The monitor’s menu has undergone dramatic changes, too. Its thoroughly redesigned interface now looks much cuter than before, and I’d call it very handy, if not for the faulty joystick, again.
Unfortunately, the 1970NX still doesn’t have any brightness/contrast presets, and this makes me think that the 1970NX is nothing more but a cosmetic improvement on the 1960NXi – the exterior has changed, but the functionality and characteristics have not.
The monitor’s default brightness and contrast are set to 100% and 50%, respectively. Choosing 47% brightness and 35% contrast – both with analog and digital inputs – I achieved the desired 100nit screen brightness. Brightness is controlled through modulating the power of the backlight lamps at 200Hz frequency.
Visually, this monitor produces almost the same picture as the above-described 1960NXi, to the minutest detail. The 1970NX has excellent viewing angles, uniform backlighting (but I should warn you again that I heard many users reporting about samples of the 1970NX with irregular backlighting; this means you should pay the foremost attention to this parameter when shopping), eye-pleasing mild colors and good response time. And of course, you can notice the characteristic violet hue at an exactly the same angle of view. My measurements also show the small defect I mentioned when describing the 1960NXi – the default contrast is too high, leading to a poor reproduction of light colors.
This defect can be eliminated by reducing the contrast setting to 45%. I advise you to do this the first thing when you get to setting this monitor up.
Another drawback is poor reproduction of dark blues – you can see it in the graph. Yet the color reproduction is overall normal. The curves of different colors coincide with each other almost ideally, which is an indication of an accurate color reproduction setup.
The response time graph is overall similar to the one of the LCD1960NXi, with a single difference: the monitor takes much more time to switch a pixel from black to the darkest gray (32) than its predecessor did. It would take more accurate and careful measurements to fully explain this effect. The monitors may use different subversions of the matrix, or maybe the monitors were calibrated differently, so the 1960NXi and 1970NX had a different real brightness of one and the same tone of gray, as set up by the software, and thus had different response times on this gray.
Due to some technical reasons I tested the 1960NXi with its analog input only, but here I attached the 1970NX via both analog and digital inputs. You can see that the digital connection ensures a noticeable gain in terms of the contrast ratio due to the slight reduction of the level of black.
On the whole, the MultiSync LCD1970NX is a 1960NXi model after a face-lifting operation. The newer model looks different, but I can’t find any serious differences in the characteristics or functionality of the two. Thus, the 1970NX can also be regarded as an interesting product, suitable for many applications, both at home and in office. Alas, this model isn’t free from some problems. Besides some users complaining about irregular backlighting, like it was the case with the 1960NXi (but again, both samples of these two monitors I actually tested had normal backlighting), the 1970NX may have the sticky joystick trouble. Unfortunately, you can’t even see this trouble through when shopping – the joystick of the tested sample got sticky after some time of my using it. I also have some gripes about the functionality: I’d want to see brightness/contrast presets and a portrait-mode-supporting base here, like in the competitor models. Otherwise, the NEC 1970NX certainly deserves your attention. It features a good contrast ratio, a rather low response time, excellent viewing angles and a very good – although not perfect – reproduction of colors.