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The menu is logical and user-friendly. Its readability would be higher, though, if the menu items were text rather than icons. The lack of an Exit button is a minor inconvenience, too. It’s somewhat boring to have to move to the Exit icon with the arrows.

The monitor has 100% brightness and 50% contrast by default. I reduced them both to 35% to achieve a 100nit brightness of white. The brightness is controlled by means of backlight modulation at a frequency of 210Hz.

Color gradients look striped on this monitor. Darks are distinguishable at any level of contrast while increasing it above the default value leads to light halftones merging into white.

The gamma curves are very disappointing at the default settings: the gamma value is obviously too low, resulting in a faded, low-contrast image. The curves differ from each other in the top part of the diagram, making the colors even less accurate. Reducing the contrast setting has no effect – the curves remain just as they are.

Except for the 9300 mode, in which the temperature dispersion amounts to 3000K, the difference between the levels of gray is within 1000-1500K. That’s a rather poor result.

The monitor has a standard color gamut except that its point of red almost coincides with the one of the sRGB color space.

As always, an RTC-less matrix proves to be very slow. This one has an average response time of 12.5 milliseconds (GtG) with a maximum of 26 milliseconds. This is normal for an RTC-less monitor, but very slow in comparison with monitors that feature Response Time Compensation.

This contrast ratio should be high enough for most users. The high level of black at the default settings is the only disappointing thing here.

Thus, the NEC MultiSync LCD195WXM is just another widescreen monitor with a slow matrix. It offers no advantages: it has a homely exterior design, poor color reproduction, and a high price (at the time of my writing this its retail price was higher than that of other manufacturers’ monitors with fast matrixes). So, I can’t recommend it for purchase unless you are an admirer of the brand.

 
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