You can buy a 26in monitor for less than £300 these days. So why should we even look twice at the NEC MultiSync 24WMGX3, a 24in model costing over £600?

It all comes down to picture quality. That is, after all, the key factor in a screen - everything else is window dressing.

The NEC MultiSync 24WMXG3 is a crossover product, aimed at discerning home users as well as graphics professionals. Built around a glossy black plastic bezel and stand, not the best frame for professional use but perhaps an inevitable evil that nods to current fashion.

Slung below the NEC MultiSync 24WMGX3's screen are a pair of concealed speakers in recessed alcoves. Hardly the last word in fidelity with their limited bandwidth giving rolled-off top end and bass, they're still certainly usable for monitoring TV and film to moderate volumes. And there's even an optical digital audio input on the screen's side.

Stand setup options

Where a high-end monitor such as the NEC MultiSync 24WMGX3 also scores over budget models is in stand setup options. Vertical travel is possible - there's about 80mm adjustment available here - along with rotational swivel on its turntable under the base foot.

Distinguishing itself from the great majority of LCD panels on sale, the NEC MultiSync 24WMGX3 uses AMVA (Advanced Multi-domain Vertical Alignment) technology to light its pixels. Most budget desktop panels and those found in laptops are TN (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 no such problem on the NEC MultiSync 24WMGX3. Usable viewing angle - while maintaining believable colour - is a nearly complete 180º. Backlighting from its CCFL bulb was even across the entire panel. And thanks to its non-reflective matte finish, you won't be hounded and distracted by glossy reflections.

The NEC MultiSync 24WMGX3 has excellent perceived contrast and brightness with incredibly life-like painting of colours. Detail resolution for this better-than-HD display is also first class, and the combined effect is one of uncannily realistic rendering of images, both static and of motion video.


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