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NEC EA305WMi PC Monitor

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30" 2560 X 1600 20000:1 LCD Jan 2016
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The NEC MultiSync EA305WMi features an extremely thin 30" AH-IPS LED backlight panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 which results in an ultra-modern and slim design. Ambient Light and Human... More
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7 Reasons For

NEC Has Excellent Reviews for Its Flatpanel Monitors

NEC PC displays have an average rating of 90%, which is in the top 6% of all PC monitor brands that we have looked at.

Only Released Seven Months Ago

This PC screen was released just seven months ago, so it is likely to use better technology than some of the older flatpanel monitors.

Three USB Type-A Downstream Ports

The EA305WMi is a three USB Type-A downstream port LCD screen.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

Like most of the other latest PC monitors, the EA305WMi has a built-in speaker.

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Two DisplayPorts

The EA305WMi is a two DisplayPort flatpanel monitor. Most of the other latest big screen size PC screens only have one DisplayPort.

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Very Narrow

The narrowest comparable spec PC display that came out in the last year is 680mm wide and the widest is 2,200mm. The EA305WMi is one of the narrower latest comparable spec LCD screens (only 687 millimeters) amongst similar spec PC monitors of this age.

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Fairly High Maximum Height Adjustment

The EA305WMi has a fairly high maximum height adjustment (130 millimeters) compared to most of the other similar spec PC monitors that are a comparable age to the EA305WMi. LCD screens that are a similar age to the EA305WMi have maximum height adjustments of between 20mm and 150mm.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader

The EA305WMi does not have an integrated card reader, although it is worth noting that most of the other flatpanel monitors that were launched in the last year also do not have an integrated card reader.

We compared this flatpanel monitor to all the other flatpanel monitors with an integrated card reader and we think the 49UH5B (£988.83), or the 55UH5B both from LG or the Benq PV3200PT (£1,098.00) is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other big screen size PC screens that have been around for the last year, the EA305WMi is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

The EA305WMi does not have a built-in camera. Most of the other new big screen size PC screens also do not have a built-in camera.

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Only 720 X 400 Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution of the EA305WMi is 720 x 400. That's 71% less resolution than a 1280 x 768 (WXGA) PC screen, which is the most frequently found resolution. In addition, this flatpanel monitor have graphics resolutions of 640 x 480 (VGA), 800 x 600 (SVGA), 832 x 624, 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1152 x 870, 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+), 1440 x 900 (WXGA+), 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080), 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) and 2560 x 1440 and 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA). The worst resolution of all similar spec PC displays that were launched around the same time as the EA305WMi is 480 x 272 and the best is 4096 x 2160.

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Quite Low RMS Rated Audio Power

Across all the PC screens that have been around for the last year the RMS rated audio powers range from 2W to 20W, and the average RMS rated audio power is 11W. When compared to other big screen size PC screens that came out around the same time as the EA305WMi, the NEC EA305WMi's RMS rated audio power of only 2 Watts is one of the lowest.

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Very Small Display Diagonal

The EA305WMi has one of the smaller screen sizes (only 76.2 centimeters) amongst big screen size PC screens of this age. Across all the big screen size PC screens that have been around for around the same time as the EA305WMi the screen sizes range from 73cm to 180cm.

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4 Other reasons to consider the NEC EA305WMi

Average Running Costs

The average 5 year running cost of the EA305WMi is £141 based on typical usage levels and energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 48 big screen size PC screens that have been around for the last year.

2560 X 1600 Pixels Display Resolution

The EA305WMi has a maximum display resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. That's over three times the display resolution of the most frequently found display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.

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LCD Display Type

The EA305WMi has an LCD display type which is better than the LED display type found on most PC screens that were released in the last year.

Alternative PC displays that have an LCD Display currently available which you might also want to look at include the Philips BDM4350UC (£589.20) which has a better Rating.

PC displays with a better display type that might be worth considering include the 32MP58HQ-P (£225.97) (LED), or the 29UC88 (£319.97) (LED) both from LG or the DELL C7016H (£2,190.24) (LED).

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20000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio

The NEC EA305WMi has a maximum contrast ratio of 20000:1. That's 98% less contrast ratio than the most common dynamic contrast ratio of 1000000:1.

LCD screens with a higher contrast ratio that might also be worth looking at include the E203Wi (£124.99) (25000:1), or the E233WM (25000:1) both from NEC.

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Expert Reviews

If you're hanging onto an old 16:10 display that needs replacement and a large screen is on your wishlist, the NEC EA305WMi is quite possibly the last monitor you'll need to buy for a long time....



16:10 is an uncommon aspect ratio these days but NEC has introduced an excellent new 30-inch screen ? the EA305WMi. It sports a wide gamut with a GB-r-LED backlight driving an AH-IPS panel. We're... Read more…

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Electricity cost when switched on £137.81
Electricity cost when on standby £2.86
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Total running cost over 5 years £140.67
Running costs for this PC monitor have been estimated based on other similar PC monitors. If you know how much electricity and water the NEC EA305WMiuses then please let us know by entering those figures in the boxes above.
Running this PC monitor over 5 years will generate 0.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 18 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Manufacturer Part Numbers nec ea305, nec ea305w, nec ea305wm, nec ea305wmi, nec ea305wmib, nec 2560x1600, nec ea305wmibk
Barcodes 00000060003819, 00000060003820, 05028695112247, 05028695112254

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