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Wouldn't get the LaCie. It's an older model and when LaCie used to make model 723, it was just a rebadged NEC priced a few hundred dollars more. Also, Lacie doesn't seem that vested anymore in monitors as I only saw this one particular model on their website. That's a red flag to me.
I own a NEC 2690WUXI2 w/ Spectraview II software and it's a fantastic monitor. If I were you, I would spring for the Spectraview II upgrade. A base PA-241W-BK is around 850 and one w/ SVII software and calibrator is about 980. That's a difference of 130. Get a passport seperately for $100 and you saved $60 over getting the calibrator and passport seperately. You can probably even easily find a passport used for cheaper.
The reason I recommend this is twofold. 1.) The calibrator used for the NEC's is custom made for it's wide gamut monitors. 2.) The SVII software makes it a breeze to calibrate the monitor.
However, if you're calibrating multiple devices/monitors, forget that suggestion.
As far as which monitor to get, if you're pretty good w/ color management, get the wide-gamut display. Trust me, don't get too caught up in getting the "exact" tones of color when looking at sRGB monitors. When a consumer looks at your images from an uncalibrated sRGB monitor, it will look different from what you see on your monitor regardless what gamut you came from. Just remember to tag the images to sRGB when exporting to the web and you'll be in the ballpark and your images won't look dulled out.
If you're printing regularly, the wide gamut display is hugely beneficial, especially if you have a higher end printer. I print from an Epson 3880, and while the gamuts aren't an exact match, I can often spot tonal gradations better using my NEC than when proofing with my wife's Apple Cinema Display.
Last, but not least, after looking at images from a wide gamut display, it almost hurts my eyes going back to an sRGB display. It's like going from SD to HD for me. When I look at colors on an sRGB display, they don't seem to "breath" at all. They saturate much quicker than looking at a wide gamut display. The colors on a wide gamut seem much more "true-to-life" for me. This is comparing my NEC to sRGB Dell Ultrasharps and Apple Cinema Displays. Forget resolution, I believe monitors should really start standardizing larger color gamuts.