NEC/Mitsubishi announces new LCD line-up

NEC/Mitsubishi definitely views the one-litre beer glass as half full, so what better way to announce a new range of monitors than during Munich's Oktoberfest.

Timed to coincide with Oktoberfest in Munich, NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display announced on the 29th September its new entry-level AccuSync range, along with a complete model migration to the new 70-Series, and the launch of its SpectraView range of monitors designed for colour critical applications.

Despite the company focusing much of its efforts on supplying the corporate markets, the AccuSync range has been designed with the consumer sector in mind. The analogue and tilt-only line-up consisting of the 15in AccuSync LCD52VM, 17in LCD72VM and the 19in LCD92VM all see an emphasis on a more stylish design that includes built-in speakers and a headphone socket, a two-tone silver/black colour, and a certain degree of cable management in the form of two hooks mounted on the neck of the stand. Although the bezel is relatively thin, the extra depth of the chassis also allows NEC to integrate a touch-sensitive screen.

The AccuSync range will only be available through retail channels from this month. Guideline prices are £175 ex VAT for the 15in, £225 for the 17in and £329 for the 19in.

As for the new 70-Series, which is expected to fulfil the needs of the corporate and small business sectors, these LCDs have undergone quite a radical change in design and feature both an analogue and a DVI port (apart from LCD1970V which is analogue only).

The new curvaceous design could prove to be a popular move away from the company’s typical angular-type chassis, which is maintained throughout the higher-end 80-Series range. A slim 17mm bezel, a 110mm height-adjustable stand, and a swivelling circular base feature across the 70-Series models, but in my opinion the biggest change is the new OSD and its controls. A four-direction button reduces the number of physical controls and this, combined with new menu colours and graphics, should lead to slicker navigation. An optional sound bar is also available with built-in volume control and a headphone socket.

Prices for the 70-Series have not yet been confirmed.

Last but not least, the SpectraView range should certainly appeal to those involved with image editing. The 19inch and 21inch, namely the 1980 and 2180 models, are clearly focused on the markets where colour management is key. Even though SpectraView is an NEC sub-brand, the thinking behind it is to optimise (and certify) the brightness, colour temperature, and gamma settings of the monitor so that it meets the demands and requirements of pre-press applications and professional digital photography workflows.

These models also come with integrated magnetic strips to support a sliding hood that blocks out reflections and provides access for an optional optical sensor. NEC/Mitsubishi also announced it’s SpectraView Profiler software for colour calibration which supports many current sensor models.

Launched at Photokina in Cologne, both models should be available from Mid-October, followed by a 21.3inch LCD with LED backlight ( the 2180WG) that promises one of the widest colour gamuts on the market. Expect that to arrive sometime in the New Year.

Guideline prices are £729 ex VAT for the SpectraView 1980, and £1,149 for the SpectraView 2180.

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