There are some immediate signs as to how Dell keeps costs down on its E228WFP: Its plastic cabinet is uninspired and lacks typical Dell extras like a media reader, USB ports, and any ergonomic adjustments other than back-and-forth tilt. Still present are full onscreen display (OSD) adjustments and both a DVI and VGA port. The E228WFP also supports HDCP, something we expect from a widescreen of this size.
The screen performed acceptably in our DisplayMate (www.displaymate.com) tests. Besides some backlight seepage at the upper and lower edges, screen uniformity was good and grayscales were reproduced without flaws other than a hint of color-tracking issues—subtle red, green, or blue hues could be seen in certain shades of gray where the color channels scale differently.
There were no visible imperfections in any of our real-world content, which includes HD movies, high-res digital photos, and games, but we weren’t totally bowled over by the E228WFP’s picture. It lacks a richness and vibrancy that we’ve found in our favorite screens, and off-axis visibility isn’t great. Still, it’s not a bad buy for the price.
Nothing obviously wrong. That's a positive, right?