NEC PA271W Professional LCD Monitor Review
To help soften the blow, NEC equipped the PA271W with features not found on your typical panel, including a few that are absent even on some professional level displays. We already mentioned the integrated 3D LUT, but it also includes extensive Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture controls, as well as what's essentially a built-in KVM switch. NEC dubs this "DisplaySync Pro" (PDF), and what it does is allow you to control two computers (PC, Mac, or both) using a single keyboard and mouse. Combined with the PIP functionality, you have a powerful tool for serious content creation tasks. Far be it for us to justify a company's pricing philosophy, but suddenly that $1,400 price tag starts to look a little more reasonable.
|I/O Ports||USB hub (2 up, 3 down)
NEC tells us its PA271W comes color calibrated out of the box and is ready to rock from the get-go, but if you want to take matters into your hands (and spend another $300), the company also sells its SpectraView II kit with software and a color puck.
"The SpectraView II system uses a color sensor to take color measurements of the display screen during calibration. The software analyzes these measurements and sends color adjustment commands directly to the display monitor," NEC explains. "This means that color adjustments are made in the monitor rather than in the video graphics adapter, resulting in full use of the number of colors available on the graphics adapter and a much brighter image with the maximum possible color gamut. With SpectraView II, the video graphics adapter is not used at all to make any gamma or Tone Response Curve corrections to the display, so the full color resolution and fidelity of the system is maintained."
Feeling intimidated yet? We've barely scratched the surface, folks. We haven't even talked about the 97.1 percent coverage of AdobeRGB color space, AmbiBright ambient light sensor, and all the other marketing bullets, and that's just fine. We know what you're really thinking, and that's whether or not all these paper specs are worth a damn in real world applications. Let's find out, shall we?