Towards the beginning of June, South Africa will be introduced to the new X461S 46” and X551S 55” LCD displays from NEC.

“These are just extensions to NEC’s award-winning and extremely popular X series of panels,” says Lizette McIntosh, product manager for NEC Visual Display Products at Mustek.
Users of the current X series know that these panels are favoured in video wall applications because of the narrow bezels and the phenomenal set of features they boast.
NEC is also already known as one of the world’s most compliant organisations when it comes to the many standards set in terms of the environment, energy and disposal. It comes as no surprise then that these new panels will have LED backlighting technology to be more energy- and cost-efficient.
Some other noticeable features are the ultra slim depth, sleek appearance and Intel’s Open Pluggable Specification, which provides seamless installation of options for digital signage.
As for connectivity, in line with its solid reputation of providing the widest array of interfaces, the new displays feature DisplayPort, in addition to the already standard HDMI and DVI-D ports.
In addition, remote display management is achieved with network control and communication features via the Ethernet port and RS-232 enable multi-display control and daisy chain capabilities.
These panels deliver 1920×1080 native resolutions, 10-bit colour over HDMI and up to 4000:1 contrast ratio. Also standard, as in all NEC monitors, is the ambient sensor, which automatically alters the display settings according to the lighting conditions for optimal display at all times.
Fresh to the usually "sound-naked" NEC panels are the integrated 5W speakers instead of a standard additional option.
“It is interesting that NEC is moving towards incorporation of speakers instead of offering it as an option. However, when you consider that these units are not only used in video wall environments, but extensively for video conferencing and digital signage, it has become a necessity to stream sound and image simultaneously,” says McIntosh.
“My personal passion for NEC is that it truly is one of the few companies which can claim that its products provide long term return on investment and lowest total cost of ownership,” he says.
“I am always flabbergasted when customers tell me that they want the cheapest their money can buy, because I know that in a year’s time, they are going to have to buy a replacement. It seems that people are very short-sighted when it comes to investing in technology, that expense which can run amok with any budget if not carefully managed.
"In my opinion, our users need to demand from their suppliers the actual long term cost comparisons which can only be found when one breaks down the equipment into factors such as after sales service, warranty, origin of components and mean time before failure statistics.
"At least that is where SITA is doing it right, as the evaluation of any product recommended to Government goes through these paces. However, these should become obligatory requirements as part of any RFQ in order to evaluate a product on its true merits.”