REVIEW: NEC LCD1990SXi Part 11
The interpolation quality of the NEC LCD1990SXi can be regarded as good, this applying to both text and gaming.
Picture showing part of the PRAD forum at the native 1.280 x 1.024 resolution.
Picture showing part of the PRAD forum at 1.024 x 768 resolution.
Now it's about time that the fastest 19 inch S-IPS unit available today is put to the test so we can see how the specified 9 ms (grey-to-grey) and 18 ms (rise/fall) performs in practice.
In fast paced action games, e.g. DOOM III, no perceivable ghosting and also no signs of the corona effect are visible. Thus, the combination of Overdrive and panel works just perfectly. The corona effect, manifesting itself in bright outlines around moving objects, occurs when Overdrive is actually overmodulated. Also our test runs with the tool PixPerAn gave evidence of this monitor's convincing performance.
Just as all LCD monitors do, the NEC LCD1990SXi shows a certain amount of motion blur, too. On LCDs, instead of the displayed picture being constantly redrawn, a pixel's state (brightness and color) is rather maintained until an actual change in content occurs.
All things being equal, the motion blur of LCDs is ultimately produced in the eye of the beholder, thus explaining the varying extent to which its is perceived from person to person. Also, the role of one's perception becoming accustomed to motion blur to some degree should not be underestimated. Thus, it is hardly possible to make a definite statement about whether or not a specific monitor will sufficiently please hardcore gamers. Of course, professional gamers currently are surely better served with models featuring a fast 2 ms TN panel, such as the LG L1970HR for example.
Interpolation modes can be configured in the OSD of the NEC LCD1990SXi. The available options are: full screen, fixed aspect ratio, and 1:1 display. We found the interpolation quality to be good.
Magnified images parts from "The Settlers V": left picture above native 1.280 x 1.024 resolution; right picture: 1.024 x 768. Despite markedly lower resolution and different aspect ratio, the interpolation does a good job, offering appealing image quality. Although noticeable, the overall loss in detail and focus is only marginal.
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