The newest company to hitch a ride on the 4K train is NEC, which just launched its first Ultra HD display. NEC's new MultiSync EA244UHD is a 23.8-inch LED-backlit monitor with a 3840x2160 resolution, which we know by now is four times the typcial Full HD 1080p space (a point monitor makers have been hammering into our heads ever since 4K panels first emerged on the market).
NEC is getting ready to drop its second MultiSync EA Series monitor on the U.S. market this month, the EA243WM. It's a 24-inch Full HD (1920x1200) TN panel with LED backlighting that takes aim at high-performance enterprise users with a slim profile, lightweight design, and increased power savings compared to previous models. There's a Customize Setting that allows IT admins to set and restore specific monitor settings with a single touch.
The next generation of MultiSync EA Series monitors from NEC sport LED backlighting, a thinner bezel, advanced connectivity, and a human sensor that detects user activity in front of the display and reduces power by up to 95 percent. Kicking off the new series is the EA273WM, a 27-inch display with a 16:9 TN panel and a Full HD 1920x1080 screen resolution.
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.
We just received word from NEC that it's adding a new monitor to the its MultiSync EX-Series, the EX201W. This latest addition is a 20-inch ultra-slim widescreen display with a premium-grade PVA Twisted Nematic panel and LED backlighting. It has a bezel depth of around 0.65 inches, with an overall profile measuring 1.9 inches.
An NEC representative acknowledged to us that Apple has made a lot of people happy with its 30-inch Cinema display, but said NEC's new 30-inch MultiSync PA301W-BK and PA301W-BK-SV monitors take performance to a whole new level. These are built for graphics professionals and enthusiasts who demand color accuracy, and to help get that, the latter includes NEC's SpectraView calibration software sensor puck.
Has it been 25 years already? Apparently it has, or so NEC tells us that's how long its MultiSync brand has been kicking. That's an eternity in tech years, and exactly how long the ATI brand was kept alive until AMD recently announced plans to kill it off.
"People forget that in 1985, the same year that Microsoft released Windows 1.0 and Intel introduced a 16 MHz processor, NEC unveiled a monitor brand that has enriched the computing experience of millions and millions of people around the globe," said Pierre Richer, President and C.O.O. of NEC Display Solutions. "Of particular significance are the breadth of performance and innovation that NEC has contributed through the brand for more than a generation. For example, MultiSync was one of the first future-ready computer peripherals in history. It didn’t force users to change monitors when they upgraded their computers."
In addition to celebrating 25 years, NEC has another reason to gloat. The display maker has shipped 40 million Multisync branded monitors to date, an impressive milestone in its own right.
As a way of saying "Thank You," NEC said it's offering to extend its desktop monitor warranties to five years for $25 for 17- to 30-inch panels purchased between December 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011.
Long gone are the days of bulky CRT monitors in mainstream use, a point which is underscored by the introduction of NEC's new 23-inch MultiSync EX231W LED-backlit monitor.
The EX231W sports a slim bezel measuring just 14.6mm wide and is comparatively light at 9.3 pounds, including stand. Specs include a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 250 cd/m2 brightness, and 25,000:1 contrast ratio (dynamic).
There are a couple of features not found on most monitors, such as a USB pass-through on top of the monitor, and a human sensor on the front that detects activity. This latter feature, NEC says, reduces power consumption by up to 95 percent.
NEC says the EX231W will sell for around $340 in November. Full press release after the jump.
NEC this week added to its MultiSync display line with a new eco-friendly monitor the company says was designed with business users in mind.
"NEC is committed to continuing its strong leadership role within the industry by contributing to a greener environment with an eco-friendly display in the quickly-growing 23-inch category," said Lynn Gu, Product Manager for NEC Display Solutions. "The MultiSync E231W uses an LED-backlit panel to increase energy savings by up to 40 percent in comparison to conventional CCFL-backlit LCD monitors. This is especially beneficial for our business customers in this economic downturn."
The 23-inch panel boasts a widescreen LED-backlit display with a 1920 x 1080 HD screen resolution. It also comes with a number of green-inspired technologies, such as a carbon footprint meter and the Intelligent Power Manager (IPM), which NEC says helps conserve energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by switching to a lower power state or automatically powering down when you're not using the display.
NEC took to updating its professional display lineup on Wednesday, culminating with the MultiSync PA271W, the latest edition to the MultiSync PA series.
The PA271W sports a 27-inch widescreen panel with a 7ms response time. The maximum brightness comes rated at 300 cd/m2, while the native resolution checks in at 2,560x1,440 pixels. Since this is aimed at graphics professionals, the PA271W comes constructed with a 10-bit p-IPS panel capable of reproducing 97.1 percent of the colors in the AdobeRGB color space.
"The arrival of these new updates to our professional desktop products brings an incredible level of control to our customers," said Art Marshall, Product Manager for NEC Display Solutions. "The most recent version of SpectraView brings compatibility of our award-winning calibration software to the MultiSync PA Series, while the new MultiProfiler software provides a simple, intuitive interface to perform a variety of custom functions that will aid graphics professionals."
Rounding out the spec sheet is a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, three USB ports, and dual DVI and DisplayPort inputs. NEC says the PA271W will be available later this month for $1,400.