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Back in June I reviewed the NEC MultiSync LCD3090WQXi 30in monitor and was, quite simply blown away by how good it was. Even now I still miss having that screen on my desk - there really is no better 30in display out there, although you'll have to dig pretty deep to afford one. And that's pretty much the story with NEC monitors - they're generally very impressive bits of kit, but they don't come cheap. It's therefore no surprise that the monitor I'm looking at today, the NEC MultiSync LCD24WMGX3, follows the same formula.
As its name suggests the LCD24WMGX3 is a 24in display, but unlike the LCD3090WQXi before it, this screen is aimed at the gaming and entertainment market, rather than appealing to professional image editors and photographers. As such, the LCD24WMGX3 looks very different from its 30in and 26in cousins, not necessarily better or worse, but different. The most obvious difference is the piano black, glossy bezel, which instantly labels this screen as a consumer display rather than a business one. The other big difference is the design of the stand, and it's here that the LCD24WMGX3 disappoints slightly.
Whereas NEC usually equips its monitors with every adjustment feature under the sun, the stand on this 24in model is somewhat limited. On the plus side it does have height adjustment, but not the gas dampened, vertical movement that I've come to expect from NEC. Instead this stand uses a double hinged design, which means that when you lower the screen it gets physically closer to you, while the reverse is true when you raise the screen. This isn't a major issue, since you generally don't mess around with the height of your screen too often.
What is more of an issue is how stiff both the height adjustment and screen tilt hinges are, which makes it difficult to make delicate adjustments to either. Add to that the fact that there is no pivot function, thus ruling out a portrait mode, and it's clear that NEC has compromised on the LCD24WMGX3's stand.
The good news is that the stand is about the only aspect of the LCD24WMGX3 that's disappointing, which is why I thought I'd get it out of the way early on. When it comes to connection options for instance, NEC has pretty much all the bases covered. Digital connections are well catered for with on HDCP compliant DVI port along with two HDMI ports. You also get a set of component video inputs, D-SUB, S-Video and composite. There's also a plethora of audio connections, since the LCD24WMGX3 has built-in speakers.
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