NEC this week introduced a new professional display for color critical applications. The NEC MultiSync PA311D LCD features a 4K resolution, covers 100% of the AdobeRGB color space and is aimed at people working with computer graphics, video, and photography. The monitor supports sophisticated connectivity, including a USB-C input that supports 65 W power delivery.

The NEC MultiSync PA311D LCD display is based on a 31.1-inch 10-bit IPS panel with a true 4K resolution of 4096×2160. Combined with its wide gamut W-LED backlighting, that can reproduce 1.07 billion colors across 99.9% of the sRGB, 97.4% of the NTSC, and 100% of the AdobeRGB color gamuts. The monitor features a peak luminance of 350 nits, a 1400:1 contrast ratio, an 8 ms typical response time, and unusual for a pro grade monitor, a top refresh rate of 75Hz.

Being aimed at professionals, the monitor uses NEC’s custom color processor and comes with a 14-bit 3D LUT (look-up table) for color gradations. NEC has also implemented an always-on backlight sensor here, in order to offer steady colors and brightness levels. And of course, monitor calibration is supported through the company’s SpectraView II calibration software (with a color sensor sold separately or as a part of an appropriate bundle).

One unexpected capability of the monitor is that it is touch capable, and it comes with an appropriate stand that can adjust height, tilt, swivel, or change the LCD’s orientation.

The pro monitor also offers a few different input options. The monitor has two DisplayPorts, two HDMI ports, and a USB Type-C connector, the latter of which is still relatively new to professional LCDs. The USB-C port can deliver up to 65 W of power to its host PC, which is enough for most 13 and 15-inch class laptops. In addition, the display has a GbE jack, a 3.5-mm jack for headphones, and a triple-port USB 3.0 hub with two USB Type-B upstream ports.

Specifications of the NEC MultiSync PA311D Display
  PA311D
Panel 31.1" IPS
Native Resolution 4096 × 2160
Maximum Refresh Rate 75 Hz
Response Time 8 ms
Brightness 350 cd/m² (typical)
Contrast 1400:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
3D LUT  14-bit LUT
Dynamic Refresh Rate none
Pixel Pitch 0.170 mm²
Pixel Density 149 ppi
Display Colors 1.07 billion
Color Gamut Support DCI-P3: ?%
Adobe RGB: 100%
sRGB: 99.9%
NTSC: 97.4%
Aspect Ratio 1.9:1
Stand Can adjust tilt, swivel, height, and change orientation
Inputs 2 × DisplayPort
2 × HDMI 2.0a/2.0b
1 × USB-C with 65 W PD
USB Hub 3-port USB 3.0 hub
GbE 1 × GbE
Launch Date November 2019

NEC’s PA311D professional monitor will be available later this month directly from the company for $2,999 or $3,249 for SpectraView bundle. Besides calibration bundle, users can also get a special lighting hood for the monitor to ensure consistent color reproduction at all times and in all environments. The display is backed by a four-year warranty.

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Source: NEC

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  • crimsonson - Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - link

    TB requires Intel licensing. The overwhelming majority of PCs do not have TB ports or at best optional that requires a PCIe card.
    At this point, DP and HDMI are the safest port types for monitor.
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  • lilkwarrior - Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - link

    It’s not an either-or. You can have TB3 & the other ports. Most pros are using TB3 for the bandwidth & I/O perks alone.

    It’s no coincidence all pro laptops have Thunderbolt 3; only weird consumer-level “pro” laptops & desktops skip TB3
    Reply
  • lilkwarrior - Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - link

    I meant to say high-end pro hardware Reply
  • imaheadcase - Thursday, November 21, 2019 - link

    But that is still the MINORITY of people. Most people still use monitor on a desktop like this. Laptops don't run this monitor. Reply
  • lilkwarrior - Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - link

    USB4 has royalty free Thunderbolt 3. Intel kept their promise to make it eventually royalty free via that method.

    Accordingly, pros increasingly expect TB3.
    Reply
  • imaheadcase - Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - link

    Other way around. Thunderbolt 3 not very useful for most people anymore. I don't see many devices even with Thunderbolt anymore. Reply
  • melgross - Thursday, November 21, 2019 - link

    You’re blind. Reply
  • imaheadcase - Thursday, November 21, 2019 - link

    I'm blind? Lets look at current amount of monitors with TB3 vs USB-C. Ok i win USB-C still wins. Reply
  • Speednet - Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - link

    It would be really great to know what kind of HDR support this monitor has, although with its peak brightness of 350 nits I'm guessing it has no support. Which is a shame. I can't understand why manufacturers continue marketing high-end monitors that don't have HDR support. Reply
  • imaheadcase - Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - link

    Because HDR is not really a popular option, and not really something worth including in a Pro monitor. Well, any monitor for that matter. Reply

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