Looking to finally make that leap into the world of thin and flat, to work those muscles one more time and toss that clunky old CRT into the bin? NEC-Mitsubishi is the latest manufacturer to wheel out some larger size TFTs to try and tempt you.
The NEC and Mitsubishi collaboration has two monitors venturing out into the big wide world this month: the 20in LCD2070NX and a marginally smaller 19 incher called the LCD1980FXi. Sexy brand names apart (yes, that was sarcasm) what these two offerings bring to the table are quite different.
The larger of the two makes the impressive claim that it is essentially three monitors in one using the company’s Dynamic Visual Mode (DVM) technology. What DVM does, NEC-Mitsubishi claims, is automatically provide “different types” of display to optimise graphics, images or video. It sounds like the monitor equivalent of a graphics equaliser to us, and while promising, we’ll have to get it into the labs to quantify the success of this kind of smart technology.
Moving away from this, the LCD2070NX seems to hit all the right buttons. It has a native resolution of 1600 x 1200, 16.7m colour display, 16ms response time, super high contrast ratio of 400:1 and ultra wide viewing angle of 176 degrees both vertically and horizontally. Analog VGA and digital DVI-D connections are covered and a switch enables users to flick between the two. Available now, the LCD2070 will set you back £499 excluding VAT and comes with a three year warranty.
You'll notice we now have a review of this model here and mighty fine it turned out to be too.
Dropping down an inch is the more standard LCD1980FXi. No DVM here, but it does have a native resolution of 1280 x 1024 in 16.7m colours and response time of 18ms. It can be hooked up via three kinds of input: VGA, DVI-D and DVI-I while the monitor can automatically adjust the screen to the signal source both when switching on and when swapping between the different connections.
On a physical note, the style conscious should like the teeny 12mm bezel but the price is steep £465 excluding VAT, though you get the same three year warranty as the LCD2070NX. Also available now, it should turn a few heads if you decide to take the plunge.
NEC has launched a 19in version of its LCD2070NX, predictably called the LCD1970NX. It has an RRP of £319 excluding VAT and on paper seems a much more reasonable bet than the expensive LCD1980FXi.