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Commercial vs Consumer Screens
« on: August 11, 2011, 09:52:07 AM »
We've installed both commercial and consumer screens.  The major differences are:

Consumer models often have inflated specifications or specifications that are "tricky" as the manufacturer is always trying to one-up the competition by having higher specified ratings that are artificially boosted.  This is especially true for contrast ratio specifications.  Commercial models have true specifications generally.

Consumer models usually carry a 1 yr warranty.  Commercial models generally have 3 yr warranties.

Consumer models are not rated for extended use like Commercial models and will degrade in quality over time. 

Consumer models are not built for rigorous environments like a hot kitchen.  Commercial models are usually rated for use in higher temperatures and humidity, like a kitchen or restaurant.

Consumer models often have TV tuners - Commercial MONITORS do not and so you're not paying for something you will never use.

Consumer models usually come with a plastic stand - that you throw away and end up in a landfill for 1000 years.  (not green!)

Consumer models usually come with multiple HDMI inputs, not really needed in a digital signage application.

Consumer models are cheaper in the short-term, but if you have to replace the screen within 3 years, it's going to end up costing more in the long run.  You need to balance cost vs longevity.  Prices come down significantly over 2 or 3 years, but do you really want to replace your screens every 3 years.  (not green either!)

We resell LG commercial displays as they have proven to be a great solution.  If you need help or pricing, please let us know.

Marc Rosenberg
OSM Solutions
Marc Rosenberg