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NEC MultiSync LCD2190UXi

While all the above-described monitors have been in fact ordinary home models, the MultiSync LCD2190UXi comes from a completely different category. The manufacturer positions it as a basic model for work with color, in CAD/CAM applications, etc.

The monitor is designed in the old classic NEC style, with an angular outline and a large case as if hewn with an axe. The stand has become somewhat more elegant (it used to be strictly rectangular, too). NEC’s designers have transitioned to sleek and rounded shapes in their home monitors, but professional series models (with UX, SX and FX suffixes) have retained their sober exterior.

The monitor looks large and massive, especially in profile. The base allows setting the screen height as necessary, but lacks a lock. So when you lift the monitor up from your desk, it stretches to its full length with a rumble. You can also adjust the tilt of the screen and turn it into the portrait mode. The monitor’s default stand can be replaced with a VESA-compatible mount.

The LCD2190UXi has three inputs: digital DVI-D, universal DVI-I (both analog and digital sources can be connected to it) and analog D-Sub. The round connector labeled DC Out is intended for optional speakers that you can hang at the bottom of the monitor’s case. There is not much value in those speakers. They are rarely sold in shops and have only one advantage over ordinary desktop speakers – they don’t take any extra space on your desk. The monitor is equipped with an integrated power adapter.

The controls are designed in a curious fashion, originally implemented in the company’s 90 series monitors. Most of the buttons are not labeled, but captions appear next to them on the screen on your entering the menu. The captions turn around automatically in the portrait mode. Otherwise, I can’t see any good in this. Ordinary labels painted on the buttons would be more readable and easier to work with.

There are some small problems even. For example, when the following message appears…

…the captions do not light up and you have to take guesses which button works as Exit.

The menu itself resembles the menu of the NEC 20WGX2 (tested earlier in this review), but with an ascetic design and more options. You can even choose the colors of the onscreen menu and the color of the Power indicator. The latter can be blue or green, leaving room for further development. If an RGB LED were integrated into the button, its color could be chosen from a very large palette. This is going to attract more customers, for sure. :)

Well, a majority of options are indeed very practical and useful. The monitor offers two automatic brightness adjustment modes (based on a lighting sensor and on the analysis of the onscreen image), automatic contrast adjustment (works with the analog input only), and setting up the color temperature by six coordinates.

Two Windows-based utilities are supplied with the monitor: NaviSet offers the same options as you have in the onscreen menu, and GammaComp allows to reprogram the monitor’s LUT, i.e. to perform its hardware calibration. Unfortunately, you have to input the new values in GammaComp manually. Unlike the software for the SpectraView series, this program cannot work with a calibrator directly.

Besides the main menu, there is an advanced menu, too. You can enter it by pressing the Input button as you’re turning the monitor on. The advanced menu is text-only and thus contains considerably more options than the main one (it offers the main menu settings, too). One of the most interesting options (it is highlighted in the photograph above) is turning on the response time compensation, which is off by default.

 
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