There’s a change underway in the technology for certain high-end color-critical monitors. Until recently, cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) were the backlight choice for NEC’s best professional graphics IPS displays, such as the PA271W and PA301W. Just recently they announced their latest professional wide gamut graphics display—the PA242W—using a new AH-IPS panel using GB-R LCD backlight, which they claim provides a wider color gamut and more color control than displays using white LED backlights. LEDs in general have a longer useful life than CCFLs and other environmental benefits as well. And the range of NEC displays using AH-IPS panels is about to expand with PA272W and PA302W models coming next month. That’s good news for image editors.
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