by Matt Serrano on June 4, 2008 in Graphics & Displays
Lenovo tests the waters in the LCD market with a product that we’ve been waiting quite some time for — a 22" LCD monitor that offers a 1920 x 1200 native resolution. But is its resolution alone enough reason for you to give it the nod?
What Lenovo gave up in features with the L220X, they compensated for in image quality, in spades. The L220X is, without a doubt, the sharpest and most accurate monitor I have ever seen. It’s suitable for any type of work, making it capable of handling any task you throw at it.
However, with its strengths considered, it’s weaknesses may be more apparent. Even though the display’s image quality is spectacular, some users will feel the pain of missing extra ports and features. Other 24" monitors have included far more display ports, memory card slots, and more, and we would have loved to see them included here.
What I have yet to mention are the smaller annoyances that have been tacked on. Though these are only nitpicks, I feel that they should be voiced. The monitor take a much larger footprint than other 22" displays, it gets very hot to the touch (even the front), and seems to consume more power. The side ports of the included USB hub, although useful, are hard to reach because they are behind the edge of the panel, making them difficult to spot as well.
I’m not entirely sure if the monitor was made for the home user in mind. The question is primarily raised when the design choices and features are brought into light, where it really fails to differentiate itself. A cross between Lenovo’s quality and Dell’s styling, for example, would be killer on the market, but taking the company’s recent trends that market toward consumer approval into account (the IdeaPad U110, for example), I can certainly see a more attractive Lenovo monitor sitting on my desk in the future.
Even if you have no interest in the monitor itself, Lenovo may very well be helping to secure the future of consumer-available display technology that actually appears to be positive, rather than negative. What we see here is a first generation product that has a chance to compete, and potentially increase the quality of the displays we will be using in the next few years, if not months.
The only person I couldn’t recommend this display to is someone in need of extra video ports. As aforementioned earlier in the review, the pixel pitch is hardly a problem for me personally, and I don’t think anyone should discount it without seeing it in person especially if you’re considering a 24" panel.
Admittedly, the monitor has its potential pitfalls, even in its image quality, making it far from perfect. But, it’s able to pack a huge resolution in a relatively small viewing area. Its build quality is almost unparalleled, and even taking its (few) image quality weaknesses into account, remains my favorite monitor yet.
- Excellent image quality
- A great choice for any type of user
- 1920×1200 resolution in a 22" form factor
- Great viewing angles
- High quality stand, pivot and rotate features
- USB hub
- Lack of video inputs
- Large footprint
- Visible color shifting
- Side USB ports are hard to reach without searching
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