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NEC EA244UHD 24-Inch Ultra HD Monitor Review

Users seeking maximum pixel density need look no further than a 24-inch Ultra HD screen. We recently looked at Dell’s UP2414Q. Today we’re testing NEC’s EA244UHD. It’s part of the company's business-class line but offers much more than its stablemates.

Packaging, Physical Layout And Accessories

The EA244UHD is securely packed in a double-corrugated carton with air-bladder cushions (something we haven’t seen before). They’re designed to be easily recycled and extremely light. Despite this, they provide solid protection and should ensure the safe arrival of your new purchase.

The accessory bundle includes an IEC power cord; DisplayPort, ControlSync and USB 3.0 cables; and a printed setup guide. There’s no CD in the box; you’ll have to download the user manual from NEC’s website.

Product 360

The base and upright come attached, so no assembly is necessary. Like the other Ultra HD monitors we’ve tested, the EA244UHD has a light anti-glare layer that works well in most environments, while retaining maximum image clarity. The bezel is very thin at the top and sides, and only slightly wider at the bottom, making it a good candidate for multi-screen configurations.

The bezel controls are all touch sensitive and clearly labeled. When you operate them, icons appear on the screen to tell you their functions. Options like volume, brightness and input can be accessed without going through the OSD. The touch pads require very little pressure and can be activated by accident if you’re not careful.

The EA244UHD is fully adjustable thanks to a solidly-built stand. In addition to portrait mode, you get 25 degrees of tilt, 5.1 inches of height travel and almost 360 degrees of swivel. NEC continues to provide one of the best-made stands in the business. It moves with just the right amount of effort and there’s no play at all.

NEC monitors are not the slimmest; their side profile always looks industrial. Generous ventilation exposes the heavily shielded innards in this photo. The small input panel houses a USB port and a headphone jack.

You can see from the back that vents run the full perimeter of the power bulge. Above NEC's logo is a carrying handle, which is extremely useful. There are two 100mm VESA mounts that facilitate plenty of flexibility when using aftermarket brackets. Attached to the upright is a tube for cable management.

The EA244UHD has almost as many inputs as an HDTV. There are two each of DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. One of the HDMI ports is MHL-compatible. Why so many? NEC lets you pipe in and display as many as four sources on-screen at once. With such high pixel density, each image can be of extremely high quality. The panel is rounded out by USB 3.0 upstream and downstream ports, ControlSync in and out and an analog audio input.

  • alidan
    48 inch, i can't imagine using a 4k at any less than 48 inches.
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  • LiquidAMD
    SST or MST please for 60Hz??
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  • LiquidAMD
    SST or MST please for 60Hz??
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  • milkod2001
    @alidan

    That's no telly, it's professional desktop monitor, could be 27 or 30'' but would probably cost another 1000 or more extra.
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  • vincent67
    Agree with alidan, at this density, pixels are wasted: you don't see more as you need to scale everything up.
    And, knowing the hardware you need to drive this resolution,, I don't see any interest except for some niches.
    You need at least 44'' to exploit 4K.
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  • ribald86
    @vincent67

    UHD is 2560x1440/2560x1600 - not 4k. Even if it was 4k, I don't see how you can say it is wasted.
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  • ribald86
    @myself - I was incorrect - I am a dumb ass.

    QHD = 2560x1440/2560x1600
    UHD = 4k
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  • ribald86
    @myself - I was incorrect - I am a dumb ass.

    QHD = 2560x1440/2560x1600
    UHD = 4k
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  • atwspoon
    @ribald86
    UHD = 3840x2160
    4k = 4096x2160
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  • Textfield
    The problem with these high-DPI screens is that support for these displays is lacking in many modern OS's. Yes, support is getting better, as with Windows 8.1 and its better UI scaling, but even with good support in the OS's UI, you're still at the mercy of the apps you use, and many are terrible when it comes to high DPI, with some even failing to work properly.

    Retina is only useful when your programs provide good support for it. Otherwise it's just an annoyance. As an owner of a Yoga 2 Pro (13" 3200x1800), I can speak to this. I normally run my laptop in an upscaled 1920x1080 just to keep compatability.
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