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The OSD itself is packed full of settings. Some I’ve already highlighted, but others are also worthy of mention. For instance if you’re feeding the LCD4610 with more than one video signal there’s a “Picture-in Picture” and a “Picture-on-Picture” mode the latter of which places a smaller video frame next to the full-screen video frame. A “Film Mode” for smoothing out DVD movies that have been converted from a 24 frames per second source also exists, along with a “Scan Conversion Mode” for translating an interlaced signal into a progressive one. There’s even an “Image Flip” function that can mirror the picture horizontally or vertically, as well as rotating it.
All the usual settings that you’d expect in a standard LCD are there too, such as auto adjust, brightness/contrast, phase/clock and position adjustments along with a black level setting and six colour presets covering red, yellow, green, cyan, blue, and magenta. The colour temperature can be fine-tuned up to 10,000K in 100K increments, the gamma can be changed, there’s a Highbright and sRGB mode, and the colour depth can be tweaked. However, the availability of some of these is dependant on the signal you use. For instance, when using the AV inputs, you can adjust the tint of the picture, activate Noise Reduction and select from an NTSC, PAL or SECAM colour system.
As for OSD control, and navigation, this can be done in two main ways. First, by using the IR remote control that offers quick and easy access to the OSD settings as well as a frame capture option. And second, via the more awkward vertically mounted OSD buttons, which take a while to master. All in all though, these options and adjustments make the LCD4610 highly configurable.
Now. I am sure you’re bursting to know what I thought of the picture quality. Well to give you an idea, it’s on a par with the performance I’d expect from a decent desktop LCD. Granted the pixels are bigger, and the 1,366 x 768 native resolution isn’t as enormous as the LCD4610’s proportions would suggest, but in terms of greyscale and colour ramp reproduction, it’s very impressive. The picture is also very vibrant and punchy thanks to its high 500cd/m2 brightness level and notable contrast ratio of 800:1. In fact, if you think about it has to be if the potential buyer wants their audience to easily read the screen under different environments.
For testing, I fired up some PowerPoint presentations and viewed the LCD4610 from the other side of the office. Not bad. The relatively small text within the slides was clearly legible even at shallow viewing angles from as far as 80 degrees to the side. Colour shifts were minimal and the illumination remained high too. With a grey-to-grey response time stated at 8ms (16ms black-to-white-to-black) and that 16:9 wide screen aspect ratio I had to play some HD content to see how well it coped. After several hours of scrutiny, the verdict was a positive one. While it’s not great to watch movies close-up (but who would in their right mind) the colours were rich, motion smearing was undetectable, the backlight was uniform, and the clarity of the picture was truly outstanding. Despite its “public/information” display calling, it could find itself in the lounges of some home cinema enthusiasts. However, those waiting for a display with native 1080p HD support will be disappointed with its 1080i and 720p compatibility.
So with these very striking results, what sort of price can we expect to pay? Well, at the time of writing I found it online for £3,750.60 excluding the £50 or so for delivery. Ouch! That said, NEC Display Solutions offers a three year on-site warranty that includes the backlight, so if you’re representing a company looking to splash out on a few of these slabs there are probably some decent deals to be struck.
The NEC MultiSync LCD 4610 is a big LCD, designed for the public display market. Despite its size, it has a splendid picture, it can be adjusted over a network or by remote control, it’s packed with features and connectors and after the somewhat hefty initial outlay, it could save you money in the long run.
Score in detail
Image Quality 9