Monitors for CAD

21 Mar, 2013 By: Curt Moreno

Cadalyst Labs Report: Before you make your next monitor purchase, learn how to choose options that will meet your needs and take a look at six current models that we put through their paces in Cadalyst Labs.

NEC MultiSync P232W
23" LED-backlit LCD monitor
Overall Grade: B+
Pros: High performance, antiglare coating, clear and bright, smooth adjustment for height and swivel.
Cons: Dated design, only one side-mounted USB, expensive.
Price: $569
NEC Display Solutions | 866.632.6673

The 23" NEC MultiSync P232W is a high-performance monitor with an excellent warranty.
The 23" NEC MultiSync P232W is a high-performance monitor with an excellent warranty.


NEC has long been known for its high-quality, reliable monitors, and its 23" MultiSync P232W carries on that tradition.

Resolution. The MultiSync P232W has a WLED-backlit IPS display panel with a 1,920 x 1,080 native resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. My time with this monitor showed that its static contrast rating of 1,000:1 and 250 cd/m2 brightness rating provide a clear image. Response time for this IPS panel is 7 ms, and it offers a 178-degree viewing angle and an antiglare coating that cuts down any nasty reflections while working.

Ports and plugs. For video input, this model has VGA, DVI-D, DisplayPort, and HDMI video connections. Integrated into the body are four USB 2.0/3.0 ports (two upstream and three downstream). All USB connections but one are located along the bottom of the unit. It would have been nice to have more than one USB port located on the side of the monitor for easier access.

Design and adjustability. A mounting mechanism allows for a 35-degree vertical tilt, 90-degree rotation for portrait viewing, and a 90-degree swivel, and the unit has 5.9" (150 mm) of vertical adjustment. Adjustments are smooth and reliable — no sagging or sliding screens here. Cables are secured with a cable-management system built into the stand.

Although the P232W is a fine monitor, suitable for any CAD-oriented task I can imagine, its design isn't what you would call "modern." Instead, NEC delivers a design that is tried and true, lacking original characteristics.

Warranty. The MultiSync P232W, available from NEC for $569, is covered by a four-year parts and labor warranty, which includes the WLED backlight. Although the price is higher than that of some other 23" monitors, the build quality and warranty keep this monitor in the running.

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