had no idea about this deal! :(
Tyinsar 9th January 2007, 07:01 Quote
Since I got mine today I might as well state my first impressions:

It is definitely a budget monitor: The horizontal viewing angle is fine but vertically the changes in brightness are quite noticeable. Speaking of brightness the back lighting is a little uneven (with the bottom seeming brighter and a little washed out). However, once I got into a game I was surprised at it being more immersive than playing on my 19" widescreen was.

It's not the greatest 22" monitor but it is a decent one at a good price (especially on sale). The only downside is that my 7600GT is not quite up to the task with all the visual extras turned on.

@ Aankhen: Dell has a link on their page somewhere so you can sign up to get spam notice of sales & "deal days". They often have monitors on sale so it's worth waiting for next time. Any chance of returning the one you got? If not, well, yours has the same resolution as this one anyway.
Tim S 9th January 2007, 07:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tyinsar
Dell Canada had these on sale for $299 Canadian (with free shipping) on Boxing Day. Right now they are on sale for $329 (link) and showing a regular price of $399 Canadian.
wow, thanks for the link - I've updated the story to reflect that.... if that price translates across the border to the US, that's going to be a killer.
Aankhen 9th January 2007, 22:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tyinsar
@ Aankhen: Dell has a link on their page somewhere so you can sign up to get spam notice of sales & "deal days". They often have monitors on sale so it's worth waiting for next time.
Ah, I didn't know that. I must sign up for it. :)
Quote:
Any chance of returning the one you got? If not, well, yours has the same resolution as this one anyway.
I could return it, but I'd rather not, since I just returned my LG 20" for this Benq yesterday, so my mother would have a fit if I told her I now want to return this one for a more expensive monitor. :p One has to be satisfied at some point, after all. Can't just keep buying new stuff… in the computer industry, you'd never stop!
bluep3ace 10th January 2007, 03:49 Quote
$296 at Dell USA.

They seem really nice. I might actually pick one up instead of a much needed graphics card >.<
Mankz 28th January 2007, 10:59 Quote
Mary Jo 28th January 2007, 18:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lord_A
"that's a shade over £310 including VAT here"

Yeah, but don't forget the R.O.B. factor which will add another £100 on top like it did to the 20" 'budget' screen over here
Overclockers have it on pre-order for £270 inc. VAT. which is cheaper than even the £307.85 quoted on the dell UK website.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MO-015-DE
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