>> Mr. Franklin: Hi everyone. This Eric
Franklin from cnet.com. And today we're taking
a look at the NEC multiSync P221W. This is a
1610 monitor with a 22-inch slightly frosted
matte screen and a resolution of 1680 by 1050.
Although the P221W's relatively narrow foot
stand denies it the kind of unflinching
stability heavier monitors have it is still
quite stable. Especially with the screen
height adjusted to its lowest point. The panel
pivots to the left 90 degrees, swivels nearly
360 degrees, and tilts back about 25 degrees.
Also the panel can easily be removed from the
stand and then mounted visa style on a wall.
There's a groove at the top back of the panel
that acts as a carrying handle. Taking the way
too easily removable panel off the back of the
stand reveals several vertically aligned hooks
for organizing the cables. The onscreen
display or OSD menu includes controls for the
usual brightness and contrast but also two
eco-modes which cap the brightness at 75 and
50%. Navigating the OSD was made simple by the
menu labels that pop-up on the screen adjacent
to each button. Movies on the NEC look great
thanks to the display's deep blacks and high
contrast. Games look good running at 1680 by
1050 and showed no signs of ghosting or input
lag. The display's colors didn't look as
vibrant as we like but they weren't quite drab
either. The $490, 22-inch NEC is a great
performing alternative to the super high end
and super expensive professional monitors such
as the $1400 Eizo ColorEdge CG222W. The NEC
has wide viewing angles, a robust and easy to
use on screen display, accurate colors, and
several useful ergonomic options.
Unfortunately this is where the Dell Ultra
Sharp 2408WFP steps in. Dell recently lowered
the price of the monitor to $550 only $60 more
than NEC. Also the Dell includes a larger
screen and many more connection options. It's
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. You may, however, be
disappointed by its feature list especially
when it comes to connections. Once again this
Eric Franklin. This has been a first look at
the NEC MultiSync P221W.
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