For everyday computer use, the overall quality of a flat-screen display usually doesn’t make much difference, aside from whether it’s bright enough to see and offers enough contrast to read or make out an image. But for graphics professionals, color accuracy and calibration are of crucial importance to their work, and electronics giant NEC has announced two new 24-inch LCD monitors‐the LCD2490WUXi and LCD2490W2-BK-SV—specially designed with their needs in mind.
“These new widescreen displays increase our customers’ productivity levels by presenting them with features created to ease their workload and improve their color performance, which makes their job less time-consuming and provides a more enjoyable experience,” said NEC Display Solutions product manager Stan Swiderski, in a statement.
Both displays sport a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, native 1,900 by 1,200-pixel resolutions, 320cd/m&exp2; of brightness, and color gamuts that cover 96.7 percent of the sRGB color space. The displays also sport ColorComp technology to compensate for variations in luminance and uniformity, an ambient light sense for automatic backlight adjustment, and support for 12-it LUTs (look-up tables) to assist with calibration. Each display is backed by a four-year warranty; the LCD2490W2-BK-SV ships with NEC’s SpectraViewII Color Calibration Solution, including software and a colorimeter for setting up accurate color.
The new displays should be available this month, with the LCD2490WUXi carrying a suggested retail price of $1,099 and LCD2490W2-BK-SV having a suggested price of $1,299.