NEC Unveils 24-inch, 1080p Computer Monitor

Is it a serious PC business monitor or a wow-worthy HD television set disguised as a PC?

The serious courtship between computers and traditional (digital) TV sets continues to grow more serious as PC monitors get larger and increasingly adopt a 16:9 aspect ratio, and consumers grow the amount of "TV viewing" they choose to watch on their desktop or wireless laptop.

With that in mind, NEC has rolled out a 24-inch widescreen LCD monitor (MultiSync EA241WM) that boasts of 1080p abilities, along with a 19-inch SD screen (MultiSync EA191M) for both PC and television usage. (Since June, NEC also launched 22- and 26-inch monitors in the same series.)

The latest 24-inch monitor is what NEC calls a "premium enterprise display" that provides 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m² brightness and native resolution of 920x1200. But the HD component is not only for viewing up to 1080p video, but also to better view more data incorporated within business spreadsheets, as well as when working with side-by-side application windows.