Summary: After shelling out more than $800 for the monitor and spectraview software I can oly say that I am dissapointed with this monitor. Don't get me wrong this monitor is well built, easy to install, easy to calibrate and can be viewed from any which angle, things that are important to editing. It is huge at 22" and the colors are great until you compare the colors to my $150 8 year old CRT.
Very good monitor over the past 3 days. but no real documentation!
Joseph A. Nowak "Prophotoman", Amazon
23 May 2011
Summary: I've had this computer hooked up for 3 days now, and love the colors, construction quality, etc. The monitor shipped with the brightness set at 100%! I turned it down to a little less than 50%. The Disc that came with the monitor has several files, including the "User's Manual" which doesn't explain anything about how to install the drivers. The driver folder contains 3 files...
Summary: Without going into detail I will simply state that this is one of the most rewarding purchases I've made in the last year. I bought this monitor specifically for photo editing and viewing. Everything about it works perfectly. The size is perfect. Anything larger would too large to view at a desk. Setup couldn't be simpler. Truly plug and play. Right click on the desktop provides option to choose which monitor you want to use.
Summary: I needed a new monitor, mostly for photo work. I hadn't looked at monitors in awhile and discovered that the manufacturers are abandoning the mid-price range. Most people want 'em big and cheap and for the rest, there are the Eizos or maybe one of the better LaCies. A number of photo superstars, from Jay Maisel, to JP Caponigro to Graham Nash, Jeff Schewe, etc like the NEC 2490 so much they endorse it but its $729.
Summary: Received an NEC 22 inch screen thru Amazon. Quick delivery. Low price. Great screen for professional graphics. I am very pleased with this transaction and the resulting great piece of equiptment.
Summary: I spent many hours and days researching monitors prior to purchasing 2 of these and am certainly glad I chose them. I was tired of the uninspiring image quality produced by TN panel monitors. While not too horrible, cheaper TN panels never gave me what I hoped for when editing images and videos. Even with good color calibration software, I could never get consistent results especially in a dual monitor setup.
Summary: I am a serious amateur and have spent thousands of dollars in camera equipment, editing software and calibration software. But I kept on using my regular desktop screen or laptop screen, thinking that calibrating them was good enough. This display has dramatically improved my viewing experience and I deeply regret not having purchased a professional monitor long ago.
Great Monitor, but I'd Skip the NEC Software if I Had a Do-Over
Cowboy "RJ", Amazon
28 April 2009
Summary: Several months ago, I bought two of these to use with Photoshop. They are a great product and have been absolutely trouble-free. Brilliant colors with a full range of callibration adjustments, they've added a lot to my photo processing cabability. At the same time I bought the monitors, I also purchased the NEC Spectravision II calibration package, which is like the little girl with the curl. When it's good, it's very, very good, and when it's bad, it's horrid.
Summary: I received two P221w's this weekend and so far so good. I will update this review over the next month or so. I'm running two monitors with the NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT that came with my MacPro dual 2.66. Initial impressions are compared to my set of Samsung Syncmaster 226bw that the monitors are replacing. Both were calibrated with colovision spyder2pro, but with the NEC spectraview II software on the p221w's. Blacks are MUCH better on the P221w's.