The Dell P2217H is a versatile 21.5-inch entry-level IPS monitor. It is suitable for general purpose applications, like browsing the web, watching SDR media, working in a standard Windows environment, and even some casual gaming.
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Pro Good for general use
While it does not excel in any aspect, the Dell P2217H has enough versatility to be a decent general purpose monitor. It features good picture quality and excellent connectivity, combined with an impressive range of ergonomic adjustments.
The monitor is also suitable for occasional, non-competitive gaming since its input lag and pixel response time are low enough to grant reasonably smooth and responsive gaming experience.
Pro Good picture quality
The monitor's contrast ratio, peak brightness, color accuracy, and gamma are on par with what the majority of competitors in this price range offer.
The monitor's IPS panel displays good-looking picture, with bright and saturated colors, reasonably deep blacks, and lifelike intermediate mid-tones. The colors pop thanks to the monitor's peak brightness of 250 nits. Dark scenes look pretty as the monitor's native contrast ratio of 1147:1 is high enough to make the IPS panel display good-looking blacks. The intermediate tones are well balanced as the monitor's gamma of 2.18 is only 1% away from the ideal value.
Additionally, color inaccuracies are very hard to spot because of its average color error dE of only 3.2.
Pro Suitable for occasional gaming
The Dell P2217H offers good gaming experience for a general purpose display in this price range because of its reasonably low input lag and good motion handling capabilities.
The monitor feels responsive because of its input lag of 9.8 ms. Only gaming monitors in this price range outperform such result.
Motion looks reasonably clear because only tiny traces follow fast-moving objects on the screen. The monitor's pixels need only six milliseconds to change their color, which reduces motion blur.
Pro Has a USB hub
You can charge external USB devices and connect them to a computer using the monitor's USB 3.0 hub.
The hub consists of four downstream ports that are used for connecting peripherals and a single upstream port that connects the hub to a computer.
Pro Excellent ergonomics
You won't have any trouble setting this monitor according to the needs of your workspace since the Dell P2217H supports all of the necessary ergonomic adjustments. Additionally, you can easily change its orientation from landscape to portrait, and vice versa.
This monitor doesn't put additional stress on your eyes as its backlight doesn't flicker. This is important as monitor flickering is one of the leading causes of eye fatigue.
Pro Doesn’t suffer from image retention
You can leave the monitor on for long periods without having to worry about pixel damage because the Dell P2217H does not have any problems related to image retention.
Con Needs ambient lighting
The monitor doesn't look good in a dark room because its panel cannot fully absorb the monitor's backlight, which makes some areas on the screen look non-uniform.
This problem is common among most monitors in this price range.
Con Default picture settings aren't the best
You need to calibrate this monitor to achieve the best color accuracy. Fortunately, the calibration procedure of the Dell P2217H is straightforward, and all the ICC color profiles are available on the Internet. Fortunately, you won't need any specialized equipment to calibrate this monitor.
Con Limited color space
The Dell P2217H is not the right tool for color-critical applications because it supports only 92.7% of the sRBG color space.
The sRBG is the default color space for web applications, SDR media, and the standard Windows environment.
Con Bad for bright rooms
The Dell P2217H can't fight glare in bright rooms because its peak brightness is not high enough.
Con Lacks speakers
This monitor does not have onboard speakers.
Con Lacks 3.5 mm audio jack
The Dell P2217H does not have a 3.5 mm analog audio output.