NEC 24" Professional Wide Gamut Graphics Desktop Monitor, 1920x1200, 340cd/m2 Brightness, 1000:1 Contrast Ratio, 8ms Response Time, DVI-D, HDMI, VGA

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About NEC PA242W

Featuring a cutting edge GB-R LED-backlight, the NEC PA242W, a 24" AH-IPS LCD monitor, is the new standard for color accurate applications including photography and video editing. Offering an accurate 100% coverage of sRGB color gamut and 99.3% of Adobe RGB, the PA242W includes internal 14-bit 3D programmable lookup tables (LUTs) for accurate color rendition, 10-bit DisplayPort and HDMI connectivity for the highest color fidelity and built-in USB hub with DisplaySync Pro.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Adjustable viewing angles (3),Great picture quality (3),Large viewing area (3),Reliable (3)

NEC PA242W Features

  • AH-IPS LCD panel with 100% coverage of sRGB and 99.3% coverage of Adobe RGB color space
  • Superior screen performance (1000:1 contrast ratio, 1920 x 1200 native resolution, 340 cd/m2 brightness)
  • Supports internal programmable 14-bit 3D lookup tables (LUTs) for calibration
  • 3-port USB hub with DisplaySync Pro controls two computers with only one keyboard and mouse
  • 5 programmable Picture Mode profiles for quick access to multiple color spaces
  • MultiProfiler provides complete control over picture modes and enables quick print emulation
  • Wide connectivity includes 10-bit DisplayPort and HDMI as well as VGA and DVI-D inputs

NEC PA242W Specifications

Panel Technology
Viewable Image Size
Aspect Ratio
Native Resolution
1920 x 1200
Pixel Pitch
Pixels Per Inch
93 at native resolution
Backlight Type
Brightness (typical)
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Viewing Angle (typical)
178deg. Vert., 178deg. Hor. (89U/89D/89L/89R) at CR>10
Response Time (typical)
Color Gamut
Adobe RGB Coverage/Size: 99.3% / 108.6%
NTSC Coverage/Size: 94.8% / 103.7%
sRGB Coverage/Size: 100% / 146.4%
Lookup Table
14-bit (3D)
Displayable Colors
1.07 billion out of 4.3 trillion (10 bit DisplayPort or HDMI) / 16.7 million out of 1.05 billion (8-bit)
Horizontal (Analog/Digital)
31.5 - 93.8 KHz & 118.4 KHz / 31.5 - 91.1 KHz & 118.4 KHz
50 - 85 Hz
Input Signal
Video: Analog RGB 0.7 Vp-p/75 Ohms
Sync: Separate sync: TTL Level (Positive/Negative)
Composite sync: TTL Level (Positive/Negative)
Composite sync on green: (0.3Vp-p negative 0.7Vp-p positive)
Input Connectors
DisplayPort, DVI-D, HDMI, VGA, USB hub (2 up/ 3 down) with DisplaySync Pro
Power Consumption (typical)
On: 56W
Power Savings Mode: 0.2W
Operating Temperature
41-95deg.F / 5-35deg.C
Operating Humidity
Operating Altitude
6562 ft. / 2000m
Storage Temperature
14-140deg.F / -10-60deg.C
Storage Humidity
Storage Altitude
40,000 ft. / 12,192m
Dimensions (WxHxD)
21.9x14.9-20.8x9" / 55.62x37.84-52.83x22.86 cm (with stand)
21.9x14.3x3.3" / 55.62x36.32x8.38 cm (without stand)
23.4 lbs / 10.61 kg (with stand)
16.3 lbs / 7.39 kg (without stand)

NEC PA242W Reviews

Reviewed by 3 customers


What a difference!


from Franktown, CO

I didn't realize how bad my old monitor was until I replaced it with this one. I wasn't sure if it would be a good investment or not but I sure don't regret this purchase.


Great Monitor


from Los Angeles, CA  -  Avid Photographer

I bought this monitor to edit my digital images. After having put off this purchase for too long I finally bit the bullet and I am so glad I did. For the price this monitor can't be beat. It comes with all the cables you need to jump right in. I would highly recommend buying the Spectraview II bundle if you don't already have a calibration device.


NEC PA242W Wide Gamut Monitor


from Coral Springs, FL  -  Graphics Enthusiast

I am an amateur photographer who likes to do photo editing in Photoshop. I choose this monitor because of the positive reviews I read online. The monitor works great out of the box and is easy to calibrate with the NEC SVII-Pro-Kit. Image color and quality are excellent and far superior to the lower end monitor I was using. I print my images on a Cannon Pro 9000 Mark II printer. I have been very pleased with the color fidelity between the monitor and printer using Cannon paper printer profiles. I don't have a negative comment about the monitor. In summary, I was concerned about benefit vs. price since I don't make my living at photography but I have absolutely no regrets with my purchase.

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