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NEC MultiSync LCD205WXM

The LCD205WXM differs from the previous model not only with its number but also with the series: the MultiSync series traditionally includes more expensive monitors than the AccuSync line.

Well, the specs of the two models are identical. They seem to use the same matrix but differ in design, functionality and, perhaps, in setup quality.

The LCD205WXM has the typical exterior design of NEC’s MultiSync series products. There is quite a lot of models released in this or very similar case. The case is large indeed while the rounded-off bezel and back panel make it look even bulkier.

The stand is rather untypical for this product class. Such dual-hinge designs can usually be seen in more serious models. You can adjust both height and tilt of the screen simultaneously. The adjustment range isn’t wide, though. The height can be varied from 70 to 125 millimeters. The tilt adjustment is illustrated by the photos above.

If you need something more, you can replace the default stand with a standard VESA mount. You will find the necessary holes on the monitor’s back panel.

The MultiSync LCD205WXM is equipped with both analog and digital inputs. Near them there are line audio input and a headphones output (that’s not a convenient location unless you have your headphones permanently plugged into the monitor). The integrated speakers can be seen in the photo: they are placed in the square protrusions at the corners of the back panel and face downward at work.

The monitor’s controls are located in a separate block under the front panel like in NEC’s senior models. As opposed to them, the menu is navigated by means of two buttons (“+” and “-“) rather than one 4-position joystick.

Quick access is provided to switching the inputs and to the sound volume and brightness settings. Like with the LCD203WM, there are no icons accompanying the latter two buttons.

Alas, the menu is no better, either. It is simple, with a bare minimum of setup options (for example, it doesn’t offer the option of choosing the menu’s own position on the screen), and without text labels. The latter is especially inconvenient for inexperienced users. The most basic icons are intuitive but the symbols in the system settings submenu are not so obvious.

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