Good value 17inch LCD

Although it’s not the least expensive 17in model on the market, the $1179 LCD1760NX offers good value and quality.

The list of specifications such as the 450:1 contrast ratio, 1280x1024 resolution support and 260cd/m² brightness rating place it very much at the top of the chart. A DVI (digital visual interface) connector is included alongside the standard RGB, although there are no onboard speakers or USB ports.

The viewing angle — which, on paper, is a more-than-reasonable 160° — is also a problem. Unless you’re standing directly in front of the screen, image quality degrades very quickly.

There are plenty of tools for adjusting the LCD1760NX’s image quality, but no matter what we did the screen always seemed bright and breezy rather than dark and intense. This won’t necessarily count against the NEC, however, and it’s very easy to see the detail in intricate images.

The sharp text output will appeal to office workers, although after you’ve been staring at the screen for a few hours you may find its bright image increasingly grating. Our experience with the LCD1760NX improved with time, though, and if you use the flat-panel day in and day out you’ll quickly grow to like (if not exactly love) the cheerful colour palette.

Price: $1179
Vendor: NEC Australia
Phone: 13 1632

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