We're used to high-def widescreen displays pitched at graphic designers, animators and other creatives with 23- and 24-inch screens, but NEC's new LCD2690WUXi is the first to offer 26 inches of display.

According to NEC, the larger distance between pixels offered by the larger size helps reduce eye-strain. Two A4 pages can be viewed next to each other at 100 per cent on the 1,920-x-1,200-pixel screen, with space left for palettes and other windows.

The LCD2690WUXi's output covers up to 95 per cent of the Adobe RGB colour space, says NEC. It has a contrast ratio of 800:1 and a brightness 400cd/m2, with a response time of 7ms.

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The monitor features a new A-TW H-IPS panel that offers a viewable angle of 178-degrees without colour shift, according to NEC. It uses the company

Connection to Macs and Windows PCs is via the LCD2690WUXi's choice of DVI-I, DVI-D and VGA inputs.

The LCD2690WUXi costs £789 plus VAT.