The On-Screen Display Tools
Upon entering the PG221's on-screen control panel, users are greeted by a simple menu that's clearly labeled throughout the various sub-sections.
As you can see, there are a number of menus where users can tweak all of the settings that relate to image quality. There are a number of pre-set modes available that affect the overall color temperature, brightness and contrast of the images being displayed on screen. The names of each of these pre-sets explains what they are best suited for - Scenery Mode, Standard Mode, Theater Mode, Game Mode, and Night Vision Mode. These modes are what Asus calls their Splendid Video Intelligence technology. Personally, we found standard mode to offer acceptable performance for almost any scenario, but users who like to fine-tune their display will be pleased by the number of options offered by the PG221. Also note, that if none of the pre-set modes produce images to your liking, a custom user defined mode is also available, and each of the pre-sets can be altered manually as well.
The aptly named "Input Select" screen gives users the ability to do just that: select which input is active. And on the System Setup menu, users can alter things like speaker volume, OSD (on-screen display) position, and language. There is also an option to reset the PG221 back to the manufacturer's defaults. The 'Light in Motion' option us used to alter the PG221's built-in lighting. There are five different options available that each result in a different colored light-bar - Standard, Theater, Strategic, Fightin, and Music. This is a unique way to visually cue users in to what mode is selected, but there is a drawback we'll talk about in the subjective analysis section of the article.