NEC MultiSync EA221WM review

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With many 22in monitors skirting the £100 mark, you may question the wisdom of spending closer to £200 for seemingly little extra. NEC’s MultiSync EA221WM, however, might just convince you otherwise.

NEC MultiSync EA221WM review

A glance at its specifications isn’t initially promising. Even at this price, NEC has still used a 16:10 TN panel with the traditional resolution of 1,680 x 1,050 pixels.

Distracting backlight leakage was immediately evident from the top and bottom edges of the panel, and DisplayMate’s greyscale and colour ramps both looked a little off. Greyscales were tinted with colour, and the smooth gradations in the colour ramps were interrupted by noticeable, ugly aliasing.

NEC MultiSync EA221WM

Technical tests don’t always tell the whole story, though. Sifting through our test images and HD clips, subtle colour palettes were handled far more delicately than budget TN panels, and black levels revealed detail in even the murkiest of scenes. Tricky skintones were also reproduced with a natural, believable hue that eludes budget opposition.

One thing that isn’t part of the package is good looks. The black, chunky 7.9kg frame is bland and corporate. What you’re paying for is the sheer range of features. The adjustable stand pivots, tilts and swivels every which way; a single hand is all that’s needed to twist the screen into the perfect position. The worst affliction is a noticeable wobble with the stand extended to full height.

DVI and D-SUB inputs are present and correct, and a 3.5mm connector carries audio to the integrated speakers as well as the headphone socket on the left-hand side. There’s a useful USB hub, too, with a pair of sockets at the rear complemented by another two on the right-hand edge.

The EA221WM might lack the tailored allure of some of the business-class competition, but with superior image quality, an adjustable stand and a generous range of ports and features, it’s a flexible monitor that won’t disappoint.


Image quality4

Main specifications

Screen size22.0in
Aspect ratio16:10
Resolution1680 x 1050
Screen brightness300cd/m2
Pixel response time5ms
Contrast ratio1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratioN/A
Pixel pitch0.282mm
Horizontal viewing angle160 degrees
Vertical viewing angle160 degrees
Speaker type2
Speaker power ouput2W
TV tunerno
TV tuner typenone


DVI inputs1
VGA inputs1
HDMI inputs0
DisplayPort inputs0
Scart inputs0
HDCP supportyes
Upstream USB ports1
USB ports (downstream)4
3.5mm audio input jacks1
Headphone outputyes
Other audio connectorsnone

Accessories supplied

Other cables suppliedVGA
Internal power supplyyes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption39W
Idle power consumption2W

Image adjustments

Brightness control?yes
Contrast control?yes
Colour temperature settings9300k, 8200k, 7500k, sRGB/6500k, 5000k, Native
Extra adjustmentsAudio Volume, Eco Mode, Auto Adjust, Aspect Ratio, Intelligent Power Management, Language Select, Power off timer, OSD Position, OSD Language, OSD lock out


Forward tilt angle5 degrees
Backward tilt angle30 degrees
Swivel angle170 degrees
Height adjustment150mm
Pivot (portrait) mode?yes
Bezel width16mm


Dimensions508 x 220 x 382mm (WDH)

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