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Let’s see if the monitor was set up well back at the factory.

It has 100% brightness and 50% contrast by default. I achieved a 100nit white by choosing 41% brightness and 43% contrast. You should not increase the contrast setting above 50% as it leads to a loss of light halftones.

 

With the ColorComp feature disabled, the monitor has an awful backlight on black. This irregularity shows up in two spots, one in the top right and another in the top left corner, which are inconspicuous under bright daylight but catch your eye in semidarkness.

Express in numbers, the average irregularity of white is 5.8% with a maximum deflection of 14.9%. The average irregularity of black is 9.8% with a maximum of 38.2%. That’s a very poor result.

The monitor offers the ColorComp feature, though. Each NEC monitor is tested at the factory and a special brightness distribution map is saved into it so that the monitor could compensate the irregularity. This provokes a small reduction of maximum brightness but that’s something you can put up with.

 

Alas, ColorComp cannot help on black – it is no different than in the previous test. On white, the difference is obvious: the average uniformity is as low as 2.3% with a maximum of only 6.8%. A superb result!

The monitor’s got a normal color gamut for a model with ordinary backlight lamps. It is larger than sRGB in greens but smaller in reds. The two gamuts coincide in blues.

The gamma curves look good, merging into the theoretical curve for gamma 2.2.

The response time isn’t impressive with the RTC mechanism turned off: 10.8 milliseconds GtG. After all, the LCD2090UXi is meant for work, not for games.

Well, photographers, artists and polygraphists are also humans and if you want to switch to a new game for a while, you can enter the extended menu and enable OverDrive. The response time goes down to 6.3 milliseconds GtG which is more acceptable.

The RTC mechanism is accompanied with artifacts. The RTC error average is 7.4%, which is not high, yet may be noticeable occasionally.

The color temperature is not as perfect as the gamma curves, but the difference between the temperatures of gray is never higher than 340K, which is very good. In fact, this monitor doesn’t call for hardware calibration or manual setup. Its factory setup is satisfactory for most image-processing applications.

It’s hard to set any records in terms of brightness and contrast ratio, but it is also unnecessary. The LCD2090UXi is average from this aspect.

Of course, everything has its price and the MultiSync LCD2090UXi is considerably more expensive than any other monitor from this review, but its delivers a higher image quality and better color reproduction than the others. This is a model for people who are perfectly sure what they want to get from their PC monitor and are ready to pay for that.

Highs:

  • Excellent color reproduction setup
  • Rich setup options
  • Superb irregularity of white with the ColorComp feature
  • Good response time
  • Good ergonomics

Lows:

  • Irregular backlight on black

Recommended usage:

  • Image-editing applications, pre-press
  • Everything else if you don’t mind the price
 
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