NEC MultiSync 24WMGX3 review

You can buy a 26in monitor for less than £300 these days. So why should you look twice at a 24in model costing more than £600? It all comes down to picture quality.

The NEC MultiSync 24WMGX3 is aimed at discerning home users as well as graphics professionals. It’s built around a glossy black plastic bezel and stand. Slung below the screen are a pair of concealed speakers in recessed alcoves. Although these are hardly the last word in fidelity, with their limited bandwidth giving rolled-off top end and bass, they’re certainly usable for watching TV and film at moderate volumes. There’s even an optical digital audio input on the side.

The NEC has several stand setup options. Vertical travel is possible – you can adjust the height by about 80mm – and there’s a half-turntable for rotational swivel.

Distinguishing itself from the great majority of LCD panels, the 24WMGX3 uses advanced multidomain vertical alignment (AMVA) technology to light its pixels. Most budget monitors are twisted nematic types, which possess good response-time specs to keep motion blur at bay, but they’re often wanting in colour accuracy. This can be seen as colour banding and unrealistic flesh tones – particularly when viewed at extreme angles.

There are no such problems on the 24WMGX3. Backlighting was even across the entire panel. And thanks to its non-reflective matte finish, you won’t be distracted by glossy reflections.

The screen has excellent perceived contrast and brightness, with lifelike painting of colours. Detail resolution for this better-than-HD display is also first class.

OUR VERDICT

Price erosion has seen the cost of LCD displays tumble but, if you need colour reproduction approaching that of a traditional tube CRT, you’ll need to spend a premium. The NEC MultiSync 24WMGX3 comfortably provides the quality of image reproduction that will meet more discriminating users’ needs.

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