The NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi lacks the extras, style and standout performance we expect from an expensive 26in (25.5in viewable) widescreen.

The NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi accumulated respectable scores when we tested it. But at around £999 it's too expensive - especially when compared with lower-priced, better-featured and superbly performing models.

NEC's 26in widescreen (25.5in viewable area) MultiSync LCD2690WUXi rendered text and graphics well.

The NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi produced sharp detail in pictures of fruits and in clothing. The monitor did a good job at displaying different shades of gray (an indication of good monitor contrast), but it particularly excelled at the darker end of the spectrum. It also legibly displayed various sizes of text in office documents.

The monitor's boxy design consists of a thick back panel and stumpy-looking stand. The NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi has a full set of physical adjustments, a combination usually offered in only the most expensive monitors. It tilts and swivels, and has mechanisms for pivot and height adjustment.

It doesn't comes with software that automatically rotates on-screen content, so you'll have to manually adjust the NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi's display orientation through the operating system's display settings.

You can move the NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi's panel quite high with the height-adjust mechanism. The MultiSync LCD2690WUXi also provides both DVI-D and DVI-I connections, as well as both cables. It has VGA for analogue sources.

The NaviSet software, downloadable from the NEC website after you fill out a form, lets you make adjustments from a software interface, rather than from the NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi's onscreen display (OSD).

The NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi's OSD, however, is well thought-out, with buttons on the lower-right corner of the monitor contextually labeled when in use. The OSD even switches automatically to the lower left when the panel pivots 90 degrees, matching the new position of the OSD buttons.

It has one of the most awkward cable management systems we've tested. Plastic loops on the back of the NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi's stand point at different, seemingly random angles. The stand cover could barely close on the cords used.

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The NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi produced satisfyingly natural colors in 'Lord of the Rings: Return of the King'. The skin tone of the elf princess was not too pink and had a pleasing glow reminiscent of 1950s Hollywood close-ups.

It showed beautiful coppers, oranges, and yellows in an autumn sunset scene. The NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi handled bright and dark scenes effortlessly, and provided excellent textures in velvet and silk clothing.

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NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi: Specs

  • 25.5in, 1,920x1,200 widescreen display
  • 400cd/m2 brightness
  • contrast ratio: 800:1
  • 7ms response time
  • 24-bit (16.7 million colours)
  • 0.287mm dot pitch/pixel pitch
  • 12.6kg
  • 590x306x444mm
  • 3-year warranty
  • 25.5in, 1,920x1,200 widescreen display
  • 400cd/m2 brightness
  • contrast ratio: 800:1
  • 7ms response time
  • 24-bit (16.7 million colours)
  • 0.287mm dot pitch/pixel pitch
  • 12.6kg
  • 590x306x444mm
  • 3-year warranty

OUR VERDICT

The NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi lacks the extras, style and standout performance we expect from an expensive 26in (25.5in viewable) widescreen.

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