Monday, October 25th 2010

NEC Announces SpectraView 231 Professional Display

With the NEC SpectraView 231, NEC Display Solutions is launching a high-calibre, 23" IPS LCD monitor for colour-critical applications into the market. The hardware-calibratable display, just like the SpectraView Reference models 241 and 271, features a 14-bit LUT for exceptional colour control and a 3D LUT for precise colour space reproduction. Digital Uniformity Control (ColorComp) and Backlight Ageing Correction also give users stable performance values over the display's entire lifetime.

The model is targeted for colour-critical users in the fields of digital photo-editing and video-processing, colour workflow, pre-press or DTP. Equipped with a high-end IPS panel, the NEC SpectraView 231 covers 75% of the Adobe RGB colour space and offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. In practical terms, this means excellent picture quality with high viewing angle stability. The Digital Uniformity Control (ColorComp) feature automatically controls the colour distribution to create a balanced and homogeneous picture, which is of particular importance for professional colour applications.
Intelligent features such as the picture-in-picture function, which allows multiple program windows to be displayed simultaneously, facilitate increased productivity and permit complex workflows to be easily realised.

The display's connectivity options also provide first-class flexibility. The NEC SpectraView 231 comes equipped with the future-proof DisplayPort connector, two DVI-D interfaces and finally a VGA analogue input. The integrated, programmable USB hub also supports the connection of multiple PC platforms, so that a single mouse and keyboard can control two computers.

With height adjustability of up to 150 mm and the pivot function for positioning the display in landscape or portrait mode, personalised comfort at the workstation is guaranteed. The NEC SpectraView 231 has been awarded the TCO 5.0 certificate in recognition of its ergonomic features and responsible approach to minimising environmental impact.

"The new NEC SpectraView 231 offers an excellent price/performance ratio," says Christopher Parker, Product Line Manager for Professional Displays at NEC Display Solutions. "With this product, we're offering professional users a high-end colour-critical display at an unbeatable low price."
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31 Comments on NEC Announces SpectraView 231 Professional Display

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pr0n Inspector
Completely Bonkers said:
75% of the Adobe RGB colour space is really rather poor for a "professional" monitor.

And IMO NEC is losing ground. A "professional" y1080 needs to deliver 120fps/3D if it can't deliver WORKSTATION SPEC HIGH-Y.
"75% AdobeRGB" is just a fancy way of saying sRGB.
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pr0n Inspector
Wile E said:
Most of the monitors that claim more have wide gamut backlighting and use a form of dithering to achieve the extended color space, and are actually less accurate over quite a few hues.

I am actually disappointed in the accuracy of my wide gamut IPS monitor. Every standard gamut IPS monitor I have seen with the same size panel of mine is more accurate.
Which is why 10-bit, even if it's dithered, is important.
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Wile E
Power User
http://www.jseaman.com/articles/srgb.html

Fairly easy to understand article on Abobe vs sRGB. Note that almost everything you look at on a computer is in sRGB and developed to use sRGB. Full gamut Adobe RGB shown thru an sRGB medium actually looks worse.

I would also google about cons on wide gamut monitors. If the app you are using isn't color managed, wide gamut looses it's accuracy, and tends to oversaturate.
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pr0n Inspector
Wile E said:
http://www.jseaman.com/articles/srgb.html

Fairly easy to understand article on Abobe vs sRGB. Note that almost everything you look at on a computer is in sRGB and developed to use sRGB. Full gamut Adobe RGB shown thru an sRGB medium actually looks worse.

I would also google about cons on wide gamut monitors. If the app you are using isn't color managed, wide gamut looses it's accuracy, and tends to oversaturate.
Even in a color managed environment, a calibrated and profiled 8-bit wide-gamut monitor is still inferior to an sRGB one in displaying sRGB content due to the larger delta between colors.
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Wile E
Power User
pr0n Inspector said:
Even in a color managed environment, a calibrated and profiled 8-bit wide-gamut monitor is still inferior to an sRGB one in displaying sRGB content due to the larger delta between colors.
I know. I wasn't trying to get that far into it until he commented further on it.

Like I said previously, I'm not really all that happy with my wide gamut monitor. It's not as accurate as my non-wide gamut monitors, like the IPS in my older iMac, or the MVA of my Westinghouse. I would've continued to use the Westy, but it the digital input went out.
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