Bigger Is Better with NEC`s Huge Monitor

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Posted 2008-02-22 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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NEC improves your image by adding 8 inches to your view. That's 8 inches more of viewable area on your monitor with the LCD3090WQXi-BK display.

 

How big is big? A question asked in many instances. Not so long ago, a CRT was considered big if it was 17 inches; a television was considered huge at 27 inches. Now, thanks to LCD and plasma technology, the word big has become somewhat vague when someone talks about displays. NEC is redefining the word big as 30 inches—at least for a PC monitor and for a world where a 22-inch LCD was once considered big.

NEC’s LCD3090WQXi-BK has a big model number to go with its big 30-inch widescreen size, but be warned, a big size comes with a big price—in this case $2,200 (street). Users should carefully consider what they are getting for that price tag. After all, you could set up a pair of 22-inch LCDs for about half that price and have 44 inches of display space available to gaze upon. That may not be a fair comparison when you consider resolutions, display ratios and many other factors that a dual monitor setup changes when compared with a single large screen, but perhaps that is a debate best left for power users working with graphics, videos and images on their displays.

There is more to NEC’s display than just size. Weighing in at a whopping 40 pounds, the LCD3090WQXi-BK offers a contrast ratio of 1000:1, a 6-millisecond response time, resolution of 2560 by 1600, and an 89-degree viewing angle. The unit includes both DVI-D (HDCP) and DVI-I (digital/analog) connectors and a USB connector, but it has no integrated speakers. Are speakers important? That depends. If you are going to use this beast for presentations or digital signage, speakers are a welcome addition, but if you are looking to edit video, play games or perform some other tasks, you are better off with separate, high-quality speakers. Once again, how you use this big monitor is in the eye (or ear) of the beholder.

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We put the monitor to the test using DisplayMate, a PC display testing tool, which displays various high-resolution complex images. We also plugged the monitor into a Kill A Watt Pro electricity meter. During operation, the monitor pulled about 140 watts of power—a lot less than a big CRT but significantly more than the typical 17-inch LCD. That big power drain was not unreasonable considering how bright the display was; a pair of 22-inch LCDs would come close to using that amount of energy and be nowhere near as bright or have as much contrast as the NEC unit.

DisplayMate showed the monitor to be crisp, with no distortion. Using the DisplayMate tuning utility, we were able to set the unit to show realistic colors, which well represented the actual color of real objects. The monitor arrived at the labs with no documentation or software, so it was impossible to judge how well NEC’s own setup utilities and software would work. DisplayMate also showed how well the monitor’s ultrahigh resolution of 2560 by 1600 displayed complex, highly detailed images. Artistic and technical images were almost breathtaking in their beauty and detail.

NEC sells the LCD3090WQXi-BK direct from its Web site, through mail order retail and via the channel. The company did not provide any information about its channel program, but a quick visit to the company’s Web site shows that there is a partner area that offers what the typical hardware reseller looks for from a vendor.

 
 
 
 
Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com
 
 
 
 
 
























 
 
 
 
 
 

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