CNET First Look
NEC MultiSync PA271WThe NEC MultiSync PA271W is an incredibly performing monitor that may be too expensive for what it offers.
[ Background music ] >> Eric Franklin: Hey guys this is Eric Franklin with CNET.com and today we're taking a first look at the NEC Multisync PA271W. As you can already see the NEC is a behemoth what you can't see is that it weighs 30 pounds, that's 7 pounds heavier than a Dell U2711. The NEC includes height adjustment, panel swiveling, tilt and a 90 degree pivoting. In the back is the carrying case if you need to move this tank of a monitor around. The foot stand is wide and the NECs hefty weight keeps it from toppling. Yes even versus a SRK. ^M00:00:37 [ Music ] ^M00:00:43 The monitors on screen display or OSD is the deepest we've seen when it comes to options. In addition to the expected features like brightness, black level and sharpness is a bonus the brightness dial includes a [inaudible] per square meter read out that attempts to estimate your current brightness output. The NEC also includes an advanced menu that gives you even more granular control over the picture settings. Check out the full review at CNET.com for even more details on the OSDs features. Connection options include 2 DVI ports, a display port, NS video port and 2 USB upstream and 2 downstream ports and yes there's a considerable lack of HDMI in that very last sentence I just said as the NSC does not include an HDMI connection. Since the Dell U2711, the NEC is the first monitor we've reviewed to have that really nice looking 2560x1440 resolution. In movies the NECs colors were accurate with no signs of any temp problems. Also its colors popped enough to look impressive and pleasing to the eye but not enough to feel over saturated and its blacks were deep enough without losing dark detail in dark scenes. In games we saw accurate and vibrant colors. World of War Craft in particular looked great with full looking color that doesn't over saturate the image. As with most IPS based monitors the NEC is geared mostly towards professional use when accurate color reproduction is required. As mentioned above however, the monitor's also great when watching movies, playing games and in general use. $1,649, yes that's the price you'll be paying for the NEC. If you're a professional graphics artist and you don't buy the NEC its price probably scared you away. That said, the NEC is the best performing monitor we've tested. It has the most ridiculously robust OSD we've ever seen. Beyond the price, its other limitation is its lack of connection options especially when you compare it to the similar performing and lower priced Dell U2711. [ Background music ] However, pro users will appreciate the NECs incredibly detail onscreen display. Once again I'm Eric Franklin and this has been a first look at the NEC Multisync PA271W.