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NEC EA231WMi-BK 23-Inch MultiSync Widescreen LCD Monitor

by NEC
53 customer reviews

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  • 4-way ergonomic design (height-adjust, pivot, tilt & swivel)
  • Two-step ECO Mode for significant power consumption savings
  • Native resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Three-step ambient light sensor for automatic brightness adjustment
  • Response Time: 14ms
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Product Description

LCD Flat Panel Displays, NEC, EA231WMI-BK 23" 1920 x 1080 3000:1 LCD Monitor, EA231WMI-BK

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.5 x 11 inches ; 18.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 24.6 pounds
  • Item model number: EA231WMI-BK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,560 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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99 of 102 people found the following review helpful By skedaddle on December 16, 2009
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Don't be fooled by the price -- you're not buying a run-of-the-mill TN consumer LCD. This is actually one of the best bargains in high-quality eIPS displays you're going to find anywhere.

First impression: the EA231WMI is a solid, quality-constructed monitor. This BK variant comes in a no-nonsense basic black with a sturdy, heavy stand that even adjusts for height as well as the usual axes (I only wish it had better tilt control, but it pivots, rotates and lifts up and down). The ports are down-facing, which is a little inconvenient to set up, but stable when the cables are cinched in. It also has a decent sound system, and takes DisplayPort, VGA and DVI (DualLink DVI-D compatible) up to its native 1920x1080 resolution. HDCP is accepted through DVI, so HDMI connections should work fine with just a converter. You can have separate signals connected and switch between them (on mine, one Mac on VGA, the other on DVI); there is a sound input, and in a very nice touch, a USB hub. Cables for DVI, VGA and audio are also included.

Picture quality is outstanding, especially considering the price, but you do need to make sure you have a good colour calibrator (or can calibrate by eye) because the default colour settings, at least on my Mac, were a bit off. A couple minutes with my trusty Pantone huey sensor and the output was stunning. The image is sharp and crisp (even analogue VGA), with massive contrast range, 8-bit colouring so there is no dithering, and virtually no trace of the gamma-colour shift one sees on a typical TN panel. Colour was near neutral out of the box, with none of the annoying "overgreen" you get with big gamuts, and nearly perfect grey ramps. Only at extreme viewing angles did the image contrast become constrained, and backlight bleed, while present, is minimal.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Bob V on March 24, 2010
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My most critical use and reason to upgrade was for photo editing and photo printing so if this is your need make sure to use the DVI connection for the best possible performance on any monitor. This monitor replaces my old 22" Samsung Synchmaster 225BW. The EA231WMi produced accurate color right out of the box. After color calibrating with Datacolor's Spyder 3 I found only small corrections were made in the monitor color correction profile produced by Spyder to calibrate the monitor to Spyder's theoritical calibration values.
The viewing angle is excellent with no visible color shifts or dimming with normal head movements and well beyond, thanks to the e-ips technology. Bonuses are the height, swivel, tilt adjustments and full array of cables (DVI, VGA, USB, audio). I don't need or use the VGA input, speakers, USB, or portrait tilt, so no opinion on those. I find the 23" size more than adequate for photo work (Lightroom, PhotoShop, PDF), AutoCAD, and all the MS Office applications. I use my monitor in a room with artificial lighting to provide consistent light color and light levels, especially important when comparing photographic prints. Much easier on the eyes too. Have been using this monitor heavily for 4 weeks. The reasonable cost of this monitor makes it practical to also purchase a monitor color calibrator such as the Spyder 3 to provide a repeatable and accurate color management system.
Life has been much sweeter with this monitor!

PC system details: ASUS P5Q-WS, Intel Core2Quad Q6600, Vista 32 bit OS, ASUS/Nvidia EN8600GT graphics card.
Update on EA231WMi: Jan 2015: This monitor has been used daily since Mar 2010 and is still working great. Now looking at buying a second one based on the excellent performance and features of this unit.

Update Jan 2015: This monitor has been used almost daily since Mar 2010 and has been working great. Based on features and performance I am considering buying one for another workstation.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By B.O. on August 22, 2010
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Below is my personal experience with NEC and their support

I've got a 6 month old NEC EA231 WMI monitor of which the multi control switch has failed working properly (up position seldom works)

NEC Display support offered me a replacement (with a refurbished unit told to be up to specs) under warranty, assuming I am supposed to pay shipping of the defective unit to NEC. So far so good.

The replacement unit has arrived timely, well packed but to my surprise the unit has a solid 1" darker spot toward the middle of the screen and also a dead pixel in the same area!

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Contacting NEC support again, they are advising me that a dead pixel is within the normal specs (nothing new here, just annoying) and that the dark spot is also within the specs!! Are you (NEC) guys kidding me that you can live with a dark spot on the middle of your display, and that is considered within specs? Probable for a 50% blind person it will not make a difference.

Finally after additional discussions with managers overs the phone with they agree to send me a second replacement but I will have to pay back shipping charges for this unit as well as for the 1st one, because that is their warranty policy and the spot and dead pixel are falling within the specs while NEC is actually doing a favor for me.

For me as a paying customer, they are asking me to pay close to $100 in shipping charges to fix one defect on one $340 display being under warranty, saying that their policy does not allow to pay for return shipping because the spot and dead pixel falls within the specs.

One less customer to NEC for about $50 (the amount I have to pay to ship back a defective replacement display of which NEC does consider working within specs)
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