Dell E2220H Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Sep 01, 2020 at 08:05 am
Dell E2220H Picture
6.3
Mixed Usage
6.5
Office
6.5
Gaming
6.2
Multimedia
6.2
Media Creation
4.6
HDR Gaming
Size 22"
Resolution 1920x1080
Max Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Pixel Type
TN
Variable Refresh Rate
No VRR

The Dell E2220H is a pretty basic 1080p, 60Hz monitor with a TN panel and unfortunately, it delivers mediocre overall performance. The stand offers only limited ergonomic adjustments, so it might be difficult to place it in an ideal viewing position, which is important as the image degrades when viewed off-center. Like all other TN monitors we've tested, it has a low contrast ratio, and our unit has bad black uniformity, so it's not a great choice for a dark environment. That said, it has good gray uniformity, decent peak brightness, and great reflection handling, so there shouldn't be any issues using it in a moderately bright room.

Our Verdict

6.3 Mixed Usage

The Dell E2220H is a mediocre monitor overall. It's okay for office use or gaming, with great reflection handling, low input lag, and good gray uniformity. It's only passable for multimedia or media creation, as it has disappointing viewing angles, low contrast, and bad ergonomics.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Great reflection handling.
Cons
  • Bad ergonomics.
  • Image degrades at an angle.
  • Low contrast.
6.5 Office

The Dell E2220H is an okay monitor for office use. Relative to the size, the screen resolution is decent, but it isn't great for multitasking. It also has poor viewing angles, low contrast, and bad ergonomics. On the plus side, it has great reflection handling, good gray uniformity, and decent overall text clarity.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Great reflection handling.
Cons
  • Bad ergonomics.
  • Image degrades at an angle.
  • Low contrast.
6.5 Gaming

The Dell E2220H has low input lag, but otherwise it's just an alright gaming monitor. It has a slow response time, resulting in a long blur trail behind moving objects, and it doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like variable refresh rate. It has okay peak brightness and great reflection handling, though, so there shouldn't be any issues using it in a moderately bright room.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Great reflection handling.
Cons
  • Bad ergonomics.
  • Image degrades at an angle.
  • Low contrast.
  • Slow response times.
6.2 Multimedia

This is a mediocre monitor for multimedia. The relatively small screen size of the Dell E2220H makes it difficult to make out small details in movies, and the image degrades at an angle, so you can't really share the screen with anybody else. That said, it has low input lag, good gray uniformity, and great reflection handling.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Great reflection handling.
Cons
  • Bad ergonomics.
  • Image degrades at an angle.
  • Low contrast.
6.2 Media Creation

This is an unremarkable monitor for media creation. The Dell E2220H has bad ergonomics, and the image degrades at an angle, so it's difficult to share the screen with a client or colleague. Although it has decent text clarity, the relatively small screen can make it difficult to work with larger projects, or even to see the full UI of your favorite editing software. On the flip side, it has an excellent SDR Color Gamut and Volume, with nearly perfect coverage of the sRGB color space.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Great reflection handling.
Cons
  • Bad ergonomics.
  • Image degrades at an angle.
  • Low contrast.
4.6 HDR Gaming
  • 6.3 Mixed Usage
  • 6.5 Office
  • 6.5 Gaming
  • 6.2 Multimedia
  • 6.2 Media Creation
  • 4.6 HDR Gaming
  1. Updated Jan 20, 2021: For consistency, we've changed the height adjustment from N/A to '0.0'. The score has been adjusted accordingly.
  2. Updated Sep 01, 2020: Review published.
  3. Updated Aug 26, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
6.0 lbs (2.7 kg)
Weight (with stand)
6.8 lbs (3.1 kg)

The Dell E2220H has a very simple, unassuming design. It looks very similar to most of Dell's lineup, with a simple, flat stand, and a flat back with no fancy designs or patterns.

Design
Stand
Width
7.9" (20.0 cm)
Depth
6.7" (17.0 cm)

Very similar stand to other Dell monitors we've tested. It supports the screen well and leaves room for small objects in front of the display. The stand is pretty lightweight and doesn't prevent the monitor from wobbling.

1.5
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
0.0" (0.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape No
Swivel Range No swivel
Tilt Range -20° to 5°

Update 01/20/2021: For consistency, we've changed the height adjustment from N/A to '0.0'. The score has been adjusted accordingly.

Unfortunately, unlike most Dell monitors we've tested, the Dell E2220H has very limited ergonomics, as it can only tilt.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back is very plain, similar to other Dells. The stand is removable, exposing VESA mounting holes if you want more flexibility, but there's no quick release. There's a small hole in the stand that can be used for cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.7" (1.8 cm)

The borders are quite a bit thicker than most monitors we've tested recently. This isn't a great choice for a multi-monitor setup.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
4.7" (12.0 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.0" (5.1 cm)

The Dell E2220H is pretty thin, which is great.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Dell E2220H has just okay build quality, but it doesn't look and feel as premium as most Dell monitors we've tested. There are no gaps or significant issues with our unit, but the front borders are flexible and not very tight, and the stand is very light, causing the display to wobble a bit.

Picture Quality
6.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,004 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The Dell E2220H has a low contrast ratio, resulting in blacks that look gray in a dark room. For a TN panel, these results are slightly above-average. If deep blacks are important to you, a VA monitor would be a better choice, but we haven't tested any that are available in this size.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video is provided for reference only.

6.7
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
234 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
251 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
252 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
252 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
253 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
253 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
250 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
252 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
252 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
252 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
253 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.001

The Dell E2220H has just okay peak brightness. It's bright enough for most rooms, but it might not be bright enough to overcome glare if you're in a room with lots of natural light.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

6.2
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
30°
Color Washout From Right
30°
Color Shift From Left
34°
Color Shift From Right
33°
Brightness Loss From Left
45°
Brightness Loss From Right
45°
Black Level Raise From Left
22°
Black Level Raise From Right
24°
Gamma Shift From Left
23°
Gamma Shift From Right
25°

Mediocre horizontal viewing angle, which is to be expected from a TN monitor. It probably won't cause any issues for most people, but it isn't ideal if you often share your screen with someone else.

5.1
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
13°
Color Washout From Above
47°
Color Shift From Below
18°
Color Shift From Above
67°
Brightness Loss From Below
26°
Brightness Loss From Above
41°
Black Level Raise From Below
24°
Black Level Raise From Above
24°
Gamma Shift From Below
Gamma Shift From Above

Like most TN monitors, the Dell E2220H has poor vertical viewing angles. From above it's not too bad, so it's okay to share your screen with someone standing beside you, but from below colors invert and wash out completely.

7.5
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
7.768%
50% DSE
0.108%
5% Std. Dev.
1.975%
5% DSE
0.078%

This monitor has good gray uniformity. The top of the screen is a bit darker than the rest; this could be due to the poor vertical viewing angles. In near-black scenes, the uniformity is much better, with very little dirty screen effect, but there are still some noticeable uniformity issues.

Note that this varies between units, so let us know how yours looks if you have this monitor.

4.4
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
3.093%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Unfortunately, our Dell E2220H has bad black uniformity. The screen is cloudy throughout, which can be distracting in dark scenes. On the plus side, there's very little flashlighting around the edges.

7.1
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom Color
Luminance
182 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
75
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Controls
100-100-100
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6,163 K
White Balance dE
3.21
Color dE
3.46
Gamma
2.19

This monitor has decent accuracy out-of-the-box. There are some noticeable issues across many shades of gray and most colors, and gamma doesn't follow the sRGB target curve at all, but is instead almost flat, averaging close to 2.2.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom Color
Luminance
99 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
41
Contrast Setting
72
RGB Controls
97-96-99
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6,548 K
White Balance dE
0.57
Color dE
0.96
Gamma
2.18

The Dell E2220H is much more accurate after calibration. White balance is nearly perfect, and gamma follows the sRGB target curve almost perfectly. There are still some minor inaccuracies in some colors, but these shouldn't be noticeable.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model, due to manufacturing tolerances.

8.5
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
94.7%
Adobe RGB xy
74.7%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

Excellent SDR color gamut, with nearly perfect coverage of the sRGB color space used by most content. Unfortunately, it has limited coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space, which may be disappointing to some content creators.

8.8
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
95.4%
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
79.6%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

Excellent SDR color volume. Due to the low contrast ratio, it can't display dark saturated colors very well, and like most LCD displays, blues aren't very bright.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00%

There are no signs of temporary image retention.

8.3
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

Great gradient handling. There are signs of 8-bit banding, especially in darker shades, which is to be expected with an 8-bit monitor. This shouldn't be an issue with normal content.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.000%
Pixel Column Error
0.001%

There's no noticeable color bleed on this monitor.

8.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.8%
Indirect Reflections
4.7%
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.1%

The Dell E2220H has great reflection handling.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

Decent text clarity, especially after enabling ClearType on Windows (top photo).

Motion
5.8
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
No Overdrive
Rise / Fall Time
12.3 ms
Total Response Time
22.4 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
10.6 ms
Dark Total Response Time
19.6 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Normal Chart Table Photo

The Dell E2220H has a disappointing response time. The level of overdrive can't be adjusted, and although there's no overshoot, the total response time is quite slow, resulting in a long blur trail behind moving objects.

5.8
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
No Overdrive
Rise / Fall Time
12.3 ms
Total Response Time
22.4 ms
Overshoot Error
0%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
10.6 ms
Dark Total Response Time
19.6 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Normal Chart Table Photo

Since this is a 60Hz monitor, the results are the same as the 'Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate' results.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight is completely flicker-free, which is great.

0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No BFI
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A

There's no optional Black Frame Insertion feature.

5.9
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
60 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC
No
VRR Maximum
N/A
VRR Minimum
No VRR
VRR Supported Connectors No VRR

The basic 60Hz refresh rate is fine for most people, but it's not very good for gaming. It doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology.

Inputs
9.0
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
8.8 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
8.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
N/A
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

Excellent low input lag, typical for a 60Hz monitor.

7.1
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 2.1 MP
Pixel Density
102 PPI
Screen Diagonal 21.5"
Screen Area 198 in²

This is a fairly small, low-resolution screen, so it isn't ideal for multitasking. If you need a portable monitor for on-the-go use, check the Lepow Z1 Gamut.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI No
DVI No
VGA 1
DisplayPort Out No
USB No
USB C No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm No
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply Internal
Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
No
Speakers
No
HDR10 No
Multiple Input Display
No

This is a very basic monitor with no additional features.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

Very simple 5-button control scheme, similar to the Dell P2217H.

Features
In The Box

  • Manual
  • DisplayPort cable
  • Power cable

Note: According to Dell, in some regions this monitor also ships with a VGA cable.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 22 inch Dell E2220H, which is part of Dell's "Essential Monitors" lineup and is available in a variety of sizes. Note that the larger sizes all have IPS panels, so we don't expect our review to be valid for them.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Dell E2220H doesn't correspond to our review, please let us know and we'll update the review. Note that some tests such as gray uniformity may vary between units.

Model Size Resolution Refresh Rate Pixel Type Notes
E1920H 19" 1366x768 60Hz TN DisplayPort & VGA
E2020H 20" 1600x900 60Hz TN DisplayPort & VGA
E2220H 22" 1080p 60Hz TN DisplayPort & VGA
E2420H 24" 1080p 60Hz IPS DisplayPort & VGA
E2420HS 24" 1080p 60Hz IPS HDMI & VGA
E2720H 27" 1080p 60Hz IPS DisplayPort & VGA
E2720HS 27" 1080p 60Hz IPS HDMI & VGA

You can see the label for our unit, which was manufactured in May 2020, here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Dell E2220H is a pretty basic budget monitor. If you're willing to spend a bit more, there are much better monitors available.

See our recommendations for the best 1080p monitors, the best office monitors, and the best monitors under $200.

BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P

The BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P is much better than the Dell E2220H. The BenQ has a much faster refresh rate and faster response times, making it a better choice for gaming. The BenQ also has much better ergonomics, and it's a lot brighter, making it a more versatile choice.

Samsung T55

The Samsung T55 is better than the Dell E2220H. The Samsung uses a VA panel, compared to a TN panel on the Dell, which results in much deeper blacks on the Samsung. The Samsung is also much better for gaming, with better response times and support for FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.

ASUS MX279HS

The ASUS MX279HS is much better overall than the Dell E2220H. The ASUS has an IPS panel, with much better viewing angles, better gray uniformity, and better response times. The ASUS is also larger, which results in a lower pixel density, but it's easier to see what you're working on or share your screen.

ASUS VG245H

The ASUS VG245H is much better than the Dell E2220H. The ASUS has a slightly faster refresh rate, but it has significantly faster response times, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, making it a much better choice for gaming. The ASUS also has much better ergonomics, and it's much more accurate out of the box.

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