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NEC MultiSync LCD225WNX

This monitor from NEC comes from the MultiSync series that covers not only home-oriented but also semiprofessional models. The LCD225WNX belongs to the former category, though.

It is based on a TN matrix without response time compensation. You shouldn’t be misled by the surprisingly large viewing angles of 176 degrees. As usual, these numbers are arrived at by using a relaxed measurement method coupled with the high specified contrast ratio. TN matrixes are still far inferior to *VA and S-IPS matrixes in terms of effective viewing angles.

The monitor has a black plastic case with a thin, somewhat rounded, bezel around the screen. It resembles the most expensive models from NEC except that it lacks the exclusive joystick among its controls.

As opposed to the LCD22WV, the stand offers all the adjustment you may want. You can tilt screen and change its height from 85 to 195 millimeters. You can rotate the screen around the vertical axis and pivot it into portrait mode. The latter feature isn’t very useful with TN matrixes because their poor vertical viewing angles become poor horizontal viewing angles in portrait mode, which is not good at all.

The stand can be replaced with a VESA-compatible mount if its adjustment options do not satisfy you for some reason.

The monitor is equipped with analog and digital inputs, a line audio input for the integrated speakers and a headphones output. The latter is located at the back panel, which is not very handy unless you keep your headphones permanently plugged in.

The integrated speakers are located in the corner protrusions of the back panel. One of them can be seen distinctly in the photo above. Their sound quality is low, but they can do the job of informing you about incoming email or a new ICQ message well enough.

The control buttons are placed on a ledge below the front panel. This design is employed in NEC’s more expensive models which also have a 4-position joystick. Here, we have buttons only. The Power button is on the far right. A dim LED is integrated into it.

Quick access is provided to switching between the inputs and to the brightness and sound volume settings.

Another difference from NEC’s expensive models is the plain and unfriendly onscreen menu. It doesn’t have any text captions. You have to rely on icons, some of which are far from intuitive. The menu doesn’t offer the option of selecting the position of itself on the screen. When you work at non-native resolutions, you can choose the way of scaling the image up: full screen or with restrained proportions.

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