The LCD24WMGX3 has a 6ms grey-to-grey response time, which may not be as low as recent TN screens, but is still pretty good for an MVA panel. NEC is also one of the few monitor manufacturers that’s honest enough to quote a full black-white-black response time as well, with the LCD24WMGX3 turning in a respectable time of 16ms. A brightness rating of 500cd/m2 is good to see, while the 1000:1 contrast ratio is also decent enough, considering that’s a native number. Contrast ratio does rise to 2000:1 with dynamic contrast enabled – like the LCD3090WQXi, this screen has an ambient light sensor and the backlight can be automatically adjusted according to the lighting in the room. This is very effective, and you can even tailor how aggressive or discrete you want the dynamism of the backlight to be.
In the box you’ll find cables for D-SUB, DVI, HDMI, Power and audio, which is fairly generous. The only thing missing is a component video cable, but I’m guessing that most people will be hooking up either an early Xbox 360 or Nintendo Wii to the component inputs, which means that a standard cable would be of little use anyway. You also get an infrared remote control, which allows you to perform almost all adjustments without having to touch the buttons on the monitor itself. You can of course, also switch inputs and adjust the volume of the speakers, again making it attractive to anyone who’s using the screen for their PC/TV/DVD/Consoles etc.
The LCD24WMGX3 follows the NEC trend and carries a pretty hefty price tag – there was a time when £620 was cheap for a 24in monitor, but these days that’s about as expensive as it gets. This issue is compounded by the fact that TN panel 24in models can be had for well under £250, and many gamers, who are less concerned with absolute image quality, are likely to gravitate in that direction. That said, putting the slightly disappointing stand to one side, this is a very good 24in monitor that’s in a different league from most of the gaming/entertainment orientated competition.
NEC has, unsurprisingly, created a very good 24in monitor. What you’ve got here is a screen aimed at gamers, that has been built to the same exacting standards that NEC builds its professional image editing screens. It’s a shame that the LCD24WMGX3 doesn’t have the same stand that I’ve seen on previous NEC screens, but that’s one of the very few criticisms that I can level at this display. The big question is whether you’re willing to pay the substantial asking price, and that’s a decision that only you can make. If you can afford it and you want a truly excellent 24in display, then go right ahead, but others may well find the temptation to buy two 24in screens for the same price a bit too tempting.
Score in detail
Image Quality 9