NEC MultiSync LCD1880SX

  • Editors' rating
    7.3 Very good
  • $999.99


  • Big viewable area
  • solid image quality
  • good adjustability
  • excellent connectivity
  • remote-access capabilities.


  • Expensive
  • cumbersome control buttons
  • dead pixel policy is marginal.

Why settle for a paltry 17 inches of screen size when you can get an 18.1in. LCD instead? Well, it all depends on how much you're paying for the extra inch. In the case of NEC's MultiSync LCD1880SX, you get plenty of space, but it'll cost you almost twice as much as otherwise comparable 17in. LCDs. NEC's policy for replacing dead pixels is also one of the less acceptable examples we've seen.

The £959 (ex. VAT) LCD1880SX is pricey, but it offers a decent amount in return, including a vast, 18.1in. diagonal viewing area within an impressively narrow half-inch bezel. Unlike less expensive models, which generally have limited height and angle adjustability, the LCD1880SX gives you lots of latitude and longitude. The sturdy, L-shaped base swivels smoothly up to 85 degrees to the left or the right and lets you easily adjust the height of the display. The screen itself rotates easily between portrait and landscape mode and has Pivot software for rotating the image, but the vertical-tilt function is stiff and ultimately shifts a modest 25 degrees up or 3 degrees down. The display can be mounted to a range of different swing arms, which are available from third-party vendors. NEC-Mitsubishi also offers an optional sound bar with speakers, which attaches in both portrait and landscape mode.

A terse Quick Start guide walks you through the straightforward process of setting up the display and navigating the on-screen menu (OSM); it also offers basic troubleshooting advice. Complete setup and usage information is available on the included CD-ROM's user manual. The display features Ambix+ triple-input technology, which, simply put, means you can choose from a range of connectivity options, such as DVI-D, DVI-I (digital to analogue) or VGA, and even simultaneously make two analogue or digital connections if you want to share the monitor between two systems. DVI-D and DVI-I cables are included.

The MultiSync LCD1880SX is chock-full of features, most of them useful. It has an average 240cd/m² brightness rating, an adequate 300:1 contrast ratio, and a fast 33ms pixel-response time for extra-smooth video. Its automatic brightness and black-level adjustment means you should not have to work hard to get the best image. This is good, because the OSM, burdened with too many buttons (eight, along the bottom edge of the bezel) and an odd menu design, is cumbersome to navigate. We suggest that you download NEC-Mitsubishi's GUI-based NaviSet software, which lets you easily adjust the monitor with your keyboard or mouse and includes test patterns to walk you through the calibration process. IT professionals get a distinctive bonus: NaviSet Administrator, which provides remote access to the display as long as you're running Windows 2000/XP and a display data channel/command interface (DDC/CI)-compatible graphics card.

At its native 1,280 by 1,024 resolution, the LCD1880SX performed well on our DisplayMate-based tests. Colours were beautiful, with warm, vibrant yellows and reds, and smooth, rich skin tones in Photoshop and on the Web. It also reproduced a beautiful range of greys and a very true black. Microsoft Word and Web-page text looked crisp, bright, and easy to read, even at small point sizes, and the display's overall focus was very good. Unfortunately, our test display had one dead pixel, so we deducted a few points from the overall score.

A single dead pixel is usually a tolerable defect, but what if you have more? NEC-Mitsubishi's replacement policy is marginal; the company will allow up to 10 dead pixels, perhaps fewer if they're clustered together. This policy, especially when attached to such an expensive display, dampens an otherwise good service and support package. The three-year warranty covers parts and labour, as well as the backlight. The company offers one- or two-year upgrades in various pricing structures. Tech support is available 24/7 for the length of the warranty, and NEC-Mitsubishi's Web site includes drivers, FAQs, and other technical support information.

Top ZDNET Reviews

The NEC MultiSync 1880SX's solid image quality, jumbo-sized viewable area and remote-access features make it attractive to IT buyers. But it's expensive, and many users may be better off with a more reasonably priced 17in. display.


Dimensions (WxDxH) 15.2 in x 7.1 in x 15.5 in
Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
Native Resolution 1280 x 1024 at 75 Hz
Contrast Ratio 350:1
Color Support 16.7 million colors
Horizontal Viewing Angle +85 / -85
Vertical Viewing Angle +85 / -85
Viewable Size 18.1"
Pixel Pitch 0.28 mm
Brightness 240 cd/m²
Horizontal Refresh Rate 82 kHz
Vertical Refresh Rate 85 Hz
Power Device
Type power supply
Nominal Voltage AC 120/230 V
Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption Operational 50 Watt
Image Brightness 240 cd/m2
Image Aspect Ratio 5:4
Image Contrast Ratio 350:1
Color Support 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Type LCD monitor
Color white
Flat Panel Mount Interface 100 x 100 mm
Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 2 Watt
Power Supply internal
Interface Provided
Qty 1
Connector Type 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15), 24+1 pin digital DVI, 24+5 pin combined DVI
Video Output none
Environmental Standards
ENERGY STAR Certified Yes
TCO Certified Yes
Software / System Requirements
Included Software Drivers & Utilities, NaViSet
Video Input
Digital Video Standard Digital Visual Interface (DVI)
Analog Video Signal RGB
Display Position Adjustments Pivot (rotation)
Image Aspect Ratio 5:4
Environmental Parameters
Max Altitude Operating 15750 ft
Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
Humidity Range Operating 30 - 80%
Dimensions & Weight
Width 15.2 in
Depth 7.1 in
Height 15.5 in
Weight 18.08 lbs
Brand NEC
Product Line NEC MultiSync
Model LCD1880SX
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility PC
Max V-Sync Rate 85 Hz
Max H-Sync Rate 82 KHz
Cable Details
Type DVI cable, display cable
Included Qty 1
Type Drivers & Utilities, NaViSet
Service & Support
Type 3 years warranty
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty
Service Included parts and labor
Location carry-in
Full Contract Period 3 years
TV Tuner
TV Tuner Presence No