Over the last year or so we were of the opinion that our eyes were getting worse from too much computing and Internet work, but in fact, it appears that the cheap 17-inch no-name monitor we acquired a few years back may have been a contributory culprit to avoidable eyestrain.
A couple of days ago we saw that the local market of a nationwide system of stores here in Germany (ProMarkt) was offering the Philips 220EW8 22-inch widescreen display LCD desk monitor for a sensational special sale price at least €50-€100 below any comparable brand name quality product we had seen on the market, and so we decided to get one.
"Everything you want and need in a big, widescreen display: With high resolution and a large, wide viewing area, the Windows Vista-ready Philips 220EW8 delivers the best widescreen cost-performance value ratio anywhere."
As far as we can tell thus far, that is true. Except for the somewhat unwieldy monitor adjustment system, the thread-bare documentation and installation text in part so tiny you need a magnifying glass to read it, we are thrilled with the picture quality and performance of this LCD computer screen. This was a sensational deal. By comparison, our old 17-inch TFT monitor was a rip-off in terms of quality, eye ergonomics and specifications.
The principal advantage of the 22-inch monitor - and this is not an ad for this particular model of Philips, but for these kinds of monitors in general - is that the user can have two full pages side-by-side on the screen, which is tremendously useful for all kinds of document work, e.g. even the simple comparison of two different drafts of the same document.
Philips also emphasizes this advantage when the company writes:
"A big, widescreen display that improves productivity by displaying two A4 pages side-by-side."
We heartily recommend a 22-inch display screen to nearly everyone. It is a major jump forward.