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NEC MultiSync LCD1760VM

We already tested the LCD1701 and LCD1760NX models from NEC, which were among the first LCD monitors to have a 16msec matrix with all the generic disadvantages like small viewing angles and poor color reproduction (you could see stripes across a smooth gradient). MultiSync LCD1760VM uses a slower matrix, 25msec, which should affect its characteristics accordingly.

NEC’s standard angular design is complemented with integrated speakers (in the bottom). There are analog and digital video inputs, audio input and headphones output. The base allows adjusting the height and tilt of the screen as well as rotating the screen around the horizontal axis. The portrait mode is not available.

NEC’s generic menu is not an acme of convenience and beauty, but helps you quickly and easily set up the thing. You can access the brightness and volume settings by means of a quick button.

By default, the brightness control is on 100%, the contrast one – on 50%. Dropping the brightness to 50%, and leaving the contrast alone for once, I get a screen brightness of 100nit. To control the screen brightness, the power of the backlight lamp is modulated with a frequency of 180Hz.

The monitor’s menu contains six settings of the color temperature: “9300K” (in reality, it means 7650K for white and 8960K for gray), “8200K” (7010K white, 8340K gray), “7500K” (6210K white, 7880K gray), “sRGB” (that is, 6500K, but this setting actually produces 6040K white and 6710K gray), “5000K” (corresponds to 4790K and 5760K), and “Native” (when this setting is chosen, the monitor electronics doesn’t adjust the color temperature; it is 6010K for white and 7420K for 50% gray).

For my tests, I chose the “sRGB” setting (i.e. 6500K color temperature), which is the most appropriate for the Wintel platform. By the way, you can fine-tune every setting, save for “sRGB” and “Native”.

The viewing angles of this monitor are better than those of the 1701 and 1760NX models, but not perfect, especially the vertical one (when viewed from below, the screen becomes darker). The monitor displays photographs without any artifacts, and smooth gradients – without cross stripes.

The color curves betray two significant drawbacks: firstly, the level of green is somewhat high, and secondly, at default settings the red and green colors are too intense to correctly reproduce light tones. The second problem can be eliminated by reducing the contrast setting to about 40-45%. This will ensure better color reproduction.

The response time didn’t meet the specifications, notching 28msec. Moreover, it grows to 36msec when the contrast setting is 50%. But this only holds true when we talk about black-white transitions. As for black-gray ones, we see the same thing as with the LG L1715S: this monitor is only 2-3msec slower at such transitions than models with 16msec matrixes. I can’t deny that 16msec matrixes are faster, but not too much (the ratio is 32:28 rather than 25:12).

The maximum brightness the monitor could produce was 250nit, and that’s quite good compared to other models from NEC (they usually have brightness of 180-190nit). But don’t forget that the monitor didn’t distinguish between some light tones, and with high brightness this situation got even worse. The contrast ratio is rather average, too, oscillating between 150…200:1.

Unfortunately, MultiSync LCD1760VM from NEC is not free from disadvantages, so I can’t recommend it to you without some reservations. The main drawback is the low contrast ratio. On the other hand, the measurements proved that the response time of the 25msec matrix differs really from 16msec matrixes on black-white transitions only. Considering that fast matrixes have poor viewing angles, the users who look for solutions with low response time should consider this model, although its specifications are rather average according to the today’s standards.

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