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NEC MultiSync E232WMT touchscreen monitor review: Get the tablet experience right on your desktop

August 22, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by James Galbraith / PCWorld

The NEC E232WMT is a high-quality multitouch monitor with a very flexible stand. It's a strong candidate for bringing the touchscreen experience of a tablet to your desktop.

The Windows 8 user interface is designed for touching, tapping, pinching and swiping, but desktop touchscreen displays just haven't gained the popularity that monitor makers had hoped for. At a time when you can buy a very good 23-inch non-touch monitor for less than $300, NEC's MultiSync E232WMT doesn't make a strong enough case that you should spend twice as much for a model that supports 10-point touch.

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The MultiSync E232WMT has an interesting dual-hinged stand that easily collapses into a flat position. This renders its touchscreen more comfortable to use than when it's vertical. The stand connects to the display by way of a standard 100x100mm VESA mount, which means you can replace it with most any third-party mount (such as an articulated arm).

The E232WMT connects to your PC via HDMI, DVI, or VGA, but it does not support DisplayPort. The high-quality AH-IPS screen has native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, and mercury-free LED backlighting. Niceties include a built-in webcam with a stereo microphone for video conferencing, a 4-port USB 3.0 hub, a headphone jack, and a pair of internal 1W speakers. As you might imagine, the speakers sound pretty thin, but they're good enough for system alerts and such.

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