Hi all, apologies to make my first post an Eizo vs NEC topic but it's something I must have some additional input in. I think I've already read most of the current topics on here on the subject!
I'm looking to purchase my first proper reference monitor. Now I know NEC are popular on here being a primarily US based site, but in Europe it seems things are a little different. For one, there isn't the large price difference between NEC and Eizo there seems to be in the US, and two, support for Eizo products in the UK seems much better, and they have a longer waranty (By 2 years).
For this reason I narrowed my choices down to the CG241W and the newer CG243W, omitting the popular 2690 SpectraView (I'm not massively keen on the idea of the same resolution at 26", I always try to go for the finest pixel pitch, not the other way - It's also more expensive than both Eizo options).
The difference is roughly £180, give or take. I know the CG243W sports the newer H-IPS panel and can supposedly output 10bit colour over Displayport (Though I've still not been able to find anything concrete on this as it sounds like it still uses an 8bit panel with dithering) and the 3D LUT.
There are however the new NEC PA series due for release soon, apparently coming with a true 10bit panel, 3D LUT, etc. Depending on the price the shortfalls in warranty could be overcome.
Ignoring the PA series for now, is the 243W worth the extra £180 over the 241W? I would be looking to keep the monitor for a good 3 years, possibly even the full 5 depending on other technology advancements / how consistent it remains, etc.
My workflow is pretty much exclusively AdobeRGB 16bit, and I'm always softproofing for various printers (Mostly inkjet now, 3800 series mainly).
Thankyou for the help! I look forward to becoming a part of the community
The CG243W has H-IPS panel with wider gamut CCFL backlight - so it has better viewing angles and it will softproof 3800 output a little bit better, so personally yes, I'd definetly add extra £180.
But at that price tag you can also consider the magnificent 3090WQXi (or PA301 in february-march), that has higher resolution, and workspace size of 3800 print: