NEC Display Solutions on Monday launched a 29-inch, ultra-wide LED-backlit IPS display, the EA294WMi. Part of the company's MultiSync EA Series lineup, it sports an elongated 21:9 aspect ratio, "enhancing" multi-tasking capabilities, work performance and productivity. It also consumes 29-percent less power than dual 19-inch monitors with similar LCD technology.
"The EA294WMi continues a long tradition of NEC monitors that have forged new and better ways of working for people across a spectrum of industries," said Kevin Christopherson, Director of Product Marketing for Desktop Displays at NEC Display Solutions. "This 29-inch MultiSync model effectively replaces two SXGA 19-inch monitors in a very elegant way, yet can still enable multi-screen setups."
The specs indicate that the monitor sports a 2560 x 1080 resolution, a 300 cd/m2 brightness, a 25,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (1000:1 typical), 97 dpi (which provides better readability) and a 6-ms response time. It also has wide viewing angles of 178°H/178°V and 100-percent sRBG support.
NEC reports that smart sensing technology built into the panel automatically detects work conditions to determine the proper display brightness using ambient light and human sensors. It also provides a built-in 4-port USB 2.0 hub: two ports on the front and two on the back. Other connectivity options include DisplayPort (x1), HDMI/MHL (x1) which recharges a connected compatible device, DVI-D (x2) and VGA D-Sub (x2) inputs.
"ControlSync technology allows users to control up to six EA294WMi displays in a multi-monitor configuration," the company said on Monday. "Upon establishing one unit as the master, users are able to control many performance attributes of the multi-monitor setup in unison through the single monitor."
For those thinking about shelling out money for six panels in a wall of pure desktop awesomeness, be prepared to take out a loan. The MultiSync EA294WMi will have an estimated street price of $799 when it arrives in May 2013. Additional information can be accessed on the product page here.