Although NEC monitors aren’t generally used for too much movie watching, it’s still good to see that that the DVI-D input is HDCP compliant, so should you wish to hook up a Blu-ray player to the 3090WQXi, you can. Even more impressive is the quality of video playback on this screen, despite the fact that even 1080p content is being massively scaled to expand it to the 2,560 x 1,600 native resolution. Even 720p footage zoomed to full screen looked mighty impressive by PC monitor standards, and the 3090WQXi could probably put some dedicated HDTVs to shame. Of course there is a 1:1 setting, but that will result in your video being played back in a tiny window, which somewhat negates the point of having a 30in screen in the first place.
Unlike the new Dell UltraSharp 3008WFP (a full review of which is coming soon), the NEC 3090WQXi doesn’t sport a dizzying amount of input options. What you get is two DVI ports, one DVI-D and one DVI-I, while both DVI to DVI and DVI to D-SUB cables are supplied. This may seem like an oversight on NEC’s part, but in reality NEC is just addressing its target market – this screen is aimed at users who are more concerned with image quality than being able to hook up their PS3, X360 and Wii.
One feature that the 3090WQXi does have that I haven’t seen on any other 30in monitor is the ability to pivot. Obviously there are limited situations when you’d want to view a 30in monitor in portrait mode, but if you spend most of your time editing high resolution images, this feature alone could justify the purchase of the 3090WQXi – being able to edit portrait photos in a portrait aspect would be a real benefit. As well as pivoting, this screen has silky smooth vertical movement, with minimal effort needed for adjustments, despite the large screen. There’s also a pivot-pad mounted in the base, so panning from side to side is smooth too.
As with all of NEC’s high-end monitors, the 3090WQXi just oozes quality. The screen itself is about twice as deep as most LCD displays, but I can’t help but like the solid, chunky dimensions. And even though this display is deeper than most, the 22mm bezel surrounding the screen is very slim for a 30in panel, and gives the 3090WQXi a sleek, stylish and minimalist look.