by Rob Williams on February 13, 2006 in Graphics & Displays
Are you looking for a modestly sized LCD monitor, that rolls in at a good price and really delivers the picture quality you want? We are taking a look at a 17" monitor from NEC that offers quite a bit in a relatively small package.
- Brightness – 270 cd/m2
- Contrast Ratio – 500:1
- 14.5×14.9×8.1 inches
- Display Colors – 16 Million
- Input Video Signal – ANALOG: 0.7 Vp-p/75 Ohms
- Operating Temperature – 5-35C / 41-95F
- Operating Humidity Range – 10% – 80%
- Power Consumption – 35W, Power Saving Mode – < 2 W
- 720 x 400 @ 70 Hz
- 640 x 480 @ 60 Hz to 75 Hz
- 800 x 600 @ 56 Hz to 75 Hz
- 832 x 624 @ 75 Hz
- 1024 x 768 @ 60 Hz to 75 Hz
- 1152 x 864 @ 70-75 Hz
- 1152 x 870 @ 75 Hz
- 1280 x 960 @ 60 Hz to 75 Hz
- 1280 x 1024 @ 60-75 Hz
- Viewing Angle – 75U/70D/80R/80L (CR>5)
- Voltage Rating – AC 100-120V/AC 220-240V
- Net (with stand): 9.5 lbs./4.3 kg
- Net (without stand): 8.4 lbs./3.8 kg
- Thin-frame (bezel), tilt, No Touch Auto Adjust, cable management,
- touch and protective screen enabled, AccuColor color control,
- digital smoothing, digital controls, DDC/CI, NaViSet software,
- Plug and Play (VESA DDC 1/2B), VESA DPMS power management,
- OSM user controls, ISO 13406-2 Class II
One personal reason I never wanted to step up to an LED monitor is that I found many of them had far worse image quality than any CRT you’d find. The images would never be crystal clear, contrary to what the marketing would say, but rather be dull and even hazy. I was immediately impressed with this monitor right off the bat though, and all the worry about poor picture quality was gone. To me, this easily matches the picture quality of my previous CRT, but the picture is brighter, which is perfect for when you want to watch movies or play games.
This is the first LCD I have owned, besides the one on my laptop. After using the LCD for a few days, I could not imagine going back to any old CRT… the picture quality is amazing. I even found simply playing games and performing everyday things was more enjoyable, because the picture was so crisp and clear. Unlike the CRT, this monitor was not giving me headaches, due to the flicker free nature of it.
The only thing I’d like for the monitor to have is the ability to have the picture ‘ultra-bright’, for gaming mainly. On my previous monitor, a ViewSonic E70F+SB, I had the option to simply press a button to enhance the brightness beyond the norm. This was perfect for very dark games or movies. Not such a huge problem really, but I find having the monitors brightness increased is more natural than adjusting it through your video driver.
Overall, I am very impressed with the picture quality on this monitor. I am not one to purchase anything if I am not completely happy with it, but this is a product I hauled out my own money for… so that says something right there.