NEC LCD223WXM: List of flaws is long

GCN Lab Review


Image Quality: C-

Features: C-

Value: D

Price: $307

Pros: Good black display.

Cons: Screen brightness not uniform, poor color display, bad controls.

The NEC LCD223WXM is meant to be an entry-level widescreen 22-inch display. But despite a low price, the 223WXM came in dead last in almost all our display testing, features controls you have to really wrestle with and has no real strengths to redeem it. Any of the other entry-level LCDs featured in this review would be a better choice.

The list of flaws is long, starting with screen uniformity. There is a 16 percent difference in brightness between the center and the corners of the monitor. Even the pure black screen, which is among one of the 223WXM's strengths, is marred by some variation in the coloring.

The 223WXM displays lighter colors acceptably, but darker images are mostly lost. Reds and greens are a bit inaccurate. Grays are horrible, and text is only easy to read at sizes above about 13 points, depending on the font.

The controls run along the bottom of the screen in an oblong bar. The buttons are unresponsive and difficult to use with the small menu that pops up. Perhaps we were simply spoiled by the amazing control layout of the NEC 2490UXi, but the controls on this model were easily the worst in the review.

Even with a low $307 price, we can't recommend the 223WXM to anyone, especially given that there are much better entry-level choices in this review. It seems as if the 223WXM is playing in a league far above its skills.

About the Author

John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.


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