REVIEW: NEC LCD2470WNX Part 11
The NEC LCD2470WNX supports HDCP via its DVI input, making it suitable for playing back copy-protected HD-DVDs and BluRay films. The monitor offers both 720p and 1080p. The image quality of the HD materials tested was impressive in terms of sharpness as well as colours and contrast. However, here too, the NEC monitor mercilessly displays coloured borders and image noise which are already included in the source material. Users who wish to watch HD films close up should reduce the sharpness of the monitor.
Coloured borders and banding, visible in the blue of the sky, are already present in the source material of this scene, as is image noise, seen here in the clouds. Although this is the fault of the film and not the monitor, the NEC displays these details mercilessly.
The monitor’s Film mode brightens the picture by reducing the gamma value - unfortunately even more so than the Games mode. This means that noise and compression artefacts are unnecessarily emphasised. Photo mode, on the other hand, darkens the picture by increasing the gamma value, which makes the image appear crisper.
Otherwise, compression artefacts, where they arise, are clearly recognisable because of the high level of detail. Noise included in the film is also visible, but neither phenomenon is strengthened by the MultiSync LCD2470WNX and both are therefore to be blamed on the quality of the film material rather than on the monitor itself. Fortunately, the two Overdrive problems described above are hardly visible in films, although they do arise in one or two scenes.
The NEC MultiSync LCD2470WNX is an irresistible companion for everyday work, offering generous space and vivid colours as well as ergonomic features even in its factory settings. This all-round monitor can be recommended not just for business correspondence and tables but also for graphics work.
Unfortunately, the monitor is only of limited use for gamers. Whilst the lags and response times would only affect hardcore gamers, the Overdrive characteristics demonstrate some ugly colour patterns and shadows where there should be light instead.
However, the 24-inch monitor plays back videos well thanks to its high contrast ratio of up to 1.400:1. For material of a lesser quality, the filter options of the player should be used in order to reduce unavoidable compression artefacts. The overdrive behaviour of the monitor itself can also have visible side effects at times in video playback.
Overall, the MultiSync LCD2470WNX is a really good 24-inch monitor for all-round use, with the only real need for improvement affecting the badly adjusted Overdrive technology.
Overall rating: GOOD
Technical specification: NEC LCD2470WNX
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