Large Format Displays
Large Format Displays
Bigger is Better
Bigger is better or at least the way it is when it comes to visual. The same rule applies to display. Size really does matter. While it is not always the case that bigger size will fit any condition or applications, you can deny that people like it bigger because it is much easier to see. Or bigger to touch too if you consider the current trends with mobile devices. While there are many type of displays around, LPD (large format display), among others, seem to gain much attraction in commercial use for the last few years thanks to its bigger size. Larger format display is no stranger to a wide range of retail sectors including education, corporate, advertising, hospitality, tourism, and government. They have been using it all along for different kind of designations, which are in many ways similar to digital signage and video wall (can insert internal links to our own articles), from products promotion, brand building, institutional campaign, public information center to customer-oriented services. At a larger scale, large format displays are also used for large data visualization like in security control room or traffic control management center. For setup, some prefer goes with tile architecture as in video wall since it is more flexible and can easily fit any environment. However, there are also users who use large format display as a standalone set such as storefront and mini-markets. Again, it really depends on your requirements and of course, budgets. Large format displays begin to pick up momentum around late 1990s and 2000s with LCD, LED, and plasma being the most common technologies. To make a LPD, you need large screen which usually requires longer tube and thus over-sized display is not applicable with CRT technology as the tube sizes are simply unrealistic. Some of the recent LFD also comes with touch and gesture capability, allowing users to offer interactive features to audience for real-time responses. You may also note that unlike standard displays, LPD is also made in vertical shape, with or without stand and supports for wall-mount installations.
In the market there are a numerous manufacturers which offers a broad range of large format displays with different features, specifications, and sizes. Among the major ones is Samsung, Panasonic, NEC, and Sharp. Samsung, for examples, got a complete line ups for both LCD and LED variants with brilliant image quality and high sustainability as their promoted features. To make it more appealing and suitable for commercial use, they also equips them with some handy features such as smart sensors which automatically detect ambient light and adjust display brightness accordingly. According to them, such feature can help customers to boost productivity further, save maintenance costs, and get better competitive edges for their businesses. One of the quality Samsung addresses with their portfolio of LPD is the ruggedness aspect. The reason is because LFD is particularly meant for extended continuous use from time to time, 24/7 kind of setting. As such, it is usually dust, dirt, or heat resistant. Some models are even claimed as weather proof for outdoor settings. Of course, all this characteristics may vary from one model to another but in general LPD should have a robust build quality. You practically may not move it around but you will certainly leave it alone most of the time, working on its own.
While there are many arguments going around about the benefits of using LFD than other type of displays, we find the main assets of large format display are their reliability as well as flexibility. Compared to the projectors, for instance, they require relatively less maintenance (no need to replace lamp, no noise, no ambient lighting issue). In case of LFD, they are also more tougher than any display you ever met because it is on their blood. Bumps, dusts, and weather is just normal encounter for them. As for flexibility, they are fitted with comprehensive range of connectivity options, ranging from standard I/O ports to better networking features, and remote software management. Users can easily do maintenance routines, firmware upgrade, or content updates from practically anywhere, anytime. it is big, powerful, and tough.
In terms of performance, LFD is one of the most capable type of display out there. With the bigger size, images looks brighter, crystal clear, and crisp with vivid colors. It also offers more accurate details most of the time thanks to larger screen state. What's more, multimedia, graphics-heavy, or color-critical applications may enjoy lifelike visuals with superb contrast, brightness, and image quality. And it goes without saying that viewers will not have any problem with viewing angle because it looks brilliant no matter where you are. Sitting, standing, close or distant. It offers better visual experience at up to 178 degree horizontally and vertically. But note that bigger size does not equal wider viewing angles.
With LPD, you are encouraged to focus on how to make the most out of your display, not setting it up or spending time learning how to use it. Where necessary, users can introduce further interaction with touch and gesture inputs. Finally, you can also feel reassured with LPD as they generally costs cheaper than competing products. What we means by cheaper is that you may spend a little higher on the outset but it is the kind to survive years ahead before you have to buy a new one. Its better durability, longer lifespan, and lower power consumption is three key factors to ensure competitive total cost of ownership (TCO).
Despite its bigger size, there are several elements you need to consider in choosing displays and large format display is no exception. Resolution is among the first aspect to look at. It basically indicates how many pixels contained in your display both horizontally and vertically. In ideal setting, the higher the resolution, the crisper the image will be. But these days, most high end display comes with similarly high resolution of high definition and even full high definition. Next, you also need to check out the response time. If you want to display videos or high speed content, it is crucial to choose the display with fast response time (the smaller the number, the faster, the better) in order to prevent blurring or ghosting issues. Brightness, like in projectors, define how bright a display can be. Most of the LPD has high level of brightness to sustain high visibility under sunlight on the outdoor settings. Contrast ratio, on different note, shows the darkest black and brightest white a display can produce. It is very essential in color reproduction. Finally, aspect ratio can also be a consideration as it measures the ratio of height of your display to its width. Just make sure your contents matches the display aspect ratio.