The NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXiSV is a 26in widescreen LCD monitor, the largest in NEC's 90 series of professional displays. The NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXiSV includes a bundled colourimeter, a programmable 12bit colour lookup table for smooth colour transitions and gradients, the ability to display up to 94 percent of the Adobe RGB colour space, and X-light Pro technology to keep brightness and colour consistent over the life of the display (it measures performance and automatically compensates for changes over time). And though the NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXiSV also carries a high-end price tag, this feature-packed display should appeal to colour-savvy professionals.

The NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXiSV sports a simple but elegant design with a thin black bezel - helpful if you need to position two or more displays together in a relatively seamless array. The NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXiSV's menu system is easy to follow, and the on screen descriptions that appear just above the navigation buttons whenever you touch them make things even easier.

Seeing eye-to-eye with this display should be no problem; you can adjust its height, tilt it forward and back, and even rotate the NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXiSV into a portrait orientation.

Using the both the bundled colorimeter and the SpectraView II software, you can calibrate the NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXiSV to a large number of presets or countless custom options. The software is not as elegant or slick as GretagMacbeth's Eye-One Pro, but color pros should appreciate the myriad available settings. The bundled colorimeter and software calibrate the display itself, not the signal coming out of the graphics card. A version without the SpectraView software and the colorimeter is available for about around £789 if you already have a colourimeter or don't want to spend the extra cash for this feature.

Out of the box, the NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXiSV's display was bright but a little washed out. Once calibrated, though, the monitor looked great. Its side-angle viewing wasn't quite as good as that of other NEC 90 series displays we've seen, but it was still very good - losing just a little bit of contrast as we moved away from the center of the screen. Text was clear, crisp, and legible at small point sizes. The colours on our test photo really popped, with saturated but accurate representations of the food, skin tones, and textures. The photo had depth, thanks to the image's shadow details. We found no stuck or dead pixels, and brightness appeared consistent across the NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXiSV's screen when we viewed a variety of solid white and colour full-screen test images.

NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXiSV: Specs

  • 26in LCD display
  • 0.287 pixel pitch
  • 178° horizontal/178° vertical viewing angle
  • contrast ratio 800:1
  • brightness 400cd/m²
  • 8ms response rate
  • optimum resolution 1,920x1,200
  • DVI
  • height adjustable and screen tilt
  • 589.8x444.2x306mm
  • 12.6kg
  • 3-year warranty
  • 26in LCD display
  • 0.287 pixel pitch
  • 178° horizontal/178° vertical viewing angle
  • contrast ratio 800:1
  • brightness 400cd/m²
  • 8ms response rate
  • optimum resolution 1,920x1,200
  • DVI
  • height adjustable and screen tilt
  • 589.8x444.2x306mm
  • 12.6kg
  • 3-year warranty

OUR VERDICT

For professional photographers and designers, accurate colour is a necessity. Though this big, bright 26-inch display costs a pretty penny, its colour calibration features - as well as for managing backlight and colour consistency over time - make the NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXiSV a tool all serious color geeks should consider. www.macworld.com

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