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.