Eddy Winner: NEC MultiSync 3090WQXi display
Although 30-inch wide-screen LCD monitors are meant for a niche market—professionals whose work demands color accuracy—the NEC MultiSync 3090WQXi () is among the nicest displays we saw this year.
The 3090WQXi may be more expensive than Apple’s 30-inch Cinema HD display, but it features a wider viewing angle, a higher contrast ratio, and an adjustable height, and it has a longer warranty than Apple’s largest display. Its wide viewing angle makes it a great collaboration tool, since folks gathered around the screen will see the same colors from almost any angle. The monitor can display 16.7 million colors (8 bits), and it boasts a 12-bit Look Up Table that gives it an enormous palette of 68.5 billion colors.
NEC built a ton of technology into the 3090WQXi—such as X-Light Pro, which uses an internal backlight sensor to monitor and correct light output over the display’s life—to keep it looking great over the years. For color pros who want a large canvas but don’t want to sacrifice color accuracy and performance, the NEC MultiSync 3090WQXi sets a new standard for big displays.