I recently bought a NEC SpectraView 1990 to help me in processing my photos, after being disappointed with the quality of various low-budget monitors. I did intentionally choose the SpectraView over the "plain" 1990SXi, besides for the other special features (like hardware calibration), also expecting to have a higher quality product (returning a bad sample is frequently problematic in my country).
My first impressions with the screen backlighting uniformity however are not at all good. All settings standard, on a completely black screen there is light "leaking" from the edges, especially in some places. While this wouldn't be a problem if it was visible only on a completely blank screen, it is pronounced to a degree where it becomes distracting when, say, watching a movie with enough dark scenes in it.
Better to see than to hear explanations, but unfortunately the forum rules won't let me put here the photo of the monitor, I've made. Well, at least I'll try putting the URL (obscured though), which (this is to moderators and admins) is done in a good faith.
The screen is not that bright, nor it's that blueish in reality. The bleeding (in white) can be seen at the left edge, and even more pronounced -- at the upper part of the right edge. The two brighter blue areas in the upper left and lower right are not backlighting leakage, but rather inconsistencies of the type, caused by different viewing angles. It's still strange why they appear as well, since the photo was made from 2-3 meters away.
What troubles me most, is whether this is a normal thing to expect from such kind of monitor, or should I ask for replacement instead (even though it might be refused)? After all, the cheap Samsung on my work desk looks much better, at least when speaking about uniformity. On the other hand though, there's also the nonnegligible risk of getting a sample even worse than the current one (and I cannot choose from different samples, so it's quite like a lottery).
I guess these things are difficult to judge, since each pair of eyes out there is different, and what is uniform for someone might be completely unacceptable for someone else. Anyway though, any advice or comments will be much appreciated.
Many thanks in advance!