20WMGX2 (which I’ll refer to from now on as the 20W) is a 20
inch wide-screen HD monitor that is built with the gamers and media
aficionados in mind. The moment the monitor is turned on, it just
blows the mind, especially if you’ve never used an HD monitor. I
remember the first time I switched from a CRT to an LCD screen, and
was blown away with the increase in picture quality. I had the exact
same reaction when I first turned on this monitor.
Just looking at some of the extremities of the monitor at first was
a little overwhelming, but in a good sense. In addition to the
standard plugs and ports that we all love, what really separates the
20W from other LCD monitors is the onslaught of input plugs for
audio and visual devices. There’s a set of A/V inputs for something
like a DVD player or PlayStation 2. There’s also a four port USB hub
here, which is another crucial add-on for any computer geek out
Truth be told, you could probably get your money’s worth out of this
monitor even if you never used it for computing of any sort. With
its built-in TV tuner, audio/video inputs, and other functions, it
is a superior device just for home entertainment purposes. With its
wide-screen format, it is just awesome to watch movies or play video
games on it, even non-PC games.
Of course, it’s only 20 inches, so it’s probably not going to dwarf
your TV in terms of size, but it is nice to have for those times you
need to multitask, for example when you need to type up your
doctoral thesis and watch the American Idol finals at the same time.
That’s where my personal favorite feature of the monitor comes in –
picture-in-picture. This feature is what turns the monitor from a
power-packed gadget to a meticulously created marvel. So, if you
want to play Xenosaga on your PlayStation 2 while keeping up to date
on your MySpace page, you can do it all on one screen.
AV inputs including Antenna Cable for TV Tuner.
It’s a little bit disappointing that, even though there are three
different PIP sizes, the largest one is still on the small side, and
doesn’t even take up a fourth of the screen. Obviously you’re mainly
only going to use PIP when there’s something you just want on in the
background, but it still would have been nice to give some more
flexibility on the size option. It’s a minor nitpick.
Because of all the entertainment features, the 20W also has built-in
speakers, so you can feed all of the audio from your computer to the
monitor, which provides stereo sound. Very few monitors do this, and
it means that there’s one less thing (a set of speakers) you have to
plug in to your computer and find an extra outlet plug for.
Basically, this monitor, when paired up with your computer, is all
you need to have the perfect computer experience.
Of course, all these features mean nothing if the screen itself
isn’t a good one. Fortunately, the 20W doesn’t fall into this trap.
In fact, the resolution is so bright, so clear, and so pristine that
you’ll never look at another monitor the same way again. It has
OptiClear technology, which means that it increases contrast and
brightness, and reduces glare better than other, sub-standard LCD
Also, because it is a widescreen monitor, it is infinitely better
for gamers, movie addicts, and those who just like to watch the cool
pre-programmed music visualizers in Windows Media Player. It does
work better in low-light settings, so it’s not necessarily the best
choice for your office computer, but then again you wouldn’t need
something like this for your office, unless you do a lot of slacking
off during your work hours and play games all day.
The 20 inch NEC monitor supports PIP.
In case it’s not clear enough by now, I really love this monitor. I’ve been around the block when it comes to different monitor formats, and the 20W is bar none the best one I’ve ever used. It just hits everything right on the mark, from its superior screen resolution to the absolutely overwhelming amount of home entertainment features. If you’ve got the money and you log in any sort of significant time with movies or games on your computer, this monitor is for you.
Luigi Lugmayr (Google+) is the founding chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years
experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting
world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into
vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at email@example.com.
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