The MultiSync LCD1960NXi has one analog and one digital input (NEC includes only an analog cable), and setting up and adjusting the image is pretty easy--the No Touch Auto Adjust image optimizer kicks in as soon as the display receives its first analog video signal. The eight power and image-adjustment buttons are somewhat hard to read since they blend in so well with the bezel, but they're intuitively laid out and easy to use. You can also adjust the monitor via keyboard or mouse using NEC's free NaViSet software.
The MultiSync LCD1960NXi turned in an uneven performance in CNET Lab's tests. The 19-inch monitor has a 1,280x1,024 native resolution, and text looked decent and readable, largely because of the display's excellent contrast, but it lacked the razor sharpness we expect from LCDs. Colors appeared vibrant, but the monitor had a bit of trouble with our grayscale tests: the dark end of the grayscale had a slight green tint, and there was some compression between the shades of gray at the dark and light ends of the spectrum. Users looking for better overall image quality should consider Planar's PX191 or NEC's AccuSync LCD9V.
Surprisingly, the MultiSync LCD1960NXi did reasonably well in our motion tests. DVD playback resulted in no significant loss of accuracy in colors, and the usual streaks, ghosts, and jitters that haunt LCDs displaying DVDs and games were only minimally present. We found this somewhat strange (although not unwelcome), given the LCD1960NXi's relatively slow 25-millisecond pixel-response time.
NEC backs the MultiSync LCD1960NXi with an industry-standard three-year warranty on labor and parts, including the backlight. A two-year warranty extension is also available. NEC provides 24/7 toll-free tech support.
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