NEC/Mitsubishi MultiSync LCD 2080UX+ - NEC/Mitsubishi MultiSync LCD 2080UX+

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Connection options are well taken care of with DVI-I, DVI-D and D-SUB ports. There’s also a front mounted input selection switch, making it easy to have multiple computers connected to the screen if necessary. The power supply is built into the screen, so there’s no need for an external power brick and the power connector is the standard kettle lead type.


At the front the bezel is pleasingly slim and the grey lettering for the manufacturer and model name keeps things very unobtrusive. There are eight control buttons on the fascia below the screen. The power button, a Reset button, a Select button which also switches between inputs, two pairs of adjuster buttons and an Exit button. Strangely, pressing the Exit button will actually take you into the OSD, but it will also take you back out of it again. The Reset button seems to restore the current OSD setting to the factory default. The OSD isn’t the simplest I’ve ever had to navigate, but if you’re connecting via DVI you shouldn’t need to spend much time there anyway.


In the box you’ll find that NEC/Mitsubishi hasn’t skimped anywhere. You get a paper user manual and a CD with the inf file, an electronic user manual and the NaviSet utility for controlling your monitor settings. There’s also a power cable, an analogue D-SUB cable and, most importantly, a DVI cable.


It has to be said that the NEC/Mitsubishi 2080UX+ is a fine monitor. The LCD panel is superb and provides a stunning image at a great resolution. Aesthetic preferences aside, the 2080UX+ produces an image every bit as good as the ViewSonic VP211b that I was raving about a couple of months ago. But, and this is a pretty big but, I haven’t talked about price yet.


The MultiSync 2080UX+ costs £1,291.32 which is almost £300 more expensive than the ViewSonic VP211b. Add to this the fact that the ViewSonic screen is just over an inch bigger, and it becomes very hard to justify NEC/Mitsubishi’s asking price. However, if you absolutely must have a TCO’03 compliant screen, then the 2080UX+ will seem a lot more attractive.


”’Verdict”’


NEC/Mitsubishi has produced a very impressive screen in the shape of the MultiSync 2080UX+, but the price is way too high considering the strong competition. That said, it is TCO’03 compliant which will sway some potential buyers.

Score in detail

  • Image Quality 10
  • Value 6
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