having looked throughout the forum, I could not find an answer to the following question.:
I have an EIZO CG241W, which I've worked with for 1 1/2 Years now.
I love it, except for the fact that I can't get rid of green or magenta casts in the deepest blacks, regardless of colour or BW work. tried every available combination(gammas,WPcal,native etc.)
I calibrate with spyder 3 and colour eyes display pro.
I'm now looking at expanding my workspace and 30 inches would be amazing.
would the NEC calibrate well with the spyder and CEDpro?
what about brightness?
I currently work at 110cd, which is still a bit too bright compared with the prints out of my 3800.
would the NEC work with 110 or less?
and what about overall quality of colours in comparison?
I'm aware that some of you really like the NEC, but has someone actually switched from EIZO to NEC ?
thanks for your answers
stephan from NZ
I've got a CG242W, which is essentially the same as the CG241W with only some minor tweaks of the S-PVA-panel and a DisplayPort input. I've also noticed the magenta cast in the deepest black, most noticeable on the left edge. I use the ColorNavigator, which I found to give the most consistent results across a variety of calibration devices. Using the ColorNavigator, the magenta/orange cast occurs whichever device (i1 pro, i1 display 2, DTP94b) I use as long as the optimization method for the gamma adjustment is set to "neutral". In this case the deepest black is set to the lowest *neutral* black which is considerably lighter than the deepest "black" the monitor is capable of. The S-PVA-panel isn't all that good in displaying deep shades homogeneously across the screen, due to its rather poor viewing angle and thus induces a noticeable magenta/orange glow on the left edge. With "contrast"-priority, the deepest black is set to the black with the lowest luminance which leaves only a slightly lighter, but visually neutral left edge.
Both other software packages I use (iColor Display 3.5 from Quato and basICColor 4.1) also offer a setting for the tone-curve with "lowest black" instead of "lowest neutral black". I'd suggest to use the Spyder3 device with ColorNavigator, which is a free download. Moreover, the Spyder3 is compatible with all mentioned software packages, with the enclosed DataColor-Software certainly not the best. My tests show that only the ColorNavigator matches colorimeters like the i1 display 2, the DTP94 and probably the Spyder3 properly to Eizo's own wide-gamut-screens, since the color filters of colorimeters require heavy corrections in the software. Only spectrophotometers like the i1 or ColorMunki are able to handle Wide-Gamut-Displays without software corrections.
It's a pity that the S-PVA-Panel of the Eizo CG241W/CG242W is prone to color and gamma shifts even when viewed from the slightest angle. Most notably dark tones are perceptibly lighter when they are not placed in the center of the screen. IPS-based screens like the SpectraView 2690 or the new Eizo CG243W are "infinitely" more stable with respect to head movements. Both models are a worthwile upgrade and given the choice, I certainly wouldn't buy the CG242W again (The NEC Spectraview 2690 wasn't available in Switzerland at the time). Due to the color shift, (S-)PVA-basel panels are at least in my view not suitable for serious photographic editing at all!