NEC's EX341R monitor does double duty as a KVM switch


— 9:00 AM on February 10, 2017

Gamers are sometimes guilty of judging every new display by the unique needs for Counterstrike sessions. As it turns out, some of us also use our monitors to, you know, work. NEC's new MultiSync EX341R monitor offers a 34" ultra-wide curved display with some interesting features for productivity.

For the EX341R, NEC uses an SVA panel with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a 5-ms response time. The display has a resolution of 3440x1440 and should cover 99.5% of the sRGB color space. Narrow bezels on the sides of the display make it a good candidate for multi-monitor setups. For ease of use, NEC added touch controls for the on-screen display menu. A pair of sensors can be configured to automatically adjust the display's brightness depending on ambient light, and also turn off the display when the user leaves the desk.

The EX341R's connectivity options open up some interesting use cases for the display. There are four USB 3.0 ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and a DisplayPort 1.2 input and output. By connecting their keyboard and mouse to the display, users can then use the EX341R as a KVM switch and control two PCs with the same input devices, thanks to NEC's DisplaySync Pro feature. "Picture in picture" and "picture by picture" modes expand this functionality even further.

NEC tells us to expect this monitor to be available later this month. The suggested price is $1000, and the display will be covered by a three-year warranty. It will also be available as part of a $1,150 bundle with NEC's SpectraViewII calibration kit.

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