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What you can do is pivot the screen round into portrait mode, though the brightness level drops slightly when you do this. It can also be tilted forwards and back. Should you wish to take it off the stand, the NEC has VESA compliant holes for attaching to a wall bracket.

While the LCD2690WUXi doesn’t use the LED backlights of the NEC’s advanced SpectraView range, such as the SpectraView Reference 21 we looked at in November 2005, it does feature an additional two fluorescent bulbs in the rear to help keep even lighting across the display. This is one of the reasons for the chunkyness of the panel itself.

Even without LED backlights even accurate lighting and colours is one of the fortes of this display. Perhaps the key feature is the 12-bit gamma lookup table (LUT), which gives is the ability to display up to 16.7 million colours out of a palette of 68.5 billion - covering 92 per cent of Adobe RGB space, which is very important for print work. To control this NEC supplies Gamma control software, and you’ll also its Naviset software, which integrates with the display driver and enables you to optimise the picture with great precision. This is vital for professional photographic work or even the medical profession. Some medical images use colour to reveal the health of a patient so a colour accurate display is vital to give a correct diagnosis. ColourComp is a technology that’s used to even out the uniformity of the whites and colours of the display, though at the expense of absolute brightness.



This level of control is possible as the NEC supports DDC/CI - Display Data Channel - Command Interface, providing two-way communication between the display and the computer, enabling the monitor to report its state to software. This means that the display can be carefully calibrated to give the accurate and consistent colours.

Corporates will appreciate the power management technology the NEC has placed inside the LCD2690WUXi. An ECO mode can be set to reduce brightness by either 25 or 50 per cent, which can have a big impact on power draw. IPM (Intelligent Power Manager) will put the monitor into a low power state after either when then it loses an input signal, which you’d expect, or ever when the light level goes below a set level. That’s pretty cool, as when workers go home and leave their monitors on it will turn itself off when the lights are turned out. There’s also a built in timer so it can be set to come on and off as required. There’s also a ’Vacation switch’ at the side that will turn off the monitor completely so it draws no power if you’re away for an extended period.



An Auto Brightness function actually dims the display depending on the brightness of the environment while an Auto Luminence setting adjusts the brightness depending on the brightness of the image.

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