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NEC MultiSync LCD195VXM+

Judging by the modest specified speed (8 milliseconds) this monitor is based on a rather old and slow TN matrix without Response Time Compensation. NEC should be given credit for specifying the monitor’s viewing angles as measured according to the more honest method (with a contrast ratio reduction to 10:1), which is used for monitors on other matrix types.

The NEC MultiSync LCD195VXM+ looks like the above-described models from LG. It’s got a plain gray case on a black stand and has the appearance of a typical office monitor. The stand uses two hinges, however:

This means that you can adjust not only the tilt but also the height of the screen (by changing the angle of the connection between the joints). The height adjustment range is within 70 to 120 millimeters from the desk surface to the bottom edge of the matrix.

There are VESA mount fasteners at the back panel. The photograph shows two protrusions at the bottom of the back panel the speakers are hidden in. Their sound quality is poor, as usual, but their main purpose is to reproduce system sounds rather than music and they perform their main duty quite well.

On the monitor’s back panel there are analog and digital input connectors, a connector for the integrated power adapter, an audio input, and a headphones connector.

The monitor’s controls are centered under the bottom of the front panel and designed in NEC’s traditional style, although without the customary joystick. The Power button is highlighted with a LED. Quick access is provided to the sound volume adjustment, to the brightness setting, and to selecting the input video source.

The menu is logically structured, but I think it would be better for the menu to have text instead of icons. The lack of a menu exit button is a nuisance – you have to use the arrows to reach the Exit icon every time.

By default, the monitor’s got 100% brightness and 50% contrast. To achieve a 100nit brightness of white I selected 44% brightness and 43% contrast. Brightness is controlled by means of pulse-width modulation of the power of the backlight lamps at a frequency of 400Hz. The backlight is uniform, without conspicuous irregularities.

Color gradients are displayed with wide banding. Darks merge into black at a contrast of 15% and lower while lights merge into white at a contrast of 60% and higher.

 
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