NEC MultiSync EA274WMi: An In-Depth Review

NEC has always been a popular choice for business and corporate environments, and the NEC MultiSync EA274WMi which may look like its brother NEC MultiSync EA244WMi, remain faithful to this kind of reputation. Both are business-class monitors, only difference is the former is three inches bigger. The NEC EA274WMi is one of the brand’s latest additions to its line of high-end desktop portfolio. It’s a 27-inch IPS WQHD screen with 2560 x 1440 resolution that takes pride on both its performance-driven WQHD resolution LED-backlit model and energy efficiency. NEC claims this monitor consumes as much as 56% less its traditional counterpart. But is it worth it? Check out this review from Dual Monitors Guide to know more.

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Who is it for?

If you’re looking for a high-end business-class display with the widest viewing angle possible, high resolution, and good performance overall for your professional and corporate computing needs, then the NEC MultiSync EA274WMi is a good fit for you. This display is designed product managers, financial analysts, stock brokers, digital content editors, and various professionals who are in need of high-resolution display who are not very particular with laser-point color matching.



Your Eco-Friendly Business Class Monitor

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NEC MultiSync EA274WMi is the brand’s high-end line for business professionals who needs more screen real estate to spread out their work. It’s a high resolution 27-inch IPS panel that delivers robust colors, good grayscale performance and wide viewing angles. It is packed with features, comes with wide selection of input and output connectivity options and is supported by an ergonomic stand.


Superb Grayscale Performance and Competitive Color Accuracy for Better Image Quality

The EA274WMi delivers good grayscale performance, allowing its screen to display each and every shade of gray accurately on the DisplayMate 64-step Grayscale test. This good grayscale performance also makes small texts very legible, even texts down to 5.3 points – the smallest font on the test.

The IPS panel of this monitor however, makes vivid colors and deeper blacks. Though color accuracy is a bit off when measured in CIE chromaticity chart (red and blue are very close to the ideal, while green is a little off its coordinate). Luckily, the skewed green doesn’t make images on the screen look in any way tinting, and green colors doesn’t look saturated in any way.

Incredibly Sharp Images with Intricate Shadow and Highlight Details and Wide Viewing Angle

With WQHD panel, the NEC MultiSync EA274WMi is able to show incredibly sharp images with intricate details of shadow and highlights. Also, colors stay true and balanced in any of its viewing angle, be it on top, bottom, left or right angles. 

Lots of Picture Settings to Choose From

The NEC EA274WMi gives users a lot of picture settings to choose from. Aside from the basic brightness and contrast settings, there are six (6) DV modes in this monitor, including Standard, Movie, Text, Gaming, Photo, and Dynamic.

Color Control System has four (4) Picture Preset options that change the values of colors Red, Blue and Green for better color quality. These Preset options let you set the display between Native or sRGB mode. If you’re working on your computer for a medical imaging, you can choose the DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) function.

Eco modes have two (2) options; Ambient Light and Human Sensor levels. This monitor is also equipped with a carbon meter that measures both the carbon and energy savings of the display (in Kilowatt hours).

Other settings that add to the device’s convenience include the PBP options, On and Off timer, Black Level adjustments, and the switch for the DDC/CI (Display Data Channel Command Interface) function.

Green Product Concept Lets You Take Your Part in Saving the Environment

As said earlier, this display device is packed with features, mostly energy-saving and environmentally-friendly features, namely Eco Mode and Carbon Footprint Meter / Carbon Savings Meter, Ambient Light Sensor.


One of the Most Energy Efficient Display There Is

Energy efficiency is one of the biggest selling-point of MultiSync EA274WMi; the monitor only consumes 54 watts in Standard mode. When set in Eco mode however, you can save as much as 56%. The Eco mode 1 or Energy Star setting let the monitor consume only 42 watts. Eco mode 2 can pull the energy consumption down to 32 watts. The good thing about this device’s Eco modes however, is it does not compromise the brightness of the screen, making it an ideal choice for office lighting environments.


Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Setup Options


The VESA wall-mounting interface of NEC MultiSync EA274WMi     is revealed by removing the stand. The stand of this monitor may be ergonomic, and has tons of adjustability options you can use for your convenience, but it is not as versatile and ergonomic as many high quality third-party LCD monitor arms  like the Ergotron MX Desk Mount LCD Arm.

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This LCD arm is designed to lift displays and all-in-one computers that weights up to 30lbs. It has 5 inches height adjustment, and lets you move your display smoothly and conveniently anywhere you want on your desk. It is equipped with the brand’s patented Constant Force (CF) technology that lets you reposition your screen anywhere with one simple touch, and hold your display securely in its position. Also, because it lifts your arm off your desk, it helps your desk look clean and neat from clutter.

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For dual monitor setup with 27-inch displays like the NEC EA274WMi, you can choose the Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm.  This product is a fully adjustable dual monitor LCD arm, made up of solid polished aluminum construction and high quality materials. Each arm can be adjusted independently, allowing users to reposition their display; up, down, forward and back, with one simple touch, and still keep the displays secured and stable in place, as it also comes with the patented Constant Force (CF) technology.


Design and Features

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Sensors that Automatically Activates Display Settings You Need

Located at the middle of the bottom bezel are two (2) sensors that when enabled the ‘Human sensor’ will put the device on Power-Saving mode if no activity is detected, while the ‘Ambient Light sensor’ automatically adjusts the brightness level of the display according to the ambient light levels of its environment.


Touch Sensitive Buttons for Fluid and Smooth Picture Adjustments

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The right part of the cabinet houses the five (5) touch-sensitive buttons, namely power, menu, input, left and right, along with three (3) more buttons – up, down, and PBP (picture-by-picture). The lower right bezel is for easy navigation of the on-screen menus. Pressing any buttons will activate the device’s on-screen labeling system and show what each button does.


Wide Selection of Connectivity Options and Video Inputs/Outputs

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The NEC MultiSync EA274WMi has all the I/O options you need for multimedia and general computing use. The rear of the cabinet holds a wide selection of I/O ports, namely DVI-D, VGA, HDMI and DisplayPort video inputs, two (2) ControlSync ports, one (1) upstream USB 3.0 port and two (2) downstream USB 3.0 ports, and an audio input. There are also two (2) USB 2.0 ports on the left part of the cabinet, along with the headphone jack.

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ControlSync port allows you to conveniently copy picture settings of one monitor and export them to other monitors (up to five monitors) connected to the ControlSync cables (one is excluded in the box).


Ergonomic Stand for Comfort and Convenience

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The EA274WMi is supported by a circular base with a telescopic arm designed for ergonomic functions; it allows 5 inches height adjustment, has a swivel mechanism and mounting hinge that allows tilt and pivot 90° to change from landscape to portrait orientation and vice versa (but you will have to change your display orientation in your computer’s graphics panel).

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Tech and Specs

Package comes with the user manual, setup sheet, a ControlSync cable, and HDMI, DVD-D, VGA, and USB cables.


Bottom Line

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Business users and professionals whose job depends heavily on their computer’s performance will surely love the NEC MultiSync EA274WMi. This 27-inch IPS panel brings so many things to the table, from rich colors up to good grayscale shades and small texts. It has plenty of connectivity and video input options, comes with four USB 3.0 ports, wide viewing angle, supported by an ergonomic stand and is very energy efficient.

There is nothing much to complain about this display except maybe its Greens are a little off. Other than that, this is a solid business-class monitor with lots of convenient options. It can be a little pricey, but its build quality and performance are enough to make it one of the best big-screen business monitor in the market today.

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