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REVIEW: NEC LCD1980SX

Warranty LCD/Backlight (Years): 3/3 incl. Pickup Service
Max. pixel faults (according to ISO 13406-2): Class II
Panel size: 19"
Pixel size [mm]: 0,294
Native resolution: 1.280 x 1.024
Visible screen size/diagonal [mm]: 376 x 301 / 483
Video-In, connector: D-Sub analog / DVI-D digital / DVI-I analog & digital
Vertical frequency [Hz]: 50 - 85
Max. horizontal frequency/ video bandwidth [kHz/MHz]: 31 - 82 / -
Color mode preset/user: 2 / 4
LCD pivotable / portrait mode: Yes / Yes
LCD display arm option: Yes
Features: D-Sub cable, DVI-D cable, DVI-A cable, power cable, internal power supply unit, screenmanager software
Dimensions (W x H x D) [mm]: 435,5 x 423 x 205
Weight [kg]: 9,0
Compliance: TCO99, TUEV GS, ISO 13406-2, CE
Power consumption On/Stand-by/Off [Watt]: 36 / - / -
Test date: 01.05.2003
Rating:  
Picture stability: ++ (digital) ++ (analog)
Viewing angle dependency: ++
Contrast: ++
Color space: ++
Subjective impression of image quality: ++
Shades of gray resolution: ++
Brightness allocation: ++
Interpolation image quality: ++
Fabrication of case/frame, mechanics: ++
Operating, OSD: +/-
Suitable for occasional gamer: +/-
Suitable for hardcore gamer: -
Suitable for DVD/Video: ++
Price [incl. VAT. in Euros]: 980,00

++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad

Introduction

All results issued in this review have been established by using the digital input, with the exception of the test runs for analog image quality, which have been established on the analog input. Our test bed ran with a Gainward 750 XP Geforce4 Titanium graphics card.

Scope of supply

Next to the display the package contained the following items: one manual (quick manual) to set up the monitor, one D-Sub cable, one DVI-D cable, one power cable, and one CD-Rom with drivers, monitor profile, pivoting software and a detailed manual in PDF format. Additionally they deliver a wire cover enabling the cables to be invisibly ducted to the back when being looked at from the front.

Design

The NEC 1980SX's outward appearance with its narrow frame is very pleasing (1,5 cm). The case is beige/white and the front frame is silver. Aesthetics are held plain and straight-forward. There are always two points of view however. While the front appearance reveals aesthetic values that are clear and plain, the side face looks quite different. Compared to other models the device is rather low-built. This originates from the panel as well as the foot and this is where the monitor comes across as far less gracil than a lot of its competitors. One picture of the Samsung 191T, and one of the NEC 1980SX for comparison. Due to its compactness It is also a lot heavier than most other 19 inch LCDs. But eventually you are going to sit in front of and not next to the monitor.

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