AG Neovo has tried a fresh approach to make its slimline AG Neovo X-W22 22in monitor stand out from the crowd.

The AG Neovo X-W22 is similar to its H-W22 model, in that it's a 22in widescreen monitor housed in a slimline case. It's a stylish-looking unit with a small 14mm bezel and low stand. One slight niggle of the stand is that it lacks any vertical adjustment and will therefore be positioned quite low down on your desk.

The quality of the AG Neovo X-W22's display is superb, with rich blacks and strong colours. During our test movie skin tones looked natural and contrast was good. It also rendered text crisply in a Word document.

The AG Neovo X-W22 is, however, a glossy display, so it may not be the ideal choice for designers. AG Neovo is at pains to point out that the NeoV Optical Glass has anti-reflective properties, however, which is a plus for design work.

On the technical side, the AG Neovo X-W22 sports a wide array of connections including analogue, digital, S-Video and composite video. So you can attach pretty much any source to the X-W22.

The AG Neovo X-W22 is well built for displaying high-definition video thanks to built-in HDCP (high-bandwidth digital copy protection). This is a technology developed by Intel that can render high-definition video unwatchable unless the screen has HDCP built into it. This means that you'll be able to connect a Blu-ray player to the monitor and it will play back the video.

To further its high-definition credentials, the AG Neovo X-W22 ships with a DVI-to-HDMI adaptor.

The AG Neovo X-W22's key feature, though, is the toughened optical glass of the display. This makes the monitor pretty much bullet-proof (or at least child and general public proof). Consequently, the AG Neovo X-W22 is a good choice for education establishments, or for computers used in a public area (internet cafes, libraries, etc). It also sports a VESA standard wall mount, so it could be used as a wall display.

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Mark Hattersley is the editor of Macworld.co.uk.

AG Neovo X-W22: Specs

  • 22in (559mm) screen
  • 300cd/m2 typical brightness
  • contrast ratio: 3000:1 DCR
  • Viewing Angle (H/V) 170/160 degrees
  • Display Resolution: WSXGA+ 1680x1050
  • input signal: Analogue, Digital, S-Video, CVBS
  • 3ms grey to grey response
  • 512x392x155mm
  • 6.9kg
  • 22in (559mm) screen
  • 300cd/m2 typical brightness
  • contrast ratio: 3000:1 DCR
  • Viewing Angle (H/V) 170/160 degrees
  • Display Resolution: WSXGA+ 1680x1050
  • input signal: Analogue, Digital, S-Video, CVBS
  • 3ms grey to grey response
  • 512x392x155mm
  • 6.9kg

OUR VERDICT

The AG Neovo X-W22 is a comprehensive monitor. Image quality is great and the sturdy nature of the screen makes it ideal for use in public spaces. Its high price is a turn-off to consumers, though, who should look at the cheaper, but less sturdy, H-W22 instead.

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