MultiSync LCD3090W-BK-SV


MultiSync LCDNEC’s high-end 30″ MultiSync LCD3090W-BK-SV LCD is designed for people who insist on precision color management. It packs pertinent technology, like an internal 12-bit lookup table (LUT) delivering 97% Adobe RGB color space. It uses ColorComp technology that compensates for luminance variations, providing even, consistent light and color from edge to edge. NEC’s IPS (In Plane Switching) architecture arranges the pixels to allow for a wide angle of view. As I moved horizontally from the center, light and color held at wide angles, but they didn’t do as well moving vertically.

NEC includes a colorimeter and SpectraViewII calibration and profiling software that bypasses your computer’s graphic card and directly adjusts the display’s built-in LUT. The SpectraViewII software includes eight preset targets that can be edited or you can configure your own settings. My customized profile resulted in accurate colors, smooth gradients, and impressive shadow and highlight detail, making soft-proofing color files very reliable in Photoshop.

The specs on this LCD are impressive: 2560×1600 native resolution; 1000:1 contrast ratio; 350 cd/m2 brightness; 6 ms response time; and of course, all that leg room in a 16:10 cinema aspect ratio that lets you view documents simultaneously or enjoy the space working with graphics programs. Text is crisp and clear.

The display has a 1″ black bezel with menu buttons along the bottom-right corner. The onscreen manager (OSM) allows quick access to menus for fine-tuning your monitor. The display sits on a sturdy base and allows comfortable viewing with smooth tilts, swings, height adjustment, and screen rotation from landscape to portrait mode. One caveat: Brightness is drastically reduced when you pivot into portrait mode. The display has two inputs connectors: DVI-D (HDCP) and DVI-I (digital/analog).—Steve Baczewski

PRICE: $2,449
FROM: NEC Display Solutions

HOT Precision color display
NOT No USB, composite, or component ports