Other options inside the advanced OSD include the ability to turn overdrive on or off. This overboosts the voltage going to the pixels to get them to twist faster reducing response time – making them respond more quickly. However, this is at the risk of losing colour accuracy.
One of my first actual tests for this display was playing TrackMania – one of my favourite titles, with plenty of bright colours and fast motion and I could swear that it did seem less smooth than when I played it on the ultra low response time 20 and 22in screen I’ve looked at recently. However, the overdrive setting did seem to help in the regard.
The overwhelming feature that really came across when testing this monitor was its level of sharpness and the strong true colours. Looking closely at photos on this display next to a 24in Dell 2407 was like seeing them with my glasses cleaned. There was lots of visible detail and true vibrant colours without being oversaturated or forced, while the DisplayMate tests showed a beautiful progression in the colour and greyscale scaling tests.
Contrast and colours seemed to improve when we kept the brightness levels down. Turning off all the ECO modes, and brightness settings and turning everything up to the max showed that this monitor can go really bright when it’s pushed, but you wouldn’t want to work in front of that for extended periods. The displays also put in a very fine performance with video, which was smooth and again benefitted from plenty of detail in show areas.
Compared to most monitors the NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi is akin to a Maserati, classy yet stuffed with toys and offering blistering performance. Yet most of us will do fine with something a bit less refined – the Dell 30in is a case in point. While the NEC certainly would make for a great gaming display, gamers with money to burn will be better off going the whole hog and saving up for that Dell 30incher, which you can pick up for around a grand, though you’ll need to go SLI or CrossFire to really be able to power it and factor in that additional cost.
While gamers will find much to enjoy on the MultiSync LCD2690WUXi the Dell 30in will offer better value. However, for those who are looking to finally replace a much trusted CRT or go properly large for professional use, the NEC is a very fine choice. It offers a good chunk of the ability of the SpectraView Reference 21 without the huge cost, while offering a larger size and greater resolution to boot.
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