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NEC MultiSync LCD24WMGX3 24in Monitor - NEC MultiSync LCD24WMGX3
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.