NEC Multisync EA273WMi review

As part of the NEC Enterprise range – that’s corporate not the fictional space vessel – the NEC Multisync EA273WMi 27in display offers the physique to stand hauling from desk to desk, and the energy-saving tricks that cost-conscious CFOs will appreciate.

It’s a 16:9 ratio display, using LG’s Advanced High-performance In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS) technology.

Build quality is certainly one for the standard office in that it’s square and boxy, weighing in at 8.7 kg. The back panel is set back from the thick edges and it’s supported by a telescopic, sturdy stand that swivels. The monitor can tilt forward and backwards, there’s a good deal of play vertically and it rotates from horizontal to portrait orientation.

You would have to be quite tiny or basketball player-tall to be unable to get a good view of the screen. However, only in the dreams of the NEC marketing department can this be reckoned to have “sleek aesthetics”. That said, you can get it in white which makes it look a bit more attractive.

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While not particularly stylish, the monitor does have a good build quality and a solid, flexible stand.

There’s a pair of small speakers built in, which are enough if it’s only speech you listen to. The sound quality is akin to transistor radio from 1973.

Most of the interfaces are under the back ledge and include DisplayPort, DVI-D, HDMI, analogue D-Sub, a jack plug, NEC’s ControlSync for linking up to six NEC MultiSync monitors and two sets of passive USB 2.0 ports (four up one down).

The on-screen menu controls are on the bottom right corner and are touch sensitive. This can mean that whenever you grab the edges, it brings up the menu. The controls are easy to navigate though and contain access to interesting functions like the human sensor (which turns the panel off when you move away), ambient light sensor and a low-energy Eco mode. To make energy-saving enthusiasts feel even happier, there’s a display for how much carbon emission you’ve saved.

Of course, the first thing that’s really apparent after switching the monitor on is its coarse 1920 x 1080 resolution, which on a 27in computer monitor makes everything look chunky. But to be fair, the display is still reasonably crisp. Ultimately, you’d be forgiven for thinking that 2560 pixels wide is a better resolution for this size of panel.

The test for colour coverage showed a useful 98% of sRGB gamut, and 74% of AdobeRGB which is lacklustre for a pro graphics monitor but quite adequate for an office display.

On screen uniformity at 100% Brightness showed some variations, but not serious in the context of the display’s application. The top third was darker but only by around 10% which is almost inconsequential here.

Regarding brightness, this monitor is 250 cd/m2 on paper and in practice came out nearly identical at 254 cd/m2. Perfectly fine, if unremarkable, for most circumstances. The contrast ratio of 770:1 was less than the advertised 1000:1 but still in line with expectations.

For colour consistency across the display, the results were generally good with Delta-E average of 2.35 at 50% brightness.

OUR VERDICT

The relatively low resolution for the size and the mid-range price tag mark it out as an unexceptional, but solid performer. For standard office duties where the power-saving features can come into play, it’s a decent quality display that will serve well.

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