NEC MultiSync E222W review

£185
Price when reviewed

It may be part of NEC’s entry-level office range of TFTs, but the MultiSync E222W is still dearer than many 22in models we’ve seen. While some justify this with a high-quality panel, the business focus of this device means NEC has taken the other route, giving the E222W a fully adjustable stand and some fancy eco features.

NEC MultiSync E222W review

So the screen tilts, swivels and rotates through 90 degrees to portrait mode for tall documents, as well as lifting through a full 11cm to suit any eye level. At full brightness it consumed 42W, but after we’d reduced that to around 90% it evened out at around 35W. Enabling the eco mode dropped the brightness further to 60% and a power draw of 27W, but that was too dark for comfortable use on anything but white documents.

Making those tweaks was simple, thanks to the clear menu and small navigational nubbin beneath the screen. With eco mode disabled we put the E222W through our technical tests, and found a rather mixed bag of results. Text was clean and sharp, and colours were reasonably accurate, with smooth gradients in both our colour and greyscale ramps, but we did notice a few tinges of pink and green in the latter. Dark greys had a slight brownish hue while reds looked a little dirty next to more vibrant monitors.

Then there’s the pale, washed out tone that pervaded everything, which we only managed to subdue by lowering the brightness from the default maximum. This also helped to deepen the black level, but not to a sufficiently impressive degree; we still noted slight bleed at the top and bottom edges. Mid-tones were still too light, though, while darker areas of shadow exhibited noise in places.

It offers the usual choice of DVI and VGA inputs, but there are no speakers to add to that impressive stand; even had there been, we’re not sure it would have been enough. The E222W is a pleasant enough office monitor with plenty of flexibility, but unfortunately for NEC the panel is not quite good enough to justify the price.

Details

Image quality 4

Main specifications

Screen size 22.0in
Aspect ratio 16:10
Resolution 1680 x 1050
Screen brightness 300cd/m2
Pixel response time 5ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Pixel pitch 0.282mm
Horizontal viewing angle 170 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 160 degrees
Speaker type None
Speaker power ouput N/A
TV tuner no
TV tuner type N/A

Connections

DVI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support yes
Upstream USB ports 0
USB ports (downstream) 0
3.5mm audio input jacks 0
Headphone output no
Other audio connectors N/A

Accessories supplied

Other cables supplied VGA
Internal power supply yes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption 42W
Idle power consumption 35W

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle 5 degrees
Backward tilt angle 15 degrees
Swivel angle 90 degrees
Height adjustment 110mm
Pivot (portrait) mode? yes
Bezel width 16mm

Dimensions

Dimensions 508 x 214 x 385mm (WDH)
Weight 6.800kg

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