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NEC MultiSync LCD1970VX

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The NEC MultiSync LCD1970VX is a reasonably priced, 19-inch LCD display (less than $400 from some online retailers) that features nice touches like both analog and digital inputs and pivot. But despite its attractive price and distinctive amenities, its limited viewing angle and average text and color performance will have pickier shoppers reaching deeper into their pockets for a higher-quality screen.

Setting up the 1970VX is easy. It features an adjustable stand that can be raised and lowered, tilted, swiveled from left to right, and even rotated into a portrait mode. When I connected it to a Mac via the digital input, the monitor automatically showed its native SXGA (Super Extended Graphics Array) resolution of 1280x1024 pixels. Like many displays, its default colors looked a little blue. However, using the onscreen controls, I was able to get a more neutral appearance. A hardware calibrator did an even better job of balancing the monitor’s colors.

But there are other problems. One of the first things I noticed when I looked at the display is the relatively narrow viewing angle. While I could see an image from 65 degrees left or right of center, (NEC’s specifications), there was a very noticeable color shift, with white turning a dingy yellow. Text, though very legible, looked a little uneven and less crisp than on some other displays I’ve reviewed.

Macworld’s buying advice

The NEC LCD 1970VX is a decent monitor with some nice features like height-adjustment, dual inputs, and the ability to pivot into portrait mode. But unless your eye is focused solely on the bottom line, you can find displays with better viewing angles and cleaner text for a few dollars more.

jury tests

Viewing Angle Flawed
Color Fidelity Good
Text Legibility Good

Scale = Excellent, Very Good, Good, Flawed, Unacceptable


Size 19 inchs
Native Resolution 1280-by-1024
Connections 1 DVI, 1 analog
Viewing Angle 130 degrees
Brightness 250 CD/m2
Contrast Ratio 450:1
Dimensions (height x depth x width in inches) 15.2 x 8.7 x16.2
Special Features Adjustable height; pivot to portrait mode.
Warranty 3 years

[ James Galbraith is Macworld ’s lab director. ]

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