The next point of interest is the stand. The monitor sits on a circular base that enables you to swivel it round easily, making it easy to collaborate. This is pretty much vital on a TN panel based display as the viewing angles are generally poor, and that’s the case with this screen. It lists 160 degrees as the maximum, but the specs also admit that the contrast ratio at this acute angle drops to a mere 10:1 – and 5:1 vertically – and it is indeed pretty much invisible at these angles.
As well as the swivelling base there’s a degree of height adjustment but only 50mm of it, though as you can tilt back 5 degrees and forward 20, you should be able to get an optimal and ergonomic viewing position. Round the back of the stand you’ll find a hook for the cable management, so you can keep things tidy round the back.
The OSD controls are basic and not particularly attractive looking. Press the select button and you can scroll through adjustments for brightness, contrast, and red, green, and blue, levels. You can choose between colour temperatures, 9,300k, 7,500k, sRGB, User, and Native, though I could find little benefit adjusting from the native. Press the select button twice and you get to the volume controls for the speakers, and pressing Reset will mute them. Alternatively you can use NEC’s Naviset utility, which is available online.
Other features include Vesa mounting holes and a Kensington lock, though there’s no USB hub as you might hope for an office bound display. In terms of connectivity you get a DVI connector, with no mention of HDCP compatibility, and a D-Sub.
In terms of image quality the NEC was underwhelming compared to my previous experiences with the 24 and 26in displays. Of course, this is in a very different category and far cheaper so it’s to be expected. At maximum settings the display is quite bright so you’ll find you have to turn it down a notch for general office use. It’s still not as vivid as the best NEC displays. However. the key factor though for a monitor of this type is how it deals with text and in this respect the LCD225WXM does a decent job, though again it’s not the tour-de-force that the more expensive NEC displays put in.
Pleasingly, the white balance was better than my reference Dell 2407, though to be frank, that’s not saying much. However, whether in Excel graphs or in photos, I felt that colours were rather muted. They don’t pop off the screen as they do with the best displays. In photos I felt I wasn’t quite getting as much detail in the darker shadow areas as I know is actually there, having seen the same images of better displays such as NEC’s own 24in and 26in units.