NEC boosts LCD color matching with new displays
- By John Breeden II
- Jul 26, 2013
It's pretty obvious that LCDs long ago replaced CRTs as the monitors of choice for almost everyone in government and the private sector. Advances in backlight technology with LEDs instead of fluorescents have made flat-panel monitors even more popular. But the one small area where some people still prefer CRTs is with color matching. Because LCDs are shining light through a film, they can still distort colors slightly. It's not much distortion, but for jobs where color precision is paramount -- like medical imaging, mapping, graphic design -- it can be a concern.
NEC Display Solutions of America is trying to conquer that last horizon with the release of the 24-inch MultiSync PA242W color accurate display and the color critical PA242W-BK-SV monitor with SpectraView II calibration software and sensor. The PA242W display is built on a GB-R LED backlight, which provides a wider color gamut and more color control than a conventional white LED backlight.
Suitable for applications dependent on accurate color, such as photography, retouching, video editing and pre-press, the MultiSync PA242W monitor touts a robust design with a fully ergonomic stand for added comfort during use. It also features 1,920 by 1,200 resolution and 10-bit wide color gamut LCD panel.
In addition, the MultiSync PA242W showcases the time-saving features common to the MultiSync PA Series displays, including the ability to load International Color Consortium (ICC) profiles to emulate custom color spaces and easily match image prints. It also offers factory-calibrated digital uniformity correction and five customizable picture-mode presets.
The free MultiProfiler software, exclusive to the MultiSync P and PA Series, provides control over most display settings, including print matching with picture -mode presets, as well as picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture window configuration. MultiProfiler also lets users manage the monitor’s USB hub and enable keyboard shortcuts for changing inputs and picture modes. The ICC profile support in MultiProfiler offers MultiSync PA242W users an easy way to match prints.
The MultiSync PA242W and PA242W-BK-SV ships with a four-year limited parts and labor warranty. They are now available at an estimated price of $1,049 and $1,299, respectively.
John Breeden II directs the GCN Lab.