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Exterior Design and Ergonomics

Lenovo took the PC, notebook and monitor manufacture over from IBM. The latter had preferred a stern, laconic style and black color.

Lenovo stays true to those design principles. The ThinkVision L220x has a single-color dark-gray case. A wavy row of buttons is the only embellishment here.

The monitor is rather massive. It seems small from the front due to the thin screen bezel but its case is quite thick.

The monitor’s native stand uses standard VESA fasteners, so you can easily replace it with a VESA-compatible mount, for example if you want to hang the monitor on a wall.

The stand allows to adjust the height of the screen (from 70 to 180 millimeters counting from the desk to the bottom edge of the screen), tilt it or pivot it into portrait mode. The screen can also be turned around the vertical axis – the base of the stand remains motionless at that.

The stand is locked in the bottommost position for easier transportation by means of a plastic bracket (it is already removed in each photograph).

It is handy that the base of the monitor is motionless when you rotate the screen around – thanks to the hinge in the pole of the stand. Many other models have a rotating circle in the sole of the stand and their stand is rotating together with the screen as a single whole.

The power and video cables can be placed into the immovable part of the stand under a cap.

The ThinkVision L220x has the following connectors: a digital DVI-D, analog D-Sub, and an integrated 4-port USB hub. To the left of the connectors there is a cable holder. The power adapter is integrated into the case.

Two of the USB hub’s ports are located on the bottom edge of the back part of the case and are meant for permanently attached devices such as mouse and keyboard. Two more can be found on the side panel – they are handy for flash drives, etc.

The monitor’s controls are placed in the bottom right of the front panel in a kind of a wave. They are labeled in paint. Additional markings are painted in different colors. All of them are easily readable under normal lighting. Quick access (without entering the main menu) is provided to switching between the inputs, to the auto-adjustment feature, and to the brightness setting. The buttons respond softly and neatly to your fingers.

The Power indicator is located to the right of the corresponding button. It is small, not very bright, and green. It is not distracting at work. The indicator changes its color into yellow in sleep mode.

The exterior design of the ThinkVision L220x is okay. It is a neat and handy monitor. I guess the only feature missing in it is the ability to quickly switch between different levels of screen brightness. The monitor just doesn’t offer such factory-set image modes, perhaps due to its overall office-oriented design. Such modes are useful at home so that you could quickly adjust your monitor for a particular application (office applications, movies, games, etc) but virtually unnecessary for office work.

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