NEC MultiSync LCD2180WG review: NEC MultiSync LCD2180WG

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.2
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
  • Setup and ease of use: 7.0
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The Good Produces excellent color quality; pivots between landscape and portrait mode.

The Bad Megaexpensive; lacks pivoting software; height not adjustable.

The Bottom Line Though the NEC MultiSync LCD2180WGLED features new LED backlight technology, we're unconvinced it's worth $6,700. Most professional users will be better served by other, less expensive LCDs.

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NEC MultiSync LCD2180WGLED

The $6,749 NEC MultiSync LCD2180WGLED is the first monitor we've tested that has a panel backlit entirely by light-emitting diodes (LEDs). This technology supposedly reproduces colors more accurately than traditional LCDs or CRTs. While it definitely produced bright, vivid colors, the $1,700 Eizo FlexScan L997 and $1,600 LaCie 321 both performed better in CNET's color tests and are better overall (and much less expensive) monitors.

The all-black NEC MultiSync LCD2180WGLED has a chunky, sharp-edged look. Despite its slim bezel, the 5-inch-thick panel houses a heavy heat sink, which gives the 40-pound LCD2180WGLED more of a CRT feel. It also makes wall- or arm-mounting dicey, though you can connect the removable panel to VESA mounts.

For all its weight, the LCD2180WGLED stands sturdily on a square base. You cannot adjust the height, though you can tilt it backward 25 degrees and forward 5 degrees. It also pivots between landscape and portrait mode, but NEC does not supply pivoting software, so you'll need to dig that up separately and use a graphics card that supports it. The LCD2180WGLED has two digital signal ports and is one of the first monitors we've seen to eschew an analog port. A removable plastic clip attaches to the neck and keeps the cables together.

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Where to Buy

NEC MultiSync LCD2180WG

Part Number: LCD2180WGLEDBK Released: Aug 1, 2005

MSRP: $3,299.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Aug 1, 2005
  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface DVI
  • Diagonal Size 21 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.27 mm
  • Image Contrast Ratio 500:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 4:3