I recently purchased this monitor because decided to replace my old CRT NEC Multisync for something bigger and newer. While looking around, I found very attractive price wise 22” monitor. 22” looked like the right choice and I bought it. After the purchase was made, I finally started to do some research. I’d better done this before. A lot of people were reporting dead pixels, though some other were happy with their purchase. I was concerned about dead pixels even before the monitor arrived.
Out of the box.
Monitor came in a regular package, which contained 22” DYLM2280 LCD monitor, monitor stand, power cord, VGA cable and audio cable. The package does not include DMI cable.
Assembly is fast and painless: clip-on monitor’s stand and you done.
Monitor uses slightly mate plastic. This was one of the reasons why I bought it. I don’t like shining reflective monitors. Height is not adjustable, but you can adjust vertical angle. That is typical for monitors of this class and price range. And I don’t think that it is really necessary to be able to adjust the height of the stand. At least, it height was OK for my setup. Nothing really special, just nice modest look.
Picture quality, first look.
After reading all these reviews about dead pixels, I done my homework and was prepared for the test. Make the search on dead pixel recovery and you will find the same tools. After performing a couple of various tests and spending some time trying different patterns, I was not able to find any defects on the screen. No dead pixels. I felt much better. However, there was something wrong. As I discovered later, I used wrong settings for display resolution of my card. Make sure that your video card is supporting native resolution of this monitor which is 1680×1050 if you want to get best picture quality. While playing with different screen resolutions I figured out that DYLM2280 is able to support wide range of screen resolutions. Automatic adjustment works fine and you don’t have to care about screen settings.
Picture quality, more…
My Soyo required some adjustment of RGB balance to get good white balance. The difference between R, G and B channels was less than 10%. Brightness and contrast were about 45-55% with reasonable bright display. Controls for display are located at the lower edge of plastic panel under display and I miss pressed them for a couple of times, being blinded by a very bright blue led power indicator. Overall picture quality is good, picture is bright and vibrant, very sharp and no major problems were detected.
This monitor offers integrated speakers. Consider these speakers to be more like a joke from Soyo. Quality of speakers is terrible. You’ll probably hear something from them but don’t name this “sound”. Don’t consider using integrated speakers unless you need only beeper. Even my small passive speakers sound better.
I was not able to find any picture problems, reported in some reviews of Soyo 22” DYLM2280 LCD monitor. My opinion: it worth it’s money and it would be hard to find anything recognizably better for less than twice as much as you will pay for Soyo DYLM2280, especially when it is on sale. Good overall picture quality, full set of typical features, modest appearance, no problems so far.