updated 01:00 pm EST, Tue January 6, 2009
NEC Pro LCDs, SpectraView
NEC announced on Tuesday the upcoming launch of its 26-inch MultiSync LCD2690W2-BK-SV and 30-inch LCD3090W-BK-SV widescreen displays meant for graphics professionals along with the new SpectraViewII Kit, which combines a color measurement sensor with sophisticated software to enhance the color accuracy. The three new products will be displayed at the currently ongoing Macworld Expo.
Both monitors sport a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, with the 26-inch LCD featuring a 1920x1200 resolution and 320cd/m2 brightness, while the 30-inch monitor sports a 2560x1600 resolution in a landscape orientation with an option to switch to portrait mode. It also claims a higher 350cd/m2 brightness level. Both backlights make 98 percent coverage and 107 percent of the gamut size of the Adobe RGB color space for color reproduction.
Each LCD includes three internal 12-bit look-up tables for precise adjustments to the display's tone response curve. A monitor locking feature will disable the on-screen controls after a calibration has been made to prevent accidental adjustments. They use in-plane switching (IPS) module technology that minimizes off-angle color shift and produces clearer black tones in dark images.
The SpectraViewII system uses a colorimeter based on the iOne Display 2 from X-Rite to take color measurements of the screen during calibration while the software analyzes the results and sends color adjustment commands to the display. The newest software improves color accuracy and support for X-Rite ColorMunki spectrophotometer on Mac OS X and Windows. In February, the software will be made available for Linux operating systems.
The LCD2690W2-BK-SV and LCD3090W-BK-SV will be available in January 2009, priced at $1,449 and $2,449, respectively. The SVII-PRO-KIT is available with an estimated street price of $329, or free to download for owners of existing SpectraView software. Without the sensor, the software itself costs $105.
NEC MultiSync LCD2690W2-BK-SV
NEC MultiSync LCD3090W-BK-SV
NEC SpectraViewII Kit