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NEC-Mitsubishi Multisync 1560NX

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder MultiSync LCD1560NX-1 LCD (NEC-LCD1560NX1)

NEC-Mitsubishi Multisync 1560NX
Artwork: Rick Rizner, John Goddard

The $375 NEC 1560NX ranked just a few clicks behind the two Best Buys (the $350 Iiyama ProLite E380S-B and the $400 Eizo Nanao FlexScan L367) in both graphics and text quality. We saw rich hues in our color scale test screen and on our two test photo images. And unlike many monitors that are extremely bright at default settings, the 1560NX is toned down just enough so that the white background on our text screens was not overpowering.

We may have achieved the high quality we did because we were able to run the monitor from the digital video (DVI) output of a graphics card: Unlike many 15-inch LCDS, which provide only an analog input, the 1560NX features both analog and digital ports. The monitor also came with both analog and digital monitor cables--most come with just one. The 1560NX does yield ground in a few image-quality areas, however. In our gray-scale test, for example, the 1560NX lost detail at both ends of the scale (dark gray on black and light gray on white).

The 1560NX provides users with a high level of control via its on-screen menu. For example, you can choose among six color-temperature presets (to best accommodate the type of images you are viewing and your lighting conditions). Our one gripe is with the buttons, which are hard to press and have hard-to-read stamped labels. However, you can skip the buttons entirely by downloading NEC's NaviSet software, a free download that lets you control the monitor through the Windows operating system via a friendly, Windows-based graphic interface. NaviSet can control the monitor through either its digital or analog video connection.

The 1560NX is a top-performing LCD that's well suited for all text duties and intermediate graphics work.

Seán Captain

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder MultiSync LCD1560NX-1 LCD (NEC-LCD1560NX1)

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