NEC MultiSync EA275UHD; An In-Depth Review

NEC monitors are known for their simple and straightforward design and excellent performance. As a matter of fact, their EA series, which is the brand’s line of Ultra HD monitors, have always gained raving reviews online and in retail stores. One of the latest additions to its series is the NEC MultiSync EA275UHD, which also clearly, lived up to the brand’s expectations, as it uses an Advanced High-Performance IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel to run 4K Ultra HD resolution. But what makes it different from other Ultra HD monitors under the product line? Is it better than other products in its competition? Let’s find out in this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide.

NEC MultiSync EA275UHD (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

If you’re looking for a 4K Ultra HD monitor with color precision, good contrast level and excellent overall picture quality, without the price of a high-end professional grade display, then you should consider NEC MultiSync EA275UHDThis business monitor is capable of professional tasks, even color-critical and pro-graphics applications.

 

Benefits

To start with, NEC EA275UHD delivers razor-sharp UHD picture, with rich and accurate colors, darker blacks and wider viewing angles.

 

Accurate Colour Reproduction, Good Contrast and Darker Blacks to Make Colors Pop

Chromaticity test shows colors red, green and blue are all right in their ideal CIE coordinates, which means excellent colour accuracy reproduction. Equally, the IPS panel has the capability to display darker blacks, which means better contrast and colours even have more pop, resulting to more lively images and vivid colors.

For its grayscale performance, this NEC monitor displays all shades of gray cleanly, based on the 64-Step Grayscale test. All shades of grey were well-defined, which is responsible for screen’s sharp highlights and better shadow details, even for 4K Ultra HD images.

 

Expectedly Excellent Viewing Angle

As with other IPS panels, viewing angle of NEC EA275UHD is expectedly superb, as colors remained rich and images remain clear even when viewed from extreme side angles side or bottom. There were no signs of luminance loss.

 

Respectably Fast Response Time for Gaming

The 6ms Pixel Response Time (gray-to-gray) may be far from ultra-fast when compared to the 1ms Response Time dedicated gaming monitors have, but it is a respectable spec for a monitor of its type, especially considering the panel it uses, which is generally slower than the TN panel in gaming displays. There were some very minor ghosting issues on graphically-demanding FPS games like Crysis 3, but it’s a forgivable disadvantage.

 

Input lag (time it takes for the monitor to react to the commands from the controller) is at 26.7ms, which is still pretty decent, and similar to its sibling NEC EA244UHDTo compare, high end gaming monitor like BenQ XL2430T has 9.5ms Input Lag, the fastest in the market right now.

 

Decent Power Consumption for its Capabilities, Plus Power Saving Modes

For its power consumption, the EA275UHD consumes 43 watts at Standard Picture mode. Enabling Eco mode will slightly bring the power consumption down to 34 watts, while the second Eco Mode will bring it down further to 23 watts.


Dual Monitors and Multiple Monitor Setup Options

 

Most professional users put professional-grade monitors side-by-side for dual monitor setup. There may not be a lot of options to choose from for 27-inch monitors out there, but there are a couple of excellent choices for ergonomic setup.

Ergotron LX Dual Stacking Arm (images from Amazon)


The Ergotron LX Dual Stacking Arm for example, is a fully-adjustable side-by-side LCD monitor arm that can lift both LCD screen off your desk, leaving you with more workspace. You can reposition your display up, down, forward and back with one simple touch. Both arms can extend up to 25 inches, with 18 inches range adjustment, allowing you to push your monitor completely out of the way when not in use, and free your desk. It is a very versatile solution, easy to setup and install to your workstation, and effortless to use. It also comes equipped with the brand’s patented Constant Force (CF) technology, which keeps your screen stable and secured in place, while letting you do all the adjustment you want with one slight touch.

MonMount LCD-194 Dual LCD Monitor Stand (images from Amazon)


If you're looking for a cheaper solution for dual monitor solution, there’s MonMount LCD-194 Dual LCD Monitor Stand. This stand clamps easily to almost any desk, and can hold two displays up to 26-inches in each side. It’s a simple and straightforward solution, yet is securely holds monitors in place. It’s very easy to assemble as well.



Design and Features

NEC MultiSync EA275UHD (image from Amazon)


NEC MultiSync EA275UHD has a striking resemblance to its more expensive sibling NEC MultiSync EA244UHD, as well as other MultiSync monitors. The AH-IPS panel is housed in a 2.6-inch thick business black finish cabinet, with 0.6-inch bezels. The lower bezel has the ambient light sensor, as well as the five function buttons to its right and presence sensor to its left. There are also additional function buttons located at the lower right hand side of the bezel.

 

Buttons and Controls

The light sensor works alongside with the Auto Brightness setting, which adjusts the screen’s level of luminance, depending on the ambient light readings. This presence sensor is part of monitor’s Human Sensing feature, which also adjusts the monitor’s screen into power-saving Standby mode when it senses no movement on the computer.

 

For its Menu, NEC MultiSync EA275UHD offers the basic settings options like Brightness, Contrast and Black level, as well as six Picture Presets, namely Standard, Text, Movie, Gaming, Dynamic and Photo. There are also seven color presets, which are four Color Temperature settings, Native, sRGB and a DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) setting. There are also Programmable settings that can be used alongside with a calibration software to fine-tune the image settings.

To compare though, EA275UHD doesn’t come with the 6-Color Hue, 6-Color Offset and 6-Color Saturation settings present in its sibling NEC EA244UHD. Also, both the ambient light sensor and present sensor settings can help conserve power through one of the two ECO mode settings. The first one reduces the power usage by 15%, while the second is up to 40%.

 

Wide Array of Inputs/Outputs

 

NEC MultiSync EA275UHD (image from Amazon)


The backside of the cabinet houses the wide array of connectivity options of the monitor. This includes a DVI port, an HDMI 2.0 port, and a DisplayPort 1.2 port. There is also one USB 3.0 upstream port as well as two USB 3.0 downstream ports. For audio, there is an audio input. There are also two ControlSync ports, which allow users to take the settings from one master monitor and use those settings to up to five monitors connected through the ControlSync cables.

The left side of the cabinet also houses more USB 3.0 downstream ports, beside the headphone jack.

 

Matching Fully Adjustable Monitor Stand for Style and Ergonomics

NEC MultiSync EA275UHD (image from Amazon)


The monitor stand and base matches the finish of the cabinet. And as with other MultiSync monitors, it is fully adjustable, offering tilt, swivel, height adjust and pivot adjustments.

 

Tech Specs

Package includes the setup manual and cables for the DisplayPort, USB upstream and ControlSync.

 

 

Bottom Line

There are two mainstays in NECs monitor offerings – the EA and PA series. PA series monitors are professional model monitors, they come with factory supplied calibrations, colour accuracy precision, and comprehensive on-screen display setting for optimum calibration, including color management, and high-end build quality. Obviously, they come with a premium price. So if you want to save money while at the same time still have accurate colors, good contrast level, and picture quality, then EA series is for you. It’s an adequate business monitor that works even for color-critical and pro-graphics applications.

The NEC MultiSync EA275UHD is definitely a solid choice for users looking for business monitor without spending more too much. It’s not cheap, yes, but it can justify its price from its specs and performance. It offers excellent colour accuracy, grayscale and viewing angle performance. It may not come with the bells and whistles we always expect from high-end professional-grade monitors such as extensive calibration settings and advanced color settings, but it is already pretty impressive right out of the box.

If you’re into Ultra HD gaming, this NEC monitor doesn’t break any ground. It only runs at 60Hz Refresh Rate, and it forgoes G-Sync and FreeSync. So you might want to opt for Acer XB280HK or higher-end gaming monitors with anti-screen tearing technology and faster refresh rate. For ultimate professional performance, then the NEC’s PA series is the best choice out there. They may be a little expensive, but you will get all the calibration settings you want to better fine-tune your display.

For an Ultra HD mid-range monitor with professional-grade capabilities and multiple HDMI ports, then you can check out ViewSonic VP2780-4K. It costs a little more, but it offers digital video inputs as well as four USB 3.0 ports.

All in all, the NEC MultiSync EA275UHD is excellent for any general computing tasks or casual gaming. Details and build quality are good, and it is very capable of supporting professional tasks, except for extensive calibration settings.

For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!



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