NEC MultiSync LCD2180WG review: NEC MultiSync LCD2180WG

We tested the LCD2180WGLED at its native resolution of 1,600x1,200 at 6,500K. We did not use the iOne Display V2 colorimeter and SpectraView II software to calibrate the colors; instead, we used CNET Labs' DisplayMate test suite to optimize and evaluate image quality. The colors looked vivid, bold, and striking. Subtle distinctions in hue were clearly visible, with just a small amount of compression at the darker end of the color spectrum. Starting with a completely solid black, the LCD2180WGLED displayed a smooth range of grays, slightly marred by compression at the darker end of the scale and a tinge of pink at the white end. Text appeared dark and legible, though characters did not jump off the screen as they did with the Eizo FlexScan L997. Though LED technology is supposed to offer better screen uniformity than fluorescent-tube backlighting, the LCD2180WGLED's was good for such a large panel, but not perfect. We found small light leaks in the corners and a faint, column-shaped blotch in the center. Further, the LCD2180WGLED didn't perform all that well with games or movies.

The NEC LCD2180WGLED comes with an industry-standard three-year limited warranty, and extended warranties are available for an additional cost. NEC provides 24/7 toll-free tech support during the warranty and after. On the NEC Web site, you will find links to accessories, manuals, and driver downloads, as well as a searchable knowledge base and answers to FAQs.

CNET Labs DisplayMate tests
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Brightness in cd/m2
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