18-inch LCD monitor economical in price and space it takes up

What's Hot

April 10, 2003|By Kevin Washington

NEC-Mitsubishi's MultiSync LCD 1860NX monitor for Macintosh or Windows PC offers users crisp colors in a package that doesn't take up much space and won't break your bank. Sure, if you can get away with a cathode ray tube (CRT) monitor, you'll pay less, but the 1860NX has an 18-inch screen for about $700 - a bit less than most of the 18-inch LCD monitors on the market.

You can get a few more bells and whistles with an 18.1-inch screen if you buy NEC-Mitsubishi's 1880SX that we reviewed last year, but at $1,100, you'll spend more than some computers cost these days.

This solidly built monitor (with a 0.281 millimeter dot pitch, which isn't particularly high) offers relatively rich color and sharp imagery right out of the box. Its No-Touch Auto Adjust (which works with Analog input only) proved quite useful. Most people expect a monitor to perform without having to fiddle with a menu full of adjustment options - something that the 1860NX seemed to do.

I liked the recommended resolution of 1,280 by 1,024 dots per inch, although there may be a few people with middle-age eyes who prefer a smaller resolution setting of 800 by 600 dpi. Changing from the recommended resolution sometimes can be disastrous with images appearing fuzzy; changing the 1860NX seemed to be less problematic than some other LCDs that I have tried to use at nonrecommended resolutions.

About the only thing I didn't like about this monitor was adjusting the screen. You can tilt it 80 degrees up and down and 80 degrees from left to right, but you can't raise it from its base as you can the 1880SX.

Information: 877-273-5328 or www.necmitsubishi.com.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.