NEC MultiSync LCD2190UXi

NEC MultiSync LCD2190UXi

Pros: Best image quality in review, perfect reds

Cons: Very expensive
Price: $1,441

Image quality: A+

Features: A

Value: B

|GCN Lab Reviewer's Choice|


Sometimes, you get what you pay for, which is a good thing if you're talking about an LCD that costs the government $1,441.

The 21.3-inch MultiSync LCD2190UXi is one of the largest 4:3 ratio LCDs in this review, which makes its image quality even more impressive. In the past, we have observed that the larger the LCD, the more trouble it has reproducing accurate images. But that's not the case here.

On our most difficult test, reproducing grayscale images, the LCD2190UXi came through with flying colors.

A field of plain gray is normally nothing special, but on the LCD2190UXi, it's beautiful.

Moreover (and perhaps most important), text was extremely easy to read on the LCD2190UXi screen, particularly gray text over a black field, another testimony to its grayscale color reproduction.

Since the monitor was so good at static display, we decided to run it through our LCD TV test suite, which is the same one we use when testing LCD projectors, to see if complex motion displayed correctly. Surprisingly, it did.

On a red grid with green blinking sections, there were no color registration errors.

Combined with a 178-degree (horizontal and vertical) viewing angle and a respectable 20-millisecond response time, the LCD2190UXi is a versatile monitor. If you can afford it, this is the LCD you probably want. It's a jack-of-all-trades and a worthy GCN Reviewer's Choice.

NEC Display Solutions, Itasca, Ill., (866) 632-6673, www.necdisplay.com

About the Author

John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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