NEC MultiSync LCD24WMGX3 24in Monitor - NEC MultiSync LCD24WMGX3

By Riyad Emeran

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8

Firing up Call of Duty 4 (PC version) on the LCD24WMGX3 left me in no doubt of its credentials as a gaming monitor. Colours are vivid and bright, but most importantly, black levels are suitably dark. Thankfully the relatively deep blacks don't come at the expense of detail in low light areas, which is pretty important when you're playing a game. As already mentioned, you need to make sure you get your calibration right though.

With the generous array of connection options, NEC is obviously expecting consumers to be hooking up game consoles to the LCD24WMGX3, and here it performs just as well. The screen supports 1:1 pixel mapping, so you can be assured that the image you're looking at has not been stretched from the original source. So, if you want to play your Xbox 360 or PS3 at 1080p, you'll get thin black bars at the top and bottom of the screen, but the image will be pixel perfect.

It's a similarly impressive performance when it comes video, with the LCD24WMGX3 proving to be a solid option for anyone who wants to use their monitor for everything. Firing up the second (and even better) Watchman trailer in 1080p, this NEC showed once again that it can deal with dark detail commendably, while also keeping vibrant colours, well, vibrant. Motion is also kept in check very well, which will make both gamers and movie buffs happy.

Not so impressive is the audio quality from the screen. To be fair, the sound produced is better than most, but that's still to say that it's not great. On the plus side, audio can be piped through using any number of connections, from analogue phono and 3.5mm mini jack, to HDMI. As already mentioned though, there are many options to pass the audio through to external speakers, amps or headphone - and I'm guessing that most people will do just that.

Unlike NEC's 30in masterpiece, the LCD24WMGX3 doesn't sport an IPS panel, instead opting for AMVA technology. Of course this is still a proper 8-bit panel, with a full 16.7-million colour palette at its disposal, but IPS panels generally offer better image quality and wider viewing angles. That said, IPS panels also tend to have higher response rates, which is less desirable for gaming, so I can see why NEC went down the AMVA route for this screen.

Mikael

June 24, 2009, 2:48 am

LCD is crappy technology really. TN flat out sucks, but *VA and IPS screens aren't without serious flaws either. But we must all have something to use while we wait for the glorious OLEDs, so what should you go for?





Alternative one is to get a cheap TN. That way, at least you won't waste a lot of money.





Alternative two is to pay a lot more for a screen based on "quality" LCD technology. Most of the time that means IPS or PVA. But the more rare MVA as used in the reviewed screen fits the bill too. Now "quality" is a relative term here. Don't expect any LCD screen to be truly good, no matter what you pay for it. But you will at least get something better than TN, which honestly doesn't say all that much!





The LCD24WMGX3 has the following strengths:





+ Sharp and readable text, without annoying color fringes. Very RARE even among "quality" screens!


+ It has no color gradients from left to right, something which plagues A LOT of monitors these days...


+ Reasonably good viewing angles (but with a hint of the traditional *VA gamma shift).


+ Standard Gamut. (A wider color space sure looks "more awesome", but brings a host of problems.)


+ Reasonably good black level, with no backlight leakage.


+ Fast input lag, with a "Thru Mode" that makes it even faster.


+ A lot of connectors, including analog TV signals.





It also has the following weaknesses:





- Colors 1-4 are undistinguishable from black, and 253-255 are very close to white. Even properly calibrated.


- Panel response time is only borderline acceptable. There is a very noticable smear in some situations.


- Speakers are pretty good for a monitor, which unfortunately still means they are total crap!





All in all, this is a decent screen for those who read a lot of text, and play a few games or watch some movies now and then. Since even "decent" screens are few and far between in LCD land, this means it's quite a catch! Get it soon, because NEC has pulled the model very recently. When the retailers are out of stock, they're gone. This is apparently because the screen is expensive to make, and too few people want to pay what this quality level costs to make it worthwhile.





I bought it, and I'm perfectly "happy" with it. Of course, "Happy" in the context of LCD screens only means I don't feel like plucking my eyeballs out when I use it. But since that seems to be too much to ask for with all other screens screens on the market, this one is a gem!





Recommended. At least until OLED arrives...

gdawg304

July 1, 2009, 5:13 pm

Well it looks like NEC have discontinued this...which leaves the 24" monitor choice down to the HP LP2475w or the Dell 2408....when are there going to be some LED backlit MVA/IPS screens?!

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