Following on this theme, beneath the elegant veneer the E-W22 is a fairly bog standard 22in display. It features a 1,680 x 1,050 native resolution, while AG Neovo quotes a 1,000:1 Contrast Ratio and 3ms grey-to-grey response time. These are fairly standard figures, though AG Neovo also claims a 2,000:1 “Dynamic” Contrast Ratio — a point we’ll discuss a little later on. Brightness is quoted at a decent 300cd/m2, with a pixel pitch of 0.282mm.
Connectivity is also unremarkable. There’s an HDCP enabled DVI port for digital input and D-Sub (VGA) for analogue, while there’s a 3.5mm jack for connecting the speakers. All the cables required are supplied in the box, so you won’t be caught short. One way the E-W22 does differ from the majority though, is its lack of an integrated power supply. This is replaced by a small external power brick, which is connected to the monitor via a smaller DC-input. In addition to the speakers, there’s also a 3.5mm headphone output located on the right edge of the monitor. This is useful in some ways, though we’d sooner see it on the left so cables didn’t trail across the keyboard when in use.
Viewing angles are decent, though nowhere near the typically unrealistic quoted figures of 170 degrees horizontal and 160 degrees vertical. In reality, for a genuinely viewable image, you’re looking at considerably less accute angles.
The OSD is accessed and navigated by a set of buttons just below the screen on the right, with one button reserved for profile switching, two for volume control, two more for navigation and then the power button. There are four preset profiles: Text, Movie, Game and Graphic.
However, with the exception of the Text setting, these are all best avoided. Movie and Game modes are particularly awful, dynamically “boosting” contrast to such levels that you lose all detail and must suffer outrageously over saturated colours. Graphic mode is little better, and isn’t at all suitable for image editing as its name might suggest. Meanwhile, Text mode merely reduces screen brightness to avoid eye strain when editing and reading text documents.
Of course there’s also a User mode that allows you to set the screen up just the way you want it, if none of the presets work for you.
Navigating the OSD isn’t as easy as it ought to be either. At times the navigation can be inconsistent, while the presentation as a whole is distinctly old hat. Options are, however, fairly satisfactory with Brightness and Contrast controls, as well options for 6500K, 7500K, sRGB and user defined colour temperatures.