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REVIEW: Asus PG221

Warranty LCD/Backlight (Years): 3/3
Max. pixel faults (according to ISO 13406-2): Class II
Panel size: 22"
Pixel size [mm]: 0,282
Native resolution: 1.680 x 1.050
Visible screen size/diagonal [mm]: 475,5 x 297,9 / 558,9
Video-In, connector: D-Sub analog, DVI-D digital, YPbPr (Component), Video-Cinch (Composite), S-Video, 2 x Audio-Cinch, 3 x USB 2.0, headphone and microphone connection
Vertical frequency [Hz]: 56 - 75
Max. horizontal frequency/ video bandwidth [kHz/MHz]: 31 - 81 / 146
Color mode preset/user: 5 / 5
LCD pivotable / portrait mode: No / No
LCD display arm option: No
Features: DVI-D cable, 4-in1 cable (VGA, USB,audio) subwoofer cable, power cable
Dimensions (W x H x D) [mm]: 527 x 445 x 244 (with feet)
Weight [kg]: 10,5
Compliance: Energy Star, UL/cUL, CB, CE, FCC, CCC, BSMI, Gost-R, C-Tick, VCCI, RoHS, WEEE, WHQL, Windows Vista
Power consumption On/Stand-by/Off [Watt]: < 100 / < 2 / -
Test date: 03.11.2007
Picture stability: ++ (digital) ++ (analog)
Viewing angle dependency: +/-
Contrast: ++
Color space: +
Subjective impression of image quality: +
Shades of gray resolution: ++
Brightness allocation: +/-
Interpolation image quality: +/-
Fabrication of case/frame, mechanics: +
Operating, OSD: +
Suitable for occasional gamer: ++
Suitable for hardcore gamer: +
Suitable for DVD/Video: ++
Price [incl. VAT. in Euros]: 500,00

++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad


We admit that a Colado slot might be missing – but apart from that, Asus’ 22-inch PG221 really does have all the features a gamer’s heart could long for: glossy panel, 2 ms response time, dynamic contrast, video inputs, USB connections, 2 x 5 watt speakers, a 15 watt subwoofer and 1.3 mega pixel webcam.

In the PG221U version, there is also height adjustment so that you don’t have to strain your neck at LAN parties if desks or tables are too low or too high. If the beautifully modded computer has to sit on the ground under the table as is often the case with LAN, passionate PC tuners can at least cause a stir with the Asus PG221:

Hardcore gamer’s dream monitor – can the Asus PG221 live up to what the advertisements promise? (Picture: Asus product page).

Not just the high-gloss look, but also the coloured DeskLight and the red illuminated touch panel for the controls draw attention to the LCD – and to its proud owner. We did not allow ourselves to be dazzled by all the lights and put the Asus PG221 through our detailed test marathon.

Our test model was the non-height-adjustable version of the 22-inch monitor. We used a system with an Nvidia graphics chip (XFX 8800 GTX Extreme) and an Intel Core2Duo E4300 tuned to 2 x 3000Mhz.

Scope of supply

The Asus PG221 comes securely packed in a roomy cardboard box which contains the mounted LCD including a connected subwoofer as well as a DVI cable, a video/audio chinch cable, a Quick-Install Guide and a CD with software.

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