NEC Display Solutions has announced the new 26-inch MultiSync LCD2690WUXi² at the Macworld trade show, a desktop display aimed for graphic arts, desktop publishing, photography and other colour-critical environments.

Derived from the award-winning LCD2690WUXi, NEC says that the new display has a new, wider colour gamut panel, delivering expanded blue coverage and improved brightness uniformity.

The MultiSync LCD2690WUXi² is certified with Specifications for Web Offset Publications (SWOP®) software, which NEC says assures users achieve accurate soft-proof images. The display passed with the 'GRACoL® Grade 1' test, one of the highest level examinations available for SWOP certification.

The LCD2690WUXi² offers a wide colour gamut (97.8 percent coverage of AdobeRGB), compatibility with the NEC SpectraViewII Color Calibration Solution, auto luminance control with X-Light Pro backlight/sensor design for consistent brightness and colour. It also features ColorComp technology, which compensates for slight variations in luminance and colour uniformity –– providing even colour across the screen.

The monitor features an IPS active matrix LCD, which provides superior screen performance, including wide viewing angles, life-like flesh tones and dark black levels. It has internal programmable 12-bit lookup tables (LUTs) for calibration, a 1,900-x-1,200 native resolution, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a 320 cd/m² brightness, and three selectable inputs (DVI-I, DVI-D, 15-pin D-sub [VGA]).

The MultiSync LCD2690WUXi² will cost £695 plus VAT, or $1,199 in the US, and will ship in March.