ASUS PG221 Overview
The ASUS PG221 is a nice large 22-inch widescreen display. That screen size will give you a resolution of 1680 x 1050 (16:10). ASUS uses a glossy coating around the outside of the display. This gives the display a very sleek look to it. At the top of the display there is a built-in webcam that can swivel up and down. I really like the addition of a webcam, especially since video chatting has become very popular.
Moving down to the front of the display you have 2 5W speakers for a total of 10W, more power in the speakers than most LCD's we have seen, they usually have 2W speakers. Also on the front is a clear section that will actually be illuminated by the touch-sensitive buttons, we will see that later in the review.
If we turn the LCD to the side we can see that it is quite thin. I hate overly-large LCD displays, the PG221 is not large at all for its size. When you turn the LCD you will see a large circular tube on the back of the LCD. This is not just for show it is a 15W subwoofer, or what ASUS calls their Power Bass System, which uses SRS TruSurround XT technology to give you 6.1 channel surround sound. This is a really unique idea, we will have to see how well it works in our testing. If it does work well I can see more high-end LCD's coming with something like this, no need to buy speakers when you have adequate ones right on your monitor!
The PG221 has more inputs than any other monitor that I have seen! You have DVI, VGA, S-Video, Video, and Component! This is meant to be a gaming monitor so besides your computer you could have an Xbox 360 or Wii hooked up. With all of these connections HDMI was missing, but you can't have everything can you. You also have microphone and headphone inputs on the back. That is because there are microphone and headphone jacks on the side of the LCD as well as 3 USB 2.0 ports. The location of the audio jacks and the USB ports make plugging devices in very easy and convenient.
When I took the LCD out of the box I did notice that it was very heavy, that is because the stand is made of metal. Most LCD stands are made of plastic, but metal is more sturdy and looks cool, but the tradeoff is it is much heavier. The stand has a circular base that allows you to easily swivel the LCD left and right, but there is not vertical adjustment. You can however angle the LCD up or down. Also there is an opening in the back of the stand that allows for some cable management.
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