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

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 3440×1440 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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    • Cuhulin
    • 3 years ago

    LG did this with a 34″ ultrawide a couple years ago, the 34UM95 and a couple more recent models as well. I wish they were doing it with their new 38″, as the extra size might help with the smaller text on the ultrawides.

      • snowMAN
      • 3 years ago

      Not really, the 38 has about the same pixel density.

    • psuedonymous
    • 3 years ago

    The Dell U3415w also has this feature (two USB 3.0 host ports, you can assign which input selects which port).

    • christos_thski
    • 3 years ago

    I’ve always wondered why more monitor makers don’t do this, particularly as many monitors nowadays already sport a USB hub. It’s only a second USB “up port” and some cheap microcontroller away from being a proper hub.

    Having said that, I think I’ll stick to my 20 buck hub until a lower end reasonably priced hub monitor appears.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Wasn’t one of the forum mods looking for something like this.
    Ned, JBI or JAE? I’m on a phone so CBA to search the forums.

      • Delphis
      • 3 years ago

      This would be so nice when setting up new computers. Civ6 and home system admin at the same time without multiple monitors and keyboards. Sweet!

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        I know it’s not perfect, but surely alt-tabbing between Civ6 and Remote desktop is quicker and easier than a KVM?

        I think of KVM’s as useful when your second box isn’t something that allows easy/useful remote access – like for example something that has a CLI instead of a GUI.

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