Advantages Resolution, Auto-Setup, Response Time, Price
Disadvantages Doesn't generate as much heat so study is colder!
For the last 5 years I've enjoyed the luxury of a 21" Iiyama monitor. Bought very cheap from a bankruptcy sale, it has served me well and supported resolutions beyond my wildest dreams. In truth it was more than I needed, but I became accustomed to it. It's bulk, weight and warming, irradiating glow were all part of my working life. Not to mention the excellent colour reproduction, flat tube and wonderful detail.When it started making horrific buzzing noises when first switched on and high pitched whistling noises after a couple of hours of use, I realised that it was probably time to part company.
And obviously I did - an NEC MultiSync 2070VX to be precise.Bearing in mind the screen I'd been using for the last 5 years had been 21" at a resolution of 1600x1200 the bar was pretty much set - anything less would be a significant backward step.
With a single-minded purpose, I set about scouring the interweb for an LCD screen that would provide 1600x1200 resolution at a decent screen size. There is a reasonable range of choices here, with prices starting at about £300 and proceeding to upwards of £600. Starting as close to the £300 end as possible I came across the NEC 2070vx for only £320. It offered everything I was looking for - the right resolution, a good refresh rate (5ms!) with both DVI and VGA inputs. We have NEC LCD screens at work so I was confident that it would be a high quality product.It came well packaged with European and UK power cords as well as VGA and DVI cables, a manual and a driver CD.
Setup was trivial - the hardest part was taking my old monitor off the desk! Plugged the cables in, pressed the power switch and it just worked. There were no dead pixels, no glitches, no software that HAD to be installed before it would work. The fact that my desktop was already running at the monitor's preferred resolution helped but really, it was that simple.Adjusting the image isn't necessary if you connect via the DVI-Digital cable (assuming your video card supports it). All you might want to do is adjust the brightness and contrast - I found the default setting of 100% for both brightness (which is a claimed 300 cd/m2) and contrast (a documented ratio of 800:1)to be a little too glaring for my tastes. The on-screen display and neat "navi-key" joystick makes this, and any other adjustments, an absolute doddle.
Connecting via the VGA cable and interpreting the analogue signal means that the image needs to be tuned but the monitor will do this for you every time you switch to the analogue input, automatically adjusting the image position, fineness and other variables to give you as good an image as possible.
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