The new 90 series is a replacement for the current 80 series. Based on IPS technology this range offers better quality, with no colour shift and a raft of features. One of these is 'ambix3' â€“ essentially three inputs â€“ one DVI-I (analogue and digital), DVI-D (digital only) and VGA (analogue only), so you can hook up to three systems to the one display.
Other cool features on the 90 series include Cablecomp, which enables the use of longer cables without quality degradation, and GammaComp. This is a 12-bit look-up table which provides a smoother colour curve enabling the display of more shades. The final comp is ColorComp, which enables users to even out colour uniformity through calibration, though at the expense of brightness.
The 1990UN is designed for traders. The ultra slim 6.9mm bezel of this 19in display enables many screens to be placed close together, with many traders putting up to eight displays right next to each other.
The most interesting sounding display is the forthcoming MultiSync LCD2690WUXi. This 26in display has a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,200, a 178 viewing angle, a 6ms grey-to-grey response time (12ms black to white), ambix3 triple inputs and an 800:1 contrast ratio. Of course this uses IPS panel technology. With Dell, Samsung and Acer all offering 24in display at this resolution I asked why NEC hadnâ€™t followed suit. Reading through the lines of what I was told, the reason it has gone with 26in is that it can grab headlines, whereas if it went with 24in, it would be seen as a me-too product. Guess that makes sense. A 24in display will be following later, however.
A stand out feature of the LCD2090UXi is the â€˜L-Shapedâ€™ OSD buttons placed in the right hand bottom corner. When you press these, the icons pop up right next to the buttons so unlike most OSDs you donâ€™t have to spend ages working out what button does what. Itâ€™s seems like such an obvious idea and as such it seems remarkable that hasnâ€™t been done before.