GCN Lab Review: NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi-BK

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The NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXI-BK is designed for specific uses common in government, but not for everyday use.

The main feature of the LCD2690WUXi-BK is that it enhances colors so that medical scans and satellite imaging maps are easy to read. However, this means that colors are not really accurate. You will easily be able to tell the difference between two shades of blue, but neither one will likely be close to the color of the actual image. As such, the unit did not score high for image quality, although with a lot of work, you can tune the 26-inch monitor to display more realistic colors.

The LCD2690WUXi-BK gets one of the highest grades in the review for features, and it had nothing to do with the two DVI and one VGA port. Innovative features include color compensation and backlight aging control. Color compensation works because every LCD has differences in light distortion. NEC maps the distortions for every LCD and allows the user to activate the compensation to level things out.

Backlight aging control works the same way, setting the monitor darker initially and then brightening things as the backlight slowly dies.

As an example of how well these features work, the difference between the center of the screen and the corners is 79 lumens by default. When color compensation is activated, this difference drops to a mere 11 lumens.

If you work in fields where tiny differences in color can mean the difference between a missile defense system and monkey bars, or healthy and diseased tissue, the LCD2690WUXi-BK could become a lifesaving tool. For others, it's simply too specialized to consider.

NEC Display Solutions, 800-632-4636, www.necdisplay.com

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John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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