Design and Ergonomics
The P221W uses the typical design of NEC’s top-end models. It has a massive angular case of pure white or black, without any trace of chrome or gloss. The screen bezel is rather narrow, so you can easily put two or three such monitors next to each other.
The stand allows to adjust the height of the screen in a wide range: from 10 to 25 centimeters (counting from the desk to the bottom edge of the screen). The stand is not fixed in the bottommost position and stretches out to full length as soon as you take the monitor off the desk.
The portrait mode is available even though its usefulness for a 22-inch monitor is dubious. As opposed to TN matrixes, the vertical and horizontal viewing angles of a PVA matrix do not differ much, so you can turn the screen around just as you wish.
The monitor’s profile looks solid, especially in comparison with modern super-slim models. On the other hand, the P221W is obviously not meant for a secretary’s desk and does not have to look elegant. The thickness of the monitor is not a problem because the occupied space depends on the footprint of the stand. And the size of the stand is determined by the necessity to keep the monitor steady.
There are standard VESA fasteners under the monitor’s native stand. So, the latter can be replaced with a desktop or wall mount.
The MultiSync P221W is equipped with digital and two analog inputs. One of the latter is combined with the digital input thanks to the universal DIV-I connector. You can use a DVI → D-Sub adapter (like those included with graphics cards) to connect an analog video source to it.
The control buttons can be found in the bottom right of the face panel. When you press any of them, there appear labels indicating the purpose of each button. These labels are necessary because the controls change functions when in portrait mode. For example, the double button Left-Right is always horizontal while the Up-Down is vertical.
There is an ambient lighting sensor to the left of the Power button. The monitor can use it to adjust the brightness of the screen automatically.