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NEC Reference 242 PC Monitor

24" 1920 X 1200 LED 556.8mm Sep 2013
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Professional 24 inch Colour Display. The NEC SpectraView Reference 242 is a high-end professional performance LCD monitor using latest 10-bit AH-IPS with GB-R LED backlight for colour critical... More
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11 Reasons For

NEC PC Monitors Have Excellent Reviews

On average NEC medium monitors have excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all flatpanel monitors built by NEC.

LED Display Type

This PC monitor has an LED display type, which is the most frequently found display type on PC screens that are a comparable age to it.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative PC screens that have an LED Display currently available including a cheaper PC monitor such as the Samsung UD22B[plb_1411293_price], or the NEC MultiSync PA272[plb_1625916_price] or you might consider a higher scoring PC monitor such as the Samsung S27B971[plb_1475646_price].

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1920 X 1200 Pixels Display Resolution

The most display resolution of the Reference 242 is 1920 x 1200 pixels. That's 11% more display resolution than the most common display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Across all medium monitors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Reference 242 the worst display resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels and the best is 2560 x 1600 pixels.

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Very Many Display Colour Count

The average display colour count of medium monitors that have been available for more than two years is 100M. With a display colour count of 1,073.7 million, the NEC Reference 242 has a very many display colour count compared to most of the other medium monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the Reference 242.

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Quite Wide Vertical Viewing Angle

At 178 degrees, the Reference 242 has a quite wide vertical viewing angle compared to most of the other flatpanel monitors of a comparable spec and age to the Reference 242. LCD screens of this type and age have vertical viewing angles of between 50° and 180°.

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Fairly Wide Horizontal Viewing Angle

The NEC Reference 242 has a fairly wide horizontal viewing angle (178 degrees) compared to most of the other flatpanel monitors of a similar type and age to the Reference 242. Across all the medium monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the Reference 242 the horizontal viewing angles range from 60° to 1,800°, and the average horizontal viewing angle is 170°.

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Quite High Maximum Height Adjustment

The maximum height adjustments of PC screens of this age and type range from 13mm to 850mm. With a maximum height adjustment of 150 millimeters, the Reference 242 has a quite high maximum height adjustment compared to most of the other medium monitors that are a similar age to the Reference 242.

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Quite Bright Display Brightness

At 340 candellas per square meter, the NEC Reference 242 has a quite bright display brightness compared to most of the other medium monitors that are a similar age to the Reference 242. Similar spec LCD screens that were released around the same time as the Reference 242 have display brightness of between 30 cd/m² and 1,700 cd/m², and the average display brightness is 280 cd/m².

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1080p Video Mode

This PC screen has a 1080p|480p|576p|720p video mode, which is typical of many similar spec PC displays that came out more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Graphics Resolution

The Reference 242 has a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). That's 11% more resolution than the most common graphics resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) (which is also found on this PC display). In addition, this flatpanel monitor have graphics resolutions of 720 x 400, 720 x 480, 720 x 576, 832 x 624, 1152 x 870, 1200 x 1920, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1152 x 864 (XGA+), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 720 (HD 720), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+), 1440 x 900 (WXGA+), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) and 640 x 480 (VGA) and 800 x 600 (SVGA). Across all PC screens of this type and age the worst resolution is 640 x 350 and the best is 3840 x 2160.

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Has Three Cables Included

The Reference 242 has a greater number of cables included than most comparable spec PC monitors that are a similar age to it. This PC screen has an AC cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on comparable spec PC monitors that were released more than two years ago. The cables included "DisplayPort" and "DVI" are also found on this PC display.

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11 Reasons Against

Price Increase of £43.84

The Reference 242 has increased in price by £43.84 in the last 37 days.

Expensive

We think this LCD screen looks expensive compared to other PC displays of this age and type. The cheapeast medium monitor that has been around for more than two years that we found costs £51 and the most expensive costs £5,421.

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

The Reference 242 does not have a built-in speaker. Most of the other flatpanel monitors of this age and spec also do not have a built-in speaker.

There are a number of other PC screens which also have a built-in speaker that you might want to consider including the Eizo FlexScan EV3237[plb_2503378_price], or the NEC MultiSync EA304[plb_2325127_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most comparable spec LCD screens that have been on the market for a similar time to the Reference 242 are not 3D compatible. The Reference 242 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

Most LCD screens of a comparable age and type to the Reference 242 do not have a built-in camera. The Reference 242 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in camera.

There are a number of alternative flatpanel monitors which also have a built-in camera that you might want to consider including the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display[plb_1794077_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader

The Reference 242 does not have an integrated card reader. Most of the other medium monitors that have been available for more than two years also do not have an integrated card reader.

There are a number of alternative LCD screens which also have an integrated card reader that you might want to consider including the DELL U3011[plb_1534149_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Only HD HD Type

This LCD screen has a Full HD HD type, which is typical of many PC screens that came out more than two years ago.

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Only One HDMI Port

The NEC Reference 242 is a one HDMI port PC monitor. Most of the other PC screens that came out more than two years ago have between one and three HDMI ports.

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Fairly High Power Consumption in Economy Mode

The Reference 242 has a quite high power consumption in economy mode (28 Watts) compared to most of the other PC screens that came out more than two years ago. The lowest power consumption in economy mode of medium 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.

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Quite Slow Response Time

Across all the flatpanel monitors of this age and type the response times range from 1ms to 40ms, and the average response time is 6.1ms. With a response time of 8 milliseconds, the NEC Reference 242 has a quite slow response time compared to most of the other PC monitors of this age and spec.

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Heavy

When compared to other comparable spec LCD screens that have been on the market for around the same time as the Reference 242, the Reference 242's weight of 10.6 kilograms is one of the heaviest. The weights of comparable spec LCD screens that have been available for around the same time as the Reference 242 range from 3g to 39kg, and the average weight is 4.9kg.

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3 Other reasons to consider the NEC Reference 242

Running Costs Are OK

This flatpanel monitor is rated C for energy efficiency, and the average 5 year running cost of the Reference 242 is £60 based on average energy prices and usage levels, which is typical compared to the other 998 LCD screens of this type and age.

Released Over Three Years Ago

This PC display was released over three years ago.

Average Width

With a width of 556.8 millimeters, the Reference 242 has a fairly standard width compared to most of the other LCD screens of a comparable spec and age to the Reference 242.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 556.8mm wide LCD screens currently available including the NEC SpectraView 242[plb_2044895_price] which is cheaper.

PC screens with a wider width that might be worth considering include the NEC MultiSync PA272[plb_1625916_price] (640.4mm) which is also cheaper.

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Specification

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Horizontal Viewing Angle
Typical Contrast Ratio
Display Diagonal
Display Technology
Display Brightness
Response Time
DDC/CI
Screen Shape
Native Aspect Ratio
Supported Number of Colours Display
Ports & Interfaces
DisplayPort
HDMI Port
DVI-D Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
DVI Port
AC Power in Port
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Camera
Integrated TV Tuner
Design
Case Colour
Performance
Thin Client
Thin Client Installed
Networking
Ethernet LAN Port
WiFi
Bluetooth
Ergonomics
Picture-in-Picture Mode
Pivot Angle
Maximum Height Adjustment
Adjustable Height
Tilt Angle
Tilt Adjustment
Swivelling Base
Swivel Angle Range
VESA Mount Interface
VESA Mounting
Pivoting Base
Plug and Play
Stand-By LED
Power LED
On/off Switch
On Screen Menu Display
LED Indicator
Power
Energy Efficiency Class
Power Consumption When in PowerSave Mode
Typical Power Consumption
Annual Energy Consumption
Maximum Power Consumption
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Camera
Technical Details
ECO Mode
Certificates
Certification
Energy Star Certificate
Weight & Dimensions
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Height With Stand
Depth With Stand
Width With Stand
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Packaging Content
Manual Included
User Guide On CD-ROM
Operating System/software
Other Features
Power Consumption in Economy Mode

Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £59.29
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Total running cost over 5 years £59.29
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Energy Rating
0.29T
Running this PC monitor over 5 years will generate 0.29 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 8 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nec p190885, nec 60003543, nec p190885p
Barcodes 00000060003543, 00690592039023, 04053162585294, 05028695110397, 05053959394848, 05054484617020, 05054533617025

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