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The monitor has 90% brightness and 50% contrast by default. I achieved a 100nit white by selecting 63% brightness and 50% contrast. Color gradients are reproduced correctly at any settings. There are no problems with the reproduction of the lightest and darkest halftones.

 

The monitor has a normal uniformity of brightness. The average deflection is 6.2% on white with a maximum of 19.5%. On black, the average and maximum are 6.1% and 15.1%, respectively. You can note brighter spots along the top and bottom of the screen and reaching into the middle.

The gamma curves are very close to the theoretical curve at the default settings. They betray no problems at all. The curves retain their shape at the reduced settings.

As opposed to most other monitors, the LCD19WV, like the above-discussed ASUS VW193S, retains a near-ideal shape of the curves (they just sag a little) and does not have the typical bend in the right part of the diagram (which would indicate an exceedingly high level of contrast) at the maximum settings.

The color temperature setup is high quality. The temperature dispersion is within 400K in every mode save for Cool. In the Cool mode the dispersion is within 700K, which is quite acceptable, too.

The monitor’s color gamut is perfectly standard.

The monitor has a TN matrix without response time compensation and is predictably slow. The response time average is 13.9 milliseconds (GtG) with a maximum of 22.3 milliseconds.

The maximum brightness and contrast ratio are not record-breaking, yet high enough to satisfy most users.

So, what is the summary about this one? The NEC LCD19WV is an average product that only stands out among other products of its class with its good color reproduction setup. Unfortunately, it is priced higher than many other models with slow matrixes. Coupled with its limited functionality and simple exterior design, I wouldn’t recommend it to you for purchase.

Highs:

  • Good color reproduction setup

Lows:

  • Plain exterior
  • No digital input
  • No factory-set image modes
  • Unhandy onscreen menu
  • Rather high price
  • Slow matrix

Recommended usage:

  • Text-based applications (documents, spreadsheets, Internet)
  • Movies and games that don’t require a fast matrix
  • Simple processing of graphics and photographs
 
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