NEC's 19-inch Accusync LCD193WXM is a capable, workaday LCD. We tend to keep our expectations reasonable for displays in the $200 category, but the LC193WXM shined on our tests. Unlike this model, similar displays from Dell, HP, and Samsung offer HDCP-compliance for watching protected HD content. NEC's claims about this model's support for its PC-based onscreen display software were also frustratingly inaccurate. Still, its image quality is high enough, and its price is low enough, that we're willing to recommend it, specifically if you intend to use it in a low-light environment.
The Accusync LCD193WXM comes in a typical utilitarian housing. Its matte-black trim won't brighten the room, but it's also inoffensive enough for any setting, whether at home or in a place of business. NEC offers few options to adjust the screen's position; you can tilt it up and down, but that's about it.
The monitor's onscreen display controls are similarly basic. In addition to the power button, a select button and two arrow keys let you toggle through the various menu options. A fifth button with a more specialized purpose gives you the ability to switch between two different video inputs. That, of course, requires you to have two sources connected to the display, one to the DVI-in, and another to the VGA-in. A snap-on wire-wrangle on the back ensures that you don't suffer from tangled cables.
Resolution: 1,440 x 900
Dot pitch: .28mm
Pixel-response rate: 5ms
Contrast ratio: 1,000:1
Viewing angle: 176 degrees horizontal, 176 degrees vertical
Connectivity: Analog, digital, USB, audio
Included VGA, DVI, and audio cables
Similar to most other displays on the market, the NEC Accusync LCD193WXM has two built-in speakers that work well enough, at least for an LCD. What we like better is that the monitor also features a built-in headphone jack, right on the front panel. Sadly, there's no hard volume control; instead you have to go through the onscreen display.
Speaking of the OSD, we were disappointed to find that despite both the literature in the box and the claims on NEC's Web site (on the monitor's specs page), this model does not support NEC's Naviset software. NEC went so far as to set up a phone meeting with us touting the Naviset functionality that lets you control the display settings in Windows with a mouse and keyboard. Imagine our surprise when we went to test it and found out that it didn't work. A few calls to NEC later and we found out that this model doesn't actually support Naviset, although other NEC displays do (at least, as far as we're told). What's ironic is that if NEC hadn't claimed that Naviset would work, we wouldn't care. We presume it's a nice feature, but it's not something we'd miss if we hadn't expected it.
We were more let down to find that the LCD193WXM l lacks HDCP compliance, although that is also not a deal-killing oversight. We hoped for it simply because other 19-inch wide-screen displays from Dell, HP, and Samsung all offer HDCP compatibility for playing protected HD content. We're not convinced that many of you in the market for a 19-inch LCD, whose 1,440 x 900 resolution limits you to 720p output, would consider such a small monitor with HD movies in mind. Still, we can't help but notice that the competition offers HDCP compliance in displays that cost even less than this one, so it seems that NEC could try a little harder to keep up with the rest of the market.
We haven't actually looked at many LCDs recently. We're working diligently to post a bunch of reviews before the end of the summer, but for now, we have a relatively limited sample set of LCD test results. From the results we do have, we're able to conclude that the LCD193WXM has solid, if not outstanding image quality, particularly in terms of its color range and accuracy. It also has a high contrast range. That leads us to believe that this display would serve well as a low-cost monitor for an image editor or a designer, especially if you work in a dark room, where the high contrast could aid overall visibility. Just don't expect much from its grayscale range, which we found substandard.
Service and support
NEC's warranty protects the LCD193WXM from defects for three years from the time of purchase. Online you'll find a wide array of resources, from an in-depth FAQ, to live tech support chat, to how-tos. If you need further help, NEC has toll-free phone support that's available 24/7.
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