NEC MultiSync LCD24WMGX3 24in Monitor - NEC MultiSync LCD24WMGX3

By Riyad Emeran

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

The LCD24WMGX3 has a 6ms grey-to-grey response time, which may not be as low as recent TN screens, but is still pretty good for an MVA panel. NEC is also one of the few monitor manufacturers that's honest enough to quote a full black-white-black response time as well, with the LCD24WMGX3 turning in a respectable time of 16ms. A brightness rating of 500cd/m2 is good to see, while the 1000:1 contrast ratio is also decent enough, considering that's a native number. Contrast ratio does rise to 2000:1 with dynamic contrast enabled - like the LCD3090WQXi, this screen has an ambient light sensor and the backlight can be automatically adjusted according to the lighting in the room. This is very effective, and you can even tailor how aggressive or discrete you want the dynamism of the backlight to be.

In the box you'll find cables for D-SUB, DVI, HDMI, Power and audio, which is fairly generous. The only thing missing is a component video cable, but I'm guessing that most people will be hooking up either an early Xbox 360 or Nintendo Wii to the component inputs, which means that a standard cable would be of little use anyway. You also get an infrared remote control, which allows you to perform almost all adjustments without having to touch the buttons on the monitor itself. You can of course, also switch inputs and adjust the volume of the speakers, again making it attractive to anyone who's using the screen for their PC/TV/DVD/Consoles etc.

The LCD24WMGX3 follows the NEC trend and carries a pretty hefty price tag - there was a time when £620 was cheap for a 24in monitor, but these days that's about as expensive as it gets. This issue is compounded by the fact that TN panel 24in models can be had for well under £250, and many gamers, who are less concerned with absolute image quality, are likely to gravitate in that direction. That said, putting the slightly disappointing stand to one side, this is a very good 24in monitor that's in a different league from most of the gaming/entertainment orientated competition.

Verdict

NEC has, unsurprisingly, created a very good 24in monitor. What you've got here is a screen aimed at gamers, that has been built to the same exacting standards that NEC builds its professional image editing screens. It's a shame that the LCD24WMGX3 doesn't have the same stand that I've seen on previous NEC screens, but that's one of the very few criticisms that I can level at this display. The big question is whether you're willing to pay the substantial asking price, and that's a decision that only you can make. If you can afford it and you want a truly excellent 24in display, then go right ahead, but others may well find the temptation to buy two 24in screens for the same price a bit too tempting.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Value 6
  • Image Quality 9
  • Features 9
  • Design 8

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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