NEC Announces Its First Large Screen LED Displays

Paul Lilly

We're a little surprised that, up until now, NEC hasn't released a large-screen LCD display with LED backlighting, but hey, there's nothing wrong with showing up fashionably late. NEC joins the large-screen LED party with a pair of professional-grade models, the 46-inch X461S and 55-inch X551S. Like nearly all LED displays, both of NEC's new models sport a super-slim profile.

"These super-slim displays are the first large-screen products from NEC to offer LED backlighting technology, bringing a new class of professional-grade displays to NEC's lineup," NEC said . "Their edge-lit LED backlights enable lightweight design with minimal depth, providing flexibility for a variety of installations. The highly reliable panels allow for 24/7 operation with advanced thermal protection and a sealed panel design to accommodate the most formidable digital signage industry requirements."

NEC's two new displays are also the company's first to offer Intel's Open Pluggable Specification (OPS), an industry-wide standardization in option slots to simplify digital signages.

Both the X461S and X551S boast a 1920x1080 resolution, up to 4,000:1 contrast ratio, 500 cd/m2 typical brightness (600 cd/m2 maximum), less than 2W of power consumption in standby mode, landscape and portrait orientations, 10-bit color over HDMI, ambient light sensor, real-time clock, built-in close captioning, and built-in 5W speakers.

The X461S will ship in May for $2,400, and the X551S in June for $3,800, both backed by a 3-year warranty.

Image Credit: NEC

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