NEC’s latest 24in full-HD IPS monitor, the MultiSync E243WMi, promises to save you money – not in the initial purchase price, but from its Eco power-saving mode.
Specifi ed at just 13W, it should prove cost-effective over time; though, with a typical specifi ed power drain of 19W in its regular non-Eco mode, it’s hardly going to run up a massive electricity bill. It’s fair to say that this 16:9 widescreen panel, with its chunky telescopic stand and solid base is designed for being left on all day in a corporate or studio environment.
It comes with a range of interfaces, including D-Sub, DVI-D and DisplayPort. There’s also a headphone socket if you don’t want to listen to the tinny speakers.
These are driven by a 1W amp, but still produce a surprising amount of noise, even if it lacks any bass.
Functional design As you might expect from a monitor that’s been designed for use in an offi ce, it’s functional rather than aesthetically outrageous, and the tilt-and-rotate stand is handy. The monitor’s power supply is built into the back panel.
The build quality is good, while the panel itself showed no darkening in the corners, nor any perceptible light leak. The onscreen menu is operated by touch-sensitive controls on the front of the bevel. These aren’t illuminated, though, which will be a problem if you’re working in a darkened room – in our tests the E243WMi’s controls were obscured by light from the screen itself. We also found the menu to be a mess of icons and features.
As an IPS panel, we were able to view the screen from all directions and still read clearly rendered fi ne text, for example. We tested the MultiSync E243WMi’s performance with a Datacolor Spyder4 calibrator, and found reasonably good results of 98 percent sRGB, 74 percent AdobeRGB and 69 percent NTSC colour coverage. The maximum brightness reached 264cd/m 2 , which may seem a little dim but is ample for most applications.
Accurate colours The chequerboard contrast ratio was 650:1 at 100 percent brightness, a good result. Luminance uniformity at 100 percent brightness was tight, with only the right side of the screen showing much variation and all at under 10 percent. At 50 percent brightness, it fell to just four to six percent around the outside edges.
Colour uniformity was nearly as good, but tended to vary around the screen’s top-right corner with a variation of Delta-E 3.0 and 3.1 at 100 percent brightness. This fell to a much better 2.2 and 2.4 on the right side at 50 percent brightness. An overall average of Delta-E 1.59 for colour accuracy was commendable.
Verdict The NEC MultiSync E243WMi could prove ideal as a high-quality monitor you can run all day without adding to your electric bills. The display is neat and accurate, well-built and functional.