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NEC MultiSync LCD1960NXi

Using NEC’s traditional “rectangular” design, this monitor is based on the same S-IPS matrix (the LG.Philips LM190E01 model) as the previously described LG L1910S. So, it’s going to be the more interesting to compare the real characteristics of these two products.

There’s not a single rounded corner here (except the four corners of the case, but their radius is just a few millimeters), not a single non-90-degrees angle even! The whole arrangement looks rather austere and clumsy, repelling some home users who care about the exterior of the monitor they are working with.

The monitor’s base can control the height and tilt of the screen and turn it around the vertical axis. The portrait mode is unavailable, though. The minimal height of the screen is only 65 millimeters (suits well to people who have a high desk); the maximal height is 180 millimeters (I want to remind you that I measure this distance from the surface of the desk to the bottom edge of the screen, the screen being strictly vertical). When you lift the monitor off the desk, the base suddenly unfolds to its entire height, which is not convenient if you’re periodically moving the monitor about; there’s no lock or holder to keep the base in place.

The MultiSync LCD1960NXi comes with analog and digital inputs as well as with an integrated power adapter. In the monitor’s package you find enclosed an analog cable only – the DVI-D cable must be purchased separately. By the way, don’t confuse DVD-D and DVD-I cables! These connectors are incompatible even for their having a different number of pins. So, you need a cable with a DVD-D connector on one end for this LCD monitor.

You can use as many as seven buttons to control this monitor (I don’t count in the Power-On button), but it doesn’t offer you any presets like LG’s LightView or Samsung’s MagicBright. The seventh button – Reset – is used in one case only, to reset the menu settings to the factory ones. Quick access is provided to the brightness and contrast settings as well as to switching between the inputs and to the audio-adjustment. I had a monitor in a white case for my tests, but NEC also supplies a black model where you suddenly have the problem of unreadability of the pressed-out labels on the black buttons.

 
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