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The gamma curves nearly coincide with each other at the default settings. The only drawback I can see here is that the value of gamma is slightly lower than necessary.

Alas, the value of gamma is even lower at the reduced contrast. The resulting image is whitish and low-contrast.

The color temperature dispersion is small, within 500K, in every mode. The available modes should satisfy most users.

The color gamut is standard overall but this monitor is closer to sRGB in reds than most others monitors.

The response time average is 24.7 milliseconds (GtG) with a maximum of 112 milliseconds. Transitions between the darkest halftones take the longest to perform. As you can see, this is a catastrophic result for a modern monitor. RTC technology would come in handy for this matrix type. Unfortunately, it is not implemented in this model.

The contrast ratio is high as is usual with VA matrixes: no lower than 400:1 and reaching 650:1 at the maximum settings.

Now let’s check out the quality of the DV modes.

Well, I don’t quite grasp the meaning of the first two modes, especially of DV mode 2 in which the contrast ratio drops below 100:1. And brightness is high in every mode.

The first two modes are no good in terms of color reproduction. The third mode is okay in this respect. So, my recommendation about DV Mode technology is simple: you may want to set the desired brightness for work manually and switch to DV Mode 3 for games and movies.

The NEC MultiSync LCD1970NXp is one of the few 19-inch monitors with a matrix type other than TN. It offers a wide range of settings, superb viewing angles and good color reproduction. It can thus be a good choice as a monitor for working with graphics. Unfortunately, the low uniformity of brightness and the lack of response time compensation make it a poor choice as a universal monitor. It is not good for games and movies.

Highs:

  • Wide range of settings
  • Wide viewing angles
  • Good color reproduction

Lows:

  • Low uniformity of black brightness
  • Very slow matrix

Recommended usage:

  • Text-based applications (documents, spreadsheets, Web)
  • Image editing applications
 
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