NEC has introduced its new large-format 55-inch 4K display designed for commercial and digital signage applications, the NEC MultiSync V554Q.

The V554Q display is based on an IPS panel featuring a 3840×2160 resolution, 500 nits max brightness, a 1100:1 contrast ratio (without local dimming), a 60 Hz refresh rate, a 8 ms response time, 178º viewing angles, and so on. The LCD can display ‘more than’ 1.07 billion colors and, still uncommon for most monitors, supports the BT.2020 color space (though the manufacturer doesn't list how much of the gamut is supported).

One of the key features of the V554Q monitor is its anti-glare coating, which the manufacturer says can removes glares almost completely without compromising color accuracy. Another key technology used on the monitor is NEC’s SpectraView Engine, the company’s proprietary color management and color uniformity correction tool. Finally, to ensure longevity of the display even if it has to work in tough conditions for 24/7, it features an integrated cooling system with three fans, which kicks off automatically when internal sensors detect high temperatures.

Since the NEC V554Q was formally designed primarily for digital signage, the monitor has an on-board media player that can playback content from an SD card or a USB drive. It also has an OPS slot for NEC’s Raspberry Pi compute module, essentially allowing to installa fully-fledged PC inside the display. Meanwhile, the LCD can be controlled using local buttons, an IR remote, as well as remotely using 100 Mbps Ethernet ports, or an RS232 connector (as well as NEC’s NaViSet Administrator software).

Speaking of connectivity, it is necessary to note that the MultiSync V554Q has two DisplayPort 1.2, three HDMI 2.0 inputs, and various audio outputs (3.5 mm, HDMI out, analog, DP Audio out).

NEC's 55-Inch UHD Display
  MultiSync V554Q
Panel 55" IPS
Native Resolution 3840×2160
Maximum Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time 8 ms
Brightness 500 cd/m²
Contrast 1100:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Pixel Pitch 0.3171 mm2
Pixel Density 80 ppi
Color Gamut 1.07 billion+
Inputs 2 × DisplayPort 1.2
3 × HDMI 2.0
Outputs 3.5 mm audio output
DisplayPort Audio
HDMI Audio
USB/MicroSD 4 × USB Type-A ports
MicroSD slot
LAN 2 × 10 Mbps Ethernet
Power Consumption (idle/active) Idle: 0.5 W
Typical: 120 W
Max: 300 W
Launch Price $1,849

Besides the compute module, NEC offers numerous accessories for its 55-inch V554Q monitor, including a tabletop stand, external speakers, human sensor, wall mount, and so on. Which means that while the monitor may be first and foremost aimed at digital signage, it is a complete stand-alone (and standing) monitor that can be used for more regular workloads as well.

NEC’s MultiSync V554Q can be ordered from NEC and its partners for $1,849. In addition, the manufacturer offers the V554Q-AVT2 model with an integrated ATSC tuner.

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Source: NEC

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  • Dug - Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - link

    But you haven't seen or tested one yet.
    And what 55" 4k display does what you say and run 24x7 with the specs of this monitor?
  • zodiacfml - Thursday, March 28, 2019 - link

    Yes. These are basically TVs with better inputs, quality control, and that cooling system. Organizations, with various NEC products, can now buy TVs or displays branded with NEC.
  • name99 - Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - link

    Is this at all compelling? What does it give you that a TV won't give at half the price?

    Sure sure, supposedly it won't overheat. Is that a real problem with modern TVs? Even my ten year old cheapo-brand TV doesn't overheat.

    When I saw the headline I was excited about this as a TV replacement sans "Smart TV" crap. But this seems way too expensive for the quality of what's being offered.
  • remosito - Thursday, March 28, 2019 - link

    Link me 3 TVs with displayport inputs for half the price.
  • lilkwarrior - Friday, March 29, 2019 - link

    Uh… not the same thing at all. Does this have the color accuracy & color contrast of the PQ22UC or a standardized 3D LUT table? Heck no.
  • Pinn - Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - link

    DP in large screen is rare. Good for 4:4:4 HDR 4k.
  • lilkwarrior - Friday, March 29, 2019 - link

    You still need HDMI 2.1 or dual Display 1.4+ use for optimal 4K w/o chrome upsampling in most cases
  • SSNSeawolf - Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - link

    The slot for a Raspberry Pi compute module is an excellent idea for standalone signage and a host of other basic display/video purposes.
  • wolrah - Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - link

    The weird thing about that on this model though is that Pis can't do 4K. They can only output 1080p, so until a Pi 4 based compute module comes out that capability will be underutilized at best.
  • Death666Angel - Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - link

    Pi can do 4k @ 15Hz without much issue (1080p60 bandwidth ~ 4k@15, 4 times the pixels, quarter the refresh rate). And considering most ad display things I see at McDonalds and train stations run their menus and ads at sub 10fps (which always looks soooo cheap and amateurish), it could be enough for a lot of things.

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