NEC has released a new 27-inch performance mainstream monitor aimed at business and enterprise customers that are after a 4K display with modern USB Type-C connectivity. The MultiSync EA271U monitor offers rather typical specs for an LCD of this class, but adds some additional features to cut down power consumption of the device, which may appeal to certain companies.

The NEC MultiSync EA271U is a 27-inch IPS monitor that offers a 3840×2160 resolution, 350 nits brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178° viewing angles, a 60 Hz refresh rate, and a 5 ms response time. While the LCD is aimed at typical business and enterprise workloads, it's still a 10-bit panel and can reproduce 1.07. billion colors, a rare feature for products of this class. As for color gamut, it covers 100% of the sRGB color space, 78.1% of the AdobeRGB gamut, and 75.1% of NTSC.

One of the prime features of the MultiSync EA271U are its thin 1-mm bezels that enable users to build near-seamless dual or multi-display configurations. Meanwhile the monitor is supported by NEC’s ControlSync software that enables easy setup of up to six displays.

Two other interesting features that the NEC MultiSync EA271U monitor offers are ambient light and human presence sensors, which can adjust brightness depending on ambient lighting or switch to power saving mode if the user leaves. Since many companies are trying to cut down their power consumption and “go green”, the said capabilities may actually sell the product to the target audience.

When it comes to connectivity, NEC’s monitor for business and enterprise clients features a DisplayPort 1.2 input, two HDMI ports, and a USB Type-C input with DP alt mode support. The latter can deliver up to 60 W of power to connected laptop, which is enough for typical 13.3-inch machines. In addition, the display has a triple-port USB 3.0 Type-A hub, built-in speakers, audio jacks, and an adjustable stand.

NEC’s MultiSync EA271U-BK display is now available directly from the company for $699. For those who need color accuracy, NEC also offers display calibration tools and even a display hood.

Specifications of the NEC MultiSync EA271U
Panel 27" IPS
Native Resolution 3840 × 2160
Maximum Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time 5 ms
Brightness 350 cd/m² (typical)
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Pixel Pitch 0.16 mm²
Pixel Density 163 ppi
Display Colors 1.07 billion
Color Gamut Support sRGB: 100%
AdobeRGB: 78.1%
NTSC: 75.1%
Stand Tilt, height and pivot adjustable
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.2
2 × HDMI 2.0a
1x USB-C (DP 1.2 Alt Mode)
HDCP 2.2
USB Hub 3-port USB 3.0
Audio 2 W × 2
audio out port
Power Idle 0.29 W
Typical 38 W
Peak 150 W
Delivery 60 W
Launch Price $699

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Source: NEC

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  • JoeyJoJo123 - Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - link

    Like that NEC's high gamut displays are getting some narrow bezel options. Dislike the difference in bezel size on the bottom border, it makes portrait mode monitors look a bit odd due to different bezels sizes on top and bottom.

    Given NEC's pedigree with high gamut displays, I'd like to see how an "HDR 1000" or higher display offering would fare under their branding. Would probably be pretty nice.
  • Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - link

    This is sRGB, though.
  • Clemmaster - Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - link

    How are those narrow bezels? Are you sure it's 1mm and not 1cm?
    The marketing pictures are confusing as hell: on some picture, the top and left bezel appear much smaller than the right and bottom. On other, left and right appear the same...
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - link

    If you're looking at the pictures on this page; the all appear to be renders.

    The top one looks like it was screwed up and the layer that's supposed to be the LCD image was accidentally extended to the left edge instead of stopping where the bezel is supposed to begin. compared with the others it also appears that one has the image too high, so that only the right bezel is the correct size. (Based on the assumption that all the other renders do have the right size for the bezel shown.)

    In the second render the monitor is rotated enough that if don't look closely and realize you're seeing both the front bezel and the right side of the monitor it looks like the right bezel is as big as the bottom one.

    OTOH the other images all appear to show what I'd guess was 3 or 4 mm of bezel on the top/sides. With the one render having obvious errors I'm hesitant to draw any conclusions, but am wondering if they're ripping of the marketing lies a no-name vendor said when they announced the "worlds 1st 1mm bezel monitor" where they didn't count the flat area outside the illuminated part of the screen on sides, but only the wrap around plastic of the casing.
  • TechImageJM - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - link

    Disclosure - I work for NEC Display's PR agency. I had a chance to talk about this with their product manager for desktop displays, and here is their response:

    "You're right, the industry calls the plastic around the screen the bezel, which is 1mm on this model. The area between the active screen and the outside of the bezel is 7.6mm on the three smallest sides."

    They will update the site with the inactive areas as well.
  • Ej24 - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - link

    I have some AOC monitors that advertised 2mm bezels. They're right. The plastic shell around the perimeter is only 2mm but the unilluminated portion of screen material is about 9mm all around. Looks great when the screens are off! Kind of annoying when they're on though. Especially because all the renders took the lcd image all the way to the plastic edge. That's not advertising, it's bordering on lying.
  • plsbugmenot - Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - link

    Wonder what's a better buy, this or BenQ's PD2700U which has very similar specs minus to the USB-C input.
  • CheapSushi - Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - link

    Is it me or do the bezels seem to slightly change in each image? On the first image for example the left side is basically a line, while the right is wider while shown head-on.
  • DanNeely - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - link

    It's not just you, they're sloppily done renders (see my comment above).

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