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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

New Displays Focus On Business Applications

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via NewsEdge Corporation

Professional users of computer displays rely on the units to provide an ergonomic interface and healthy workspace between man and machine. The latest crop of displays answers this need and offers improved image quality, better ergonomics and a host of new features that help reduce fatigue and boost productivity. Here the CRN Test Center engineers look at two new displays: one model from NEC's new line of business displays and ViewSonic's top-of-the-line widescreen unit.

NEC MULTISYNC LCD2090VXI

Introduced earlier this month, NEC's new 90 Series of flat-panel displays is specifically aimed at professional users in markets such as financial, medical, graphic design and engineering. The top-of-the-line 90 Series offers more than 25 new features over the 80 Series it is replacing. The improved features produce clearer images, offer more flexible control and connectivity and has improved energy efficiency. For testing purposes, the Test Center engineers focused on the 20-inch LCD2090VXi. Note that all new 90-Series displays offer the same advanced feature set.

The LCD MultiSync 90-series "i" models, including the LCD2090VXi reviewed by the Test Center, use In-Plane Switching, or IPS-based modules, to meet the color-critical needs in industries such as medical imaging, graphic illustration and photography. IPS modules minimize off-angle color shift and produce clearer black tones resulting in accurate color reproduction and uniform brightness. A 12-bit Look-Up Table (LUT) generates a richer image by enabling more levels of shading between black and white. An AmbiBright function automatically adjusts brightness according to ambient lighting, and an Eco-Mode allows users to dim the back light to conserve power and extend lamp life.

The MultiSync LCD2090VXi features DVI-D, DVI-I and VGA inputs, with a screen bezel width of just 12mm, making it ideal for multiple monitor configurations, including tiled installations. The height-adjustable cabinet tilts, swivels and pivots. The quick-release stand allows for easy arm- or wall-mounting, while an integrated handle allows for easy transport. The display measures 17.3 inches wide by 9.7 inches deep, with the height ranging from 16.4 inches to 22.3 inches. The MultiSync LCD2090VXi costs $1,300.

NEC's channel program only has a single partner level, and there are no prerequisites for being considered for channel partnership. While that helps keep things easy, it also can increase the competition with other solution providers. The company does offer sales incentives, leads, demo units, partner extranet and marketing materials.

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