NEC MultiSync LCD1770VX review: NEC MultiSync LCD1770VX

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.1
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 4.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
  • Setup and ease of use: 8.0
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The Good Analog and digital inputs; clean design; sturdy, highly adjustable base; easy onscreen-menu navigation with joystick.

The Bad Mediocre image quality; expensive for a 17-inch monitor.

The Bottom Line Most 17-inch monitors can't match the NEC MultiSync LCD1770VX's clean appearance and ease of use; however, so-so image quality limits the NEC's appeal.

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The ideal front-desk display

Not only do LCDs take up less space and consume less energy than bulky, antiquated CRT displays, they're generally more attractive too. Still, we see our fair share of LCDs with dangling cables, exposed inputs, and poor overall design. The NEC MultiSync LCD1770VX, however, maintains a sleek appearance without sacrificing adjustability. But as much as we like its looks, its image quality fails to impress, especially for a 17-inch LCD that costs $345. For better image quality, check out the less expensive Sony SDM-S75AB or upgrade to the 19-inch Dell UltraSharp 1905FP for the same price.

The NEC MultiSync LCD1770VX has a minimalist black design, but a few simple flourishes caught our attention. The bezel measures a mere 0.5 inch wide along the sides and 0.75 inch wide along the top and the bottom; rectangular menu buttons hang off the bottom so that they don't mar the bezel's line. The back of the display contains the digital and analog connectors and three plastic hooks through which you can thread the cables. A detachable plastic cover hides the cords, leaving the back side of this display tidy enough for even the poshest home or front-desk environment.

In addition to its good looks, the LCD1770VX is also quite flexible. Where other panels have a hinge joint, this one has a parabola-shaped track that gives it a slightly wider range of motion (about 10 degrees forward and 30 degrees back instead of the usual 5 degrees forward and 20 back) and allows it to move very smoothly. The neck is a wide, sturdy rectangle with a column-in-column design that offers 4.25 inches of height adjustment. The perfectly circular base is pleasing to the eye, and the lazy Susan embedded in the bottom rotates nearly 360 degrees with much greater ease than those on some other LCDs we've evaluated, such as the Sony SDM-S75AB.

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Where to Buy

NEC MultiSync LCD1770VX

Part Number: LCD1770VX-BK Released: Aug 23, 2005

MSRP: $294.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Aug 23, 2005
  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface VGA (HD-15)
  • Diagonal Size 17 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.264 mm
  • Image Contrast Ratio 600:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 5:4