NEC MultiSync EX341R Preview: Curved Ultra-Wide Monitor For Professional Use

NEC MultiSync EX341R

Introduction

Meet the NEC’s very first curved monitor, the NEC MultiSync EX341R monitor. This giant, ultra-wide monitor is by no means a gaming monitor due to the mediocre input lag and low refresh rate, but it offers a lot of interesting and innovative features. Additionally, it has plenty of connectivity and ergonomic options as well as an accurate image quality with a superior contrast ratio due to the Samsung SVA panel. The monitor is also sometimes dubbed as the NEC MultiSync EX341R-B.

Specifications

  • 34 Inches Screen (1800R Curved)
  • 3440×1440 Resolution
  • 21:9 Aspect Ratio
  • VA Panel
  • 5ms Response Time
  • 60Hz
  • Ports: 2x HDMI, DisplayPort In and Out
  • Other Ports: Audio Line in and Out, 4x USB 3.0, 2x USB-B
  • Built-in Speakers: 2x1W
  • Brightness: 290 cd/m2
  • Static Contrast: 3,000:1

Features

The vibrant image quality of the NEC MultiSync EX341R display is made possible by the VA panel which offers a high contrast ratio of 3,000:1 for a superior relation between the darkest and the brightest colors as well as exceptionally deep black tones. Furthermore, the panel ensures the flawless 178-degree viewing angles for perfect viewing experience no matter the distance and angle you’re looking at the screen. Although the panel covers 99.5% of the sRGB color gamut, a high-end IPS panel for the same price delivers a significantly more accurate and consistent colors which make this monitor more suited for offices that rely on multi-monitor setups rather than color precision.

Even though the colors are not as precise as those of an equally priced IPS panel monitor, they are more than adequate for semi-professional work. More importantly, the colors are factory calibrated and uniform, so you can be certain that your multi-display setups of several NEC MultiSync EX341R monitors will have the identical image. In addition, with the exclusive ControlSync feature you will be able to adjust settings of up to 25 different displays in the setup by using the controls of one. Lastly, the DisplaySync Pro feature allows you to control and switch between two computers with one set of a keyboard and mouse.

Other features include the low blue light filter which along the flicker-free screen makes for a comfortable viewing experience even after many hours of watching the screen. The NEC MultiSync EX341R also has the Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture modes. NEC has integrated a human presence sensor in the monitor which will automatically turn it off or sent it to the standby mode once it detects that nobody is within the work area. Considering both the innovative and standard features, the spacious workspace that’s conveniently curved, and the image uniformity, the NEC MultiSync EX341R offers every little bit a professional office might need.

Design & Connectivity

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As you can see, the NEC MultiSync EX341R professional monitor features a simplistic yet modern design with a thin bezel for the multi-display setups. The ergonomic functionalities include height adjustment up to 130mm, tilt by -5, 30 degrees, and swivel to the left and right by 170 degrees; the monitor has an anti-glare coating.

The extensive connectivity options include two HDMI ports, one of which is 1.4 while the other on is 2.0, a DisplayPort in and a DisplayPort out for daisy-chaining, an audio line-out, and an audio line-in for the 2x1W built-in speakers. Additionally, there are four USB 3.0 ports and two USB-B upstream ports which can be used to connect two different PCs and control them via the DisplaySync feature.

Price

At the moment (May 2017), the NEC MultiSync EX341R professional display is available for $1,000. If you’re looking for a professional monitor for color-critical designing, then there are better choices out there for the money. However, when it comes to professional offices that need multi-monitor displays that can be effortlessly controlled and uniformed, the NEC EX341R offers everything you may need for that while still maintaining a decent color gamut.

The NEC MultiSync EX341R is also available as a bundle deal for $1,150. The bundle consists of the SpectraView II software and Spyder5 color calibration sensor that offer professional hardware calibration for accurate and uniform colors. The bundle deal is dubbed as the NEC MultiSync EX341R-BK-SV.

Conclusion

The NEC MultiSync EX341R offers everything a professional office that relies on multi-monitor setups may need and it further simplifies the control over all the unified monitors to the extent where all you have to do is adjust one monitor, instead of up to 25 of them. Due to the high price, it’s not recommended for those who solely plan on doing color-critical work. Naturally, the monitor is not fit for gaming due to the low refresh rate, mediocre input lag, and lack of the adaptive-sync technology. However, video games would still look remarkable on the display due to the high contrast ratio and rich colors, they just wouldn’t run nearly as smooth as an equally priced gaming monitor would.

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