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Re: Review NEC LCD2490WUXi

This review was e-mailed to me from NEC. It is from Desktop Engineering Magazine, October 2007 issue date:

Issue Date: October 2007

Premium Picture at a Premium Price
This new 24-in. LCD monitor from NEC delivers premium performance and
incredible color.

by David Cohn

The new NEC LCD2490WUXi, a high-end 24-in. LCD wide-screen monitor, is
capable of producing some of the most accurate colors of any LCD.

NEC has been manufacturing monitors for as long as I can remember, but
amazingly this is the first time I've had the opportunity to review one
of NEC's LCD displays. The company recently sent Desktop Engineering one
of its newest monitors, the 24-in. NEC MultiSync LCD2490WUXi wide-screen

The LCD2490WUXi and its 26-in. sibling, the LCD2690WUXi, are the latest
members of the NEC MultiSync 90-series of monitors. The new displays
qualify as Windows Vista Premium monitors and are positioned within the
company's high-end professional line. As such, they are compatible with
both of NEC's display calibration software packages (SpectraView II and
GammaComp MD, each sold separately) and use in-plane switching, which
NEC claims is the highest performing LCD technology available. They both
feature HDCP (High Bandwidth Digital Content Production), which is
supported through the DVI-D connector and allows for use with
HDCP-equipped devices and encrypted content. Both models also mark NEC's
unveiling of a new feature called X-Light Pro, which uses the display's
internal luminance and color sensor to achieve a consistent light output
level for the useful life of the display. The two displays also use
ColorComp, an NEC technology that compensates for differences in color
and luminance at each pixel to maintain image uniformity. And both
models feature 1920 X 1200 native resolution, a 16:10 aspect ratio, and
display up to 16,777,216 colors.

The new monitors also feature an internal programmable 12-bit lookup
table providing for calibration as well as more points of shading
between black and white, and overall improved representation of gamma
curves. NEC's AmbiBright technology automatically adjusts the display's
backlight based on ambient lighting while black-level adjustment enables
black levels to more closely resemble those on a CRT. Other technologies
include Digital CableComp, enabling you to use digital cables up to 30
meters (100 meters for analog) without any image degradation, and
GammaComp for selection of preset or customization of gamma curves.

Eight buttons in the lower-right corner of the bezel control the
powerful on-screen menu. Notice the button labels that display adjacent
to the buttons when the OSM is active.

The 2490 arrived mounted on its pedestal base, which enables the monitor
be raised and lowered over a 6-in. vertical range. The panel also tilts
from -5 to + 30 degrees and rotates to a portrait or landscape
orientation, but does not swivel.

The panel itself measures 21.8 in. X 14.2 in., but at 4- in. deep is
twice as thick as most of the other LCDs we've reviewed. But the thin
bezel (16.9mm) makes the monitor ideal for multiple-monitor
configurations, and the monitor supports NEC's Tile Matrix function,
which allows an image to be split across up to 25 individual monitors.
Mounted on its base, the entire package weighs 26 pounds. The panel can
be easily removed from the base and NEC provides four screws for
mounting the panel to an optional flexible arm.

The active matrix TFT panel has a contrast ratio of 800:1 and a
brightness of 400cd/m2. The 0.27mm dot pitch is pretty standard for a
24-in. LCD. With horizontal and vertical viewing angles of 178 degrees,
we were able to view the monitor from virtually anywhere in the room
with no discernable reduction in brightness or clarity.

In addition to its native resolution, the LCD2490WUXi supports most
common lower resolutions. There are three inputs - DVI-D, DVI-I, and
15-pin D-Sub as well as a DC-out port - but no USB hub. NEC supplies
three video cables (DVI-D, 15-pin mini D-sub male to DVI-A, and a mini
D-Sub cable) as well as a power cable. Cables can be routed through
plastic latches on the rear of the pedestal base and then somewhat
concealed behind a plastic cover. It's a nice idea, but doesn't function
well if you rotate the monitor frequently from landscape to portrait


NEC Display Solutions of America
500 Park Boulevard, Suite 1100
Itasca, IL 60143

Price: $1,499.99 MSRP

Size: 24.1-in. (diagonal)


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