The AG Neovo H-W22 is a slim-looking monitor that offers solid, no-frills performance. It will appeal to minimalists and budget-conscious offices.

AG Neovo enters the 22in widescreen fray with the inexpensive AG Neovo H-W22. Its low price reflects, in part, the fact that this monitor lacks the protective hardened optical glass of the company's NeoV Technology, which appears on such other AG Neovo products as the 22in widescreen X-W22.

Nevertheless, the AG Neovo H-W22 sailed past many pricier rivals to achieve very strong scores for text and graphics.

The AG Neovo H-W22 excelled at rendering Word documents and Excel spreadsheets with a consistent sharpness. Whether the text background was white or black, jury members rated readability as very high overall. The AG Neovo H-W22 also produced pleasing graphics. Close-up pictures of fruit showed good texture, with natural-looking colors on blueberries and strawberries, and well-balanced saturation on reds, yellows, and blues.

A screening of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' showed the AG Neovo H-W22 to be a capable movie display. Blues and greens in scenes with water looked refreshing, and characters' skintones were warm and natural, although at times a bit powdery, as if some faces had too much makeup on them. Light skin tones looked realistic, without the pinkish tones produced by some displays. The pirate Jack Sparrow's dark skin tones contrasted nicely with the soldiers' lighter skin tones. Uniforms in various reds and blues seemed well saturated, and the monitor revealed good background detail even in darker clothes and scenery.

The AG Neovo H-W22's design is very simple, with clean, uncomplicated lines. Its nicely integrated speakers avoid adding visual bulk to the thin-looking cabinet, but they sound tinny even at maximum loudness. Voices and dialogue often were so low that the characters were virtually inaudible.

Five simple, tactile buttons let you navigate the AG Neovo H-W22's OSD (on-screen display) menu. Situating the power button in the middle of this otherwise useful group of buttons seems like a mistake, because it makes accidentally turning the monitor off when you're fiddling with the settings too easy.