NEC LCD2490WUXi-BK Pull the trigger?

Discussion in 'Displays' started by EvilSardine, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. EvilSardine

    EvilSardine n00bie

    Oct 24, 2007
    Hey guys.

    I made a thread a while ago requesting suggestions for a 24" LCD that handles gaming and photo processing work very well. What it came down to was that the NEC LCD2490WUXi-BK was one of the better ones out there.

    Now, is there anything I should know about this thing before dropping about $1,200 on it? Is there another LCD that comes close?

    My friend has a 24" iMac and that has the same LG panel as this NEC does. The colors are brilliant and it's a damn nice LCD. I didn't notice any bothersome ghosting while playing HL2 on his iMac (bootcamp).

    Is it safe to say I'll be happy with this thing?

    I just need a nice LCD that will calibrate perfectly with a Monaco colorimeter and at the same time will provide a nice gaming experience.

    What's the input lag on this? Is input lag exaggerated? Will only the super hardcore counter-strike players that play the game 24 hours non stop while only using the AWP to do super fast twitch-like movements be the only ones that notice an input lag? Not me right?

    Or, will an input lag that equals to 50ms mean that if I have 80ms ping on a server actually mean that I have a ping of 130? Does it even work like that?

    Don't say to stick with a CRT! For some reason CRTs don't seem sharp to me and whenever I'm on mine it seems like my eyes are going to die compared to using the LCDs at our studio which don't tire me.

    One last thing. What are the chances of getting dead pixels on such a damn expensive LCD? =(

    I just need some reassurance! ;)

    Thanks in advance fellas. You've all helped. This forum is filled with information.
  2. Syndication

    Syndication Limp Gawd

    Apr 7, 2007
    Yeah, buy it from RitzCamera for


    and pay with paypal to get 20% back in January (up to $50 back)

    1156 - 50 + 6.95 (Shipping) = $1112.95
  3. Chow Yun Fat

    Chow Yun Fat n00bie

    Nov 2, 2007
  4. JamesL

    JamesL Gawd

    Nov 7, 2007
    Serious? the 24" imac uses a s-ips?
  5. busch09

    busch09 n00bie

    Nov 26, 2007
  6. DrNick

    DrNick Limp Gawd

    Jul 19, 2006
    If you liked your friends iMac screen then you will love the NEC because it looks even better despite having the same panel (blame NEC components like their True Wide Polarizer). As for the input lag; I'll say that its much better than the S-PVA panels I tried before it (Dell 2407 and NEC 2470). I don't notice it one bit whereas I could a little on those.
    I also game on it a lot and I have not found a reason to use the overdrive option yet. Simply the best display I have used for any task I've thrown at it. Also not a single dead/stuck pixel either -probably due to the care taken when packing these things:)
    Good luck

    Edit- There is no way lag on these things is 50ms (except maybe on the 2690). The NEC 2470wnx was tested to be about 33ms at its native res and there is no way in hell this one is higher. In fact its way lower from what I can see.
  7. Mastakill

    Mastakill Limp Gawd

    Apr 19, 2007
    Can you guys please stop talking positive about NEC 2490 until they fuckin make it available in the EU?

    This is getting really frustrating...

    The only decent 24" in the world and they don't sell it in the EU :(
  8. joemama

    joemama [H]ardForum Junkie

    Sep 13, 2000
    I thought NEC was big in the EU..:confused:
  9. EvilSardine

    EvilSardine n00bie

    Oct 24, 2007
    That's an S-PVA. Wouldn't H-IPS be the best for what I need? What's the color shifting like at angles on that thing? I don't want to have to be PERFECTLY in front of my monitor all the time. Sometimes I like to get comfy. =)

    Also, 27" is a tad bit too big for me.

    So far it seems like nothing can touch this NEC then huh? I might have to go ahead and order it. Trigger finger getting itchy......
  10. EvilSardine

    EvilSardine n00bie

    Oct 24, 2007
    I have one question guys. Will I notice a difference between the color gamut range of the 24" NEC or the 26" NEC?

    The 24" covers like 73% of the Adobe RGB color space while the 26" covers 93% of the gamut.

    If all I work with is sRGB, would that even affect me?

    What's the downsides of going with the 26"? Does it have more input lag? What's with the pixel pitch?

    Sorry, I'm new to all of this! =(
  11. Luthorcrow

    Luthorcrow [H]ard|Gawd

    Dec 21, 2002
    The short answer is if you only work in sRGB you much better off sticking with the 2490. The reason is because any wide gamut monitor defaults to the unique color space of the monitor which does not match sRGB. Profile matching is critical for color correct proofing because every color space associated the same RGB value to a different shade of that color (except sRGB and HD). In the case of sRGB content on a wide gamut monitor the perceived change is colors will appear oversaturated.

    This will not effect your images within Photoshop or other design applications with the proper color management set. But it will effect every other program without color management (OS, desktop, web, games, etc).

    The reason wide gamut is being pushed is marketing and HD content. So really the only two reasons to have this feature right now, is if you do work for print that is not sRGB (CMYK, ARGB, ProRGB, etc) or you are going to hook up HD devices to your monitor. Most print services are sRGB and it is unclear whether the current HD movies and games are taking advantage of the wider gamut in the HD standard. But unlike other profiles, it was designed to be compatible with sRGB so your colors won't shift for HD content. Theoretical may just be missing some visual fidelity.

    You are correct. S-PVA is not bad but you will notice shifts with even minor angle changes in the dark areas of an image. I have had some hands on time with the Dell 2407 WFP HC and found that the dark areas not only does the color shift but it also crushes/loses details with just minor changes of my head position. For me it was unacceptable.