NEC MultiSync EA231WMi review
A quality IPS panel, a flexible stand and good image quality aren`t quite enough to topple the opposition
The MultiSync EA231WMi cuts a dash with its combination of off-white and silvery grey. It's practical too, thanks to a sturdy, adjustable stand.
That stand rises, swivels and rotates, and its light action allows it to be adjusted with one hand. A cable tidy in the centre keeps cables hidden, too, which is just as well considering the range of ports on offer.
The EA231WMi has D-SUB, DVI, DisplayPort and 3.5mm audio inputs, plus a four-port USB hub, with two ports tucked away at the back and two on the left next to a headphone output. NEC also throws in a pair of internal speakers, but given the distorted quality, they're best kept for emergencies.
In addition to all those features, NEC has found room for a high-quality 23in, 1,920 x 1,080 IPS panel. Out of the box it makes a striking impression, with deep blacks, wide viewing angles and vibrant colours. Apart from a slight glow along the panel's left-hand edge, the backlighting is as even and leak-free as you could hope for.
Where the NEC falls behind some of its rivals is in colour accuracy. In its default setting the EA231WMi achieved an average Delta E of 3.5, peaking at a maximum of 6.5. This was noticeable in our test images and Blu-ray movies, with a very slight yellow cast leaving skintones looking less lifelike and realistic than we'd have liked.
Switching to the 6,500k/sRGB preset didn't help, with the EA231WMi returning almost identical figures to the default settings. Gamma remained well over the ideal of 2.2, measuring 2.6 in both modes, although a colour temperature reading of 6,446k was nigh-on perfect.
The slightly wayward colour accuracy combined with a high price puts the NEC at a distinct disadvantage. And when its main rival, the ViewSonic VP2365wb, undercuts it on price, it's hard to recommend.
|Price ex VAT||£266|
|Price inc VAT||£312|
|Features & Design||5|
|Value for Money||3|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Pixel response time||14ms|
|Horizontal viewing angle||178 degrees|
|Vertical viewing angle||178 degrees|
|TV tuner type||N/A|
|Upstream USB ports||1|
|USB ports (downstream)||4|
|3.5mm audio input jacks||1|
|Other cables supplied||VGA|
|Internal power supply||yes|
|Peak power consumption||43W|
|Idle power consumption||1W|
|Colour temperature settings||9,300k, 8,200k, 7,500k, 6,500k/sRGB, 5000k, Native|
|Extra adjustments||Dynamic contrast, volume|
|Forward tilt angle||5 degrees|
|Backward tilt angle||35 degrees|
|Swivel angle||340 degrees|
|Pivot (portrait) mode?||yes|
|Dimensions||550 x 220 x 379mm (WDH)|