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NEC Technologies, the first to offer a complete line of Plug and Play compatible monitors, has created display monitors that have come to represent th...

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published 26/02/2001 | bandoo
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"Reduce The Strain"

On the eyes that is. For many years I, like a number of people, used a 14 or 15 inch monitor with my computer. In the olden days the screens were extremely small and had green or amber writing (anybody remember those or am I just too old ?).

For about 2 years I have been using a 17 inch screen and the difference was amazing. Recently my husband has wandered home – I should say struggled home – with a hefty 19 inch monitor by NEC, the FP950. Now when I say hefty I really do mean it since this screen weighs in at 28kg !

When you eventually get the thing in the house and have had a cup of tea to recover, you can start to discover what all the multitude of cables are for. Now readers may know that I am not a very technical person and am often heard mumbling about thingamabobs and whatchamacallits (my spellchecker actually likes one of these words!) I will try to be a bit more specific for the more patient among you.


The monitor box includes a Power Cable – useful for switching the thing on. A Signal cable which connects the monitor to the hard drive and a USB Cable for instant plug and play facility


The monitor installation software is supplied on CD Rom and takes seconds to install


The manual looks deceptively detailed until you discover that it covers 15 pages of info. for the general European population in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. There are easy to follow diagrams throughout and an in depth explanation of the buttons on the front of the monitor.

(otherwise called the Menu)
There is an array of menu buttons to play about with and because they are quite accessible may be prone to being fiddled with by curious children (husbands). These buttons are very similar to those you would expect to see on a standard TV.

Most are self-explanatory such as brightness, colour, increase/decrease the width and height, sharpness etc. but some are more unusual.

(told you I would try to be a bit more technical). In English this basically helps to eliminate that wavy pattern that you can sometimes see go across the screen. This is one of those annoying things that can cause eye strain and headaches.

(my worse subject at school)
These allow you to increase/decrease the curvature of the screen at the sides or top and bottom, hopefully avoiding that goldfish bowl look.


This is a little sub menu that you can pre-set whereby the monitor will remind you to rest your eyes after your pre-set number of minutes have elapsed. Very health conscious so needless to say mine is set to off!

Overall
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The monitor is a flat screen and you actually get 18 inches of viewing area. It has a very clear display and the connection is extremely easy. The manual may be a bit daunting but most of the information is standard common sense. The display is advertised as being flicker free and I have not noticed any flickering during my use. The monitor emits very low radiation and static and has a special coating to promote better picture quality. It is compatible with Windows 98 and above, as well as for Workstations and the Apple Mac and it has the plug and play facility via the USB cable. It is, however, extremely heavy, both to carry and to store (the rickety table in the shed just won’t do).It takes up no more desk space than was previously occupied by my 17 inch monitor but obviously more than a 15 inch would do. We managed to get ours for just over £ 400 which I think you will agree is a good price for such a piece of equipment. I have noticed less eye strain since using it and since I use the computer 12-14 hours a day this is very important to me. If your budget can stretch to it and you have the space, this model is impressive enough to have won a few awards for design and functionality.

Hellooo – is anybody still awake ?


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  • Modena published 03/03/2001
    I'm awake, that was a wonderful review, could not do anywhere near as good myself!
  • clanmac4 published 28/02/2001
    I am still awake and jealous. I am using a 17" at work but a lowly 15" at home. Maybe later in the year. Good detailed opinion.
  • ANNJSEC published 27/02/2001
    Sounds just the thing I need for my sad and tired eyes. Excellent opinion and yes I'm still awake. Ann
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Product Information : NEC MultiSync FP950 19 in

Manufacturer's product description

NEC Technologies, the first to offer a complete line of Plug and Play compatible monitors, has created display monitors that have come to represent the best of the best. The MultiSync monitor group offers a complete line of monitors with the features and performance you need to get the most out of today's powerful software -- from home edutainment to sophisticated high-end applications. The MultiSync FP950, naturally flat aperture grill CRT monitor is an ideal upgrade for professional users who want more image than a 17-inch but less cost and bulk than a 21-inch. The FP950 is perfect for a wide range of applications, from general business to complex graphics uses. A number of attractive features distinguish the FP950. You can access a comprehensive set of picture controls through the On-Screen Manager, including image size, color and position, and screen geometry. The AccuColor control system adjusts on-screen colors to closely match a variety of standards, such as another monitor, industry settings such as Pantone or Trumatch, printer output, or personal preferences. Dual dynamic beam focus provides precise, continuous focus adjustments, even to the far edges of the screen.

Product Details

Product Description: NEC MultiSync FP950 - CRT monitor - 19"

Device Type: CRT monitor - 19"

Aspect Ratio: 4:3

Native Resolution: 1920 x 1440 at 73 Hz

Pixel Pitch: 0.25 mm

Colour Support: 16.7 million colours

Input Connectors: RGB

Colour: White

Dimensions (WxDxH): 44.2 cm x 44.7 cm x 45.6 cm

Weight: 27.5 kg

Localisation: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

Compliant Standards: Plug and Play, FCC Class B certified, MPR II, CSA, DHHS, DOC-B, EN 60950, EN55022, EPA Energy Star, NUTEK, TCO '99

Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years warranty

Screen Coating: Anti-glare

General

MPN: 50017255, 50017334, FP950, 60000097

Display Type: CRT monitor / CRT

Diagonal Size: 19"

Viewable Size: 18"

Aspect Ratio: 4:3

Native Resolution: 1920 x 1440 at 73 Hz

Pixel Pitch: 0.25 mm

Colour Support: 16.7 million colours

Vertical Refresh Rate: 160 Hz

Horizontal Refresh Rate: 110 kHz

Factory Preset Resolution Modes: 640 x 480 ¦ 800 x 600 ¦ 832 x 624 ¦ 1024 x 768 ¦ 1152 x 870 ¦ 1280 x 1024 ¦ 1600 x 1200 ¦ 1792 x 1344 ¦ 1800 x 1440 ¦ 1920 x 1440

Colour Temperature: 9300K, 7200K, 5000K, 6500K, 5500K

Controls & Adjustments: Colour temperature , power on/off, reset settings, adjust +/- , select

On-Screen Controls: Contrast, brightness, H/V-position, H/V-size, pincushion distortion, pin-balance, H/V-moire, degauss, trapezoid, parallelogram, language select, colour temperature selection, convergence, rotation

Colour: White

Dimensions (WxDxH): 44.2 cm x 44.7 cm x 45.6 cm

Weight: 27.5 kg

Screen Coating: Anti-glare

Connectivity

Connections: 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) - 1 ¦ 1 x display / video - VGA - BNC - 5 ¦ 1 x USB - 4 PIN USB Type A - 1

Miscellaneous

Cables Included: 1 x display cable ¦ 1 x serial cable ¦ 1 x display adapter

Mounting Kit: Not available

Rack Mounting Kit: Not available

Compliant Standards: Plug and Play, FCC Class B certified, MPR II, CSA, DHHS, DOC-B, EN 60950, EN55022, EPA Energy Star, NUTEK, TCO '99

Localisation: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

Power

Power Supply: Internal

Voltage Required: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Power Consumption Operational: 150 Watt

Software / System Requirements

Included Software: Drivers & Utilities

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 3 years warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 3 years - carry-in

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 10 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 30 - 80%

Max Altitude Operating: 3 km

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