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Old 13-05-09   #1
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A few more tricks with your Dell 2209WA


The Dell 2209WA is a mind blowing monitor., I'll say it again.

I rediscovered some more nice things about this today while I was browsing.

1. The monitor can easily do 75Hz at native resolution (1680 x1050) !
So those wanting a higher refresh monitor need not worry.
People have even reportedly run on higher refresh rates using third party apps like PowerStrip. So gamers who were worried about using vsync for running without tearing can worry a bit less
Just make sure your graphic card drivers are installed and you untick hidden modes in the monitor settings




2. It can support component input!!
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Originally Posted by ToastyX
Another interesting feature...

Did you know this monitor has component inputs? Well, not directly, but this monitor has a YPbPr option, which means it can support component signals via the VGA port with a simple adapter. This allows you to connect a component device like the Wii or a PlayStation 2 without needing a transcoder. This is something most monitors can't do.

You'll need a VGA to component cable and a component coupler, which you can get for under $5 (₨ 250) shipped at MonoPrice.



You'll need to set the color format in the menu: Color Settings > Input Color Format > YPbPr

I tested all the resolutions with a PlayStation 3. 480i/480p/720p/1080i/1080p are all supported with 1.5% overscan, but I had a little trouble with 1080p. Sometimes if something bright is being displayed, the monitor will blank out. That only happens with 1080p. Also, if you switch inputs while something bright is being displayed, it will either display "No VGA Cable" or stay blank when you switch back. That happens with every resolution except 480i/480p. I tested two of these monitors, and they both had the same problems consistently under the same circumstances. This is only with component.

The colors are a bit dark at lower resolutions, but the quality is good otherwise. 16:9 resolutions are stretched due to the aspect ratio, but this monitor has a 4:3 option that can be used for older consoles and 4:3 games.

Mega Man 9 at 480p over component with the 4:3 option:



I also tested DVI/HDMI. 480p/720p/1080p are all supported without overscan, and 1080i is supported with 1.5% overscan. The colors are full range RGB, and I didn't see any problems with image quality other than 16:9 resolutions being stretched due to the aspect ratio. The only problem I encountered was once while switching resolutions, the screen filled with green fuzz, but turning the monitor off and back on resolved that. I don't know how often that happens since I wasn't able to reproduce it.

Overscan test image at 1080p over DVI/HDMI:



Super Stardust HD at 1080p over DVI/HDMI:


2. Makes a good gaming monitor don't you think. And according to reports the input lag is even lesser than previously anticipated. Infact, its the same as TN panels
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I have some interesting lag results.

First, I tested the Dell 2209WA against the DoubleSight DS-263N using a DVI splitter. I was surprised to see that the Dell was actually slightly ahead!

Here the top number is coming in on the Dell (left) but hasn't shown up on the DoubleSight (right):


Here the bottom number is coming in on the Dell but is just barely showing on the DoubleSight:




After seeing that, I tested the Dell 2209WA against a CRT using a VGA splitter.

Here the CRT has just drawn the top number, and you can see the 90 just coming in on the Dell:


Here the CRT has just drawn the bottom number, and you can see the 77 just coming in on the Dell:


The Dell basically has no lag other than the pixel response time. I have never seen results like this before.



Also, while I had the Dell and the DoubleSight connected via the DVI splitter, I tested higher refresh rates by taking some pictures with a low shutter speed while moving the mouse around.

Dell 2209WA at 76 Hz:


DoubleSight DS-263N at 76 Hz:


As you can see, the DoubleSight skips every 5th frame, then every 4th frame, then every 5th frame, and so on.

The Dell doesn't skip frames at higher refresh rates.



This is the most responsive non-TN monitor I've ever seen:
  • No lag other than the pixel response time
  • 76 Hz at the native resolution without skipping frames
  • Good response times due to the well-tuned overdrive, especially at higher refresh rates

I was not expecting this kind of performance. The Dell at 76 Hz beats any TN monitor at 60 Hz. I see no reason to get a 22" TN monitor unless you want one of those 120 Hz TN monitors.
4. Not exactly a 2209WA only tweak but if you have calibrated your monitor, why not use FF3 with the built in color management plugin.
The feature is disabled by defaut bcoz most people don't need it but web designers may like to know.
To enable it set gfx.color_management.enabled to true (via about:config) and restart Firefox.
If your monitor is not calibrated correctly or you have not calibrated it, you'll see a significant difference (I didn't notice any)


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Whoa! i didn't know u could fiddle around with a monitor that much!!
a true enthusiast, i must say!
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Re: A few more tricks with your Dell 2209WA

Excellent coverage of the monitor there FR, I cant seem to comprehend the effort you must have put in regarding this.
Will rep you after distributing some reps to others.
Now I want a detailed on Powersupply and the works as we were talking the other day...
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Only when I have the money to purchase one
Like the 2209WA, I have my eyes set on the Corsair VX550 (I can't afford the TX750/HX620 else they are a better choice)
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Re: A few more tricks with your Dell 2209WA

^^ we are all in the same boat viz a viz regards to cash that is..lol
BTW I have set my BenQ to run at 75 hertz also and the max supported refresh rate is 85 there.
It is running butter, smooth and smexy.


Max 85 hertz.


Will test it at 85 hertz after I restart my pc after a power cutoff as I dont restart normally, with so many programs running.

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@FR: Repped ya right when you posted it..
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See the above post I have posted images...
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yep. noticed. Refresh rates are easy with TNs and 120Hz TNs are soon coming. But when you do that on an IPS, it is news
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Great Job dude ! I was worried about the 75hz refresh rate. Lemme install Powerstrip.
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But still you brought it into my notice, so Thank you for it.

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yep. noticed. Refresh rates are easy with TNs and 120Hz TNs are soon coming. But when you do that on an IPS, it is news
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Wow, what an awesome find!

Makes me wanna take the final step and marry my monitor (it's already moved in with me in my apartment)

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^^Depends on the muhurat actually, with no kundli of it's own, it is quite difficult...
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