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NEC’s monitors traditionally come in two series, AccuSync and MultiSync, but the LCD22WV model is not assigned to any of them. The reason is unclear to me. Perhaps NEC decided to push the market positioning of the low-end AccuSync series up by excluding junior models from it.

The monitor’s specs are far from impressive, indeed. It is not even a true 22-incher as the exact size of its screen is 21.6 inches. Otherwise, it is an ordinary monitor with a 5ms matrix without response time compensation. The large viewing angles of 170 degrees are due to the relaxed method of measuring them.

I told you about 21.6-inch monitors in one of my previous articles. In brief, one centimeter of screen diagonal is the only difference from regular 22-inchers. 21.6-inch models have the same type of the matrix, the same specifications and native resolution. It is hard to tell 21.6-inch and 22-inch models apart unless you put them right next to each other.

The LCD22WV has a humble appearance. Its flat gray bezel seems even wider than it really is due to the lack of any decorations. I doubt this monitor will attract anybody with its exterior.

The round plastic stand allows you to adjust the tilt of the screen. The ring at the back of the stand can help you lay the monitor’s cables neatly.

The default stand can be replaced with a VESA-compatible mount. You may only want to do so in order to wall-mount the monitor. If you want to have an ordinary stand with wider adjustment options, you should buy a more expensive monitor instead. Purchasing a good stand for the LCD22WV is unreasonable.

This monitor is equipped with an analog input only. That’s normal for an entry-level monitor. The power adapter is integrated into the case.

The control buttons are centered below the screen and have clear and comprehensible captions. The Power button is on the far right. It is accompanied with a LED indicator that has modest intensity and will not distract your eyes at work.

Quick access is provided to the brightness and contrast settings, to the automatic adjustment, and to restoring all the settings to their factory defaults.

The onscreen menu is simple but handy thanks to its large and clear icons and text captions (I used to criticize some of NEC’s inexpensive models for the lack of such captions). The only problem is the process of changing the parameters. When you press and hold the minus or plus buttons, the numbers change very slowly at first, but then accelerate so suddenly that you are sure to miss the desired value.

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