NEC MultiSync P241W Monitor Wields an e-IPS Panel, Intimidates TN Displays

Paul Lilly

NEC just expanded its MultiSync P Series with a new 24-inch display built for monitor snobs who wouldn't consider touching a Twisted Nematic (TN) panel with a 40-foot pole. The MultiSynic P241W (or P241W-BK-SV if shelling out for the SpectraView II version) sports an e-IPS panel NEC claims is ideal for Web graphics and photography chores.

In case you're wondering, e-IPS is one of the newer breeds of In-Plane Switching panels and is considered a sub-category of H-IPS. By using a simplified subpixel structure and wider aperture for light transmission, e-IPS panels can get away with a lower quality (and less expensive) backlight and still produce stellar images. e-IPS panels also boast wide viewing angles.

"The new MultiSync P Series combines reliable, accurate screen performance with all the cutting-edge technology included in the MultiSync PA Series at a budget-friendly price," said Marshall . "One of the more unique features of the P241W is the ability to utilize two computers simultaneously through DisplaySync Pro and the integrated USB hub, which functions as a KVM device. This capability is invaluable to graphics professionals, and we’re excited to introduce this feature into the MultiSync P Series."

Spec-wise, the P241W is a 16:10 monitor with a 1920x1200 native resolution, 96.7 percent sRGB color gamut (71.4 percent NTSC coverage), 1,000:1 typical contrast ratio, 8ms response time (gray-to-gray), 360 cd/m2 typical brightness, XtraView+ (89°U/89°D/89°L/89°R) viewing angle, internal 14-bit 3D programmable lookup tables (LUTs), built-in USB hub (2 up, 2 down), Picture-in-Picture, ICC Profile Emulation, Color Vision Emulation, four-way ergonomic stand, DisplayPort/VGA/2xDVD-D inputs, and the list goes on.

That's a smorgasbord of professional level features (LUTs are particularly rad for graphics artists), hence why it carries a hefty price tag. The P241W will start shipping this month for $749 street, and the P241W-BK-SV with SpectraView color calibration puck and software for $1,249 street.

Image Credit: NEC

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