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While 22in monitors have been around for a while now, they've mainly been aimed at the general consumer and gamer. The 22in size and resolution combination is a good one - you get a large screen size, that's first, widescreen and secondly, is appreciably bigger than a 20in wide display. The resolution of 1,680 x 1,050 is also high enough to work comfortably on, but without the cost of a 1,920 x 1,200 display. It's essentially a widescreen 1,280 x 1,024. Of course, inevitably, things are moving on and Lenovo has announced a 1,920 x 1,200 22in display, which could be the perfect monitor for many people, giving a far smaller pixel pitch, which will increase sharpness. However, in the mean time the NEC MultiSync LCD225WXM represents the mainstream for 22in displays, with a pixel pitch of 0.282mm.
Indeed, merely by appearing in NEC's ‘commercial display' line-up, the 22in size can be seen to have now become completely mainstream. As with all 22in displays, the panel used is a basic TN, which contrasts with NEC's 21in MultiSync LCD2170NX, which despite being smaller retails for more, featuring as it does, a PVA panel.
One of the advantages of the TN panel is that it offers lower response times, and indeed a 5ms response time from black to white is given here. The brightness is listed at an average 300cd/m2, though the contrast ratio is a claimed 1,000:1.
The look of the monitor is unlikely to set any pulses racing, unless conservative black and dull silver/grey is your idea of a wacky colour scheme. It's designed to be inoffensive for the average office and on that score it succeeds. NEC's tend to have thin bezels and this one is the same with a five button arrangement below the screen in the middle.
Cleverly, NEC has placed speakers in the base of the monitor, so that you don't need to clutter up your desk space with external desktop speakers, though should you wish to do so, a pass through connector is present on the side. Inevitably, the performance of the 1 Watt speakers is merely adequate, so while you won't want to listen to music all day over them, it's good enough for the bells and whistles of PowerPoint presentations or the inanities of YouTube videos, and other such office essentials.