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NEC MultiSync LCD1970GX

At a Glance
  • NEC MultiSync LCD1970GX-BK Black 19

    PCWorld Rating

    This model's glossy screen is tops on text and rivals the Sony SDM-HS95's on graphics, plus it has four USB 2.0 ports.

NEC MultiSync LCD1970GX
Artwork: Rick Rizner, John Goddard

The $499 NEC MultiSync LCD1970GX impressed our jury with its clear text and rich color reproduction. In fact, it achieved the highest overall score by a 19-inch monitor that we've seen lately. Although it didn't receive the top number on any of our five text tests, it attained very high ratings on each of them. On our graphics screens, it reproduced color and detail admirably, nearly matching the high-performing Sony SDM-HS95P on most tests and narrowly beating it on our group portrait test screen. It earned a rating of Outstanding for both text and graphics.

Like its 17-inch sibling, the LCD1770GX, this 19-incher includes an unusual-looking button called the NaViKey, which resembles a cross between a notebook's eraserhead and a tiny joystick. It works much like either of those devices, allowing you to scroll adjustment menus up and down while keeping your eye on the screen.

The LCD1970GX's plain, boxy design and lack of visual accents may not thrill you, but it's the great screen that makes this monitor a looker. Good thing its height-adjustable stand makes it easy to bring the display to a comfortable eye level. Its lazy-Susan swiveling lets you show off the screen to anyone who comes up beside you. And if you're always plugging in USB drives, a digital camera, a PDA, or other device, you'll appreciate the four USB 2.0 ports.

With clean-lined text, nice graphics, and a four-port USB 2.0 hub, NEC's MultiSync LCD1770GX should fill the bill for many common applications.

Laura Blackwell

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    This model's glossy screen is tops on text and rivals the Sony SDM-HS95's on graphics, plus it has four USB 2.0 ports.

    Pros

    • Beautiful, glossy screen

    Cons

    • Plain, boxy design
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