NEC MultiSync LCD1970NXp
This model has been around for long and is popular among users who want to have a monitor with wide viewing angles and accurate color reproduction. The letter p in the model name indicates a PVA matrix (the LCD1970NX model is based on an S-IPS matrix). Now we’d like to fill in the gap in our tests because there are too few 19-inchers with matrixes other than TN.
This model has been produced for a long time already and has not been modified. That’s why it comes with a PVA matrix without response time compensation.
Note the contrast ratio and the viewing angles. It is in these parameters that the monitor differs from TN-based models.
The exterior design is the same as any other LCD1970 series model has: a massive case with rounded-off corners on a heavy stand.
The stand provides a wide choice of adjustments. You can change the tilt and height (from 70 to 175mm) of the screen and pivot it into portrait mode. You can use the latter feature quite comfortably thanks to the wide viewing angles of the PVA matrix. The screen can also be turned around by using the disc in the sole of the stand. The stand can be replaced with a VESA mount.
The monitor has digital and analog inputs. The power adapter is integrated into the case. The cables can be neatly hidden under a decorative cap on the stand.
The monitor is controlled by means of a joystick and four buttons centered below the front panel. You can only see this solution in NEC monitors. It is handy but the buttons are rather too soft and the joystick doesn’t provide enough feedback. I mean you often miss the desired direction when you are using it.
Quick access is provided to choosing a video source, to the brightness and contrast settings, to enabling and choosing a DV mode.
The menu follows the style of the most expensive monitors from this brand. It is user-friendly. The only thing I can gripe about is that it doesn’t remember the last changed option.
The monitor has 100% brightness and 50% contrast by default. I achieved a 100nit white by lowering both to 42%. Color gradients are reproduced without banding at any settings but lights become indistinguishable from white at a contrast of 55% and higher. The monitor regulates its brightness by means of backlight modulation at a frequency of 209Hz.
The uniformity of white brightness is 4.9% on average with a maximum of 17.1%. It is worse on black: an average of 7.7% with a maximum of 29.4%. You can easily see an X-shaped pattern on black under dim ambient lighting.