Normally, we wouldn't go so far as to say that a product's price is not justified, but NEC Display Solutions made it really easy when it gave the AS192WM a tag of $149 / 115-149 Euro.Not only does the monitor only measure 19 inches in diagonal, but the native resolution is also quite low, compared to most others launched so far: 1440 x 900 pixels.
We've seen larger panels with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 that cost $100 / 78-100 Euro and are about as energy-efficient as such things can get.
NEC's AccuSync AS192WM still has some worthwhile features though, like a carbon footprint meter, wall mounting capabilities, 16:10 aspect ratio, LED backlights, and ECO Mode support.
A carbon footprint meter takes stock of the impact on the environment. Overall, NEC has managed to secure ENERGY STAR 6.0, TCO 6.0 and EPEAT Silver compliance.
"NEC's AccuSync Series continues to deliver essential values to business users at an affordable price," said Lynn Gu, product manager at NEC Display Solutions.
"This model follows the green industry trend with its LED backlighting and environmental certifications. The added functionality and reliability it provides allow it to earn the NEC badge."
NEC describes the AccuSync AS192WM 19-inch monitor as touch-integratable, which supposedly means that a touch panel can be added.
The rest of the specs are common enough: a pair of integrated speakers (2 x 1W), a stand with tilt adjustment, and two video connectors (DVI-D and VGA).
Sales will begin this month (November 2012), for the price mentioned above. A three-year parts and labor warranty, including the backlight, is included in the offer.
All in all, it is a decent enough monitor, but one that doesn't exactly justify its price, as we said. At least the Mercury-free LED backlighting reduces weight by 20% (and makes the display easier and safer to recycle).