NEC MultiSync P461 specs

John Archer

By John Archer


Quick Glance
Size 46
Display Type LCD
Size 46
Display Type LCD

Hamish Campbell

January 25, 2011, 1:24 pm

Anyone know what these are used for?

If it's just displaying things then a PC built in is extreme overkill, and I would have thought if you had some requirement for more than one display then you'd want the supply of images/video to be centrally located and controlled.


January 25, 2011, 2:48 pm

The review is interesting, but only in an academic way. The NEC units are clearly not built with the home user in mind. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think Gordon was arguing for a fully functional PC built into a TV screen. Rather he was arguing for NO computer built into the screen.

If this NEC display was a viable alternative to consumer TV's, then I'm sure we'd see it the other way around too, with commercial displays made up of barrages of cheaper consumer TVs!


January 25, 2011, 4:24 pm

Thanks for this review, a very interesting read. I'm actually surprised that the display quality even came close to that of a proper TV. Some of the business displays I've worked with have been woefully poor when displaying video.

@haim: In call centres they're used to display statistics like average caller on hold times and the number of operators on station. In retail spaces like shopping centres and motorway services they're used to display advertising or television. In offices they're used for teleconferencing and presentation purposes, among other things.

Having a PC mounted inside the display allows the whole device to be mounted in odd places (like 10 feet in the air) and have it operate completely independently. You could even use wireless networking to configure what it's displaying.

@Bluepork: I dunno, you could install XMBC on that PC, but I suspect you would have an inferior HTPC to any device that's been designed to fulfil that purpose.

I don't think anyone expected this to be a viable alternative to a consumer TV, but it's interesting to see how close it comes.


January 25, 2011, 11:04 pm

I've always wanted a large screen monitor. I have an AV receiver and everything runs through that, only a single HDMI cable goes from the receiver to the TV.

The idea of a home cinema screen without the added bulk and costs associated with all of the extra connectivity, speakers, tuners etc. always appealed.

evan fotis

February 5, 2011, 4:23 pm

It was mentioned that this display does not have good black levels.

Does it use an IPS panel? I ask because NEC usually puts PVA panels in its public displays (and IPS in PC monitors).

Also how where viewing angles?

As for the ratings, though this is a subjective matter, I feel that giving Design a 6/10 is not fair.

For one this display has a 15mm bezel when most TVs are around 5cm.

It also has a discrete matte finish, rather than the popular cheap looking glossy black.

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