NEC used to be a pretty popular name for monitors when CRTs loomed large. These days, outside of the pro market, not as many people know them for LCDs – and that’s a shame. As the new MultiSync P241W shows, NEC is still a good buy if you need high-end equipment; the downside is that you’ll need a high-end budget to match.
At $749 for a 24-inch display, it’s easy to dismiss the P241W out of hand. If you do, however, you’re probably not the intended target of this display, which incorporates a striking number of high-end features into a sub-$1000 price point. This display uses an e-IPS panel, which means that color reproduction and viewing angles will be better than many other displays .
The P241W promises a 96.7% sRGB color gamut saturation, with a 71.4% coverage in the NTSC gamut. It also means you’ll get 178 degree viewing angles both vertically and horizontally, a 1000:1 static contrast ratio and a 14-bit panel. NEC also packed in a couple of interesting lighting features: the P241W has a 360 cd/m2 brightness, but “Digital Uniformity Correction” levels out all sections of the screen to roughly 250 cd/m2.
There’s a USB hub (two upstream ports, three downstream ports) that also functions as a KVM – which means you can hook two computers up to this display and control them both with the same keyboard and mouse set. That functionality can be compounded by taking advantage of the monitor’s picture-in-picture functionality. They can be connected via DisplayPort, VGA or two DVI-D inputs.
For the professionals, there’s plenty to keep you satisfied, too. The AmbiBright ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the panel’s backlight depending on the environmental conditions, much like a cell phone or tablet. ICC Profile and Color Vision emulations let you quickly preview and adapter the monitor to various color spaces.
If you’re willing to pay an extra $250, you can pick the P241W-BK-SV, which packs the P241W together with a SpectraViewII Color Calibration sensor and software. Both variants of the display are available now.
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