The NEC MultiSync LCD205WXM is a 20in widescreen LCD with both a digital visual interface (DVI) and an analogue input.

Although it's competitively priced, the NEC costs a little more than some bargain-priced monitors of the same size, but the extra money buys such niceties as height adjustment and decent-sounding speakers, along with very good color fidelity and text legibility.

The all-black NEC MultiSync LCD205WXM sports a thin bezel, and its swivelling, height-adjustable base design offers more flexibility than other displays of the same size we've reviewed recently. The design doesn't allow it to pivot into a portrait mode, however.

The NEC MultiSync LCD205WXM features two 1W speakers built into the case, and they sound pretty good. They are definitely better than no speakers at all, but that's about all you can say for them.

When we attached the NEC MultiSync LCD205WXM to a 2.66GHz Mac Pro, the display started right up into its native 1,680-by-1,050-pixel resolution.

Like most LCDs, the NEC MultiSync LCD205WXM was a little too bright and a little too blue at its default settings. After using a Gretag Macbeth Eye-One Display 2 to calibrate the monitor to 6,500 Kelvin and 2.2 gamma, the display looked much better.

If you don't have a calibrator, don't worry: we were able to get the NEC MultiSync LCD205WXM to look just about as good using its onscreen colour controls.

After we calibrated the NEC MultiSync LCD205WXM, a jury of editors compared it to several other similarly sized monitors using a variety of different test documents and found its colour fidelity to be Very Good.

The NEC MultiSync LCD205WXM also received high marks for text legibility, being rated as Very Good even at small point sizes. The viewing angle was not as good as what we've seen from other NEC monitors, but it was better than many of the 20in LCDs we've looked at recently, and it received a rating of Good from our jury for this test.

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