The 29 NEC MultiSync EA294WMi is an LED-backlit desktop monitor ideal for corporate, financial, healthcare and broadcast environments. Designed to enhance work performance, this widescreen model...
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9 Reasons For
NEC medium monitors have excellent reviews on average and across all PC screens NEC is one of the best manufacturers.
Good Expert Reviews
LCD screen expert review site Chip.de scored this flatpanel monitor 84 out of 100.
Four USB Type-A Downstream Ports
Most flatpanel monitors that have been around for more than two years have between one and five USB Type-A downstream ports, including the MultiSync EA294WMi which has four USB Type-A downstream ports.
Two DVI-D Ports
The MultiSync EA294WMi is a two DVI-D port PC display. Most of the other flatpanel monitors of a comparable age and spec to the MultiSync EA294WMi have between 1 and 10 DVI-D ports.
Two VGA (D-Sub) Ports
The NEC MultiSync EA294WMi is a two VGA (D-Sub) port PC monitor. Most of the other PC displays that have been available for around the same time as the MultiSync EA294WMi have between one and three VGA (D-Sub) ports.
Fairly Big Display Diagonal
Across all the flatpanel monitors that were launched more than two years ago the screen sizes range from 28cm to 770cm. With a display diagonal of 73.02 centimeters, the NEC MultiSync EA294WMi has one of the bigger screen sizes amongst medium monitors of this age.
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Fairly Bright Display Brightness
With a display brightness of 300 candellas per square meter, the NEC MultiSync EA294WMi has one of the brighter display brightness amongst medium monitors of this age. The dimmest display brightness of medium monitors that have been available for around the same time as the MultiSync EA294WMi is 30 cd/m² and the brightest is 1,700 cd/m².
2560 X 1080 Graphics Resolution
The highest resolution of the NEC MultiSync EA294WMi is 2560 x 1080. That's 33% more resolution than the most frequently found graphics resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). The worst resolution of all PC displays of a similar spec and age to the MultiSync EA294WMi is 720 x 400 and the best is 3840 x 2160.
The average height of medium monitors that are a similar age to the MultiSync EA294WMi is 380mm, and the heights range from 41mm to 4,800mm. The MultiSync EA294WMi is fairly short (only 321.8 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec PC screens that came out around the same time as the MultiSync EA294WMi.
14 Reasons Against
Price Has Increased by £51.74
The MultiSync EA294WMi has increased in price by £51.74 in the last month.
Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker
The NEC MultiSync EA294WMi does not have a built-in speaker, unlike most of the other PC monitors of this age and type which have a built-in speaker.
It is worth also looking at other LCD screens which also have a built-in speaker including the LG 29MA73 (£399.99), the Benq BL3200 (£299.99), or the iiyama XB2779QS (£379.99) which also has a higher rating.
Not 3D Compatible
Like most of the other medium monitors that have been around for around the same time as the MultiSync EA294WMi, the MultiSync EA294WMi is not 3D compatible.
PC displays which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the Asus VG236 (£349.99), the Philips 272G5DYEB (£289.99), or the Benq BL2710 (£336.53) which also has a higher Rating.
Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
The MultiSync EA294WMi does not have a built-in camera, although it is worth noting that most of the other flatpanel monitors that came out more than two years ago also do not have a built-in camera.
There are a number of alternative LCD screens which also have a built-in camera that you might want to look at including the 272P4QPJKEB (£463.18), or the 272P4 (£396.60) both from Philips which is also higher rated.
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Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader
Most flatpanel monitors that are a comparable age to the MultiSync EA294WMi do not have an integrated card reader. The MultiSync EA294WMi is no exception to this as it too does not have an integrated card reader.
We compared all the other PC monitors which also have an integrated card reader to this PC monitor and we think the UP2414Q (£499.99), or the U2713H (£399.00) both from DELL which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.
Not Cheap Compared to Other Medium Monitors That Have Been Available for More Than Two Years
We think this flatpanel monitor looks expensive compared to other medium monitors that have been available for more than two years. The cheapeast PC monitor of a comparable age and type that we found costs £41 and the most expensive costs £8,760.
Only 25000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
The MultiSync EA294WMi has a maximum contrast ratio of 25000:1. That's 100% less contrast ratio than a 20000000:1 PC display, which is the most common contrast ratio. The worst contrast ratio of all flatpanel monitors of this age and type is Mega Contrast and the best is 100000000:1.
We compared this PC screen to all the other LCD screens that have a 25000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and we think the NEC MultiSync EA244 (£306.00) which has a better Rating is also worth considering.
If the contrast ratio of this NEC flatpanel monitor is too low for you then you might also want to look at the U2713H (£399.00) (2000000:1), or the UP2414Q (£499.99) (2000000:1) both from DELL or the Viewsonic VP2772 (£487.08) (2000000:1) which is also higher rated.
Only HD HD Type
This LCD screen has a Full HD HD type, which is typical of many LCD screens of a similar spec and age to it.
Very Low RMS Rated Audio Power
PC screens that have been around for a similar time to the MultiSync EA294WMi have RMS rated audio powers of between 0.5W and 49W, and the average RMS rated audio power is 5.1W. With an RMS rated audio power of only 2 Watts, the NEC MultiSync EA294WMi has a fairly low RMS rated audio power compared to most of the other medium monitors that were released more than two years ago.
Only Has Three Cables Included
The MultiSync EA294WMi has a greater number of cables included than most PC displays of a comparable type and age to it. The most commonly found cable included is AC, but this cable included is not found on this PC display. The cables included DVI, USB and VGA are also found on this NEC PC display.
Only 1000:1 Typical Contrast Ratio
This PC monitor has a 1000:1 typical contrast ratio, which is the most frequently found typical contrast ratio on medium monitors that came out around the same time as it.
Quite High Power Consumption in Economy Mode
With a power consumption in economy mode of 28 Watts, the MultiSync EA294WMi has a fairly high power consumption in economy mode compared to most of the other PC screens of a comparable age and type to the MultiSync EA294WMi. The lowest power consumption in economy mode of PC monitors that were released more than two years ago is 0.5W, the highest is 48W, and the average power consumption in economy mode is 20W.
Quite High Annual Energy Consumption
The MultiSync EA294WMi has a quite high annual energy consumption (61 kilowatt hours) compared to most of the other flatpanel monitors of a similar type and age to the MultiSync EA294WMi. The lowest annual energy consumption of flatpanel monitors that came out around the same time as the MultiSync EA294WMi is 0.02kWh, the highest is 100kWh, and the average annual energy consumption is 44kWh.
At 6.6 kilograms, the NEC MultiSync EA294WMi is fairly heavy compared to most of the other medium monitors that came out more than two years ago. The lightest PC monitor of this age and spec is 3g weight and the heaviest is 39kg.
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Released Over Three Years Ago
It was over three years ago when NEC released the MultiSync EA294WMi.
LCD Display Type
The MultiSync EA294WMi has an LCD display type which is better than the LED display type found on most medium monitors that have been around for around the same time as it.
There are a number of other PC displays that have an LCD Display currently available which you might want to look at including the Acer 276HUL (£362.40) which is cheaper; or the Benq BL3200 (£299.99), or the Asus VG236 (£349.99) which has a better Rating.
If the display type of this flatpanel monitor is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the S32D850T (£362.76) (LED), or the S27D850T (£316.04) (LED) both from Samsung or the LG 34UM65 (£448.45) (LED) which also has a higher Rating.
Dynamic Contrast Ratio
1280 x 960, 2560 x 1080, 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1152 x 864 (XGA+), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 768, 1280 x 768 (WXGA), 1360 x 768 (WXGA), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+), 1440 x 900, 1440 x 900 (WXGA+), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA), 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA), 640 x 480 (VGA), 800 x 600 (SVGA)
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