But at around £450, the NEC MultiSync P221w is extremely pricey, particularly when you consider that other 22in displays can be found for considerably less.

In our tests, the NEC MultiSync P221w showed beautiful colour and sharp, easy-to-read text, even at small font sizes. It also handled our motion tests with aplomb, showing negligent blurring. NEC gears this display to specialized uses such as graphic design, and many of the controls in the on-screen display certainly are aimed at fine-tuning the screen.

For instance, you can make manual adjustments to the NEC MultiSync P221w's red, green, and blue levels individually.

The NEC MultiSync P221w also offers hardware calibration, an unusual extra that will likely appeal photographers and others who might want to adjust the whitepoint or gamma curve. NEC also sells calibration software for the P221w - the software enables further fine adjustments to the screen.

The NEC MultiSync P221w pivots and adjusts easily, and the unit's smooth black finish would grace any desk quite nicely. The P221w includes DVI and VGA ports for hooking it up to a PC, but it lacks both HDMI and DisplayPort connections.

OUR VERDICT

Still, unless, perhaps, you're a graphics specialist, the £450 seems a high price to pay for the NEC MultiSync P221w, even for rock-solid image quality and high-level controls. These days you can find a decent 22in widescreen for half that price and less, and during these uncertain economic times, it makes sense to watch where you spend your hard-earned cash.