There have been a few 30-inch LCDs on the market for a number of years with one of the most popular for the professional graphics pro being the Apple Cinema display. NEC has announced a new 30-inch LCD that it is aiming right at that big Apple screen. The new NEC offering is called the PA301W and it comes in the PA301W-BK and PA301W-BK-SV models. The difference is that the latter version also ships with SpectraView calibration software and a sensor for calibration.
The LCDs have the same features, support a resolution up to 2560 x 1600, and use a 10-bit active matrix p-IPS panel. The screen can cover 98.2% of the Adobe RGB color gamut. The screen also has a brightness of 350cd/m2 in landscape and 250cd/m2 in portrait mode. The contrast ratio for the screen is 1000:1 and it has 14-bit programmable 3D lookup table. Connectivity includes dual DisplayPort and dual DVI-D input connections.
The screen has an integrated USB port with two upstream ports and three downstream. That allows the screen to be connected to two computers and used with one mouse and keyboard. The display has PiP capability allowing the user to see content form two separate computers at once. The stand is 4-way adjustable with 150mm height adjustment and a swiveling and pivoting base. The viewing angles for the screen are up to 178-degrees. The PA301W-BK also has an AmbiBright ambient light sensor to adjust the display brightness based on light conditions. The PA301W-BK will sell for $2299 and ht ePA301W-BK-SV will sell for $2539 with both shipping right now.