NEC MultiSync LCD3090WQXi

A high-end 30in monitor

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now
NEC MultiSync LCD3090WQXi
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Accurate output, wide colour gamut, innovative Auto Luminance system

Cons

  • Expensive

Bottom Line

The LCD3090WQXi is an excellent display with only one major flaw — its price.

Would you buy this?

  • Price

    TBA (AUD)

The LCD3090WQXi is a high-end 30in monitor, a grade above the likes of Apple's 30-inch Cinema HD Display and Dell's UltraSharp 3008WFP. Both the Apple and Dell monitors have proved popular recently, since price cuts have placed them in the reach of most creatives.

Thirty-inch displays offer higher resolutions than smaller displays: 2560x1600 — 78 per cent more pixels than the 1920x1200 resolution offered by 23-26in monitors. This gives the user much more screen space for their work, so you can see more of your artwork or timeline inside the palettes of your tool's interface. You can also work on HD footage at full resolution.

NEC's monitor is pricier than Apple or Dell's monitor, but this is explained by the much better colour reproduction and accuracy it offers. Behind this are some sophisticated technologies providing a wide colour gamut. There's an IPS LCD panel, and a 12-bit LUT (Look Up Table) to ensure that the colour output by your graphics card is correctly translated for output through the panel.

We tested the LCD3090WQXi using an X-Rite i1Display2 monitor calibrator (which was previously known as the Gretag-Macbeth Eye-One Display 2). We found it to have a gamut on a par with the FlexScan SX3031W — and way larger than Apple or Dell's displays. It was also a match for the SX3031W for colour accuracy. Both before and after calibration, NEC's monitor delivered excellent representation of our test images — bright colours were vibrant and subtle shades were smoothly shown.

The monitor also has some innovative functions. There's Auto Luminance, which uses a sensor on the front bevel to check the ambient light in your room. It then adjusts the backlight of the display to compensate. There's also ColorComp technology to feedback and fix slight variations in colour uniformity across the panel.

The LCD3090WQXi is an excellent display with only one major flaw — its price.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?