The monitor’s brightness and contrast are set at 90% and 50%, respectively, by default. To achieve a 100nit brightness of white I reduced the brightness setting to 50% and the contrast setting to 43%. The brightness is regulated by means of backlight modulation at a frequency of 205Hz.
Color gradients are reproduced perfectly, without banding, but this proved to be almost the single good thing about the way the FP222Wa reproduces colors.
The monitor offers three preset modes (including a dynamic contrast mode) you can switch through with a single button. You should use them with discretion because the factory settings can greatly distort the shape of the gamma curve leading to a loss of details in darks or lights. Moreover, dark halftones merge into the same black color when you select a contrast value below 20%.
The Photo mode settings look like a bad joke to me. The blue curve is so high that the monitor makes no distinction between light-blue halftones. I can’t think of a possible use for this mode but it surely won’t do for viewing photographs.
Another thing I noticed when evaluating the image quality subjectively was poor viewing angles. Yes, TN matrixes are generally poor in this respect, but the FP222Wa is even worse than average. Its image gets dark when viewed from below, which is typical of such monitors, but also acquires a noticeable greenish hue.
The gamma curves look good at the default settings except for the small bend in the top right of the diagram. This bend can usually be corrected by lowering the contrast setting a little, but this method only makes things worse with the FP222Wa. When the contrast is reduced to 43%, the three curves all rise up, making the image paler.
The color gamut is standard for a modern monitor. It is larger than the typical sRGB space in the area of greens, coincides with it in the area of blues and is smaller than sRGB on reds.
The color temperature setup is somewhat confusing. On one hand, there is a very small difference between the levels of gray (except for the User mode in which the three sliders for red, green and blue are all just set at 100%). On the other hand, the monitor doesn’t offer a mode with a temperature between 6000K and 7500K although 6500-7000K is the most suitable color temperature for a majority of users and the sRGB standard demands 6500K explicitly. As a result, many people will regard the image in the Normal mode as too warm and in the Cool mode as too cold without the option of choosing an intermediary value.
The monitor’s matrix lacks response time compensation and its real speed stands far from the pretty-looking number in the specs: 17.3 milliseconds GtG on average with a maximum of 35.1 milliseconds. This is not a high speed at all.
The level of black and, consequently, the contrast ratio are good. The latter is over 400:1, which is an excellent result for a TN matrix.
The overall impression from this monitor is far from good. It’s got poor ergonomics and a slow matrix with small viewing angles. There are problems with the preset modes and the contrast setting, and it lacks a DVI input. All this means that the FP222Wa can only be recommended to undemanding users as a monitor for processing text in the first place. I also want to warn you against using this monitor with old graphics cards, integrated into the mainboard or discrete cards of the GeForce MX class. The image quality may prove too low when you use an analog connection and a resolution of 1680x1050 pixels. You’ll have to replace you card with a better one, but its better to go DVI instead.