The small things are getting smaller and the big things are getting bigger, that’s just how we want it in the technology world this week NEC has helped nicely with the latter.
The GX2 is the company’s new widescreen 20in gaming and multimedia targeted LCD and it adds inches while simultaneously bringing prices to a new low. You’ll shell out just £433 including VAT (£75 less than Dell's 2005FPW) and only then if you like to pay the full RRP rather than shop around on the web. Considering this, the specs on the GX2 are pretty good.
The native of resolution of 1680 x 1050 is perhaps a touch small for a 20incher, but the 700:1 contrast ratio (1600:1 with Advanced DVM), 470cd/m2 brightness and 6ms grey-to-grey and 12ms black-to-white response times are rather good. The LCD’s multimedia roots show with super wide viewing angles too: 178 degrees both horizontally and vertically, though how may I ask do you sit 178 degrees vertically to a monitor? (If you know and if you do, you’re an idiot).
All screen adjustment is fully automatic, though an on-screen menu allows tinkering to your heart’s content (even the blue LED power button can be dimmed to suit personal preferences). There’s a built in USB2.0 hub at the base with four discretely hidden ports and you can hook up a PC via either VGA or DVI-D. I’m also a fan of the ultra thin bezel.
Silver and black are the limits of the colour options, but to be honest who – apart from the widely eccentric or practical jokers who like to exploit the colour blind – really needs more? February is the GX2’s date of arrival and if you’re upgrading on a budget you should pencil this in.