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Closer Look at Zalman Trimon ZM-M220W

Apart from its ability to deliver a three-dimensional picture, the Trimon ZM-M220W is no different than other 22-inch monitors. It is based on a TN matrix without response time compensation, has a native resolution of 1680x1050 pixels, viewing angles of 160 degrees, and a maximum brightness of 300-400 nits. That’s not a typo – the Zalman website isn’t certain about the precise number.

The monitor surprised me with its neat and even austere appearance. When I was unpacking it, I was expecting to see a traditional realization of the designer’s notion of a gaming or luxurious monitor which would involve chrome details, blue LEDs, etc. The Trimon resembles a good work-oriented monitor instead. It has a matte black case with no decorations. It is neat, modest and understandable.

The designer couldn’t suppress himself in one thing only. The matrix has a glossy coating here. This increases contrast and saturation but also produces flares as the photographs shows. I don’t have any tools to evaluate the reflective capacity of the monitor’s screen, but it seems to be the most mirror-like monitor I’ve ever dealt with.

The monitor has a handy and functional stand, which is untypical for home/gaming models, too. It allows to adjust the tilt and height of the screen, pivot into portrait mode and turn the screen around the vertical axis.

When turning around the vertical axis, the bottom part of the stand remains motionless: the hinge is in the place of the fastening of the monitor’s case to the stand.

The height adjustment can be blocked with the screw at the bottom of the stand for easier packaging and transportation. Otherwise the stand would stretch out when you pick the monitor up from the desk or out of the box.

The monitor’s native stand can be replaced with a VESA-compatible mount, for example to hang it on a wall.

We’ve got a standard selection of connectors here: analog and digital video inputs, a line audio input for the integrated speakers and a headphones output. There is no HDMI input but you can buy a HDMI → DVI adapter if you need it.

The monitor’s controls are located on its right edge and labeled on the front panel. The buttons are rather small but handy. They are placed sufficiently far from each other so that you didn’t miss the necessary button.

Quick access is provided to the automatic adjustment feature, to the sound volume and mute settings, to switching between factory-set modes (MWE button) and between the inputs (Mode button).

The onscreen menu is neat and user-friendly. It doesn’t offer any special setup options.

The separate menu evoked with the MWE button offers a number of factory-set images modes for various applications such as work, games, movies, etc. Such presets are offered by many modern monitors. Later in this review you will see how they are set up in this model.

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