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NEC EA271U 4K UHD IPS model with USB-C

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The ‘4K’ UHD resolution offers many benefits for both work and play. The NEC EA271U, of the MultiSync range, is a smart and feature-rich solution marketed towards business users. With clear appeal to the home user as well, of course. The monitor has a ‘sensible’ and minimalistic design, with matte black (BK model) or white (WH model) plastic used for the stand and bottom bezel. The top and side bezels use a dual-stage design with slim panel border and very slender hard plastic outer component – ‘3-side borderless’, if you prefer. The OSD controls are touch-sensitive, located towards the right side of the bottom bezel. In the central region of the bottom bezel you’ll find an ambient light sensor to allow automatic adjustment of brightness according to room brightness. And a ‘Human Sensor’ which can allow the monitor to enter a low power state if nobody is using it.

A smart black appearance

A smart white appearance

A 27” IPS-type (In Plane Switching or similar) panel is used with a 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. A 1000:1 typical static contrast ratio is specified alongside 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. Panels of this type are indeed known for their strong colour consistency and viewing angle performance. A matte anti-glare screen surface is employed, offering good glare handling characteristics. 10-bit colour is supported (dithering use unknown), whilst a flicker-free WLED backlight is employed which offers 110% sRGB colour space coverage (81.6% Adobe RGB, 78% NTSC) and 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. ‘Low Blue Light Plus’ (LBL) settings are included to aid restful viewing, particularly useful in the evenings where stimulating blue light can interfere with sleep hormones. A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified.

The included stand is fully adjustable and attaches to the rear using a quick-release mechanism. It can be replaced with an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution if preferred. The rear of the monitor is black (BK model) or white (WH) plastic and includes a Kensington lock slot. The ports include; DP 1.2, 2 HDMI ports, USB Type-C (DP alt mode and 60W power delivery), 3 USB 3.1 ports (plus upstream) and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 2 x 1W speakers are also included for basic sound output, but these can be completely deactivated (no interference) if preferred. The monitor also supports hardware calibration using NEC’s SprectraViewII software and a compatible colorimeter (or similar sensor), allowing the integrated LUT of the monitor to be accessed and calibrated directly. A model which includes the software and a compatible sensor (Spyder5) with ‘SV’ suffix is also available. The monitors are now rolling out with an RRP starting at $699 USD for the base model and $849 for the SV model. Further information on NEC’s website.

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NEC EA271U