NEC introduced four new models into their commercial line up today, spanning from the 32-inch E323, going all the way up to the 55-inch E553. The biggest change to the company’s business display line comes in the form of an all-new LED backlighting solution that uses up to 56 percent less power over the course of a day’s operation.
Previously, most commercial solutions involved the use of older CCFL backlighting systems which, despite the units’ higher overall TCO (total cost of ownership) due to higher power usage, were attractive to buyers due to the technology’s inherent lower initial cost.
Each of the four models (32-inch E323, 42-inch E423, 46-inch E463, 55-inch E553) offer the same feature set (save for the fact that the E323 is 1366×768, while the rest are 1080p), with the only real differentiator between them being screen size and accompanying price tag. Three HDMI inputs offer users flexibility in terms of multiple video sources, while built-in ATSC, NTSC, and QAM television tuners (an unusual spec for commercial displays) mean that locations such as bars and restaurants can still pick up local sports games on OTA or cable HDTV.
The LED backlighting is arranged in an edge-lit orientation, which means the displays be designed thinner than most previous NEC commercial units. A 4000:1 dynamic contrast ratio keeps the displays legible even in bright conditions, while built-in speakers and optional computer boards let the E series serve as more than just digital signage.
NEC plans to ship the new models in November, starting at $419 for the E323, with the E423, E463, and E553 coming in at $649, $829, and $1279, respectively. Included in the cost is a three-year parts and labor warranty, which also covers the backlight.