REVIEW: NEC LCD3090WQXi-BK
++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad
With the NEC MultiSync LCD3090WQXi, a second 30-model has found its way to the Prad editor which has earned the title "High-End". The direct rival for this monitor in almost the same price sector is the Eizo SX3031W, which we tested a month ago.
A glance at the performance data of the model emphasises the identical market positioning with a similarly small number of ports. Therefore, in this test, we pay particular attention to the comparison of both of these models.
Instead of an S-PVA panel such as that used in the Eizo SX3031W, NEC has integrated a H-IPS panel in the LCD3090WQXi which is said to offer various advantages compared with the S-IPS variant. Whether and to what extent this promise can be kept will be revealed in this review.
As we have already mentioned, the NEC MultiSync LCD3090WQXi-BK is positioned in the higher price sector. Only the Samsung XL30 with LED backlight and the Eizo CG301W, which offers an option for hardware-based calibration unlike the SX3031W, are positioned significantly higher than the NEC model in terms of price.
Since the NEC 3090WQXi functions using a programmable 12-Bit Lookup Table (12 Bit LUT), it can be concluded that the model represents a considerably less expensive counterpart for the CG301W.
NEC MultiSync LCD3090WQXi-BK – the "BK" stands for colour variant “black". (Picture: NEC)
For the European models, NEC has unfortunately not included hardware-based calibration using SpectraView II. The model being marketed in the USA, on the other hand, does offer this interesting option when the relevant software is purchased.
All results published in this review were obtained via the digital input of an Asus 8800GTX. In addition, an iScan VP50 Pro was used to test the video functions.
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