The monitor was well packed in the box and I was happy to see the foam used instead of that nasty polystyrene, which would of probably fell apart as I pulled the monitor out. Let us get everything out and take a look at what is in the box with the monitor.
Inside the box with the monitor was the instructions, a couple of clip on panels and something you donít see that often in a LCD package, both the VGA and DVI cable. Well done NEC for including both of them as not many manufactures do and you end up having to buy a DVI cable separately. Also included is the driver CD as well as a USB cable for connecting the monitors USB hub to your PC.
The monitor itself looks nice and appealing, I like the way the screen surround is made smaller by adding the controls on the bottom as a separate part of the design. This keeps the surround small and sleek looking and adds to the overall look of the GX series.
On first glance the monitor surface looks a bit worrying as it reflects everything, but on the other it looks like the same surface cover as used in my laptop which although reflective when off, when on even the sun shining doesnít stop me from seeing what is on screen. It also offers auto adjustment and I hope it works better than the last time I used† similar technology (auto adjusted a couple of times mid frags and caused a couple of deaths). I hope NECís version is better.
As you can clearly see the monitor is still quite thin and sits on a rather thin stand, you will also notice the USB hub on the side of the screen. Before we take a look at the rear connectors letís take a closer look at the controls.
The control buttons for the monitor look rather odd and has a joystick type knob on the panel, this moves up, down, left and right and if it works well it will make navigating the menu a very easy task, before we install the monitor we will look at the connections on the rear.
The rear is quite well laid out and NEC have done a great job here of providing a way to hide all the cables at the back of the monitor. As you can see from the picture above the stand is bare, this is so you can plug all your wires and required cables and give you that neater finish. Once all your cables are connected you just clip the 2 covers included in the package over the stand and the back of the monitor like so.
As you can see this would then leave only a trail of cables coming out of the bottom rear of the stand, a very nice way of ensuring tidy cables and a nice touch on the overall package. Ok time take the stand off and look at the ergo mountings as the crossfire testbed is rather strangely mounted here at XtremeComputing and uses a Vesa complaint mount
I had quite a difficult time removing the stand and it was down to the two screws securing it in place, why solid they were in an awkward place and required me to get a special L bend screwdriver out of my dusty BMX racing dayís toolkit. I am not kidding, if I didnít have one of these screwdrivers the screws securing the stand would have been destroyed. Having said that, most manufactures still have not got this right and they should seriously think about redesigning this bit, even if it meant the use of thumb type screws. Time to get this installed and see if its up to scratch or just another gaming monitor.
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