NEC MultiSync LCD1760NX review

£233
Price when reviewed

Out of the box, the MultiSync LCD1760NX looks like a solid piece of engineering. Being beige doesn’t do it many favours, but the silver bezel livens things up a bit. The stand is sturdy and only sports a small footprint. It also raises and lowers, tilts and swivels through acceptable arcs. Beyond this, features are few and far between: there are only DVI-D, D-SUB and power connectors. No cable tidies or USB ports are available, although we like the power-off switch on the side. Numerous OSD buttons adorn the front, but the sheer number makes the controls more confusing to adjust.

The LCD1760NX didn’t start too well in our tests. While fine focus was perfect, there was some noticeable movement in the pixel tracking and timing-lock check. The bottom section of our mesh pattern displayed a definite flicker, which should only appear on a poor analog connection – certainly not DVI. Colour-purity tests were all passed with ease; only a half mark was dropped due to a faint backlight glow at the top of the black screen. Colour combinations proved no problem at all and colour tracking gave no cause for concern.

When it came to contrast, the NEC failed to display five of the bright white rectangles in the white-level saturation test – they faded into the white background. It also failed to display eight of the dark grey rectangles in the grey-level test – the worst on show. Things picked up in the colour ramp, with only minor banding appearing in the white and green sections but everything bottomed out too soon because of the contrast problem. It was a similar story in the greyscale ramp. Colour scales emphasised this problem again, with everything turning black too soon. But the difficult colour spectrum was handled well – the only issues were slight banding in the cyan and blue transition and an over-dominant green, which dropped another half point.

As you’d expect, the poor contrast affected the real-world tests too. Both the game and film suffered from a noticeable loss of detail in dark areas. Viewing angles were only average but there was no problem with ghosting and a perfectly crisp Windows Desktop was displayed.

Ultimately, even if it cost £26 less like the Sharp, the MultiSync would still pale against it; the LL-172G-B offers better quality and is more stylish. And, for £4 more than the NEC, the ViewSonic VP171s offers more features.

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