Hello Mr Brooks. I am shopping for a new LCD monitor for Photoshop use (no gaming) have found your monitor reviews very helpful. I am now torn between the Eizo CE210W and the NEC LCD2190UXi-BK-SV. They would both cost roughly the same ($1350) after including a calibration device with the Eizo (the NEC comes with a device). I am an advanced amateur and would primarily be working with images from my digital SLR, frequently printing them to an Epson 2200. Your thoughts would be be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
In terms of screen image quality there is really little to choose between the Eizo CE210W and the NEC 2090, both offer a very high level of color reproduction quality. And although I found the Eizo software control a distinct advantage in calibrating and profiling the display, I personally chose to purchase the equivalent LaCie 320 (like the NEC 2090), but without the colorimeter that can be added to the package (Blue Eye Pro) which is the same as what is offered with the NEC, which is really an Eye-One 2. My reason for not going with the Eizo is that I prefer to work with 3:4 screen format rather than the wider HD format the Eizo display comes in. As for colorimeters, I find the ColorVision Spyder2 Pro does a better calibration job and produces a superior profile with either display, and it is actually a better value.
Thank you very much. I just bought the eye-one display 2 (alas) and think I'll go with the Eizo. I like the idea of the Photoshop palettes not infringing on the image. And compared with my current 19" CRT, even the 1680 x 1050 resolution of the Eizo should be a great improvement.
I'm not sure I understand your remark about the resolution of the Eizo being so much better than the NEC. The Eizo has 1680x1050 while the NEC has 1600x1200, so all you gain with the Eizo is 80 pixels horizontally or 5%. However, the NEC has 150 pixels or 14% more vertically. Add to that the fact that the NEC panel is IPS versus Eizo non-IPS and NEC has 12 bit gamma correction versus 10 bits for the Eizo. The NEC appears to be a better deal.
Thank you for weighing in. I agree that the NEC has a more appealing resolution overall, esp. vertically. But I like the idea that the Photoshop palettes will not intrude on the image. My comparison was to my current CRT (a LaCie electron 19 blue III) which I have set to 1152x864, and, for a 19" monitor, that makes text very small and hard to read. 1680x1050 will be a luxury by comparison. I also erred in my calculations, having priced the NEC withOUT the calibrator. I now know that there is a $200 difference between the LCD2190UXi and the LCD2190UXi-BK-SV (the SV indicates the included calibrator). So the NEC with calibrator included turns out to be about $300 more than the Eizo plus calibrator.