The Good The NEC MultiSync P221W has wide viewing angles, a robust and easy-to-navigate onscreen display, accurate colors, and several useful ergonomic options.
The Bad The NEC MultiSync P221W has a fairly high asking price, and no extra video or USB connections
The Bottom Line The NEC MultiSync P221W has some of the most accurate colors we've seen, but it is light on features.
NEC MultiSync P221W
The $490 22-inch NEC MultiSync P221W is a great performing alternative to super high-end and superexpensive professional monitors such as the $1,450 Eizo ColorEdge CG222W. The NEC has wide viewing angles, a robust and easy-to-use onscreen display, accurate colors, and several useful ergonomic options. However, it only includes DVI, VGA, and S-Video connection options with no extras such as USB ports or card readers. This is where the Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP steps in. Dell recently lowered the price of the monitor to $550, only $60 more than the NEC. Also, the Dell monitor includes a larger screen and many more connection options. Its performance isn't quite as good (especially in color accuracy) as the NEC, but it makes up for its higher price with its feature count. So, if color accuracy is what you desire, the P221W is one of the best monitors for it. However, you may be disappointed by its feature list.
Design and features
The NEC MultiSync P221W has a black chassis with a matte finish that is slightly rounded on its corners. The bezel measures a short 0.6 inch long on all sides. The panel is a long 2.2 inches deep (in comparison, most 22-inch models we've tested have a panel depth of more than an inch); however, the back of the display--which houses the backlight, connection options, and ventilation system--extends another 1.3 inches, bringing the full monitor depth to about 3.5 inches. The panel width measures 19.8 inches long--slightly shorter than average for a monitor of this screen size. The surface of the screen is a slightly frosted and with a smooth matte finish.
The monitor's triangular footstand measures 10.6 inches in width, with a depth of 9.2 inches. The display weighs a fairly solid 18.28 pounds, which is not nearly as heavy as the Eizo ColorEdge CG222W that tipped the scales at 24 pounds. Although the P221W's relatively narrow footstand denies it the kind of unflinching stability of the Eizo, it is still quite stable, especially with the screen height is at its lowest setting. With the screen height raised fully to 6.1 inches, the monitor is more susceptible to wobbling. With the screen height at its lowest, the distance from the bottom of the bezel to the desktop is 2.8 inches.