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AG Neovo L-W22 review

Barry de la Rosa
18 Oct 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
106
inc VAT

A good choice of inputs and a set of internal speakers can't make up for the strong blue cast which ruins the L-W22's image quality

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Specifications

22in screen size, 1,920x1,080 resolution, DVI: yes, VGA: yes, HDMI:

If you're after a monitor on a very tight budget, the AG Neovo L-W22 seems like something of a bargain. For just over £100, you get a 22in display with a Full HD (1,920x1,080 resolution) and VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs.

AG Neovo L-W22

It's handy having all of these inputs as you can, for example, plug in a games console and PC via the digital inputs and switch between them as you see fit. Unlike many budget displays, it also has a pair of stereo speakers. The quality of the audio isn't particularly good and we found them quite tinny. As they face backwards, they can be inaudible unless they're facing a wall to reflect the sound. For Windows sounds they'll do, but for any other purpose a dedicated set of speakers is what you need.

AG Neovo L-W22 back

We like the fact that the menu controls are proper buttons and they're easy to operate. The menu is a little crude looking, but simple enough to work. In addition to the brightness and contrast controls, and colour temperature, you can adjust each colour (Blue, Red and Green) individually.

We found that we had to dial down the Blue channel to remove the strong blue cast to the image that ruined flesh tones and dulled colours. While our adjustment fixed the cast, to a degree, it also took quite a lot of the life out of the colour, meaning that everything looked a little dull and not as vibrant as we'd hoped.

AG Neovo L-W22 side

Although the monitor has a claimed 20,000,000:1 contrast ratio, this is dynamic, where the backlight is adjusted on the fly to make the most of the image on-screen. We find this kind of transition quite distracting and prefer to turn it off. This highlights the poor natural contrast ratio of the display, and we lost detail in the darkest part of an image.

AG Neovo L-W22 ports

While we can forgive the L-W22's budget glossy-black plastic case at this price, the blue cast ruins image quality, and while you can adjust colour temperature to compensate, the dull colours and poor contrast ratio still detract from it. The Philips 221V2SB doesn't have an HDMI port, but it's less expensive and has much better image quality.

Basic Specifications

Rating**

Physical

Viewable size22 in
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Contrast ratio1,000:1 (20,000,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness250cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle170°
Vertical viewing angle160°
Response time3ms
Response time typegrey-to-grey
Screen depth51mm
Base (WxD)218x179mm
Screen elevation81mm

Features

Portrait modeno
Wall mount optionyes
Height adjustableno
Internal speakersyes (2x 2W)
Detachable cablesyes
USB hubnone
Integrated power supplyyes
Kensington lock lugyes
Display extras3H hard coating
VGA inputyes
DVI inputyes
S-video inputno
Component inputno
Composite inputno
HDCP supportyes
Audio inputs3.5mm line in

Environmental

Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on25W

Buying Information

Price£106
Supplierhttp://www.ilgs.co.uk
Detailswww.agneovo.com
Warrantythree years collect and return

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