Displays and Input Devices

NEC MultiSync EA243WM

5 Jul, 2012 By: Curt Moreno

First Look Review: LED-backlit 24” LCD monitor offers energy efficiency, professional features, and good design.

Highly RecommendedThe MultiSync EA243WM 24" wide-screen LCD monitor from NEC Display Solutions may be targeted at the professional user, but this sleek panel boasts features that tech lovers in any environment will appreciate. More than just another slim LCD, the EA243WM provides creature comforts that will make it a welcome addition to any CAD or graphics workspace.

This LED-backlit monitor packs WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) resolution, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and a 5-ms response time. The unit supports multiple input formats including VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, and DisplayPort and includes a four-port USB hub as well as a headphone jack. The casing has two internal, upward-facing speakers that provide good sound quality. Including its stand, the monitor measures 21.9" x 16.1" x 9.1".

NEC MultiSync EA243WM Info BoxThe stand for the EA243WM is one of its most noteworthy features. Some manufacturers simply set their monitors atop a plastic column, but NEC has brought witty innovation by seamlessly integrating several convenient and power-saving features with standard utility. The pre­assembled monitor base provides 340 degrees of swivel rotation, tilt, pivot, and 5.1" adjustable height. Vertical adjustment is effortless and provides clearance for the screen's 90-degree, clockwise rotation into portrait mode, where it stands an impressive 21" tall. The value of this feature will be apparent to any user who works with text documents regularly. The support column includes cable-management openings and provides stable, jiggle-free support. A built-in hand grip helps users transport this 15.4-lb monitor (9 lb without the stand).

The NEC MultiSync EA243WM monitor features capacitive touch controls and a stand that rotates, tilts, pivots, and adjusts in height.
The NEC MultiSync EA243WM monitor features capacitive touch controls and a stand that rotates, tilts, pivots, and adjusts in height.

Definitely worth noting are the capacitive touch controls along the EA243WM's bezel. Gone are the days of difficult-to-locate switches and hard-to-press buttons; the lightest touch on the power symbol activates this bright monitor. In addition, it employs an ambient sensor to automatically adjust brightness as well as a human sensor to detect the presence of a user and to put the monitor into a "low brightness" mode when the monitor is unattended. In addition to sensor-managed power monitoring, the EA243WM includes an ECO Mode and a built-in carbon footprint calculator, complete with approximate dollar savings estimate. The savings will surely add up, given that typical power consumption for this monitor comes in at 29 W in use and a mere 0.48 W in Power Saving Mode.

Smart controls for the EA243WM are just the beginning for users. NEC's ControlSync technology allows for an impressive multiple monitor configuration of as many as six screens. Yes, six! ControlSync lets you control all six from a single, master screen. In addition to being able to create massive walls of display information that any user would love, the EA243WM comes with tools to make the IT professional happy as well. NEC's Customize Settings feature helps IT staff set and restore screen performance options with a single touch, making remote administration and green practices implementation easier than ever.

The NEC MultiSync EA243WM is compatible with Windows 7. I tested it using NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards and PassMark MonitorTest software — a new testing process for Cadalyst Labs — running it through extensive display benchmarks. The EA243WM produced excellent results in brightness, contrast, focus, color purity, geometric distortion, and raster rotation. The LED-backlit display did not suffer from noticeable ghosting or flickers, and it produced consistently vibrant colors and clear, sharp images with its 0.27-mm pixel pitch.

The unit is wall mountable by removing the stand and attaching a flexible arm with a standard 100 mm x 100 mm VESA mount (instructions are included). The EA243WM is covered by NEC Display Solutions' three-year limited warranty that includes parts, labor, and backlight. At $399, it is an excellent value when compared to similarly sized units, given its added features, ease of use, and high-quality construction.

The NEC MultiSync EA243WM is a well-crafted monitor that incorporates many desirable features for CAD and graphics professionals. With a bright, energy-efficient display; a well-designed and sturdy base; and a multitude of connectivity options, this monitor is bound to thrill any user who can add one — or two — of these units to his or her workspace! Highly Recommended.

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